Nothing interesting happened yesterday. We made our way from Harvard to New Jersey. I can now officially tell you that there’s nothing interesting in between the two. Not even a moose.
Today, we woke early, went back to bed for an hour, and finally got ourselves up and into New York City. We decided, since we only had one day in the city, and since Isabelle doesn’t really remember the last time we went, to do the downtown sightseeing bus. It worked for us because it filled the day nicely and got us to the two places Isabelle really wanted to see – the Statue of Liberty and Chinatown.
We had a nice time on the bus at first, until it started raining. It rained for about an hour, and the free rain ponchos (yes, we now have another set!) helped but didn’t keep us completely dry. We decided to stay on the bus the first time around rather than walk around in the rain, and so we stopped for lunch just off Times Square, and then set off for our second tour – this time with two stops thrown in.
We stopped at Battery Park, but instead of getting on the tourist ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue, we had decided to take the free option – the Staten Island Ferry. It doesn’t stop at the island, but then again, we didn’t have tickets to get into the statue base anyway. It gave us lovely views of the city and of Lady Liberty.
After we got off the ferry, we hopped into a cab (an experience there!) and went over to Chinatown. We had a great time looking around Chinatown, but alas found no Chinese yoyo. We did, however, find some lovely market stalls, brought some new fruits to try and a souvenir or two, and then ran back to the bus stop in order to get the last bus back to Times Square.
As we arrived back in Times Square, the lights were just starting to shine, and we walked back to Port Authority bus terminal, stopping at a lovely brasserie on the way for a final vacation dinner.
We’ve had a lovely time these last few weeks. It really was the vacation of a lifetime. We each have favorite memories, and we each have places we’d like to return to to explore more. I’ll post from home tomorrow – I’ll have some interesting souvenir pictures….