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The Big Apple …. 2

High Line Intro
High Line Intro

Another hot and steamy day in New York City but as yet no rain. After our normal breakfast routine in Bryant Park we headed to the High Line. What a great project this is, taking a 1.5 mile stretch of a disused elevated railway track on the Lower West Side and making it into a park. We didn’t know quite what to expect but it was fantastic, a green road through the city with views across the Hudson River. The plants and trees were great to see but the civil engineering that has been undertaken is fantastic. Design of benches, tables, etc. make a real statement and some fantastic planting ideas bring nature into the city, for instance one section used a planting level well below the walkway on the old rail-line which means visitors can walk through the canopy of the trees; see some of the images we took. On a hot day it was easy to understand what an oasis the High Line Park offers local residents. Continue reading The Big Apple …. 2

The Big Apple … Special Edition


On our special day we wanted to pay our respects at Ground Zero. The last time I was in New York, in 1981, I met a friend for lunch at the restaurant  at the top of the World Trade Centre. To see this site now  it is hard to imagine that this is the same place. What the city and it’s people are doing here is truly inspirational.

All at Sea …


Well we have gone and done it and we are now on our way to New York. We decided not to buy the on-board internet package as we thought a week without emails and text messages would be more relaxing; so we are writing a bit each day and then we will post this on arrival in New York.

Our thoughts on crossing the Atlantic on Queen Mary 2, what a wonderful way to travel! Comfortable, civilised, no jet lag, what is not to like? We have seen pods of dolphins swimming alongside the ship, Mark spotted a whale (sorry Mia it disappeared to quickly to take a photograph) and we have marvelled at the mesmerizing ocean views which are truly breath-taking. What a fantastic way to start our trip.

(By the way, bonjour Gerard et Marie-Claude, ca va?) Continue reading All at Sea …

E Day Part 2

Well here we go, saying goodbye to our family on the way to Southampton. Gorden picked us up and drove us there in his Jag, very nice. He explained what to do when we were dropped off, very helpful it was too.

We are now in terminal waiting to be called.

E Day Part 1

Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2

Well, the big day is finally here and now we have to get to Southampton to be on board at 2:30pm. We are all packed and are doing those final little things that seem to take forever!

I would like to thank Yetti for her message at 6:30 this morning obviously to ensure we get the maximum amount of the day to get ready!! We have had lots of messages from friends and family re the trip which is really great.

There will be some more of these posts as the day progresses, so watch this space …..