Huffle and I woke this morning with sore feet and weary ankles. We promised each other we would not walk much today. (Ha, ha, ha, ha) We didn't stray far for breakfast but had a huge plate of pancakes with syrup. Yum. A good start to the day. We went back to our room, packed our bags, and checked out. We also put our bags in 'Left Luggage' and got on the subway to Central Park. The idea being that we train it to the other end and walk slowly back towards the centre. Of course, this didn't happen. We ended up where we were the other day, about a third of the way from the beginning (Times Square End). One of the problems with our feet was from yesterday evening when we walked, unintentionally, from our Hotel all the way to Central Park - that's a long way!
However we found the Guggenheim Museum - I know I have seen a film recently which was filmed inside it but I can't remember which one it is - how annoying. Architecturally, the outside is great and Huffle thought it resembled a boat from one angle. The queue to get in was very long and we didn't really want to walk around it, though it did have a Picasso exhibition in there.
We ended up at Queens (Ugly Betty suburb). As we came out of the station we saw more people than near Times Square. I looked at Huffle and said "where are we?" We were under a huge bridge just like in Blues Brothers and various other films I have seen. Cars were honking, gridlocked, people milling about, more honkers and flashing glasses and sparkly hats. OMG, it's New Years Eve,the streets are packed and there wasn't a taxi in sight, except one whose driver was fast asleep. Huffle attempted to tap on his 'off duty' windscreen but in the end hailed a limo cab. He was lovely, took us straight to the airport, to the correct terminal and was thankful for the tip Huffle gave him. ahhhhhhh - sigh of relief that we are at the airport. There was a moment there when we wondered if we might have trouble getting there.
All in all, a great mini break. Very busy. A very mad city. Amazing buildings and architecture. My favourite building by far is the Chrysler Building from close up and at night. We loved the Flat iron building. We both liked Central Park, especially when it snowed and we walked through the Rambling part and saw the wildlife. We especially liked the Alice in Wonderland Sculpture. 'Eataly' is the best place to eat, drink and shop - all at the same time. We found Times Square overwhelming. I expected it to be bigger and wider and not so compact. We have learnt how to be rap-lookalike-wannabe-hoodie-type-dudes after watching many on the subway. I have also taught Huffle many fashion names after constantly walking through the Fashion district.
I am ending today's post here as there was an incident at the airport of which I am too angry and upset to write about tonight. I don't trust myself in my angered state to write clearly, I am sure I will write more tomorrow when I am more calm.
HAPPY NEW YEAR. ALL THE BEST FOR 2013