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Thursday, 2 February 2017

New York - 10 days from April 15th to 25th/2016.....

On Thursday, after breakfast, we walked to Times Square, took the Downtown Hop On/Off bus to Stop 9 and went on a Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown walking tour.   We used the New York Pass, otherwise the costs were $35.
The tour met in a little park in Soho, but unfortunately, there were no bathrooms, and you have quite a wait there.  There were about 20 people on this tour.

The tour lasted for 2 ½ hours  - you will see lots of old buildings – very scenic and so much to look at.  We stopped at a Italian Bakery (Oldest cheese shop in New York) and had a cannoli about halfway through the tour.   The tour guide was knowledgeable and interesting (Tip $5). 
Then we took the Hop On/Off bus to Chelsea Market.   For a late lunch, I had a piece of pizza and a coke.  The Market was only one floor, made of mainly of restaurants, a few tourist shops, and a kitchenware shop – if you are short of time in New York, maybe pass on Chelsea Market. 

Then back on the Hop On/off bus – no air conditioning, so the bus was very full and very hot.  We walked back from Times Square to rest at the hotel.  Times Square was always busy - this was a quiet afternoon there.  For a couple of dollars, Mickey Mouse and company will line up for a picture.
For dinner, we walked to the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal (3 blocks)  - the restaurant was opened in 1913 and has a grand, vaulted ceramic ceiling, and friendly waiters.  Dinner was delicious - I had monkfish, steamed potatoes, vegetables and Guiness stout beer ($40).  

Then we walked back to the hotel – busy day in New York.


 Photos belong to Phil Bianco  

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