One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things - Henry Miller

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New York

26 July 2010
New York was a surprise - a mixture of old and new all beautifully blending together to make a very clean, neat, inviting city. Being Sunday the streets were quiet and filled with markets...we visited Ground Zero...a more moving experience than we expected...we enjoyed a coffee in the Financial Centre which has an observation deck overlooking the site where a bridge once linked the centre to the Twin Towers...It was quite chilling to think people would have been doing exactly the same thing on 9/11... and be as unprepared as we were for such a disaster.
In the afternoon we went to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum which was right next to where the Dawn was moored. We went on a submarine, “the Growler”, which was used during the Cold War as a nuclear missile carrier. It carried four regulus missiles with nuclear war heads. Again our tour was interrupted by an afternoon storm but we spent the time on the hangar deck exploring displays ranging from the Intrepid’s role in WW2 to their retrieving of a Mercury space capsule.
Unfortunately the rain did prevent us touring a Concorde aircraft on display as well...disappointing but I’m still coughing and I didn’t want to take any risks of getting wet.
Again the rain cleared to give us a magical sail away as the twilight melted into a full moon rising over Manhattan before we headed back out into the Atlantic to begin our three day cruise to Antigua.

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