21.12.2013 - 02.01.2014 6 °C
The new world trade tower
This morning stared with a trip downtown to the financial district for us to go to the 9/11memorial. I am sitting here trying to think of the best way to describe it to you and when I asked for help Teen2 said 'moving', Hubby said it was 'confronting' and 'quite big', The tween said 'interesting' because he found out more information about what happened and what the memorial is about. For me I think it was an honour and a privilege, to see the site, to be invited to reflect on what it means for families and friends of loved ones lost, for New York City and for the USA. It also reminded me of how I felt at the time it happened. Being woken by Hubby to tell me that it had happened, he was up late and saw it on TV. In the day that followed, standing in front of the TV trying to take it in, 7 months pregnant with The tween, 15 month old twin boys having a day sleep, talking to my bestie (who moved to Melbourne for a few months) on the phone. Wondering what does this mean for those affected, for the US and what impact will this have on the rest of the world, on us?
I am sharing these photos so you can see what it looks like, in case some of you haven't been there or may never get to visit, please view them in the regard in which they were meant. With the utmost respect, perhaps you too can reflect on your memories of that day and even more so consider those men and women who's lives were taken or who bravely gave their lives trying to rescue and help others. Our visit today certainly stirred emotion in all of us and a tear or two was shed. As we left the memorial today Teen 2 said to me 'it's kinda sad, isn't it mum?'
That summed it up well through a 13 year old boys eyes!
The photo above is of the survival tree, the tree stump was found amongst the rubble and nurtured back to life, it now lives on in the memorial site. A great symbol of survival!
Following our morning we went to lunch at Katz Deli, you may have heard, this is the deli out of the movie when Harry met Sally, where she had her fake orgasm! The I'll have what she's having moment!
There was yet another line to eat here, what is it with New Yorkers and lining up?
We were in line debating whether to stay and there was a local guy in front of us who looked to be on his lunch break, he was smiling at our debates and we asked him, 'is it worth lining up for?' He smiled and nodded, we asked 'what's good?' Without hesitating, he said the pastrami sandwich...... Lynn I know you said this too so we now had no choice, if a local confirmed it we would stay. The line didn't take that long to move and soon we were sitting in and ordering. It is a complicated system, you can order at the counter and take away, order yourself and seat yourself or wait for a table for waiter service. Those of you who know me well will know I chose the latter, waiter service for me all the way, and it was nice - simple but nice. Hubby and I shared a pastrami sandwich (yum - they weren't kidding!) and Matzo ball soup (like a dumpling in chicken broth) it was good, the boys had burgers - double cheese for Teen 1 and 2 - teen 2 has a new favourite burger, Teen 1 said you could taste the fat (thought he would put on weight after just one!) and the tween had a chilli burger and ate the lot!
So glad we waited in line and that we were as early as we were (around 11am) when we left the line had tripled!
Tummys full we moved on to trying our luck again at the metropolitan museum of art - or the met - and hoped for no lines. We were in luck and were keen to see the building, especially one section from another of my favourite movie 'Maid in Manhattan' with Jennifer Lopez. We also visited the impressionist exhibition with my favourite artist Monet, also Van Gough and Degas. To explore all of the museum it would take days, we stretched the boys patience enough by being there as long as we were. This will definitely be a place to return on my next trip to NYC.
Another walk through Central Park home....... Of course we stopped for hot apple cider and hot chocolate!
We ended our day with a broadway show ' The Lion King' and the boys really were sitting on the edge of their seat at the start with the animals coming onto the stage and the biggest compliment was it was better than they expected. It was a brilliant show, the voices were amazing, some of them very true to character.
We ended our night with take away taco's and burritos - in -6 degrees!
Happy and safe New Year's Eve to my Aussie friends and family!
See you next year!