By the time we arrived in New York, it was getting late. We left the train station in a cab and headed to our hotel, The Kimberly. While the hotel wasn’t far from the station, the ride over was one of the longest of my life and it wasn’t even due to the New York traffic, it was because of our cab driver. He was apparently in a race of some sort because he whipped around cars that were going too slow and he ran through yellow/red lights. The CPA and I hung on for dear life, praying that we would make it to the hotel without injury. And I don’t think I am exaggerating – when we finally made it to the hotel entrance, a NYPD car pulled along side of us and told the cabbie to slow down.
Between the cab ride, the four hours spent on a train and our day of walking around Philidelphia, we were pretty tired. So we dumped our bags in our room before calling it a night.
Allow me to deviate from the story a bit to comment on our room. As you can see here, the bedroom itself was quite large (notice our FOUR suitcases – and you thought I was making that up!):
But that’s not all, this room was part of a suite that included a living room…
and a kitchen.
It was huge!! It was, by far, the largest hotel that we would stay in during the entire trip. Which is ironic considering it was in New York which is not known for offering large hotel rooms for anything under $1000. Needless to say, we were very pleased with the space and the kitchen came in handy over the next few days.
After a little dessert (get your mind out of the gutter – we found some yummy cake at a diner across the street) we got a good night sleep before starting on Day Two of the Honeymoon.
Day Two was going to be low key. Having lived in New York for a short time, I was fairly familiar with the area although it had been a long time since I’d visited. The CPA had been many times to the city so we agreed that this particular leg of our journey would be all about rest and relaxation (emphasis on the rest and relaxation). This meant that instead of following a rigid schedule or trying to squeeze in a lot of sights, we would just “wing it.”
And wing it we did. After sleeping in, we went to our first stop which was a ride aboard the Circle Line cruise.
It was great – for the next three hours we did nothing but sit in the shade and take pictures (and stare at our wedding rings – still weren’t used to those!).
The cruise took us around the island so we got to see the skyline…
and some bridges…
and more bridges
(there are a lot of bridges around New York given that it’s an island and all).
There were even piers for fishing (although I’m not sure that you’d want to fish there)
and of course the big girl, a.k.a. the Statue of Liberty.
The picture is a little grainy because we were really far away and it was a cloudy day, but at least we got to see her. This picture shows just how far away she was. Gotta love zoom lenses!
Here’s the CPA looking mighty fine.
And here’s me looking like I was getting a little too much sun (not quite as “fine.”)
After docking, we made our way to Times Square where we did a bit of shopping before heading to the hotel for dinner. Given that we were still in our “relaxing” mode, we stayed close to the hotel for our meal. In fact, we ate at the hotel’s restaurant, Ferro’s.
We got back early and hit the sack, tired after a long day of relaxing. It’s hard work after all, and we wanted to get plenty of rest for more relaxing on Day Three!