Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Hello from New York City (1) - First Impressions of the Big Apple


So yesterday morning our American Airways flight (booked for free with my Airmiles) left at 7:13 am to bring us to the Big Apple, a place I had always had a fascination with, but only had visited twice very briefly in my life,and that more than 10 years ago.
Just flying in over NYC was an experience itself, seeing all the skyscrapers of Manhattan, the various bridges linking the mainland with the island, and shortly after flying over the Rykers Island prison we landed at La Guardia Airport, a rather small airport actually, when compared to Toronto.
Our luggage was out in no time and we grabbed a couple of week long transit passes (a pretty good deal at US$24 for unlimited travel for a whole week) and we started our trip to Brooklyn. One bus (through a mostly Latin area in Queens) and one subway ride (through Manhattan) later, we ended up in our lovely bed and breakfast in a gorgeous neighbourhood, just south of Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
Since we didn't know the area and the website of our B&B had provided just a tiny little map, we had chosen the wrong subway line to get off from and we had to walk about 1/2 hour to find the B&B, but it gave us a good first look at this part of Brooklyn.
It is an area with stately homes and houses that are about a century old. Magnolia and cherry trees are blooming everywhere and gardens are meticulously kept around here. Our Brookly neighbourhood feels very safe and we got to meet our bed and breakfast hosts: a very hospitable and outgoing couple in their 40s by the name of Harry and Bibi. They showed us to our room, a nice room on the third floor of this spacious house, with a shared bathroom.
Actually the whole house has been turned into a B&B and there are 8 bedrooms, the 2nd and 3rd floor of the house each have their own kitchen and bedroom areas and it actually makes for a really comfortable stay since it feels more like having your own apartment, rather than just renting a room.
Before leaving I thoroughly researched accommodation options in New York City, and after looking at all the options (hotels, hostels, B&Bs), I decided the B&B option would be the most comfortable route to go. And at US$90.00 a night it's definitely turned out to be one of the most affordable options and a great base to start exploring New York City...

Susanne Pacher is the publisher of a website called Travel and Transitions (http://www.travelandtransitions.com). Travel and Transitions deals with unconventional travel and is chock full of advice, tips, real life travel experiences, interviews with travellers and travel experts, insights and reflections, cross-cultural issues, contests and many other features. You will also find stories about life and the t-ransitions that we face as we go through our own personal life-long journeys.

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Blogger Getaway Guru said...

The Top 5 places I would go on a visit to Manhattan are:

1) South Street Seaport A.K.A Pier 17. That place has everything. Take a water taxi,
which is so much fun. They have a mall for shopping, gift shops for tourists and fantastic dining.

2) Times Square - It's not just for New Years Eve. They have theater, shopping, dining, MTV Studios and so much more. At night this place lights up like you've never seen. This is definitely the place that never sleeps.

3) Statue Of Liberty & Ellis Island - If you want to visit both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, allow 5-6 hours for your visit. Enjoy a picnic lunch on Liberty Island before or after you climb the Statue. Take a ferry to Ellis Island to walk through the immigrant museum.

4) MOMA A.K.A Museum Of Modern Art - Need I say more!

5) Rockefeller Center - Located in midtown it's known for "The Christmas Tree", ice skating

rink, Today Show concerts, Radio City Music Hall and so many shops and restaurants. It's a must for any tourist.

I've done this tour before and enjoyed it so much I can't help but recommend it to others.

I had family come in from out-of-town and we rented a Party Bus, which was so much fun. We didn't have to worry about driving, the Party Bus driver provided door to door service and we were able to enjoy it so much more. The company I used was so helpful in recommending the above attractions. I now use them for all my events/outings.

www.InStyleBusCharters.com

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