- Discovery Tours
In the morning we took a boat tour to and around the Statue of Liberty. Sadly the island was still closed because of the damges caused by huricane Sandy, but we still got very close. Furhtermore we saw the skyline of New York from there especially from Lower Manhatten. In the Harbor is an Air museum where a Space Shuttel and one of the Concorde is to see. It was very nice weather while we had the tour. Then we went to Central Park. Before we entered Central Park, we passed the house John Lennon was shot in front of. Cetral Park was very impressing in my opinion, not the Park by itself was the most impressive part; although it was a very nice Park, it has small hills in it and a huge lake. The more impressive part was the sourounding, it looked soo cool, imagine you are in a Park where it is quiet and the sourounding is filled with tall skyscrapers. Afterwards we went to the UN building and then we took a tour around the NBC studios. We also had another stop at Times Square. The last thing we did in the New York was going over the Brooklyn Bridge at night. It was very cool;-)
Our first stop was at Carlo’s Bake Shop. Supposedly he is a famous confectioner who has a TV show, but I have to admit that I don’t know him. After everybody bought at least one thing we went to Lower Manhatten. Although Lower Manhatten is the part where everything started, it still looks like the newest part of New York City. It is also the part where the Twins Towers were. Today the ONE World Trade Center triumphs over Lower Manhatten. The Tower is still not done, but it is going to be about 550 meters tall. Furthermore, we visited Wall Strett which is also placed in Lower Manhatten. We also stopped at St. Paul’s Chapel; it was right next to the Twins Towers; suprisingly, it was the only undamaged building in the area after 9/11. Later on we stopped in China Town, it’s significantly different from the rest of NY. After China Town we went to Times Square. I can just say one thing about it: AWESOME. It was so incredible especially when it was very dark and everything was lighted up. We had a long time there, part of it was for shopping and the other part for pictures. More shopping more delighted;-)
Everybody got more and more excited as we got closer and closer to New York. It was about a five hour drive from Boston to New York, but everbody was sleeping because we stayed up pretty long the night before. Our first stop for the day was Rockefeller Center which was pretty cool. Its right on fifth avenue which is the shopping street of New York. It has all the fancy shops like gucci or Louis Vuitton. We had some free time to walk around fith avenue where I and some other guys from Germany went shopping. Went to Quicksilver, Armani, and Hollister. Everybody bought shirts at Quicksilver, but neither of us bought something either Armani or Hollister ( We didn’t had enough time at Hollister). The next sight we visited was St. Patricks Cathedral which was just across the street from Rockefeller Plaza. Sadly the church was covered with a scaffolding. It was still impressing to have such an old looking church between skyscrapers a lot higher than this big cathedral. We continued our walk to the Grand Central Station which is a Train Station. Its another old building in New York. It right besides huge buildings and it looks funny to have that not tall train station between huge buildings. The inside of the Central Station looks really nice. After this we passed the Public Libary of New York. Our next stop was at a nice sandwich place near Times Square, obviously it was our Dinner at that night. After we had a huge and delicious sandwich we went to the Empire State Building. It a very impressing building and we got to go on the Top of this building. The observatory deck was on the 86th floor. We had to take two elevators to get there. Add the time of how long they each took to get to their top point it probably took us a minute to get to the deck. We had rain the whole day except for the hour we spent up there, we actually had snow up there. It was kinda cool to have snow up there, but sadly the view was influenced by this. I still think we had a great view up there.
Am 23.03.2013 startet meine Discovery Tour nach Boston, New York und Washington.
Unsere erste Buchung (16.03. – 23.03.2013) wurde ja leider von EF abgesagt da sich zu wenig Teilnehmer gefunden hatten.
Michael und ich freuen uns schon mächtig.
Und da es am 23.03. bereits sehr früh mit dem Flieger von Portland nach Boston geht, werden wir bereits am Freitag anreisen und eine Nacht in Portland verbringen.
Hier kommt mal die aktuelle Tourenplanung (in English) sowie als kleiner Vorgeschmack ein paar Bilder der wichtigsten Stationen der Tour (aus Wikipedia.org).
Nachdem der Kurztrip nach San Francisco aufgrund zu weniger Anmeldungen abgesagt wurde, habe ich mich nach langem Überlegen nun für die Discovery Tour nach New York, Boston und Washington entschieden.
Den genauen Touren- und Aktivitätenplan könnt Ihr hier sehen.
Und das coolste; Mein Gastbruder kommt auch mit.