Our first full day in the city was non-stop.
A little fact about me, I'm a massive organiser. So big, that every day was planned for the whole week with all tickets bought in advance, the subway lines and stops figured out and a list of restaurants nearby for every place we were near.
I know, a little crazy but trust me having the week organised made it the easiest week possible. We knew where to be and I'd planned days where we did whole areas in one day rather than going back and forth which saved a lot of time.
So our first stop was heading down to South Ferry and catching the ferry for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Lady Liberty was much smaller than I thought she'd be but my favourite part was seeing the view of downtown Manhattan.
We had tickets to go right up to her crown which was amazing but the heat was ridiculous. What you can't see from these pictures is how much we were sweating, so climbing 200+ stairs in a copper statue was intense. I'd definitely recommend doing it (tickets sell out months in advance for the crown so booking is a necessity) when weather is cooler.
Bag: Just Fab
|View from inside Lady Liberty's Crown|
Then we hopped back on the ferry to Ellis Island which was really fascinating. The immigration hall was memorising as it was so big yet seemed so small for thousands of people to be queuing through.
After getting the ferry back to Manhattan we walked through Wall Street to Ground Zero and the 9/11 museum.
As difficult as it was to see artefacts and replay out the day of September 11th, it's definitely something you can't go to New York and not do.
We then headed back to the hotel for a recharge before dinner, where on the way we once again got caught in storm Arthur!!
For dinner we went to Hooters as my friend really wanted to go.
I had a grilled cheese platter which was super delicious, then we headed to bed full and extremely tired from a long day.
Ready for day 3 tomorrow?
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