Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Homeward Bound

Today I visited Washington DC. It's a four hour drive from New York City and I went on a bus tour.
Driving through four states, New Jersey; Delaware;Maryland and Virginia.
Stopped at all the monuments from the Vietnam War Memorial to the White House. It was very impressive.
We also visited the Smithsonian Space and Flight Museum, not really my cup of tea but interesting all the same.
I also got to get a photo with Yoko Ono! Yeah at the Madam Trussards in Washington. Rather fitting the day after John's Birthday. There was a young German lady on the tour who had been at the Imagine Mosaic yesterday.
My journey home begins rather early 7:30am flying from JFK Airport here in New York then to LA International, I have a four hour wait for my flight from there back to Sydney. So far no flight delays and I get home on Saturday. Surprisingly I still have some money left, look out shops at the airport!
See you back Downunder
Cheers Nospoj
PS The photo's will be up by Sunday, all being well

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It's Johnnie's Birthday

Talk about fun,"Gary" The Mayor arrived and created a Peace Symbol on the moasic ,greeted everyone who was there, a couple of guys had guitars and started playing "In my Life" everyone joined in singing. A lot of tour groups went through, some didn't even realise it was John's Birthday! I'm back at the hotel now to warm up, it's been drizzling rain all morning and still very cold. Going back later.

My day with the Big Apple Greeter yesterday was great fun, walked up to the subway and caught it to Columbus Circle, then first stop was the Oriental Hotel went up to the 35th floor for an amazing view of Central Park and surrounds. We then walked around the Lincoln Centre and then wandered upper west side had lunch at Arties New York Deli, I discovered I like chopped liver, and we had birthday cake for dessert. My greeter, Joseph is 74 yrs old and so knoweledgable about NY. Cannot recommed the service highly enough!

Last night I finally met  my lively friend Dawn and her equally lovely Husband, Kerry, along with her Mum and Dad, who are here celebrating  firstly the Golden Wedding Anniversary of herMum and Dad and Dawn's Birthday on Wednesday. What a lovely family, throughly enjoyed our short time together.

Back from Strawberry Fields, my second visit of the day. So glad I went back when I did, there were now 6 or maybe 8 guitarists and at least a hundred or so people there. People kept coming and going.
We sang nearly every John song and also Beatles songs.

A John look a like playing guitar made for a very surreal experience. Got lots of photos and also made a few little movies. Sorry to say I've left my camera cord at home and the memory card reader I bought in Vegas is pretty crap so will post all pics and videos when I get home on Saturday.

Today was totally amazing, so that's two things I can now cross off my bucket list.

Tomorrow I'm off to visit Washington DC, then on Thursday I begin the long haul home. Don't want this experience to end but I'm also missing everyone. You'd think none of my family and friends had never heard of email. Oh well I'm doing fine, and Thanks Cathy and Dawn for you comments and  emails.
Till tomorrow
Peace and Love

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sometime In New York continued..........

Well beside the weather being freezing I had a great day yesterday Sunday 7th October.
Started my morning with a nice Breakfast on Broadway (yep I'm eating).
Then caught a Hop on Hop off bus for Downtown.
First stop was the World Trade Centre was interesting to see the new towers being built. There will now be four towers and they are going to be taller than the previous two.Can remember all the stats but you now how to Google don't you.
Then walked from there to see the Brooklyn Bridge, was thinking of walking across but no there was some 2,000 runners doing a fun run across it.
Have I mentioned how I'm not loving all the other tourists here. Some are nice - they don't speak English but others Oh My Lord! Enough said.
Saw the Supreme Court building, you've seen it too if you watch Law and Order, it's the building with all the steps, impressive.
Then hoped back on the bus to Battery Park and The Statue!
Some amazing architecture here besides the Empire State Building. They have a eight wall plaque to those who died at sea during World War Two backed by the Biggest Eagle statue I've ever seen.
Pics' to come when I can. Went to the Jewish Heritage Museum which was housed over three floors.
Then it was downtown to Macy's Department Store, sorry but it didn't impress me much!
Found myself back at Times Square and the M&M Factory Store, not good if your a chocolate lover like me. Was rather fascinating all the same.
I've already mentioned how cold it was well, I bought myself some long john's and thick socks for tomorrow when I spend the day with my Big Apple Greeter, looking forward to that and hopefully will finally catch up with Dawn perhaps for dinner.
Well I'm still having fun and loving this adventure will report more tomorrow