The huge benefit of a coach tour is that your bags are collected from your room and loaded on the coach while we go to breakfast. While we have been in New York, we have had absolutely fabulous weather except for one day of rain and cold.
SOME OBSERVATIONS OF NYC
But firstly, some observations of New York City:
People here are friendly, helpful and unfailingly polite. We had numerous of examples of people giving up seats on the subway and buses, being helpful with directions or recommendations and using manners.
New York is made up of 5 Boroughs - Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn. The smallest is Manhattan which is an island but it has by far the most people. Manhattan is 12.5 miles from top to bottom and 0.5 miles across with a population of 8.3 million people. Central Park is 860 acres of English design in a rectangle of 0.5 miles across and 2.5 miles from top to bottom.
The streets of New York are easy to navigate. The oldest part of Manhattan is the southern tip and was first settled by the Dutch when they bought it off the Indians in 1624. This part of Manhattan has streets with names - Canal Street, Wall Street etc.
The rest of Manhattan has Avenues which run from South to North - 1st Avenue to 12th Avenue. Streets numbered from 1st into the hundreds and run from east to west.
Tipping is customary in the service industry - doormen, taxi drivers, waiters etc etc. There are about 13 rules and 27 different variations of this as to when, how much and can you not get away with it.
Two small observations - the beds here are too high for short people and the toilet pedestals are too low for tall people.
This is just a great place to visit. Here are some pictures that had me thinking.
Street signs - don't block the box!!
What the..........? sign on bus
Sign in Mens Toilet - so it is not water on the floor!
Car Parking New York style... - How do they get them up there?
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States, and the fifth-most-populous city in the United States. It is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, and it is the only consolidated city-county in Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 1,526,006, growing to 1,547,607 in 2012 by Census estimates. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural center of the Delaware Valley, home to over 6 million people and the country's sixth-largest metropolitan area.
During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the Revolutionary War, and the city served as the temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction.
Independence House Philadelphia
The Liberty Bell
Grave of Benjamin Franklin
Philip and Julie Kornmann at the Visitors Centre
It is wonderful being back in Washington DC with good friends and great weather.