Living Arrows 12/52 St Patrick’s Day Weekend

What a fun filled weekend we had. On top of that we got an extra day. On Friday it was St. Patrick’s Day which is a public holiday in Ireland. We had lots of plans made. Matthew’s godfather was coming over with his son and his wife. His son is nearly fourteen years of age so Matthew had lots of fun playing with him.

Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and it was drizzling rain most of the weekend but that still didn’t stop us from keeping to our plan. On Friday Matthew’s godfather went to the parade in Dublin City while we sat at home and watched it on the TV. Cosy and not getting wet. I am glad we didn’t go because he said it wasn’t that good and it was only an hour long. Normally the parade starts at midday but this time it didn’t start until 12.40pm for some reason.

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New York Travel Journal Part 2

Saturday 5th March just like every morning we went down first to have some breakfast to get us through the morning for our sightseeing.

After our refreshments we walked down 5th avenue which was only the street next to our hotel. First stop was the Flat Iron. If Karo didn’t tell me about it, I would have never heard of it. As the name says, it’s basically a flat building.

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On the way we passed Madison Square. They had a really good dog park where the dogs can go wild in. Something Ireland might want to consider for its parks too. I am not the biggest dog fan but this was genius.

Down the road from Flat iron building we took the Subway to the Brooklyn Bridge which leads us to our next attraction of New York. We walked over the bridge, took some photos and explored the water side of Brooklyn before we headed off to see the World trade center by Subway. In Brooklyn by the water (the quarter was called Dumbo) they had some sort of sign in the middle of the lawn. Whether it was supposed to say “Yo” or Oy”, I don’t know, we captured both ways. Right along the side there was a carousel in a glass building which looked pretty cool. When we viewed there was a little party going on, it looked like a Christening. Entrance for the carousel was $2 but we didn’t go on it.

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The weather was much better that day, at least it was not snowing and the sun was shining which is why the place was packed. Last time I’ve been to New York they were still building the tower and the memorials so it was nice to see it finished this time round.

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Battery Park was the next place. At the lunch time hour we had a delicious hot dog from a stand outside on the road. These stands seem to be very popular and it’s so odd seeing people eating in the middle of the road. Whether it’s a busy road or not or standing or sitting down. Every time we passed these stands, the delicious smell of chicken kebab went up our nose. Even thinking about it now, I am getting hungry. I didn’t get to have one but the hot dog was even worth the money.

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We had 2 options of seeing the statue of liberty. Either pay 18 dollars and see it up close and enter the island where it’s placed or pay nothing and see it from far. We went for the free option and took the Staten Island Ferry which is an orange ferry free of charge for all passengers in case anyone fancies going down this route. It departs pretty much every 30 mins and more during the week I think.

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When we took the next ferry back to Manhattan, we got onto the R subway back to midtown. We haven’t discovered Paley Park waterfall yet so before it was getting dark, we decided to go on the hunt. When you hear park, you probably imagine a big park with a waterfall in the middle right? Not at all, it was a little area with a few trees, tables and chairs and a waterfall at the end between 2 hight building. Very pretty though.

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That evening I invited Karo to a delicious meal in TGI Friday’s off Times Square which ended our pretty much second day in the Big Apple. This was her first meal in TGI’s and she really enjoyed it. That’s what she said anyway. Because we were in New York there is nothing else I could have other than baby back ribs. Heaven!

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