Day 33: Coming to America

Even though summer is over, there are still plenty of tourists here, from what we are seeing, mostly English, Australian and European. We decided to do the most touristy thing on Friday hoping it might not be as crowded as the weekend. It was still pretty busy.

We headed to Battery Park and hopped on the ferry to the Statues of Liberty. We walked around and enjoyed the view of the statue and the city but we were not able to go into the statue. For future reference you need to book those tickets a few months in advance. But we did take a tour with National Park Ranger which is always very informative.

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From there we took the ferry to Ellis Island. We were there for at least 3 hours and still did not see everything. Another fascinating day. The exhibits provide a comprehensive review of Ellis Island history, who came here and how they got here, how they were processed, what happened to immigrants while they were on the Island and what happened after they left. It was REALLY interesting.

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The Island was basically shut down in the 50s and was totally abandoned until some journalist came over to document what was at the Island, which then led to the renovation process. But they did save and have on display some of the original beds, kitchen equipment, medical equipment, etc., which was pretty cool to see. There are tons of first hand stories about experiences at the Island which are incorporated into all of the displays. (We were so engrossed in it all, I forgot to take pictures which would have been great to share – sorry!)

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We caught one of the last ferries back to Battery Park and found a pretty good Mexican restaurant for dinner before heading back to Brooklyn.

Day 32: The Big Apple

Thursday was a travel day. We arrived in New York just around 4:00 so got to experience some NY traffic. After a week in NY I will never again complain about LA traffic!

We found our rental unit in Brooklyn. We are in an area called Bedford-Stuyvesant which is a traditionally  Jewish Orthodox area, but it is quite a mix of cultures. It is also known for its African American population, the owners of our unit are Puerto Rican while the area is becoming gentrified with Millennials.

We texted my nephew Diego who also lives in Brooklyn about dinner and he suggested a trendy Moroccan restaurant in a very trendy part of Brooklyn called Williamsburg. So, we bought our subway passes and took our first subway trip over to Williamsburg. We had great dinner and a lovely walk around the area. So much fun to be with Diego.

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Day 31: Goodbye to Boston

It was difficult to decide what to do for our last day in Boston. So many options. We contemplated a whale watching tour, hop/on off trolley tour, or following one of he American Women’s Heritage Trail. We opted for the AWHT which started at the Capital. While in the Capital we saw that you could take a tour, so we decided to join a tour. We ended up with a group from Ireland so the tour guide focused on the many statues, murals and portraits of historical figures and events and provided a thorough discussion of the historical significance so it fit very well with our history focus.

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Afterward we were a little too tired and hungry to continue with our AWHT walk (we will resume it the next time we in Boston!) so decided to go over to Quincy Market for lunch. Afterward we walked down to the water and walked around the boardwalk. We then went home to make a special dinner for Marilyn and Peter and watched the Red Sox game.