We said to ourselves “At least once in a life” here in ” the “Big Apple” that encloses in its districts the story of a multicultural town with a rich history of people who moved here from all over the world, welcome to New York.
Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today
I want to be a part of it New York, New York…
Little time available, but so much wish to visit it, so we did not let the jet lag stop us, as well as the long flight and tirediness, and we left for a crazy weekend in New York.
Just arrived, we felt as we had entered in one of those American films, where roads congested by yellow cabs and sidewalks full of people walking in a definite direction, make you wonder if all that is real or only a great movie set.
So small among buildings that touch the sky you’re breathless, squeezed between the frenzy of this town that never seems to sleep, alive day and night, tirelessly.
We do not waste time, also because we do not have enough, then we leave our stuff in the hotel really looking forward to go out. We love to take pictures on the road and to see how people queue in front of vans selling street food of all kinds, from hot dogs to the notorious Mexican food and the air around us is filled with scents of any kind, from sweet-smelling onions the the stronger grilled wurstel.
We look around, we do not know where to turn our eyes, we look at every little detail and I notice immediately how people have different customs and traditions. There’s a girl who walks with sequin miniskirt and high heels in the morning, there is the business man in a suit and tie with his 24 hours and the newspaper who walks fast pace without almost never look ahead. Different people, everybody with their own fashion and style and we got seduced this variety, and curious as monkeys, we decide on the fly to go where they wanted to represent freedom and make it the symbol of the whole country, Statue of Liberty.
With its 93 meters height, including the pedestal, the Statue overlooks the entire bay of Manhattan, located at the center and visible up to 40 km away. It represents a woman wearing a long robe and holding in her right hand a torch (symbol of eternal freedom), while in the left holds a book where engraved is the date of the US Independence Day (July 4th, 1776). Broken chains at the foot instead symbolize freedmo from the despotic sovereign and on the head the crown with seven points as the seven continents.
Accessible by the boat leaving from Lower Manhattan, but only after security checks. You can choose various tours, let’s see them together:
– Liberty Island: this ticket includes the boat trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and its immigration museum. You can visit the island, see the statue but not to go inside it.
– The Crown is the highest level of the Statue of Liberty but tickets have to be booked months in advance, and only from the official site (book here). Due to its small dimensions, the limit is 240 people per day. Children can enter if taller than 1 meter and 20 centimeters and many advise against it if you suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia.
– The stand, to enjoy the stunning views of New York and Jersey City and to visit the museum, which tickets can also be for this tour, to be purchased from the official website (book here).
The Journey Continues …
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