After our visit to Niagara falls and Washington, we proceeded to the final leg of our tour, the dream city, the commercial capital of USA, New York.
When we traveled from New Jersey to New York, we were stunned to see the beautiful sky line of New York city. Though I have seen this in so many Hollywood movies, yet to see in person is really awesome.
New York City is the densely populated city in US. The icon synonymous with New York is none other than The Statue of Liberty. It was a gift from France to USA marking the completion of a hundred years of the American Declaration of independence.
We were excited to see the Liberty Island where the iconic Statue of Liberty stands with majesty. She stands 305 feet tall including her pedestal and foundation, and the flame of her extended torch is coated in gold leaf as a constant, shining welcome to all visitors, immigrants, and to Americans returning home.
The boat ride to Liberty Island is so picturesque and we enjoyed the view of Liberty Statue in different angles. When we were close to the Statue, it appeared so huge .
After visiting Liberty Island, we proceeded for sightseeing with a local guide who took us to the important areas of New York. First we touched the famous Wall Street, The city is the host of the New York Stock Exchange, which happens to be the biggest stock exchange of the world. As a result many major multinationals have their offices and centers in the city, contributing immensely to its economy. The Charging Bull is a bronze sculpture by artist Arturo Di Modica, which stands in front of the Stock exchange is the main attraction for the tourists.
After the Wall street, we came to the Fifth Avenue, which is a major thoroughfare in Manhattan. It is considered one of the most expensive and elegant streets in the world. Our tour guide informed that people who live here are billionaires and people who come to New York also become billionaires !
We have also seen Central Park, Rockfeller Tower, China Town, UN Headquarters, Freedom tower, Ground Zero, Trump Tower, NBCC Building, Apple store, Newark Airport & JFK Airport.
We got an opportunity to have an aerial view of New York city through one world observatory. It has 104 storeys and we were taken to its 102 floor through lift. We amazed that it took only few seconds for us to reach its 102 floor. While going in the lift they project scenery of City’s sky line on the walls of the lift and it make us believe that we are in a lift with glass walls ! Our breath stopped for a second to see the city from the top. What an experience !
Our guide took us to the beautiful Brooklyn bridge. The Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge. It connects the Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States and was the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge.
In the evening we were at Times Square. Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. This spot was so vibrant with lot of activities. You never get bored when you are in Times square. The city glitters in the night with huge electronic bill boards almost in every building.
We were pleased when one of my nephew, who is the resident of the great city New York visited us along with his family.
Next day we left USA with beautiful memories to take back home. After spending almost 12 days in USA, it is unfair if I don’t convey my feeling about Americans. The first quality that inspired me was that whenever you happened to come across them, no matter whether you known to them or not but never failed to say ‘Hello’ with a pleasing smile. Next one is that their discipline. Wherever they go they form a queue and stand patiently till their turn comes. The next best quality is even if anybody breach the rules, they never get disturbed and say coolly ‘its OK’. These qualities I wish to embrace in my life.