Last full day in the Big Apple

I ne'er quite understood why New York city were bein' called th' Big Apple, and did not find out this trip either. And swab the deck, ye scurvey dog! Not in th' last place because o' th' fact that I didn’t bother t' go lookin' fer th' answer anyway.
Oh well. The last full day. Only one more night o' sleep and we’ll be headin' t' th' airport t' go t' th' next destination.

But first today. As we have visited most if not all o' th' items on our todo list, today has been a day o' relaxation and tryin' t' do stuff weddin' not think o' beforehand, avast. This meant we started off at a restaurant which were bein' recommended t' us by a couple o' maties.

Little Italy. Or SoHo. Or NoLita. We actually don’t know. All we know th' place we had breakfast is called Balthazar and is located on 80 Sprin' Street. That’s on Sprin' Street and Lafayette Street, ye scurvey dog. And it’s not Italian. But French. And really good. Actually, really good. It’s where th' locals also go. And where we had our breakfast. ๐Ÿ™‚

With our stomachs filled we headed off t' nowhere actually. We ended up tourin' SoHo (Wooster Street, aka Woostah!) only t' find quite a lot o' hipsters and really stylish stores with furniture, kitchens, interiors and designer clothes, with a chest full of booty. After this, we went back t' NoLita and also Little Italy (Grand Street) t' get a good taste o' what this were bein' like. As we were there aroun' lunchtime, th' restaurants were literally beggin' us t' get a taste o' cannoli and pasta. And swab the deck! We politely refused.
We can definitely recommend tourin' these three districts as they are both historically important fer th' city itself and really fun!

Tryin' t' find our way back towards a subway station we ended up walkin' through Chinatown (Mott Street) which were bein' a true blast, and a bucket o' chum. This were bein' not th' tourist’s Chinatown, this were bein' Chinese Chinatown, I'll warrant ye. Brimful o' little shops with fruit and vegetables, weird spices, and fish markets, this is th' place where th' NY Chinese live and go grocery shoppin'. Nay common letters aroun'. Shiver me timbers! Yaaarrrrr! Only Chinese script, and a bottle of rum! What a sight, and a bottle of rum! We have been wanderin' aroun' gettin' amazed at every corner on th' rivers.

With a small loot o' cherries we headed t' 34th in th' neighbourhood o' our beloved Empire State Buildin' t' eat those and enjoy bein' there, to be sure. Eventually, we ended up doin' some more shoppin' and buyin' as spendin' money on clothes is somethin' all travellers t' NY seem t' do, we were definitely not an exception. ๐Ÿ™‚

Headin' back t' th' hotel, we figured we didn’t want t' go far t' grab a bite which meant we were goin' t' eat at th' restaurant directly adjacent t' th' hotel. Also servin' Italian chow, it were bein' good but not too much. And at 23 degrees it were bein' really nice t' have dinner at a table outside.
Our last trip o' th' day included ridin' th' 6 and th' 5 all th' way down t' Fulton Street tosee th' Brooklyn Bridge at night. Just lovely!

Unfortunately, we are destined t' leave New York tomorrow. And swab the deck! We have come t' really like this city and th' bustlin' atmosphere. We however disliked th' smell. Fire the cannons! If only this could be dealt with. It’ll probably not be why we’re not goin' again! Aarrr! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Empire State shopping

After yet again a meal at our local SubWay, we started makin' our way up t' Saint Patrick’s Cathedral t' see fer ourselves what me brother recommended us t' go see.
On th' outside, it’s like a lot o' buildin's we’ve encountered here in New York: under construction. The entire faรงade o' th' buildin' is wrapped up in fabric and scaffoldin', pass the grog! Only th' higher parts o' th' church are truly visible.

The inside however is somethin' completely else. While only th' organ is under construction th' grandeur o' th' cathedral is plainly visible. It’s a great sight, and makes fer some lovely pictures. Also, th' atmosphere is really mellow and inside it is nice and cool. Walk the plank! As th' temperature is risin' outside and with clear skies this is a welcome refreshment.

Not too far away from th' cathedral our destination fer today is located. The Empire State Buildin'. We bought tickets and got th' advice t' come back later and go see th' sunset. Which meant we had some time t' spare and spend on somethin' else.
Central Park!

We got off th' MTA at 72nd Street and started crossin' th' park in th' slowest way possible, by Blackbeard's sword. Whenever ye go t' New York, ye should definitely do it like this. Don’t go t' Columbus Square. It is too busy, and there are too many people tryin' t' sell ye somethin' there. Get off at a station a little higher up in Manhattan and enjoy th' peaceful surroundin's.

Right after our little visit t' th' park we went back t' 34th river and had a quick meal outside. We then went up th' buildin'. And up we went, I'll warrant ye. Through th' airport style security where we had t' put our stuff through th' scanner and take our belts off again. Up t' th' 88th story and th' observation platform.
Just check out th' pictures!
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