Okay day three in New York! After my night on the beers the night before, I was forced to sleep-in just a little bit. I woke up around 11am and made my way to time square again as this was where the “greyline” bus tour began from! This tour practically consisted of all the main touristy sites of downtown New York City. I was lucky enough to get on the top level of the bus for the best view.
The best thing about this tour is at any point during the trip I could jump off the bus and see one of the tourist attractions and then jump on the next tour bus that came past every 15 minutes. We firstly scooted past the Empire State Building and then I jumped off at the next stop which was for “Little Italy” and “China Town” (Aussie town or little Australia was yet to be seen).
Oh mate, Little Italy pleased all my senses! It literally looked like America stole a street in Italy and had it shipped over and placed in the middle of NYC. I’d been patiently holding out for lunch expecting great things from this magical place.
After strolling the street and pretending I was in Italy like Marshal does in “how I met your mother”, I found a nice little Italian restaurant. They were advertising my favorite food in the world; home made gnocchi. Home made is the key to this food and I have only had my favorite food less than 10 times before in my life as it takes about 5 hours to make (I know this because I’ve made it with my Noona before).
It came out and it definitely delivered, it tasted just like Noona used to make it! I listened to some Italian street music and then I was off to China Town.
China town was as dodgy as ever, with little back street deals and stores that sold $15 NYPD (New York Police Department) hoodies which I obviously invested in. They had a few cool food market stores and lots of natural eastern medicine shops.
Okay back to the bus and off to the 9/11 memorial (aka “ground zero”). This was a very moving place and I felt shivers down my spine as I looked at where the Twin Towers once stood, now fully appreciating the size of these buildings. The base of the buildings are now replaced with massive pools of water which are surrounded by the names of all the volunteers and fireman and other people that died in this awful tragedy.
I found that I wasn’t able to stick around for too long so i ventured back to the bus. I finished the bus tour by visiting the Statue of Liberty. Our local tour guide Sophia met me at the South ferry and recommended I jump on the free Statten island ferry which went straight past the statue, so this I did. And as everyone said which I also can now clarify, it’s a lot smaller than expected!
I had one more place that i had to check out before I went home! The sex museum. This place was so entertaining, they had some weird shit to say the least! They actually had a tour upstairs of all different statues and sex history and general facts so I thought that sounded right up my alley and went for it. Money well spent I’d say!
This brought me late into the night so I went home, slammed some pizza and watched a movie that they put on in the common room of the hostel. A great day all in all 🙂