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'If you're going to be thinking anything you might as well think big.'
Donald Trump
No trip to New York would be complete without a walk down Fifth Avenue where all the big fashion labels and shops reside.
Donald Trump is a big name in New York and we were curious to check out his Trump Tower.
We also wanted to see Fao Schwartz, known for its life sized stuffed animals and high end toys.
The ground floor of Fao now had lollies galore and it seemed that bigger was better.
This gummy bear would take a while to eat!
Mum loves sour worms but this was a little over the top!
The piano Tom Hanks played in the movie 'Big.' Yours to take home for a stack of cash!
We enjoyed seeing all of the different toys for sale and were pleased we had no children with us nagging us to buy things!
Dad liked these stuffed bears but would have had to paid for another seat to get them back to Australia.

Dad was relieved that our trip into Tiffany only resulted in a visit to the bathrooms. He was sweating a little when mum mentioned rubies. Lucky for him they did not have any!


The last time I was in New York I stood at the top of one of the 'World Trade Centre' towers so I felt it was fitting that I went back to see the memorial site. Although it is a work in progress, as memorials go it is very tasteful. If you are planning to visit the 9/11 Memorial be sure to get your free tickets on line Here

Base of the first tower.
Happy to be at the memorial after a long line and many ticket checks.
Names of some of the people who lost their lives.
The base where the second tower stood.
The 'Freedom Tower' which is not quite finished.
Standing under the 'survivor tree.'
I loved these eye mosaics at the subway station on the way home. Were they reminding us that 'big brother' is watching?

Although it doesn't take long to visit, we would still recommend doing so.


We could not let mum and dad miss out on the highline so we went for a stroll along it late one afternoon.
The water section was popular thanks to the high temperatures over the past week.
Dad getting friendly with the temporary art work!
These deck chairs were my favourite as they are mounted on wheels and can slide alone the railway track.
Nick was a good sport when we saw this sign up on The High Line.
Back at the Chelsea market we checked out the beer samples
And just happened to pop into the cupcake shop.

If you are visiting New York a walk along The High Line is a must.


I was fortune enough to go to Central park twice on the same day.

In the morning I went with mum and dad and we hired a pedal cab to take us to see the main sites. It was such a hot day and we felt sorry for Dorian before we even got in.

The new 90 floor luxury apartment block being built sticks out like a sore thumb. Penthouses on the top floors are starting at about 90 Million dollars. It is being called Billionaire's Haven.
Mum and dad at the Bethesda fountain.
Walking toward Bethdesa terrace.
Might have been a little early for ice-cream but it was so hot it had to be done!
Looking down 'The Wall'
Looking towards San Remo Towers
John Lennon memorial at Strawberry Fields. Seems the thing to do was to stand on top of it to prove you had been there.

In the afternoon we joined the Central Park: Secrets, surprises and scenery tour with out favourite tour guide and founder of City Rovers, Max.

Max treated us to a Belgium waffles to get our energy up at the start of the tour.
The designers of Central Park wanted it to be a living art work. Looks like they achieved their wish!
Big bird and Elmo were also enjoying the park.
Having a rest on the grass in front of The Dairy.
The Dairy
Walking down 'The Mall'
Max sitting under the street sign that immortalises the designers of the park. They did not want a statue!
Bethesda Terrace
An amazing acrobat performing in the shade. He actually held that pose for about 10-15 seconds!
Looking towards the boat house.
One of the ways the park raises money is by getting people to sponser a bench. All you need is a spare $25000 if you want your own special plaque. For $7500 you just get the bench.

Or you can sponsor a tree…….

The beautiful Bow Bridge, popular place for wedding photographers and movie crews.
Looking towards San Remo Towers
John Lennon memorial at Strawberry fields without the tourists on it.
The Dokota building where Lennon was shot and where Yoko Ono still lives today.
Looking back towards the city.
Shakespeare's garden
Belvedere castle
View from the castle

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Central Park. If you do not want to walk too far the pedal cab tour is a good option. If you are up for a walk and want to learn many interesting things along the way we would definitely recommend the tour with Max. In such a busy city it is nice to have an escape, somewhere to sit for a while and watch the birds, squirrels and trees!