So very excited this morning … climbing lady liberty today woohoo. Early start too but overslept because the day before wore me out more than I thought and I forgot to grab my lunch that I prepared. Dufus dufus…
The only thing was I unprepared for that was the weather.. I did not rug up enough for the cold weather which seemed to arrive overnight because it hadn’t been like that one the day before actually it had been a little warm. So I got lulled into a false sense of security and didn’t rug enough later as I discovered when I got off the subway.
|Looking towards New Jersey and the Colgate Clock|
The interesting thing I found this morning on the subway is the fact that eddy was right on the first day …no one on the subways smile. Also I had to change subways but it was a little bit confusing because it was a major station and it was not well signed but I got there in the end.
|Looking towards Downtown Manhattan|
|the cool ole fashioned map of Manhattan and subway system|
My advice to anyone catching the circle line – once you get out of the station look at Staten Island ferry and Turn right and head towards the circle building which kind of looks like of a fort. It is in the middle of the park which is really pretty but because it took longer than I thought I didn’t take the time to look around thinking I could do it after I go back. This is where you pick up your tickets to get onto the island.
|Part of the old torch|
Of course I had to go through the mandatory security check points and got herded with the rest of the cattle onto the boat. It was then I realised how cold it was when I got down there because I was not rugged up enough because it was windy and rain was threatening! Arrgggh not here too!
|Walking into the base of the statue|
Cruised across to Liberty Island aka Liberty State Park and because I was climbing to the top I had a special tag and had to go to the rangers office first then again through another security check point.
|Working my way through them slowly|
|from the top looking down|
|looking down inside the statue... thems some shocking stairs|
|The view from the crown|
|Looking towards the Torch side|
|Part of Lady Liberties face|
OMG OMG I am finally here… doing the happy dance in my head right now… hahaha. What a truly awesome birthday present to myself? :)
|Inside the statue .. and coming down|
On the way back down after following all my arrows that I had to I found my way outside … the coldness of the air took my breathe away, Literally!
|Some of the star points|
It is worth the walk through the museum and you can see the history of the design including the different torches. Also how It was brought over from France in pieces and reconstructed here.
|Now that is what I call a nut and bolt ?|
After walking around the first landing I went down to the Fort and froze again but it was a lot of fun with lots of tour groups and it was sooo cold but I did notice a lot of people wearing statue of liberty beanies so decided to attack the gift shop and see if I could get lucky with a beanie and jacket.
When I got to a locker tent so I could get my jacket … there was a major security lockdown happening! WTF So no access to the locker tent – even though there were staff telling everyone no you can’t get in please be patient and give us 10mins the amount of people argued with them. I decided to wait since I needed my jacket and I was getting really cold since I only had on my thin jumper.
|Looking up from level 1 of the monument|
So I went out to enjoy lunch in the fleeting sunshine before I tackled the shopping because it was packed in the shop … the only thing I find weird about American people they really don’t get the concept of a) a vegetable doesn’t constitute a meal b) there is a line for a reason and c) it is not acceptable to put chips with everything.
|Top - Level 1 then level 2 and then base|
I tried to get a chicken salad sandwich and ended up with chicken cheese and lettuce … and chips on the side which I did not ask for. In the meantime while I was waiting to be served I got pushed out of the way but luckily the girl at the counter saw what happened and I got served… I am not THAT short peoples…
|wweeeeee look at the hair trying to fly away ... Hard to self portrait|
|About the island - which they officially call Bedloes but every one calls |
it Liberty Island
|The Plaque in the museum|
|The original cast|
|In the museum|
|In the museum|