Merry Christmas everyone!|
I left the warm weather behind me this morning as I winged my way north to New York City. I'm staying where I always stay when in New York, the Hilton across from Rockefeller Center. I spent my day walking around the city. The streets were jammed with tourists and people doing their last minute Christmas shopping. Times Square (pictured below) is just a few blocks over from my hotel.
I stopped to watch people skating at Rockefeller Center. In the picture below you can see the huge Christmas tree.
Below is 6th Avenue, or Avenue of the Americas. You can see Radio City down the street and some Disney Characters collecting for Charity on the street.
I love walking around the city, but it was a bit chilly today. The city is nicely decorated for Christmas. Below you can see some giant Christmas Ornaments in the fountain across from the Time Life Building.
Tonight I took a holiday lights tour. It was an awful tour. All we did was sit in traffic and saw very little.
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve tomorrow.
in Rockefeller Center, a walk down Fifth Avenue, more ice skaters in Bryant Park, Macy's and its
store windows, Times Square and a holiday lights tour.
Ho Ho Ho!|
I did a lot of walking today. I left the hotel after 8:00 this morning. Since it gets dark at 4:30 there's no time to sleep in. You may have seen me on the Today Show this morning if you were watching around 8:30. I was standing right there as they panned the crowd. Being Christmas Eve all the regulars had the day off. I watched for a while as they did their outside segment and then moved on. Do you recognize the lady in the photo below? She was the one subbing for Meredith Vieira.
I walked down Fifth Avenue looking at the store windows decorated for Christmas. Below is Cartier on Fifth Avenue.
I was going to walk down Fifth Avenue to 34th Street. But I had to take a detour around 40th Street because the police had closed the street because of a suspicious package. It was a nice detour because it took me through Bryant Park where I watched folks ice skating.
Once at 34th Street I visited Macy's. The windows were decorated to the theme of Miracle on 34th Street. I took some pictures but they didn't come out too well because of the glass and glare. I walked through the store but I didn't buy anything.
From here I journeyed down to Battery Park. I decided to take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. We passed by the Statue of Liberty on the way. I didn't spend any time in Staten Island, I came right back. Can't beat the price, the Staten Island Ferry is free.
Before heading back to Midtown I stopped at the South Street Seaport. From here you get a nice view of the Brooklyn Bridge.
By this point I was getting cold and tired so I headed back to the hotel to warm up. I ventured back out after it got dark. There were people everywhere looking at the holiday decorations. I walked over to 30 Rock to see the tree at night. There were so many people there it was like Times Square on New Years Eve.
I hope Santa can find me tonight since I'm not at home. Tomorrow evening I am going to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and that will pretty much end my vacation. I fly home Sunday afternoon.
I hope you all have, or had, depending on when you're reading this, a very Merry Christmas.
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