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I've been a bit slow getting started. As always it’s busy when you get home, plus Dh perforated his ear drums (yep both) on decent, so has had extra time off & we had to make the horrible decision to put our lovely Lab/Retriever, Max, to sleep. A massive part of our family for 15 years. So all in all a bumpy return but am now determined to get this started.

Firstly for those that I haven't annoyed over the last 12 months a bit about us, 47 year old couple from Brisbane Australia. This trip was to do something special and memorable for our 25th wedding anniversary & I also decided to retire just before we left. (Actually taking a year off, Dh will join me in May next year for a year of trips and a break before deciding the next phase of our lives in 2011).

So after saying our goodbyes to our two daughters, 21 & 22 (21yr old still at home, will be looking after the house and the dog) we got our car service (compliments of work) to the airport. We flew B/class Qantas using points. The lounge at Brisbane airport is ok, but having flown B/class with Emirates last year it had a lot to live up to. A great flight, couple of movies, a nice dinner and a sleep and we touched down at LAX. We had an 8 hour wait for our flight to Nyc. Now, I'd researched and decided the best thing would be to try and get an earlier flight if possible. So we hung around the lounge and the gate with no luck. It was a horrible 8 hours. I'm not sure what the answer is, but leaving the airport was not an option for us. Although our bags were checked through to NYC, we were too shattered after the 131/2 hour flight, to think about site seeing etc.

So finally at 3.30pm we took off for NYC, an uneventful flight as we slept most of it. As with all our flights on this trip our seats were not together. But no problems as fellow passengers were more than happy to swap. I can't say we were thrilled with American Airlines, lots of 'attitude' from crew. We felt like we were really putting them out. Not friendly at all.

I'd booked a car through Carmel.com and it was a lovely easy convenient way to get to our hotel considering it was just after midnight. After a quick phone call once we had our bags a lovely young Russian guy met us at the designated area & drove us the 25 minutes to our hotel. The Tudor Hotel at the UN. I won this on priceline, we were really happy with the location and the standard of the hotel was great, friendly helpful staff, a great bed, good shower, but all in all as was suggested to me after I won it, the room really is too small for two adults with two large suitcases for 5 nights. But no complaints.

As always on the first couple of nights after arrival into the US our sleep was all over the place. Our days didn't really start 'till late morning. But we hit the ground running (well, walking) the first day. We just walked, Grand Central Station was just down from the hotel. So we went in and had a good look around. Had brunch at one of the bars, very handy for people watching. Walked down 42nd street to 5th Av then to Macy's ( a brief look around) then back along 7th ave to Time Square. Sat on the 'new' chairs (they weren't there last time) and had coffee. I've heard you locals say your not big fans of the pedestrian areas in T/square, but for us tourists it was nice to stop and rest and just people watch. Met a fellow Aussie couple and we took photos for each other, which was nice.

Got a couple of souvineer T Shirts for DD's at the MTV store, then walked up Broadway to Central Park. By now our feet (ok, my feet, DH can walk for ever) were pretty tired. So we hired some bikes and rode through the park. What fun. Rode to Bethsheda Fountain, around the lake to Strawberry Field, to the Dakota Building then to Columbus Circle and back. A great way to see the park. Found a lovely Whisky bar in Trump Plaza and had a well deserved drink. Walked back up 2nd ave to the hotel. Decided on dinner at a Irish pub across the road from our hotel, McFaddens. Just ok, but there was a football game on and the atmosphere was good.. We were hoping that the excercise might help us sleep. No go, we fall asleep ok, but can't stay asleep. Grrrrrr

Next, yes we did go to the Met!

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