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Old 11th January 2010, 01:04   #31
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Nice travelogue and pics, TSEA.

I like the way you are narrating the trip and the great pics just add to it. Looking forward to more
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Old 11th January 2010, 09:19   #32
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@TSEA----The pics are lovely, and so is the narration. Keep them coming.

BTW, I plan to visit NY next Saturday and Sunday--leaving from DC on Sat morning in a Greyhound. Can you suggest what are the 'must see' places for a Sunday? Also, what is the fee for each visit, like the Empire State Bldg, Green Lady, etc.
Thanks.
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Old 11th January 2010, 22:19   #33
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..Can you suggest what are the 'must see' places for a Sunday? Also, what is the fee for each visit, like the Empire State Bldg, Green Lady, etc.
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Empire: 20$, Green Lady: Free (Pay for the ferry that takes you to the Island: 12$). In case you are planning to cover more places , my suggestion will be to pick up a New York Pass (http://www.newyorkpass.com/) for Sunday (If possible, pick it yourself on Saturday itself). New York Pass will save you time by allowing you to bypass queues at some places as well as save you money. Cover Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Madame Tussaud's for sure. If possible, take one of the cruise as well (it may be very cold though). Start early on Sunday (check opening timings for various attractions that you plan to cover) and use the subway to reach places faster.

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Nice travelogue and pics, TSEA...
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Woooooow !!!
..We were there in October and save Niagara,experienced cloudy n rainy three days at New York.Check out my travelogue as well
@vigsom: Just checked your Travelogue. You have taken very nice Niagara pics. I am sure you enjoyed your visit.
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Old 13th January 2010, 07:18   #34
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Day 5: 7 Lakes Drive and Family
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Plan for the day:

1. Meet Family and maybe a little sightseeing.

How the day actually went:

Got a drop early morning to my cousin’s place in NJ from our generous hosts. My younger brother had also come down from Boston. Had a major family history recap with my brothers, as the ladies of the house felt completely left out.

My cousin had planned for a 7 Lakes drive. Our ride for the day was my cousin's Hyundai Elantra.

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Had a rather heavy breakfast of Egg-Cheese Bagels and Hot Chocolate (my poor wife had to survive on donuts) on the way.

7 lakes drive is essentially a drive around 7 lakes! (nice description). Jokes apart, it’s a highly recommended drive with ample fall color viewing opportunity. But weather was not really on my side in this trip. It was overcast and soon it started raining. Here are some the pics that I was able to manage:

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On the way back we had lunch at “On the Border” (the colors on this restaurant were as vibrant as those of the fall foliage) (Mexican Cuisine).

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Some more gapshap, lot more cups of tea, a Hindi Soap Opera and we called it a day.

Tomorrow - Will the Green Lady Shine?
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Old 13th January 2010, 07:41   #35
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Day 6: Statue of Liberty
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Plan for the day:

1. Checkout the Green lady.

How the day actually went:

Younger brother has to leave back for Boston (he is studying over there). Had aalo-paratha for breakfast and then left for New York again to visit Statue of Liberty. Got down at Port Authority and took the Subway for the first time.
Once outside the station, I was surprised to the see that the Sun had finally come out. It was beautiful:

Clear Sunny Day (At last)

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Blue Sky

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Took tickets for the Ferry that takes people to the Liberty island. There was a long queue for the ferry and this gave me an opportunity for some more time pass photography:

Are you looking at me!

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Balancing Proudly

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Last Cry

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There were many street performers entertaining the crowd. One such guy asked me from where I was and then played “Mera Joota Hai Japani” instrumental on some kind of a drum.

Finally our turn came (after a good 1.5 hours waiting in queue) and we boarded the ferry. Some pics from the ferry:

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After getting down on the Liberty Island, we decided to eat first. I ordered one chicken burger and one vegetable burger with some fries. The food was shockingly bad (though it looked very tempting):

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It was time for exploring the Liberty island:

She was magnificent!

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Smart Bird!

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Finally we boarded the ferry back to the harbor. We tried covering Central Park, but it got dark.

I did not cover many places in New York, partly because of the weather and partly because of our laziness
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We left for Houston next day morning. The return journey was uneventful apart from the fact that my wife did not find “Butternut Squash Soup” at Chicago (our stopover).

Learning’s and TIPS:

1. The wait for Statue of Liberty is long (even on weekdays and offseason)
2. Food at Liberty Island is pathetic.
3. Try to get on one of the Cruise that take your around New York waters.

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This brings me to the end of my travelogue. Thanks folks for your remarks and encouragement.

Bye Bye New York

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Old 13th January 2010, 09:29   #36
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Awesome travelogue TSEA. I am sure that you are good at it and it was just that you were lazy I guess. Just kidding pal. The awesome snaps have revived my trip to NY and the whole of North-East all the way up to Maine. The fall colors are truly awesome. Thanks for sharing these.
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Old 13th January 2010, 23:13   #37
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Very good travelogue and beutiful pictures - Liked the Niagra ones.
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Old 15th January 2010, 18:44   #38
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TSEA
Buddy, I enjoyed your travelogue. I especially liked the learnings and tips section. And you are good at photography. The fall colors, the snow, the green lady.. all in all a very nicely compiled one.
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Old 16th January 2010, 13:16   #39
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Lovely pics TSEA and a great narration too, really enjoyed this one !
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What ? Finished already ? Go on buddy - write and post some more. enjoyed the write up and the pictures. Super stuff.
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Chevelle, Niagara is best seen from Canadian Side. I heard that the "behind the falls" tour is awesome.
Yes indeed, i was told the same when i visited Niagara.

The journey behind the falls was intriguing as well as mind boggling. i found it so as i was just 17 at that time. apparently, the elevator takes us 11 floors below and when we come behind the falls its absolutely heart stopping experience.

i guess it has to be experienced, describing it would have no impact on how i felt. trust me, it worth every penny and time.

Also Niagara Falls, Canada has 1 casino which my parents visited while i couldn't due to age restriction. There are only two casino in whole of Canada, one in Niagara another in Toronto. I was told this by my uncle who has stayed there for 30 years. Don't know if its true or not.

Nevertheless, awesome travelogue thanks to you. Loved it. I was planning a visit to NY in April '10. Still the plan is not sure. Will pm you if i have any questions. Hope you don't mind.

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Nice pics!

There is no point in taking a tripod when visiting the Empire State Building. The security won't allow you to take it up. They store it and ask you to pick it up on the way out.
And IMHO, going up to the observatory on the 102nd is a total waste. It is too cramped, the glass is too scratched/dirty and you won't be able to get good pictures.

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Also Niagara Falls, Canada has 1 casino which my parents visited while i couldn't due to age restriction. There are only two casino in whole of Canada, one in Niagara another in Toronto. I was told this by my uncle who has stayed there for 30 years. Don't know if its true or not.
This isn't true. There are 3 casinos here in Metro Vancouver itself. So that beats the total count that your uncle mentioned.
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..Will pm you if i have any questions. Hope you don't mind.
Will be glad to share info!

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..There is no point in taking a tripod when visiting the Empire State Building. ...
That's true. Tripods as such are not allowed. However I did see couple of folks with a mini tripod.
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This isn't true. There are 3 casinos here in Metro Vancouver itself. So that beats the total count that your uncle mentioned.
Thanks for the info Leo. That information is about 9 years old. don't know those 3 casinos where there or not. they may have come up in these 9 years. don't know. just shared what i was told.
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