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Old 09-26-2010, 06:06 AM   #61
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Sleep update

Now admittedly we didn't go to sleep until just after midnight but the great news is I didn't wake up until 6.15am, . I only normally sleep 6-7 hours so this is good news. DH has just woken at 7am and kids are still asleep.

I am over the moon

Today we are thinking of doing the Harbour cruise the Aussietravellers did for the morning and then it's off to the Yankees game tonight.
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:10 AM   #62
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I'm so excited and jealous that you ate at Les Halles! The decor and food sounded amazing!

The air conditioning was a problem for me too in May. This is how I ended up getting sick. I was absolutely shivering cold in the buildings...all that air conditioned buildings/rides and then out into the hot humid sun.

Hope you and the entire family have a decent night's sleep from now on.
I'm glad somebody else had problems with the aircon. I am going to have to start carrying a jacket to put on inside as it is really affecting me. We actually run outside into the 30+ heat to escape as we just shiver and our teeth chatter. Now I live in the tropics so a 30+ day is nothing new to me and I LOVE aircon, but we keep ours on like 24 or 22, not 14 or 16. It's just way way too cold and yes, going from the humid heat into this absolutely freezing temps all day is not good for you, but hey, we are at Disney so apart from that it's all good

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I told my husband you mentioned the air conditioning problem, he's excited because he loves being cold .

Sorry to hear you've been feeling unwell, that is awful news. I hope you get up tomorrow feeling alot better lovely lady.
Well your DH will LOVE it here as they have it set on like 14 or 16 degrees (that's what it feels like, no it actually feels like about 8 degrees ), it is serioulsy FREEZING.... It's going from the extreme heat outside to the extreme freezing inside. We have set the aircon in our room on 23 and it is perfect. We walk into the hall and start shivering and powerwalk to the front doors to get outside and out of the cold


Your day yesterday sounds fantastic! Crazy, take the longest route taxi drivers aside The wrestling sounded exciting as did Mama Mia, I'd have loved to have seen a show but just didn't get around to it. I too felt safe walking around in NY. I was imagining scenes from CSI NY was very nervous, but never felt unsafe once there.

Sorry you've had another early morning, here's hoping that you all sleep later tomorrow
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:21 AM   #63
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YAY for a sleep during normal bedtime hours, whatever timezone you are in!

Shuttergirl - that sounds like you and the family might be heading towards no jetlag land!

Enjoy your day.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:31 AM   #64
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So it's 8.30am here now and the kids are still asleep. DH played on the computer for a while and he has now crawled back to bed

I've showered and done make up but can't get dressed or do anything because I really don't want to wake anyone.

I think we will go to the Amer Museum of Nat History today now that way we don't have any time constraints. We can do Harbour cruise tomorrow.

Sleep well my little babies.

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I bet you're all and ready to go!

Enjoy getting everyone back into the local timezone. And then you can really hit the sightseeing without worrying about being tired.

Shhhhhhh. Are you thinking of getting back to sleep yourself?
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:44 AM   #66
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Day 4

Well as I mentioned above, the kidlets slept in until 9am which we were thrilled about. After some discussion and more lounging around we decided shopping was the order of the day (DH driving that idea for sure ) so we headed out for brekky at this place on 6th avenue that we have been to twice now called Europa, really cheap brekky's, $3.95 for an egg and bag roll or $4.69 for a full cooked breakfast, can't go past that.

We hit up Macy's again because we wanted to exchange a few things for larger sizes and of course couldn't go there and not buy a ton more stuff for the kids . We then headed to JC Penney's which has similar brands to Macy's but maybe a bit less nice. Poor DS8, he really detests shopping and even though most of what we were buying was for him, he was starting to get tired which is perfectly understandable. We then had to walk back with all of our haul and it's 20 blocks, so that was 40 for the morning. Personally I would just jump a cab to save my feet but DH is not keen on those cabs .

I think our shopping tally is looking something like this but I'm sure I've forgotten something:-

DD12
7 tops, mostly Guess brand, loved everything of theirs
3 tshirts
1 pair guess jeans which look amazing
1 gap jacket
1 cardigan
1 pair Nike air force ones with gold stars, v cute
souvies
pink yankees baseball (lord help me)
2 handbags
let's not forget the biggest bag of M&Ms known to man
3 Nintendo DS games

DS8
2 pairs levi jeans
2 belts
8 t shirts, various brands like Nike, Quiksilver, etc
1pair All stars sneakers
1 jacket
1 tommy hillfiger shirt
3 wrestling tshirts (dont' ask)
1 Yankees tshirt
2 yankees baseballs
stuff Alvin and the chip munks
souvies
another big bag of M&Ms
his first pairs of Calvin Klein jocks, it was a moving moment of tradition handed down from father to son
3 Nintendo DS games

DH
2 pairs levi jeans
2 belts
far too many pairs of CK jocks (the man is obsessed)
1 yankees tshirt
4 Espirit tshirts
1 Yankees hoodie

Me
$300 of Clinique cosmetics and that's all so far (until I hit the Christmas shop at Downtown Disney that is)

All of us
Our very own Muppet called Zucko

Nephews
Tons of Boston Celtics stuff
Yankees Baseballs


Whew, I feel a little now and may need to lie down. That's a ton of stuff when you write it all down. Packing is going to be interesting

I'm a little terrified of our planned trip to the Orlando outlet mall now


When we got back from shopping we headed for the lounge bar at the hotel for a quick bite and I was keen for a couple of champagnes after all that walking and spending. DH and I had been going backwards and forwards all day about how we were going to get to and from the Yankees game. We were both not keen on the subway now we were in NY and while a cab there was not going to be a problem, a cab home was looking difficult with 50,000 other people possibly looking to do the same. We were thinking about hiring a car and driver to pick us up but then I got to talking with the waitress in the bar and she said we should definitely try the subway, gave us a few tips and so we thought we would nervously give it a go. DD12 was not happy, the subway did not sound fun to her at all.

We came back for a quick nap because it was going to be a very late night for the kids and headed to the subway which magically was just at the side of our hotel. DH felt sure that "dumber" people than us catch the subway everyday, surely we could work this out . The lady at the counter was helpful, quick and just a little terse, just the way I like my New Yorkers , we bought our Metro card and we were off down underground 2 flights of stairs. I had to block out all of those movies I had seen where things go wrong with the trains underground . Subway came almost straight away, we followed other people with Yankees gear to be sure, it was fairly packed and we had to stand but we were at the stadium within 20 minutes and were happy we had made this choice.

Waiting for the subway (nervously LOL)


The new Yankee Stadium is beautiful and enormous and like Grazing Goat just mentioned in his TR, very very well organised. We got through security very quickly and I was impressed with how thorough the search was. DH was even asked to lift up his top so they could check for guns . We found our seats which were wonderful, we were up in the first tear but right behind 1st base so the view was great. We went and got some food, the kids got chips which were the worst chips ever!!!!!!!!! DH insisted that he and I had to get hotdogs, it was the baseball afterall, oh and a beer. Apparently you have to have both . Oh and you may need a second mortgage on the house to pay for said food, wow. $11 for a beer, are you serious.

DH and DS are huge baseball fans since seeing San Fran Giants last year so they were able to explain the game to us. Frankly, I thought the best bit was the spectators. This was something to behold. Every single person was fully decked out in Yankees gear, everyone. They stand and sing Star Spangled Banner with their hands on their hearts and the live organ music was hilarious. Lots of music and ritual clapping and singing. The game was fairly uneventful for much of the time, that is until the 9th innings. A Rod (you know the dude that dates lovelies like Camerona Diaz and Kate Hudson) was batting and they were a run behind. There was a Yankee on 3rd base and ARod already had 2 strikes. I had my little point and shoot camera with me that takes video footage also so I thought well I might just record this last pitch in case he does something amazing. Well you guessed it, he hit a home run and the 50,000 fans erupted. My footage is awful because I am short and everyone was on their feet but it is a cool little memory we will now have. DS was beside himself with excitement. He loves any sport and had sat quietly watching intently through the whole 3 hours.

It looked like the Yankees had it in the bag so we left just before the end of the 9th innings, hoping to get a little jump on the crowds. Tons of people were leaving but we managed to jump straight onto a packed subway and head home. We thought the subway was very easy to use so we are going to catch it to the Amer Museum of Modern History today. When we got back to the hotel we switched on the tv to make sure of the result and the game was still going, had gone into a 10th innings and the Yankees and Red Sox had 3 runs each. Finally the Yankees got another run and the game was a victory. We now "bleed" Yankees and will be fans for life haha.

Best bit about the baseball though, the incredible slice of pepperoni pizza I had. So different from our pizza's, all soft and gooey and I love that psychologically you think you are only eating 1 slice but in reality it is the size of half a Dominos pizza . I am so disappointed because I forgot to take a photo in my haste to shove that thing into my mouth











A great 4th day that we all enjoyed.

The kids being silly before bed


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Old 09-27-2010, 03:32 PM   #67
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I like your shopping style! Glad the whole family managed to get some good sleep.
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I am loving the live trip report - and hooray for all the shopping. But Shuttergirl I must say that I am disappointed in one thing - what about clothes for YOU??? You are the mum and you did a lot of organising for this trip, you should be spoiling yourself a little and getting some clothes too (although $300 of cosmetics is not too shabby ).

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I was wondering where all your shopping was too! The baseball looks like fun
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Hi Ms Shuttergirl, I am just loving reading your live trip report (and feel so privileged that you are sharing it with us)!

As you know, I'm inspired to look into adding a few days in NY onto our trip so have sent out a few emails requesting rates. OMG, hotels are expensive and it doesnt help that Sept/Oct is apparently high season

Enjoy the rest of your trip and I look forward to reading more entries
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Oh what a fantastic live trip report!

I'm glad you rode the subway. DH and I are not public transport people here in Melbourne (too spaced out and unreliable) but we got the hang of the subway within a day and travelling all over NY on it. It is an amazing and very organised system!

Our highlight was trying to work out how to swipe the cards through the turnstile just as a train was arriving. To say we got ambushed by commuters coming straight through us was an understatement . Was a very funny moment after they were all gone up the stairs within moments, the security guard was .

Do some more shopping for yourself! Hope you packed a few extra suitcases .
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I am loving the live trip report - and hooray for all the shopping. But Shuttergirl I must say that I am disappointed in one thing - what about clothes for YOU??? You are the mum and you did a lot of organising for this trip, you should be spoiling yourself a little and getting some clothes too (although $300 of cosmetics is not too shabby ).

Have fun!!!!

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To be honest, I don 't like shopping at the best of times, add 3 whiny kids, whoops, I mean 2 whiny kids and a DH into the mix and I'd rather pay full price in Oz and shop in peace and quiet

I would however like to get a new bag, not sure I can bring myself to pay Coach prices but we will see.

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As you know, I'm inspired to look into adding a few days in NY onto our trip so have sent out a few emails requesting rates. OMG, hotels are expensive and it doesnt help that Sept/Oct is apparently high season

Enjoy the rest of your trip and I look forward to reading more entries
Glad to hear you are thinking of inc. NY. I agree, it is pricey and location is key. You want to be near Times Square where the action is in my opinion. I'd double check with Ehsmum because she just stayed there but a reasonable place price wise is Radio City Apartments. I'll be trying them next time if I can get a room.

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Oh what a fantastic live trip report!

I'm glad you rode the subway. DH and I are not public transport people here in Melbourne (too spaced out and unreliable) but we got the hang of the subway within a day and travelling all over NY on it. It is an amazing and very organised system!

Our highlight was trying to work out how to swipe the cards through the turnstile just as a train was arriving. To say we got ambushed by commuters coming straight through us was an understatement . Was a very funny moment after they were all gone up the stairs within moments, the security guard was .

Do some more shopping for yourself! Hope you packed a few extra suitcases .
Thanks for reading along. I can totally see how you could get stuck at those turnstiles if commuters came towards you
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Shuttergirl - Like everyone else, I'm loving the TR! Take the subway!
You can tell your DH that I'm probably one of those "dumber" people than you that catch the subway (whenever I'm in NYC; not everyday).



You might find Coach, Fossil and D&B at the warehouse outlets in Orlando.
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I love the christmas shop at DTD. Good place to do some serious shopping. I also like the chocolate shop too.

I have a question about NY. Please tell me that you are glad you do not have a kid in a stroller! I would love to go to NY next year but our youngest will only be 2. I need convincing that it will be much easier to get around if we wait a couple of years.
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Day 5

Day 5 dawned with me up fairly early again at 6am but with the rest of the family sleeping until around 9am so that was good. We also woke up to pouring rain which meant our plans for visiting the Museum were going to fit perfectly.

The kids had some fruit in the room for brekky and we headed out to the subway by around 10.45. We found the subway easy to use again and agree that if we come to NY again, it will be a great way to get around. What a shame we were too nervous to embrace it earlier.

I was so excited about the museum as was my son who loves the Night at the Museum movie. This is where alarm bells should have rung for me though because it was never going to live up to the hype. First sad thing for me was the the facade was covered in tarps, oh dear. It is such a beautiful building and I was really looking forward to seeing it but I do understand that everything needs refurbishment from time to time (why not when I'm not there though haha). First up we ate brunch in the food hall because we were all starving. Nothing marvellous but warm and filling so I guess you have to be happy with that. DS has taken quite a liking to NY pizza, it seems to be the thing he is drawn to on every menu lately. I'm trying to keep salad up to him in between the nuggets, chips and pizza though .

The first thing we did was the Journey to the Stars exhibit which aussietravellers had recommended. We all really enjoyed it, DD said it was similar to the Planetarium in Melbourne but the seats weren't as comfy, we all left with sore necks. It was beautifully done and the commentary by Whoopi Goldberg was great.

Then we headed around the museum. I could have strolled around all day but DH and the kids are easily bored and since there were no interactive exhibits they were getting fidgety. DS was a little disappointed not to see more elements from the movie but seeing the Easter Island Statue "dumb dumb" was his highlight.

I thought the dinosaur exhibit was great as I was blown away by how much my DS8 knew about them, their bones, whether they were from different periods in time, what they ate, which set of bones was which dinosaur etc. So for me, that was the highlight. I had not idea he had learned so much about them and I was astonished with all he knew. Made me very proud.

I loved the animal exhibits because seeing the sheer size of some of these beasts fascinated me.

DD12 was mortified to learn what taxidermy was and that the birds and animals were real, just stuffed. Her enthusiasm definitely waned after that .





We decided to go back to our room at about 2.30 because it was still pouring. We just all vegged out doing our own thing, DS played on the computer, DD read, I pottered about with a little packing but then just laid on the bed for a rest, DH did what he does best, he slept.

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Everyone eventually went off to sleep and we woke with a start at 5.30, got our shoes on and raced out the door for an early dinner. We had discussed going to a great italian pizzeria I had read about that is in an old church but the vote for Bubba Gumps was unanimous again so we did that. Whilst the food was still great, you shouldn't try to do a "do over" because it is never as good for some reason, plus I think we were all quite tired and not very hungry. DH and DS cleaned their plates but the girls left most of there's. We headed to Hershey's to grab some supplies for home and then headed back to the hotel where I began the mammoth task of packing for tomorrow. We had brought a spare case with us (one inside another) as well as a rolling duffel bag which we had to buy at Disneyland last year when we couldn't fit everything in. I was able to still keep the spare case empty but used the duffel for all of the dirty clothes. I desperately need to get to WDW tonight and do some washing. I still think it's a crappy way to spend our first evening there but alas clean clothes have to come first.

Feet update - since switching to open sandals as much as possible and giving the shoes and socks a rest where I can, along with many lotions and witchcraft hahaha, my feet are holding up well but the real test will be WDW with sooooooo much walking. The good news is my feet aren't aching at all and my sore calves from the first two days have gotten over the shock to their system with all the walking so I'm doing great.

New York Highlights and Observations:-

Smells - my least favourite thing about New York are all of the awful smells. DH said well it's a big city with alot of people, you need to expect it, and whilst I agree, my little nose has not enjoyed the "smell banquet" it's been taken on. Just walking 2 blocks you can smell 20 different unpleasant scents hahaha.

Police - well there is no shortage of police here. They are EVERYWHERE!!!! In Canberra, you rarely see a police officer on foot, in shops, near streets, never directing traffic, and maybe 1 or two police cars a day. Here in New York they are literally everywhere. I don't know what the ratio is but it feels like 1 cop for every 25 people. And where in Australia I get nervous if a police officer passes me by or if a police car pulls up next to me, not so here in New York. Everyone ignores them and continues breaking the rules hahaha. It's been very interesting to see.

Multicultural - I love that there are so many languages in the air. I doubt whether there is anywhere on earth that has so many people from different countries milling about like Times Square. I think it is wonderful and I love hearing all of the diff accents, seeing the different fashions, etc. And what is with all of the Aussies, they are everywhere. I guess the dollar doing so well combined with cheap flights are sending many of us on holiday.

Shopping - I will forever be in love with the cheap clothing and cheap make up. It's amazing to me. I was in a buying frenzy for the kids because some of the stuff was so cheap I just couldn't leave it on the shelves hahaha. And I don't mean inferior brands either, it was the quality brands at cheap prices that "had me at hello". My poor credit card will be limping back to Australia for a well earned rest.

City that never sleeps - I've really enjoyed that no matter what time of the day or night you are out and about, there is still so much going on. I think it would be hard to feel lonely in New York. I have never been in a city that feels like it has it's own heartbeat before. There is definitely something amazing about New York that is hard to describe.

Taxis - pretty much all I have to say is "yuk" and "everywhere".

Times Square - it feels like daytime there even at night because the lights are so bright. I love all the lights, they are amazing.

Sirens - I'm not sure whether it's because we are staying 2 blocks out of Times Square this time and more action happens here, but the amount of sirens that are constantly blaring is unbelievable. Be it police, fire or ambulance, I can hear them all the time. And how any of them would actually get through the traffic to save, arrest or squirt some water is beyond me.

Architecture - the beautiful and detailed architecture would have to be one of my favourite things. So many of the buildings are so old and intricate, they just simply don't make them like that anymore. What a shame I say.

Central Park - aside from the dogs, Central Park still is my fave place in New York. I find it wonderful that there is this enormous oasis right in the middle of this noisy fast paced city. I always get a little jolt when I am wandering along and look up and see all of those tall buildings around, it is amazingly peaceful in there. Bravo to the city planners who thought that out all of those years ago.

Walking - the kids have said that their least favourite thing about New York has been the walking . There has been alot of it and I guess in our little suburban life we don't have the need to walk so much. It's been good though, hopefully we are walking off all of those calories from all the yummy food.

Once again, we haven't seen and done as much as we would like - the Harbour cruise won't happen now because it is due to rain until we leave, we wanted to do a carriage ride through Central Park again because we loved it so much last time but when we were there the other morning they weren't running yet and now it's too wet (sob sob). We also didn't get out to Hoboken and the Cake Boss as well as look around New Jersey but it will have to wait for another time. We thoroughly enjoyed what we did do and I'm leaving with no regrets at all.

Well that was day 5, a much quieter day than the rest but well earned I would say. We are just packing tomorrow, going out for a nice lunch then a car is picking us up and we are heading to the airport at around 1.30. We fly out at 3.50, land in Orlando at 6.40, collect our luggage then jump on the Magical Express bus to WDW. Wow can't wait. We've decided to collect the luggage because we don't want any of it arriving after the kids go to bed and waking them up.

Wooohooo, Walt Disney World, here we come.
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PTR Christmas 2012 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2979947
TR WDW/US/Canada Christmas trip 2012 - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3030550

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