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The Dark Knight

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In Topic: Idiot Brakes Way Too Soon

19 November 2015 - 08:06 PM

they were brake testing you,because they probably thought you were coming up there !Removed! just a tad too quick.

They were braking way before I got anywhere near. You can see their brake lights coming on before I'd even got to the HGV. Then the braking continued in front of the HGV. El Berkio!

In Topic: New York City - Holiday Photos

13 November 2015 - 11:53 PM

A couple of artefacts really got to me. One was a soft toy lamb which was found intact in the rubble. Someone had commented at the time that if the toy survived, why can't people.

The other was a rusty and bent but very much intact piece of bodywork from one of the planes that hit the towers. It was a surround to a window and I just stared at it thinking that someone was sat there looking out on that day.

Frankly I couldn't speak. I cannot put into words how it felt but the feeling was tangible. Beyond what I imagined I would feel walking around the museum. The tributes and letters etc were so sad that I was choked and tearing up. I certainly needed the fresh air afterwards but it is done in a very respectful way.

In Topic: New York City - Holiday Photos

13 November 2015 - 07:13 PM

Sheraton is very nice and ideally located. You can save money on a hotel by being further out (we did that in 2006) but it costs you to get into Times Square every day which is where all the action is. ESB just a few blocks further on.


We managed to do everything in 4 nights (except Statue of Liberty which we did in 2006 so didn't bother this time. Preparation is the key to success. We booked priority tickets to the Observatory at the Freedom tower in advance so we queue jumped.


We also purchased a 72 hour grayline bus ticket. At first I thought surely it isn't wise to splash out before I've even got there but the saving is great. You can hop on and off that particular bus route for 72 hours (and its a tour bus with info provided by audio) and you get a choice of 3 attractions thrown in. We chose ESB, WTC memorial museum and a meal at an Italian restaurant. 


We arrived Friday at around lunch in NYC - Checked in and went for a quick wander around Times Square and a meal. In bed by 7:30pm NYC time in order to defeat jet lag


Saturday: Bus tour, WTC memorial and Freedom Tower Observatory, shopping in Macy's and an evening meal.


Sunday: Walked through central park, went to central park zoo then a meal and ESB at night.


Monday: Helicopter trip, Madame Tussauds and more zooming around on the bus then evening meal.


Tuesday: Last minute shopping but mostly taking it steady before evening flight.


AA's planes (757's) from Birmingham are a bit old school and Economy class going out had no TV's per passenger, just several overhead with no choice as to what was on. Food was nice and good service but tea and coffee was crap.


The upgrade coming back was done when checking in online and cost us £225 each. Epic doesn't cover it! Great food and drink, luxury reclining seats as mentioned and a fit bird and a MILF serving us :P

In Topic: New York City - Holiday Photos

13 November 2015 - 06:19 PM

Very nice my sons hoping to go next year. Can you tell me how much the helicopter flight was?

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It worked out at about £150 each inlcuding fuel tax and it lasts about 15 minutes. Brilliant experience though. There are some more that last longer but obviously cost more money. We booked through Co-Op travel and flew direct to JFK from Birmingham with American Airlines. Only ever flown from Heathrow before.


We stayed at the Sheraton in Times Square which was very nice.

In Topic: New York City - Holiday Photos

12 November 2015 - 10:52 PM

It's a great place. Last went in 2006. I'd like to do an east coast tour that includes NYC, Washington and Boston but couldn't afford anything like that after last years LA to San Francisco via Vegas tour. Love it out there!