When the relatives tell you they want to see you. They want to see you. Best you do what they say because they’re the relatives. I needed to go to them and these particular relatives live in New York. Never met them before but they sound lovely. They know nothing about me but it doesn’t matter. When you’re family, they’ve known you from birth, even though they have no idea who you are, or what you’re interested in.
How to get there?
To get from Soho to New Jersey. Where do I start? The best way is to get the subway to 42nd Street using the blue line A,C, or E train. You are basically heading West, down along the Hudson River but the Ferry to get to the terminal called Weehawken only leaves from the Port Authority Pier, located between 34th St and 42nd Street. After you get off the subway, you will then be in Times Square so if you can avoid being distracted by the hype at Times Square, then walk down to the water, down along 40th Street towards the NY Waterways. The Ferry station is there on your left and there is usually a whole heap of buses outside it. You can get a single ticket for $9 or return ticket for $18 from the machines and then check the departure times which is usually every 20 minutes and you’re off. A very clean ferry base, looks new and has a bar inside.
It takes ten minutes for the Ferry to get across the Hudson River. It literally leaves from Port Authority / Port Imperial and you get to take in the view at the same time. The Ferry is quick, clean and fairly easy. If you sit up the top, it’s great for photos and views. Avoid Peak hour as it may be very packed.
The Big Space Shuttle Docked
The tiered glass building
View from the Ferry
View from Weehawken once i got off Ferry
Sand Sculpture to welcome people. Cool idea
Ferry View at Night
New York at night is really when it looks it’s best. With the size of the city and the amount of different lights reflecting on the water, really makes it spectacular at night and I recommend seeing it every night. Whether you see the lights from a Ferry, from the boarwalks, by catching a taxi over a bridge, or by going to a rooftop bar and taking in the view, you must do it, and do it as much as you can. It’s so pretty at night.
Hard to take a shot on night setting without it being a tad blurry.
I love it when you meet family for the first time and they are so warm and welcoming, well most are, depending on your family pool. They hold your hand, hug you like you’ve known them all your life and instantly, even though you are a stranger, you are welcome to stay in their home whenever you want. It’s a great feeling, warm and fuzzy too, especially after spending a month in a big city where warm is not exactly the word I would use to describe NYC.
Irene, the relative I met, picked me up from the Ferry and took me for lunch where we ate some fabulous sushi. I have not found a good place to eat sushi yet, and this was great. Just perfect. We had the Lychee Martini and a Vodka Cranberry just to make an occasion of it and take the edge off first meetings. Americans pronounce Lychee as Leechee so I basically tried to tell her she was having a slug martini to which she looked confused. Leeches and slugs. It’s called LYYYCHHHEEEE. Lots of laughs especially when I talk too fast and they can’t get everything I’m saying.
We then did a few tourist sites to which she explained to me about Fort Lee, situated in Palisades Park, New Jersey. It is basically where the old war battles took place and every year they do a re enactment of it for audiences that come to see. This particular park has a big red building in it which is actually a museum as seen below. Alot of history in the park and you can see where they have the small houses and forts, that they had a good view across the river. There are a few older style cannons there also to give you a fair idea of what they would have been using back then.
The Museum at Fort lee
The George Washington Bridge in the background
Me on the cannon
Irene and I laughing
George Washington Bridge
When you walk down to the water side through the park, you have a huge and close view of the George Washington Bridge. I’ve taken plenty of photos for you to see of the bridge below.
Notice the cars underneath the second level. That is named after Georges wife Martha.
This is how close you can sit
After the tourist sites, we went back home to which they prepare a feast for you. She can cook damn well too and you get to escape from the city and chill out in a home which is a great break from it all.
American houses I am noticing, are all very similar. They have a fascination with making everything, half brick, or half stone and the rest Fibro. I don’t get it but everyones houses are like that. They all have American styled furniture in there and you just know you are in the States, apart from the obvious American Flag that most have on their houses.
Monkey in the backyard
The hugest looking bansai tree
I love donkeys
this chair is so cute and tiny
Irene feeds a local squirrel everyday and feeds it nuts. It comes right up to the ledge and eats the nuts and you get to spend some time with it up close and personal. I got some great video of it too but here are the photos.