A Travellerspoint blog

May 2007

Our Goals in Poetry

From South Carolina to New Jersey


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Back to Back 2006 Holland American Cruises & 2007 The Sparkling Emerald Isle & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

When Erin first rose by William Drennan

When Erin first rose from the dark swelling flood,
God bless'd the green island and saw it was good;
The em'rald of Europe, it sparkled and shone,
In the ring of the world the most precious stone.
In her sun, in her soil, in her station thrice blest,
With her back towards Britain, her face to the West,
Erin stands proudly insular, on her steep shore,
And strikes her high harp 'mid the ocean's deep roar.

My daughter-in-law had Irish roots - one of her great grandparents was from Ireland, and I had never been to Ireland, so I decided to visit the Emerald Isle. But I did not want to drive on the left. So one of my sister's friends who was a travel agent arranged a bus tour for us

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My son's family arrived here last night.
son and grandson

son and grandson


Bob is taking me and and our grandson to the train station on Tuesday to go to Trenton, and my sister will take us to the airport on Thursday May 31. He is already writing in the journal that she gave him.

Yesterday I panicked because I forgot that the airline tickets were e-tickets, so spent most of the time looking for them. Today I'll have to get the remote printer working so I can print the ticket stuff out.

On Memorial Day, i finally got down to packing, and he helped by packing my suitcase for me the way they taught him in scouts. Since I can have only one reasonably small suitcase and ONE carry-on, I've put my camera stuff in a small bum bag, and the pocketbook stuff in another one.

We had some discussion about how to play his violin piece and whether one of the notes should be sharp or not, and whether to take his violin to my sister's, and we finally decided that he should take it.

May 29, 2007

Today, we left about 9:30 because my sister said that sometimes the automatic kiosk things didn't work (which they didn't)
nonworking ticket machines

nonworking ticket machines


and sometimes there were long lines at the ticket window (which there were). She had told me not to bother getting a train to Princeton, just to get one to Trenton and she'd come over and pick us up - not enough trains go to Princeton. And she didn't tell me, but she said she would have if I had booked it, to only get trains originating in DC and not farther south as they were often delayed. Indeed, the train before ours was an hour and 15 minutes late, which meant our train was only 20 minutes after it.
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He was excited about riding on a train - he had flown before, but he had never been on a real train. In this area, a train is really the best option - fast and not too much hassle. I had a child's ticket for my grandson, and a senior ticket for myself, and the round trip for the two of us was $137.70

Bob drove us up to the station and let us get out and then parked.
Passenger Alert in 2007

Passenger Alert in 2007


My grandson got some twizzlers at the vending machine, and we watched people in the station.
Getting a Twizzler

Getting a Twizzler


A lady asked him if he was any good on the violin and he kind of shrugged and she told him to say that he was VERY good of course. And then she said that we could tell that she was an old music teacher.
Train coming in to BWI station

Train coming in to BWI station


When our train was called, we went out on the platform, and I looked to see where the snack car was - it was second in line. So we walked up to the third car and got on that. I had a bit of a problem lifting my bag over the gap, so a man with a German accent picked it up and moved it over for me and then asked me if I wanted him to carry it. I felt just like mother and I said yes please, so he put it up in the rack for me.
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I had thought that we could each have a window if the seat-backs would move, but they would not, so I let him have the window.

As soon as the conductor came around, we went to the cafe car. He wanted a breakfast sandwich, but they were out. So he had a hamburger which he said was good, and a Pepsi and I had a tuna sandwich on wheat (which was soggy) and cranberry juice and a choc.chip cookie which I said I didn't want heated. I said that the melted chips made a mess. So later, he went back and got a heated cookie and sure enough, got chocolate on his shirt. We went out of Baltimore, and crossed some rivers and got to Wilmington
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and then got to Philadelphia.
100_5751.jpgBalloon over the Philadelphia zoo

Balloon over the Philadelphia zoo


When they announced Trenton, we got up quickly so that we'd have enough time to get off the train, and when we got off, there was my sister.
My sister taking our picture getting off the train

My sister taking our picture getting off the train


Trenton station temporary exit with graphics

Trenton station temporary exit with graphics


After she picked us up at the Trenton station (which was under construction), she drove us through Trenton and past where the Battle of Princeton
Mercer Oak/Princeton Battlefield

Mercer Oak/Princeton Battlefield


was, and also past Einstein's former house.
Einstein's house from the car

Einstein's house from the car


We also stopped at the Princeton Quaker meeting house.
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Stoney Brook Meeting House and Historic postcard


Princeton Meeting sign

Princeton Meeting sign


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Built 1726 Date in the masonry and closeup of the Historical Marker

Entrance gates

Entrance gates


Small gravestones in a shady corner

Small gravestones in a shady corner


Plaque honoring Richard Stockton-signer of the Declaration of Independence

Plaque honoring Richard Stockton-signer of the Declaration of Independence


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We drove through Princeton University
Nassau Hall?

Nassau Hall?


Then she took us to her house, and she went back to work. we were sleeping upstairs - My grandson was on a cot in my BIL's computer room
His photo of his bed

His photo of his bed


My BIL got home before my sister, and we talked to him for a bit.My grandson made a really good impression on him, talking about his Eagle Scout project, school etc. Then my sister got home, and we all went out to dinner to a place called Main Street in Princeton.
My sister, grandson and BIL on way to restaurant

My sister, grandson and BIL on way to restaurant


My grandson had a salmon steak,
Salmon

Salmon


which he said was not as good as the one his grandfather (my husband) cooked. He said it was sort of bland. I had a pasta dish, and my BIL had steak.
Brother-in-law's steak

Brother-in-law's steak

100_5797.jpgdessert

dessert

Flowers in the restaurant

Flowers in the restaurant


Then we went to the grocery store, and dropped his roll of film off to see how the camera was working, and came home. He has a digital camera and the old film camera with a big telephoto lens. My BIL gave me the password to get onto his wireless system, but then I ran into a huge problem. My digital camera software won't work. I've tried downloading and repairing, but to no avail. Not sure what I will do about that.

Meanwhile, my sister and my grandson worked on the piece of music that he's practicing on the violin and they came to some conclusion which seemed to satisfy them both.They went out and copied my grandson's passport just in case, and picked up the photos that had been developed and most of them came out well. There were a couple that were too dark. I took a couple out of the car window at dusk, which were also too dark and not in focus. Forgetting that I was not taking digital photos.

My sister asked me what we wanted to do tomorrow, and if we wanted her to take off work to go with us to New York City, and I said we wanted to go to Ellis Island, and to see the Statue of Liberty, and yes we did want her to come with us.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:18 Archived in USA Tagged 2007 Comments (4)

Landing on Ellis Island

Researching Ancestors


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Back to Back 2006 Holland American Cruises & 2007 The Sparkling Emerald Isle & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

I did not sleep very well last night for worrying about the camera problem, but I got up this morning and managed to download some photos. My sister said she could either come with us today or tomorrow, and we decided on today, although she didn't sleep very well either, and went in to work at 0-dark 30 to fix something that was wrong on the internet about her work.

My grandson made sandwiches for us all, and we put the lunch and the water bottles in his backpack along with all his camera equipment. I was carrying the cane with the seat.
Train station in Princeton

Train station in Princeton


We got to the train station about 0930 and I bought a ticket for a child (grandson - $4.75), but the machine absolutely refused to give me two senior tickets for my sister and myself. Then my sister got there and it gave HER the tickets.
Going to NYC - my sister on the platform

Going to NYC - my sister on the platform


There was no printed information at the kiosk at the station as to what was a child, but we found out when we looked at the printed schedule information that a child was 11 and under. Oops.

We got on the train (another train ride for my grandson), and my sister handed the conductor the tickets all together in a group and he punched them all without any comment.
10:37 Time on a digital clock from the train

10:37 Time on a digital clock from the train


After we were half way there, we realized that we had no maps for NYC, nor any of the printouts that my sister had made last night.
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marshes


So she called my BIL who works in NYC, and he told her to take the #1 subway to Battery Park and get the boat to the Statue of Liberty from there.
mural in station

mural in station

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subway


So we did that. My sister bought a 10 ride ticket for herself, and I got a single trip ($2.00 each) for my grandson and myself, and after many inquiries, we found the right train and the right track and counting to be sure that we were in the first five cars, we got on.
Sign in the train prohibiting walking between cars - New York City

Sign in the train prohibiting walking between cars - New York City


(Because at Battery Park, only people in the first five cars can exit-there is no walking between cars on the subway). We walked across Battery Park
Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton

Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton


100_5841.jpgWorld War II Memorial

World War II Memorial

John Ericsson Statue

John Ericsson Statue


My sister and grandson

My sister and grandson


to where the boats were, and I sat down on a bench and took some photos
Ellis Island Visitor Center from Battery Park

Ellis Island Visitor Center from Battery Park


Ferry from Battery Park

Ferry from Battery Park


Ferry approaching Battery Park

Ferry approaching Battery Park


while my sister went into Fort Clinton to get the tickets. (Even though both of us were sleep deprived, she's still faster on her feet than I am - being younger and thinner).
102745803571187-Signs_outsid.._York_City.jpgFare board

Fare board

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Fort Clinton


View from the boat

View from the boat


Then we had to go through security. We had to take off belts and watches (although not shoes or jewelry), and all the cameras and coats and pocketbooks had to go through the scanner. We took a seat beside a window on the second deck where we would get a breeze and could also take pictures through the open window. . We are on our way back to New Jersey by boat-Both Liberty Island and Ellis Island are on the New Jersey side.
100_5919.jpgFerry in front of NY skyscrapers

Ferry in front of NY skyscrapers


My grandson bought us a soft pretzel
soft pretzel

soft pretzel


I took pictures of the
Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry


(which since it is free, I had some idea that I might take that). I went down to use the bathroom just before we docked,
Signs on the boat and people getting off

Signs on the boat and people getting off


and then had to fight my way back upstream (against the people getting off at the Statue of Liberty) to get back to my seat The boat went to the Statue first, but I was really more interested in Ellis Island since we did not have tickets to go up, even as far as we were allowed, and I think the statue is more visible from the boat anyway. And looked at the hordes waiting to get ON our boat to go to Ellis Island
Liberty Island crowds waiting to get on the ferry

Liberty Island crowds waiting to get on the ferry

Crowds waiting for the ferry

Crowds waiting for the ferry


and said to myself "No Way". So we didn't get off, but just continued on to Ellis Island. We did take lots of pictures
100_5881.jpgStatue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

From lower Manhattan - Statue of Liberty National Monument

From lower Manhattan - Statue of Liberty National Monument

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Grandson's photo of the Statue of Liberty National Monument


Lady Liberty's torch

Lady Liberty's torch

Ellis Island from the ferry

Ellis Island from the ferry

Private Vehicles Prohibited

Private Vehicles Prohibited


Ellis Island Center

Ellis Island Center


We got off at Ellis Island and picked up the audio tour tapes which my sister had bought as part of the tickets, but they weren't really a big help. I don't like the audio tours - I have a tendency to want to fast forward through them. My grandson was busy talking to us, and my sister couldn't make hers work
My sister not listening to the earphones

My sister not listening to the earphones


We saw the film that the National Park Service made about immigration
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film about Ellis Island

Movie at Ellis Island Visitor's Center

Movie at Ellis Island Visitor's Center

photo of NYC as an immigrant would have seen it - New York City

photo of NYC as an immigrant would have seen it - New York City


American Family Immigration History Center

American Family Immigration History Center


Then we went to the American Family Immigration History Center to do a search on the immigrant ancestors of my daughter-in-law. She considered herself to be Irish although when I looked at her eight great grandparents, only one was Irish.
Sign on American Family Immigration Center

Sign on American Family Immigration Center


My sister stood in line for the tickets. We were primarily looking for Patrick Corcoran, born about 1877 in the Irish Free State, but other possibilities were Sebastian Zirngibl b 1840 in Germany,
Frank Xavier Eiter b. Aug 1859 in Bavaria or Joseph Charles (probably not his original name) born about 1842 in Lithuania
We didn't have any success looking for Eiter or Corcoran, but we did find two possibilities for Zirngibl

Name of Passenger Residence Arrived Age on Arrival
1. Alois Zirngibl ... 1908 24
2. Georg Zirngibl Kareth, Germany 1912 23

and we printed one of them (I think Alois) out. One was free - you paid for others after that We did not have much success with Eiter or Corcoran until this morning, when I went back to the site and researched, I got 254 Corcoran's. A lot of them were James, Michael, Patrick and William.

Posters at the History Center

Posters at the History Center

Ship posters

Ship posters


My back was sore, and I was beginning to have trouble walking, so we got a wheelchair and my grandson pushed me around. He had a very fast and somewhat jerky style. My sister OTOH tended to push slowly but not be aware of where the chair was exactly and tended to run me into things
My sister pushing the wheelchair

My sister pushing the wheelchair


We went to the gift shop and my grandson bought some more film (he was out). He found that the digital camera had gotten turned on in the backpack and it had run the batteries (AAA) down. This was a good dry run for him with the cameras while we can still fix things. The photos with the date stamp in yellow are his photos.
Grandson buying batteries and postcards

Grandson buying batteries and postcards


Then we went up the elevator to the second floor,
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Graphic about immigration

Ship model

Ship model

Immigration trails

Immigration trails

Luggage display

Luggage display


and after we'd finished there my sister and I went back down the elevator and my grandson went up to the third floor without us.
Third floor

Third floor


Grandson with statue of Annie

Grandson with statue of Annie


MY sister and I by the statue of Annie -the 1st immigrant

MY sister and I by the statue of Annie -the 1st immigrant


Then we got back on the ferry and went back to New York City
New York

New York


After we got back to NYC on the ferry, I was really too tired by that time to walk back to the subway station and anyway I don't think my grandson liked the subway particularly. We knew that we would (by this time - it was about 4 pm) be in rush hour and we thought it would be better to do something else in Manhattan - possibly eat dinner. We asked my grandson what else he wanted to see (giving several suggestions) but he apparently knew nothing whatever about NYC. So we got a cab and told him to take us to Times Square, which was the suggestion that he picked. The cab took us up the east side past Ground Zero. I think the last time I visited NYC was in 1970 when I was pregnant with my grandson's father, and I had never seen the World Trade Center, so it was not something in my personal visual memory that I missed.
Construction zone World Trade Center

Construction zone World Trade Center


He dropped us off in front of the Marriott on Broadway at about 5 ($21.50 cab fare plus tip). My sister had the thought that we might eat in the revolving restaurant. Dining room and bathrooms on the 47th floor, buffet on the 48th floor.
Escalator to The View

Escalator to The View


So we asked. Dinner would be $47.50 each and was a fixed price menu. We could go up to the Buffet though for just $20.75 each or a minimum of a drink ($14.50 each unless it was non-alcoholic which were only $10) or dessert and cheese for $16.50. You have to go up the escalator to get to the elevator that is the only one that goes to the 48th floor. It has glass sides and goes up through the middle of the hotel.
Lobby from the elevator

Lobby from the elevator


I didn't think my grandson would be happy with just cheese and dessert, so we got the buffet. He and I also ordered drinks (non-alcoholic). His was a chocolate and orange and mine was just orange.
Drinks menu

Drinks menu

My grandson's drink

My grandson's drink


But his turned out to have coconut in it (at least that's what I tasted) and gave him a reaction, so we just switched drinks.
3571085-Buffet_line_New_York_City.jpgA section of the Buffet

A section of the Buffet


3571041-My_plate_New_York_City.jpg3571043-Another_plate_New_York_City.jpgdesserts

desserts


The napkins had the exploded view of the buildings that one was seeing and the waitress was very good about pointing them out.
Napkin at The View

Napkin at The View


The bill was $112+ for the three of us.
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From Inside a Restaurant

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View from The View

Chrysler building

Chrysler building

The big purple W

The big purple W


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Across someone else's table


Before we left, we went to the bathroom (on the floor below and you have to have an escort in the elevator)
Then I hobbled down to Times Square where I took some pictures of the billboards.
Time's Square

Time's Square


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Times square

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Times Square

Hard Rock

Hard Rock

Sightseeing bus in Times Square

Sightseeing bus in Times Square


I think my grandson thought it was cool. We got another cab to Penn Station - my sister paid this one - about $6.00
brick building

brick building

NY Parking sign

NY Parking sign


7th Ave

7th Ave


Penn Station

Penn Station


I got the two seniors tickets with no problem, but it would not process my card for my grandson's ticket (and since we knew the age cutoff this time we were actually going to get him an adult ticket which was $2 more than the two senior tickets)
Train ticket

Train ticket


My sister said to go down to track 2 and wait for her, but I got the wrong track 2 (for Amtrak instead of the NJ train system). We eventually got on the correct train,
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and it was almost standing room only. I got a seat and so did my sister, but my grandson had to stand.
Train home

Train home


Eventually he got a seat. When we got to Princeton Junction it was about 8:30 and my sister went to get the car where she had parked it at her husband's business lot. She said to go across the tracks of the shuttle train and wait in the parking lot. I was going to go where she had dropped us off before, but my grandson said we should be going the other way, but I asked a man, and my grandson was right. It was about 8:20 pm, and just as we were going to cross the tracks a train came and the crossing gates went down.
Train coming

Train coming


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train station


We were home about 9

Posted by greatgrandmaR 12:53 Archived in USA Tagged taxi new_york train usa subway ferry statue_of_liberty ellis_island ancestors broadway immigration new_jersey princeton back_pain revolving_restaurant Comments (2)