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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

3523407-Statue_of_Liberty_New_York_City.jpgGrandson's photo of the Statue of Liberty National Monument

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
817848694193323-Immigration_..lis_Island.jpgfilm about Ellis Island

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.
3571083-Restaurant_New_York_City.jpgFrom Inside a Restaurant

From Inside a Restaurant

3571087-View_from_The_View_New_York_City.jpgView from The View

View from The View

Chrysler building

Chrysler building

The big purple W

The big purple W


874401013571119-From_Inside_.._York_City.jpgAcross someone else's table

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

cbeefa30-3a19-11e8-b840-7936de8a20cb.jpgTimes Square

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)

Home Again and Eventually with all our Luggage

June 12 - I had tried to get a seat selection on the plane, but had not been able to do so.

The next morning, C. got packed and went to Burger King for breakfast rather than going to the hotel for breakfast. He brought me back a cup of coffee (not having realized that I don't usually drink coffee) and an egg and sausage sandwich. He also took the money that I had changed yesterday back to the Cambio on the corner and changed it back.

We had both showered, so I packed. I tried again for a seat selection, and found that we were an aisle and a middle, and that only middle seats were left.

I went down to the desk to ask if they had gotten my fanny pack, and they had not, and they insisted that I email them about it rather than just telling the concierge and that I should leave a credit card number to charge the postage to. So I went back to the room and did that. But before I sent the email, I asked to see my bill, and discovered that (as I suspected) that they had charged me for four sandwiches from the bar instead of just the two we had gotten - two chicken sandwiches when they were out of chicken altogether, and two ham and cheese. So they took two of the sandwiches off the bill.

At a little before 10:30 (which was the earliest scheduled pick-up time) we went down to the lobby to wait. They called to say they would be a little late, but they came about 11, and after two more stops, they took us to the airport.

I went to a kiosk and printed out a boarding pass, and then we checked our bags. They gave us a wheelchair. Since the wheelchair would not go through security, they gave me a pat-down search, and found the under arm pouch. Since I could not show them what was in the pouch without virtually disrobing, they took me into a private room. My grandson thought this was extremely funny and kept saying that I had a cavity search.

I spent some time trying to figure out how to deal with my missing VAT forms, and eventually got the one I had stamped by customs and mailed it. I also had not gotten something to give Dakota, but the wheelchair pusher said I couldn't shop that he would get in trouble. They put me in the waiting room, and I got out the computer and edited photos. I had to put my head under my coat because there was too much glare to see the screen otherwise. My grandson walked around the duty free shops while I did this.

They kept asking me if I could do steps, because apparently we had to walk up steps to the plane. They also said we'd have to walk down steps, but in actual fact, they had a ramp. There was a handicapped girl (I don't know what her handicap was - it wasn't physical) who was being taken care of by the BA attendants, and C thought she might have our window seat, but she did not.

The person with the window turned out to be a British man who was flying with his wife and they were in separate rows. He also had a cane, but it was a folding one. The first thing that happened when he arrived was that he dropped a big water bottle on my head. Accidentally of course. When he was seated, he asked if my grandson wanted the window seat, but he didn't. I thought about this and asked him if he would like my aisle seat, and he said he would, so we switched.

Thus I was able to take pictures out the window. C. spent much of the time on the flight watching videos. We were given a drink and then a hot meal (C. got the cottage pie and I got the chicken curry) and then later a sandwich meal. I don't know what meals these were. They were served about 1630 on UK time.

We didn't go straight to Newark. We flew over Newfoundland, and there was snow on the ground and around the edges of the land there was ice. C. was surprised to find out that there was still snow in June. We flew in over Canada and down across Maine, and then went down the CT River valley and down the Hudson (according to the GPS map).

Getting off the plane, there was a row of wheelchairs, and my name was on the list, so the wheelchair lady got us very quickly to immigration, and then to the baggage claim. Suddenly she said, there's a lady over there with a list of missing bags. Let's check to see if yours is there. And sure enough one of them was. I was hoping it was mine, but it was C.'s. So after we went through customs, we went to baggage claim. We were the third people there, but by the time we had filled out the forms, there was a line way out the door. According to our lady, they were having problems with the baggage conveyors at Heathrow.

Then we had to find my sister who said she would be there, but she was expecting us to come out the normal way, and we had detoured to baggage claim. She called on her phone to Uncle George who had parked the car off the airport area. It was raining some off and on. We stopped at Chili's for dinner. I had a half rack of ribs which looked like it had catsup just put on top after it was cooked, and a Caesar salad which was doused in mayo. Uncle George had a plain salad and chili without cheese, and C had a hamburger. People were talking to him so much that he hadn't finished eating when everyone else was, so we got him a box and he took his fries home.

BFF took C's film to be developed but it won't be back until Friday, so she will mail it.

June 13 - We met Cousin Anne Y for lunch. She is my mother's first cousin, so I guess she is C's first cousin three times removed. Or something like that. She met us and we ate Chinese, and then she and C did some violin work. Then he walked back to her house with her and I took a nap. She bought him a tuning fork, which he thought was neat. They also discussed that she is a Quaker and thus a pacifist.

BFF took me for a pilates lesson after dinner, and it really helped a lot. We still haven't heard anything about his suitcase, so she also took him shopping and got some underwear and socks etc.

I was worried about whether my grandson got home in time to go on his camping trip (he did) and whether his suitcase came eventually (it did) I talked to Rob on the phone this morning and he said it came while C was at camp.

However I have not gotten my bum bag. I called CIE today and they said they had left my travel agent a message about it. I'd really like to have it back - it has all my receipts in it.

My travel agent wrote me:
I received a phone call from Ventresca Travel that they received your package from CIE Tours. Would you like to have the package send overnight or 2nd day delivery? The delivery cost needs to be charged to your credit card.

My answer:
Whichever is the cheapest. They refused to send it to me and said they had to send it to you. I'm also a little bit POed that it took 3 weeks for them to notify me (or you) and also that they failed to forward it to me in London as I asked. Just weasel excuses for not doing so. Given what the lady who phoned me (after I called them) said, I think about 45 Euros is missing from it. Plus the receipts for VAT were in there, and I'm losing that money too. At least nothing of real value was in there.

My next trip after this was Grandeur of the Seas Repositioning Cruise

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