See a penny, pick it up…

all day long you’ll have good luck. Or so the story goes.

I didn’t find this shiny 2015 penny but I got it as part of a handful of change today. I’ve removed it from my wallet and stowed it away for safe keeping and happy memories of our holiday.

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So. Today started with some clothes shopping at the mall 2 seconds from our apartment. I managed to score a new pair of jeans, a top and a dress for less than $60 – sweet! The choices here are just crazy, if you can think of it you can buy it, but more on that soon….

We had arranged a lunch date with a real life New Yorker for today, in a crazy big family style Italian restaurant called Carmines, just off times square. Oh my gosh. The plates were twice the size of our heads and the food was just great. We had so much left over that we ate them for dinner tonight and have enough for lunch tomorrow too!

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We ended up sat at lunch for 3 hours just chatting and absorbing the atmosphere. 30 minutes after we arrived the place was full and the kitchen was pumping out so much food. It smelt incredible. Given the restaurant is smack bang in the theater district and there are matinees on Wednesday our host mused we were in the midst of theater goers; very posh.

After out long luxurious lunch we took our leftovers home before visiting what can only be described as the best department  store on earth, Macys.

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Lucky for us Macys is a block away from our place, so we got in pretty quick.  For the rest of this week they are offering 25% off almost everything.  You can bet Andrew and I came away with some goodies each, and we will go back before the weekend. Macys takes up a whole block in Manhattan and has entire floors dedicated to things like socks, shoes, handbags, casual wear, formal wear…. you name it you got it. The bad photo below is just of the fragrance and beauty floor. So many staff, so many shoppers. I can’t imagine what it would be like on a weekend but I can understand why New Yorkers like shopping online!

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After all our shopping I managed to score a new handbag from a street seller. “Designer” I’m told. Unlikely given it cost me $10…. I also gave a homeless guy $1 because I enjoyed his sign and wanted to take a photo. Today I really felt like I saw a lot more people begging which is both sad and concerning.

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After all our eating and shopping we needed to get some more sight seeing in and we thought what better time than at sunset. We headed down town to the bottom of Manhattan and caught the free Staten Island Ferry to our third borough, Staten island. The commuter ferry kindly sails right past the statue of Liberty and is free, which was great for us after an afternoon of shopping. The commuters seemed a bit bemused at us leaning out the windows to take photos but look at the results.

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Such a beautiful sunset to watch, especially from the river! In fact, the weather has been simply awesome while we have been here and it reached 25 degrees today!

There is heaps to do in lower Manhattan and we will hang out there a bit tomorrow but we managed to fit in two more sights before home time. Firstly, the charging bull, a symbol that reminds me of the GFC and a marker of the NY  financial district.

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Secondly, we had a chance for a moments reflection at the 9/11 memorial. Before leaving we saw at woman leaving flowers for someone (not the ones in the photo), which was emotional to watch. One thing I loved was spotting a bunch of paper cranes all marking the Japanese people who were killed. So special.

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Our plans for an early night were kind of self combusted  but we managed to see something pretty special while out an about. A short walk later and we were back on the subway for a trip home.

On our journey home we saw an awesome busker in a subway station – it sounded like as party in there!

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Finally home and making plans for tomorrow. So many things we want to do and so little time!

Check in tomorrow and catch up with our adventure.

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