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After an action packed day (see Visions of New York, Day 1, Part 1), we enjoyed much needed sleep for day 2 of our New York adventure.   My husband and I made up for the sleep we lost the day before and enjoyed a late, leisurely  breakfast of bagels, cream cheese & juice.  We then headed out by subway to the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.

9/11 Memorial

For those who haven’t been here, there are no words.  Even after standing where the towers used to be, I still can’t wrap my head around the horror and grief that millions of people experienced almost 11 years ago.  It is so surreal.

Ladder 118

The Infinity Pools are breathtaking works of art and such beautiful memorials to those who lost their lives.  What once was a place of devastation has now been transformed to a place of tranquility, peace and sadness.

First Responders

In order to visit the memorial, you need to get a free visitor pass and reserve the time you will be there.  You can do this by visiting this website:    Visiting Ground Zero is something I will never forget.

9/11 Memorial

One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower)

After visiting Ground Zero, we hopped the ferry to see an American Treasure… Lady Liberty.

Statue of Liberty

There she stood, proud and strong, in all her glory.  It was really just as awe inspiring as I imagined it would be.

Lady Liberty

Next on the docket was a short jaunt to Ellis Island, America’s largest and most active immigration station from 1892 to 1924.

Immigration Station, Ellis Island

For some, it was know as the “Island of Tears” where families were separated and denied access, and for others, it was known as the “Island of Hope” – a symbol of freedom and opportunities in a new world.

On our way back to NYC, we were greeted with this view.

NYC Skyline

One thing we noticed about the residents of New York is that everyone is in shape!  And it’s no wonder since everyone walks everywhere.  We decided to get a workout in by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Start of the Brooklyn Bridge Walk

Over 1.1 miles in length, it was a scenic and enjoyable walk reminding us that we need to exercise a little more!

Brooklyn Bridge

Gorgeous View of the Manhattan Bridge

Once we completed our walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, we scurried back to our hotel, washed up & prepared ourselves for a memorable evening at the musical…

Jersey Boys!

Jersey Boys is by far the best musical I have ever seen!  Even if you don’t know the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, it is a fun, highly entertaining look at the journey of how these blue collar kids from New Jersey rose to the peak of rock & roll stardom.

Jersey Boys

And the music…if you didn’t know it was a musical, you would think it was Frankie Vallie singing his heart out.  If you get the chance, do yourself a favor and see this musical!  Spectacular!!!!!

That was the perfect way to end our stay in New York, but before heading off to bed, we had to make one more stop at Time Square.

Me & my honey in Times Square

Stay tuned for Day 3 of our eastern adventure…next stop…Washington D.C.!

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