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Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Vacation A to Z ---- (G & H)


We visited the site of the 9/11 attack, now known as "Ground Zero". There isn't much to see right now. Only construction. Next month, on September 11th, it will be the 10th anniversary of that horrible attack on our country and the day that so many people lost their innocent lives. There is a memorial being built at the sight, but it isn't complete. All that we could see were construction fences. The "feeling" of the area was a somber one, even with all of the noise around us.

More buildings are being built to replace the ones that were destroyed.

Fence around the construction area.

This building is part of the 9/11 Memorial. So are the trees just beyond the fence.

A beautiful memorial wall.

A poster of all the firefighters that lost their lives on that horrible day.

Artwork in a window near the 9/11 site.

A slight "peek" beyond the fence.

G is for GENO'S

While we were in Philadelphia, we were anxious to have an authentic Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich! There are two places that claim that they have the original sandwich. Pat's Steaks and Geno's. These two places are across the street from one another, believe it or not!! David's family has always chosen Pat's Steaks as their favorite, but here's a look at Geno's across the street!!

This is the view that we had of Geno's as we stood in line for a Pat's Steak!

H is for HOTEL

During our vacation, the only time that we stayed in a hotel was when we stayed in NYC. We knew that we wanted to stay in the Times Square District because it is central to just about EVERYTHING! We waited until the day before we were to arrive in NYC to book our hotel through Priceline. We were "hoping" to get a room for $200 or under... but.... we quickly learned that this would be impossible! I won't tell you how much we paid, but it was WORTH IT to pay the extra!! We ended up with a 4 star, right IN Times Square!!! It was awesome! We stayed at The Renaissance Hotel.

Here, we are driving... well... DAVID is driving... and looking for our hotel. That's it. Up ahead, on the right. The black building, with red. Times Square is just down the street, to the right!

These are the HUGE billboards that were right across the street from our hotel!

We are standing in the middle of Times Square. Those tall buildboards are attached to our hotel!! THAT's how close we were to Times Square!

This was our view from our hotel window, looking to the left.... up 7th Street. Check out all of those taxi's!!!

This was our view to the right. Times Square is just out of the picture, to the right!!!!

Remember those HUGE billboards across from our hotel??? Well.... They ended up being right outside our window!!!! Miranda and I had a fun idea and took this photo!!! LOL!!! That's Daniel Radcliff (aka: Harry Potter)! He's now starring in a Broadway show! 


"Home Alone, Lost in New York" is one of our favorite family movies! It was on our minds a lot while we were in NYC. As we were walking... the many miles that we walked!!.... we spotted this picture and note, randomly taped to a water meter box!! Too funny!!


  1. What a wonderful time you had in New York. We were there many years ago and driving in all that traffic, and the tall buildings all around, was something I'll never forget. Thanks for sharing! Your post brought back memories.

  2. Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Yummy, it sounds so good! Must have been quite a thing to visit Ground Force Zero. I just can't believe that it will be ten years ago very soon. Fun photo of Miranda and Daniel Radcliffe (he looks a bit different to Harry Potter in that picture!!). How wonderful to have a four star hotel right in Times Square - what a treat for you all!



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