I don't know when Hubby and I decided that we should go to New York for our spring vacation. I don't think I always wanted to go, but it seems like I've wanted to travel there for what seems like five years.....maybe more. I even tried to convince Hubby that we should go at Christmas time so we could visit Times Square and see the ball drop. Instead, we found a great deal on Expedia shortly after Christmas this year and visited New York for 10 days over Easter.
New York is an amazing and incredible city. We stayed in Queens just a short jaunt from the subway. We decided to do all our travelling via subway or the foot-mobile. It was the only way to truly experience the city. I'd see people from all walks of life. Everyone was eager to help giving directions. I never felt like my safety was in question.
|The new World Trade Center construction.|
On our final day of our trip we went to the 9/11 Memorial. Visitors must book a time online ahead of time. Then you go to the Visitor Center and claim your ticket. You have a certain window of time to be there. We were ahead of time so we visited St. Paul's Chapel where the firemen, policemen, and other responders took refuge in the days after the collapse.
|WTC 2 Reflecting Pool|
I look forward to a time when the security restrictions are lifted and one can walk down the street and stop to gaze into the memorial pools. I look forward to a day when I no longer dread that my Mom has to share this day with something so tragic. Everyone deserves to move forward because the City of New York has found that courage for us and has risen from the ashes.
|Postcards - The Staten Island 9/11 Memorial|