We left June 5 on the overnight flight from Salt Lake to New York. We arrived in New York on the morning of the 6th -- exhausted, but excited. Luckily, we were able to check into our hotel early. We went to breakfast, then came back and slept for a few hours.
After that, we hoppped on the subway over to Wall Street and the World Trade Center Site.
Here are a few shots from our first impressions of New York. More to come....many more to come....over the next few days.
What a fabulous vacation! I would LOVE to go back someday!
Here's the first shot I took when we got there. We rode a bus from JFK to Grand Central, and then were waiting here for a shuttle that took us to our hotel. We looked like true tourists, craning our necks up at all the tall buildings!
See whatI mean? Here's Derek the tourist!
As we were walking around the Wall Street area, we came across the Trinity Church and hoped to be able to find some treasure underneath, just like in National Treasure, but it was all locked up, so we just had to look at the outside.
The old cemetery by Trinity Church was so picturesque. It's amazing how old some of those headstones are.
Parker looks so small next to those tall buildings.
Our visit to the World Trade Center site made me quite emotional. It's hard to imagine the devastation, the chaos and the people running for their lives on that terrible day. Truly unbelievable.
Work on a memorial is ongoing. It's hard to get a very good view of the site because of all the fencing surrounding it.
This is a fire station right across the street from the World Trade Center site. I'm sure many men who worked there lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I don't know if this station is still in use or if this is how it looked on September 11. It really brings a human face to the whole thing when you see those firefighters' uniforms hanging there and those boots strewn across the floor.
It was a sobering experience for our family to be up close and personal with things that before then we had only seen on the news.