Saturday was a "washout." It rained all day long. It wasn't pouring, but it was definitely raining. We took the ferry from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan to Liberty Island and toured the Statue of Liberty and its museum. Kali and I had visited the statue decades ago, but our friend Trijntje from the Netherlands had never been there. We were able to get up to the base of the statue at the top of its stone pedestal, but we couldn't climb to the crown because the "crown tours" were sold out through April. The fact that we couldn't climb to the windows in the crown was fine because the weather was so foggy that we couldn't have seen anything anyway. The image heading this post is from the museum, which displays is a full-size replica of the statue's face. I took the image from the opposite side of the building and only captured a part of the face; I liked the effect.
|Considering that it was rainy and foggy, this image isn't half bad|
From the statue, we cruised to Ellis Island and spent about three hours in the restored immigrant processing facility. It was fascinating. Kali's grandfather and father passed through Ellis Island when they immigrated from Italy; we have a copy of the ship's manifest with their names. My ancestors may have passed through Ellis Island, too; I don't have any information about my family's origins
On Sunday morning, we took the subway to the National 9/11 Memorial. I couldn't predict how I would react when we approached the site. But as the dramatic and sombre memorial pools came into view, I choked up and began to tear. It was very moving and sobering.
|Our friend Trijntje (left) and Kali at the South Tower Pool|
|The South Tower Pool at the 9/11 Memorial|
|The new One World Trade Center will open in May|
|National 9/11 Memorial Museum (right) and the "bones" of a new transportation hub under construction (left)|
We had a good weekend New York. it was great to see our friend (whom we had last seen 12 years ago), and the city is always exciting.