Remembering 911

19 years and I can still remember how I felt when listening and watching that day. What started out as hearing that a plane had gone into the World Trade Center Tower, thinking it must have been an errant small plane that had gone off course. Then realizing it was full size airliners that were intentionally driven into these towers. I still feel that fearsome pit into my stomach just like that day, when thinking about it.

We visited New York City in 2016 and of course made our way to the World Trade Center Memorial.
I always try to feel what it was like that day for the people walking down the street. For the size of the buildings and the area that they fell…..it isn’t big in comparison. You watch when the towers fell after burning with the jet fuel and it is unimaginable what terror there was. The people who were in the tower above the hole of the plane and had no way to get down. They would call their families for the goodbyes and some just jumped to their deaths.
The first responders who were there to do what they were trained for and lost their lives when the towers fell.
Just remembering all the souls that were lost that day also at the Pentagon, at the field in Shanksville Pennsylvania. What horror they went through.
We did change that day, life is always throwing things at us but we will prevail, adapt and overcome.
This is in Battery Park in lower Manhattan, which is just down the street from the World Trade Center Memorial. This was between the towers and they have brought it down to Battery Park and turned it into an eternal light. Here is information about it and it seems as if it has been moved closer to the memorial.
This is a picture of the WTC memorial from Battery Park. Think about sitting in that park, or walking through it and watching the planes fly into these buildings.
I want to leave this post with the picture of the Statue of Liberty I took while at Battery Park. Both Tom and I loved New York City. I could have sat there for hours to just take it all in. Looking out at Ferries and thinking about what history happened in this area. These waters are where the British brought their ships up in the 1700’s. These waters split to make the Hudson and the East Rivers and a little further up the Hudson is where the plane had to be landed ten years ago, an amazing feat that was. We could go on, and on and on, we have a wonderful country that always prevails, with pain, but we remember.



End of July Vacation

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I am just tying up some loose ends with this post. I blogged my whole vacation except the last day on our way home. We left New York City and headed back to the same hotel that we stayed at on the way there. in Grove City PA because we liked it. It checked off all the boxes that I look for in a hotel. Comfy beds, a good breakfast that comes with the room. Easy to get to, plenty of parking, plenty of restaurants to choose from and the topper….it was clean and smelled good. I love Holiday Inn Express breakfast…..the abundant cinnamon rolls do it for me. Then Grove City had that outlet mall with that cute donut shop…click here for a review of that….I picked up six and had a hard time choosing, they were all cute. The donuts were small, but very, very tasty and were all the same flavor, it was the frosting that made them all different. They were a bit pricey but she had to pay for that building. The packaging was cute too. It’s gets and A plus.

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The restaurant we ate at was a microbrew place and it was right across the parking lot of our hotel. We both got the fish sandwich and look at this honker! It was good and it also gets and A plus.

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One happy man having a beer and eating his fish sandwich.

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We are leaving NYC, driving down all the streets, heading toward the Lincoln Tunnel, that will take us into New Jersey. The Subway sign on the corner is not the Subway Sandwich Shop, it’s the stairway going down to get underneath the city. It is mind boggling what all is working underneath these streets! When I would see these signs I would think the sandwich shop because that is what I am used to but these are all over. I don’t know if we used this one or not to get somewhere, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

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Of course the Macy’s of the Miracle on 34th Street. I didn’t go in Macy’s though we did walk by it many times. We have a Macy’s here in Fort Wayne that I love to shop at, so no need to fight the crowd.

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I believe we were on 5th Avenue here, showing the shops and especially the big pretty pots of flowers. I saw nothing here that we didn’t have access to at home, either in Fort Wayne or Indianapolis.

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Again the pretty pots in a different shape then before. I liked the bus lane which I thought was good, because having the buses stop in your lane really held up the traffic. This street just had a different atmosphere then some of the others that we were on.

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Just lots of people, stores, you can see the street sign where we were at. We feel like since we have driven the streets of NYC we can drive anywhere, it was empowering! I loved seeing the buildings and the history that we have heard and seen so much about. I loved our neighborhood that our hotel was in back in Long Island City. We never felt uneasy even at midnight and eating breakfast at the delis and watching everyone walking to get to the train to go to work. I loved New York Harbor, ground zero, Hyde Park and Sagamore Hill,. Oyster Bay and of course the Billy Joel Concert at MSG! I was perplexed by the no eye contact when walking down the street and in the subway. So different from the midwest. I really disliked using the Lincoln Tunnel, I was very uneasy. There were so many stones left unturned, but I would be surprised if we ever go back because we just got enough of a taste of it. Two regrets, not stopping at St. Patricks Cathedral and also finding Billy Martins Grave but life will go on. Next July we will be making a trip to Maine and Acadia National Park. Thanks for going on vacation with me.

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