Upon our return to the Manhattan terminal we walked along the water front of the East River until we couldn’t go any further due to an overpass. At this point we headed back in towards Wall Street. We came across a ceremony which we respected and stayed still until they finished. It was a bunch of bikies paying respects to fallen comrades in the military. When we got to the other side of the ceremony we found a pink painted convertible which look pretty cool.
It didn’t take us long to find Wall street and the financial district. We were trying to find the Bull statue which we seemed to be going around but never actually seeing it. (we were always on one street over) We did eventually come across it and Bowling Green. The bull was swamped with tourists touching it and having their photos taken. They were even climbing on it to get photos. One kid was climbing underneath it and holding its balls in his hands. We managed only a few shots that didn’t have people in the way.
New York does a good job of supplying parks for the people. It seemed that if there was a spare bit of land, there would be a park on it. Bowling Green is like that. Stuck in the middle of the financial district between two streets, Bowling Green was a little oasis of green and flowers. We took a small break here before we headed of again. Kim got a photo of a very tight parking job here made by the smallest of cars. I got a shot of a red cap stretching his back on the park fence.
We walked to the Staten Island Ferry terminal after looking at Battery Park. Brian had told us that this is the best way to see the statue of liberty as it is free and less crowded. It was early so getting on the ferry was fairly easy, but it was still a bit of a rush to get on. We headed to the left and went up to the top. We found it to be quiet on that side because it is the wrong side to be on to see the statue of liberty. I did head across to try and get a shot, but there were too many people to get through to see anything properly. I did manage to get a quick shot of her, but it is out of focus. Kim stayed on the left side of the ferry, so I returned to her and we sat there for the rest of the trip across to Staten Island.
On the Staten Island side we either had to rush to get onto the other ferry to immediately return to Manhattan, or wait for about 30 minutes for the next ferry. I started to walk towards the return ferry, but Kim didn’t want to rush, so we spent some time at the terminal. The terminal building was quite nice. We spent some of the time outside on an observation deck taking photos and taking a moment to stop and relax a little.
On the return trip we made sure we were on the right side to see lady liberty. I did get a good shot of the statue this time but it was from distance. It was the best way to see her quickly and without much hassle, but it would have been nice to get up close and personal. Perhaps we will get closer if we every return to New York. Kim’s mood was improving by now as she was waking up fully.