parkrun on tour – 24 July 2012

Back in New York and two more runs to do – a couple of laps of the reservoir in Central Park for starters.

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13 down, one more to go

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New York

We’ve arrived at our final destination for a bitter-sweet few days in New York. I’ve been to NYC before, but Mr Beet hasn’t, so we have to hit all the main tourist attractions, including:

A trip on the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and great views of the Manhattan skyline.

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A trip to the top of Empire State Building

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Times Square – where the heavens opened to relieve the heat and humidity that had been building up over the past few days. There were great big hailstones and everybody got soaked to the skin.

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Grand Central Station

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Flatiron Building

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Natural History Museum

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We crossed over the Brooklyn Bridge to watch an open-air showing of Slumdog Millionaire in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and thankfully it stayed dry.

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We saw some open-air improv comedy in Central Park.

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And we were going to see another open-air film in Bryant Park, but rain stopped play again and we retired to a local bar with my law school friend Chris, who is now a fancy schmancy New York lawyer. ¬†We haven’t seen each other for about 8 years so we reminisced and agreed that we both feel simultaneously very old and yet still not quite grown up.

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Most of the rest of the time was spent enjoying the beautiful weather (it was beautiful in between downpours) in Central Park

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On our final evening, we went up to the top of the Rockfeller Centre at dusk to see great views across the city as the sun set on New York, and on our unbelievably brilliant year circumnavigating the globe.

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More pictures from New York on Mr Beet’s flickr page.

Oh Canada!

We made an unscheduled dash over the border from New York to Toronto so that we could watch Liverpool in a pre-season friendly against Toronto FC. The deal was sweetened with the promise of a day trip to Niagara Falls.

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The match was a 1-1 draw.

Niagara Falls was very pretty, although the town that has sprung up around it is the tackiest of tourist destinations. The best bit was going on the Maid of the Mist boat that takes you right up to the base of the falls to get soaked in the spray.

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More pictures of Toronto and Niagara Falls on Mr Beet’s flickr page.