A symbol of freedom.

You always imagine it but when you actually see it with your own eyes, there are no words to describe our feelings. Just to stand in front of it and stare at it. One of the most well-known landmarks in the world, the Statue of Liberty is synonymous with freedom and liberty. That’s right, we saw the Statue of Liberty today on Liberty Island. We caught the train to a station near Battery Park and went to grab tickets. Unfortunately, with hindsight, we should have ordered our tickets months in advance if we wanted to up to the crown. Instead we had to get the ground tickets which was still good enough. We caught the ferry and arrived at Liberty Island within a matter of minutes. We were feeling overwhelmed with so many emotions as we could see the Statue of Liberty get bigger and bigger from the ferry. When we stepped off the ferry, we went to grab an audio guide as I wanted to hear about the history of the island and the statue itself. The first thing we noticed was the magnificent view of New York City’s skyline. You could see New Jersey, Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn. It was gorgeous and we took plenty of photos here. Next we started to walk around the Statue of Liberty. It was completely surreal. To dream of visiting the statue is nothing compared to actually visiting it. The 151-foot tall structure, a gift to the United States from the people of France in 1886, is still beautiful as it would have been when it first arrived. Mind you, it didn’t have it distinctive green colour back then. Originally it was a copper brown colour but due to  oxidation, a green crust has cover the copper to protect itself, giving the statue its distinctive look that we know today. This statue used to be a symbol of freedom and hope for millions of immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries looking to live in New York but is now a symbol of unity and freedom for people around the world. After this, we got back on the ferry again and went to Ellis Island which wasn’t far away. Ellis Island used to be an immigration station from 1892 to 1954. Here, immigrations looking to live in New York had to go through a thorough process where they were examined by doctors to make sure they were not carrying diseases and were healthy enough to hold a job. They were also interviewed to make sure they were not criminals. If an immigrant passed the inspections, which usually took several hours, he or she was free to enter the country. Unfortunately only about 2% of those were rejected. We didn’t stay too long on Ellis Island as we were hungry and there was not much to see as there was some construction going on. Therefore we got back on the ferry and headed back to Battery Park. When we got back to the park, we did a quick stroll around the park and discovered The Sphere, a large metallic sculpture that once stood between the Twin Towers before 9/11. Although it remained structurally intact, it has visible damaged due to debris from the airliners that had crashed into the buildings and from the collapsing skyscrapers themselves. Here it stands in Battery Park with an eternal flame as a memorial to the victims of 9/11.

After this, I remembered something that we forgot to check out when we visited Wall Street yesterday, the Charging Bull. Sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull, this bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica is another famous tourist attraction. When we finished taking photos of this icon, we grabbed some lunch and walked along Broadway heading uptown. Here we managed to find the DASH store, a boutique clothing and accessory chain founded by the famous Kardashian sisters. After checking out the store, we made our way to the Flatiron Building. David was particularly happy to see this building because he had a picture of this in his room for many years. This building is best known for its distinctive triangular shape at the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Thereafter, we were exhausted and caught the train back to our hotel where we went out for dinner at Chipotle and rested for the rest of the night watching the latest episode of Scream Queens and a couple episodes of Two Broke Girls.

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New Jersey (left), Manhattan (middle), Brooklyn (right).

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The Sphere
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Charging Bull

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Flatiron Building

 

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