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Day 6 – Last day in NYC and travelling home

I’m making this post whilst waiting at our gate for the flight home.

We have had another great day in New York City, starting with a cruise along the harbour and out to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

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The.views of the City were fantastic!

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Back on dry hand we walked along Wall St

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Next was the top of the Empire State Building

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Then shopping and away to the airport.

I hope you’ve enjoyed following our journey, though I am sure nowhere near as much as all the girls and staff have done! Special thanks go to Ms Maher for arranging such an ‘awesome’ itinerary!

PostedĀ  by Mrs Willis at JFK Airport, New York. 20.50 AM

Day 5 – New York, New York!

After a somewhat long pause (due to a 16 hour non-stop day yesterday!) I am pleased to report.that we had a fantastic day yesterday in sparkling blue skies.

We walked through all five boroughs including Greenwich Village (below)

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Then we visited the 9/11 Memorial – a truly sobering experience. Our guide commented on the exemplary behaviour and empathy of our girls.

After a quick change back at the hotel we headed for Times Square and Broadway where we saw Chicago.

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Now we embark on our final day before heading to the airport and home. I think we’ll all sleep well on the plane!

Day 4 – On the road to New York City

We have arrived in New York City! Having started off at 8 AM we headed off by coach toward Philadelphia. With a one-hour stop at Christiana Mall in Delaware (no sales tax here!), we arrived in Philadelphia to be met by our guide , Jen, who ushered us to the State House , where the Declaration of Independence was signed, the US Constitution was formulated and where the senate sat until the state buildings at Washington were completed.

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After a look around the State House thenĀ  lunch in the Bourse, once a stock exchange we took a guided trip around Philadelphia by coach – definitely a taster for a return visit one day! We ended at the ‘Rocky steps‘ site of one of the iconic scenes in the Rocky film.

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All the girls and Mrs Hughes and Ms Maher took the run to the top and were rewarded with a fantastic view of the city at the top!
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Here is our first view of NYC – more tomorrow!

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Posted by Mrs Willis in NYC, 8 AM

Day 3 – From The Capitol to the White House

It’s day three and day one seems an age away! We began the day with a tour of the Capitol and the Library of Congress. It was another glorious sunny day – though still cold.

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Some of the group outside the Capitol.
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We enjoyed an excellent guided tour of the Capitol building and learnt a great deal about the mechanics of the US political system and gained a much greater understanding of how Americans view their rights and freedoms.

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Next we visited the Library of Congress, a superbly designed building and where we were able to view Thomas Jefferson’s amazing book collection.

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The afternoon was spent visiting the museums of our choice. Most girls chose the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Speaking for myself, I was enraptured by seeing the actual lunar module that orbited the Moon on the Apollo 11 mission – especially as we had only hosted actual Moon rocks at Withington only a couple of weeks ago!

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The late afternoon and early evening saw us taking a short bus trip to Georgetown – the oldest part of Washington – a really quaint and beautifully preserved town. Here we had a very good dinner at Paolo’s.

Then it was back on the coach again for a tour of Washington by night, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial , Second World War Memorial and the White House.

Another packed day and suitcases are to be packed tonight ready for an early departure for Philly in the morning.
Posted by Mrs Willis, 11pm Washington time.