USA 2016 – Florida and New York Day 14 – 1,254 feet and a 4 hour drive

10am. That was the time we were to be shot into orbit. Or at least 1,254 feet up One Word Observatory.

We made what turned out to be a second failed attempt to go to Ellen Stardust diner. This time, we arrived at 8am to find they had just seated a group of 40 and wouldn’t be seating anyone else until 9.30. Too late for our Observatory trip and for breakfast.

So, we picked another Times Square diner and had waffles there.

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USA 2016 – Florida and New York Day 13 – Hop On Hop Off Tour

After our inspired plans last night over drinks, we got up this morning to have breakfast and then hunt down somewhere to buy tickets for the bus tours around the city.

Max likes the busses, we’d never done it so it seemed like the thing to do.

We had a quick chat with the concierge and they suggest the City Tour company as they also have a hop on hop off ferry to that could get us to Brooklyn. Perfect.

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USA 2016 – Florida and New York Day 12 – Big Apple here we come

5.30 am. That’s 5.30 AM!!!

We are on holiday and had the alarm set for this time! Reason? We had to be checking in for our flight to New York at about 7.30, definitely by 8,

We made it despite taking a wrong turn or two on the way to the Car Rental drop off. Once we had got the monorail into the terminal we headed to check in.

One bag was 5lbs overweight. $100. Nope. We set about repacking and with a bit of moving things around, we got it down to smidgen over the 50, so he accepted it.

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USA 2016 – Florida and New York Day 11 – Miami in a Day

That was the big question today. We have a day. Not long. There are many suggestions of Miami in a day. Hop on a bus, spend an hour here. Another bus, another hour here. Walk 10 blocks..etc

We knew a whistle stop tour trying to see everything with Max would probably result in us seeing very little and getting very stressed.

As a result, we decided to drive down to South Beach, check out the beach and the park, and stroll up Ocean Drive looking at the Art Deco building and the hotels and bars.


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USA 2016 – Florida and New York Day 10 – We’re heading to Miami!!

With a tinge of sadness, we leave the Keys today.

As mentioned in previous posts, we definitely want to return. We couldn’t have hoped for a nicer hotel for our last stop out of the Keys.

The Amara Cay resort while not the cheapest we have stayed in has probably been the most luxurious. The room was great, the reception and bar area cool and the pool right near the beach was hot!!

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USA 2016 – Florida and New York Day 9 – Far South and Bahia Honda

Another day and another hotel checkout. We had two nights at the 24NorthHotel but it was time to move one. We had a couple of aims today.

To visit the Southernmost Point of the island, in the old town of Key West, and stop at the Bahia Honda State Park on the way up to Islamorada. (Pronounced Bay-ah Honda).

We took the car this time as we knew we had to head straight off so didn’t want to wast time with the shuttle bus. We weren’t sure about how much parking would be but got over an hour for just over $2 so all good.

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