Views of Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

In the summer of 2012, our USA trip was the hero of the summer. Being the first time long haul flight with our son and one of our longest holidays, I have really worked a lot on the planning of what to do, where to go, what to eat and where to stay. A visit to Empire State Building was also in our plans, so we did.

Here, you can read how our luggage was lost and how this effected our trip. So on the third day of our NY visit, our luggage still could not find us and as every morning, we went shopping for daily outfits and headed to Manhattan.

For our son, a good building is a high building, a good hotel is a high hotel, a good room is a room somewhere on 20+th floor, a good restaurant is a restaurant with a high view, a good elevator is an elevator with dozens of buttons on it, a good museum is the skyscraper museum. So you can imagine how our son was excited about this visit to Empire State Building.

As I told, I have worked about this trip quite a lot and remembering the “How I Met Your Mother” season 2, Episode 12 waiting in the queue of the building for hours and hours, I preferred to buy express tickets in advance from the internet a month ago. Getting close to the entrance and showing our tickets to the first of the guards that we were soon going to see a lot more, told us that it is good thing that we have express tickets, because there was a 4-hour-waiting queue. Getting inside, there we saw loads of loads of people sitting on the floors on the queues, to buy tickets, to pass trough the security control and to get to the elevator. We on the other hand, with A4 papers printed tickets in our hands, with big letters of “express” on them, passed all these queues and got directly to the very front of the first, second, third, forth and fifth queues of the “visiting event”.

So here we were successfully, in the elevator watching the numbers increasing 10 by 10 and arriving to the 86th floor and here is the views that our son took with his camera.

View from 86th floor

View from 86th floor

View from 86th floor

View from 86th floor

View from the 86th floor

View from the 86th floor

Looking with the telescope

Looking with the telescope

View from the 86th floor

View from the 86th floor

After a big tour around the main deck of 86th floor, we took another elevator (with another advantage of our express tickets) to go to the top deck on 102th floor.

View from 102nd floor

View from 102nd floor

Even though we had our express tickets, it took us about an hour to go up, look around and return. An Empire State Building visit, seems to be more than just an elevator and a building.

ESBNYC

ESBNYC

 

Warsaw Culture and Science Palace

View from our hotel room

View from our hotel room

One of the stops in Warsaw was the Culture and Science Palace, which is a landmark building in Warsaw. The building itself did not seem so fancy at all, actually too huge to be nice I can say. A present from Russia to Poland. Even tough our hotel was just accross the building, it took us more than 20 minutes, to cross the street and to find the right entrance.

The "right" entrance

The “right” entrance

It is a cinema, theater, galeries, business and conferance complex, but the main attraction is to go up 30th floor and enjoy the view of the city from every angle. Especially worth visiting in a nice weather with clear sky.

Our son loves to use these wherever he finds. Warsaw was not an exception.

Our son loves to use these wherever he finds. Warsaw was not an exception.

Children love to look at these and find out what they can see beyond city limits and try to find out something interesting. And if this spot is one of your latest stops, he can try to recognise where he had been in the previous days.

Detail from interior ceiling

Detail from interior ceiling

Viewing terrace

Viewing terrace

Unlike many towers we have been (for instance Empire State Building in NY, or Galata Tower in Istanbul or Eifel in Paris or Pisa in Italy or… that’s enough), there were no hassle of ticketing, elevator and viewing. Especially for children it is really annoying to be so up high but not to be able to see freely. The viewing terrace was wide and calm enough for him to enjoy the view of the city from every angle.

Notice the signs of Ghetto walls by the building

Notice the signs of Ghetto walls by the building