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

 

A New York Travel with a lost luggage

Until our son was 3, we almost did not do any travels abroad. Our traveling with our son history started 7 years ago. And until he was 9 we could not be brave enough to do a long haul flight. That’s why our first time travel to US was last year.

Actually the start of our journey was really dramatic. We arrived to JFK safely, but our luggage did not do so (first time of such an experience). The more dramatic thing was, all three of us did fit in one luggage. The visa control was about 1,5 hours and it took us another 1,5 hours to search for our luggage, find a desk to inform the situation and try to understand how we would get our luggage. Not a nice welcome huh? Especially after a 9 hour flight, especially with a child.

Well, without our luggage, got off the airport, got the first taxi we met (and fooled by the driver, which is another story). Since we were late, the ruch hour started in Manhatten. Arrived to our hotel in New Jersey in another 1,5 hours. Thanks got, our hotel was just by a shopping mall, where we tried to find some underwear, t-shirts, lens solutions, ipad and iphone charges. When I say we, acually, I should say I, because that was when our son started to sleep on a bench at the mall, my husband stayed with him, and I tried to find everything, of course in different levels of Macy’s and by tring to understand the sizes which are totally different than we use and with dreadfully being sleepy.

We wish the story ended in a few days, however it did not. Everyday with hopes and loads of telephone calls, we were starting the day at Macy’s again, buying something to wear very quickly, trowing away the etiquettes, wearing them on and going to Manhattan. After 3 days, we got a phone call that our luggage has arrived and will bring it to our room. We all jumped on beds shouted and shouted. Ant the door rang, I opened very exitedly, and that was it: A WRONG SUITCASE. We could not beleive our eyes

How the story ended: We bought new suitcases in NY, flew to Las Vegas, and than to San Fransisco, than drove to LA and after 15 days of travel, flew back home. Our luggage arrived a month later,and the airline did pay only 1/10 of our expenses, after calling about a hundred times, writing loads of e-mails, which took about 6 months. We tried this adventure not to ruin our travel, since we paid loads of money for it, but we got a lot of lessons. Now we only travel with carry-on luggage and follow www.onebag.com rules.