The Empire State: the Return

DSCF7664I have heard that tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy will ensure a return trip to the city. Perhaps there are many places with that sort of legend….I visited New York City for the very first time almost 6 years ago. I still remember I was bursting with excitement about the trip. The city was huge with lots to see of course, and I had only a weekend to pack as much as I could in my itinerary. Time was my biggest enemy then. I was crazy about telling people ‘I have been to New York’ (I realize that attention-thirsting part of me has died as the years passed). I did not do my homework (i.e. researching about places, etc). I really hope to see the Statue of Liberty, the iconic landmark of the Big Apple. The last day was dedicated to seeing that green lady. I boarded a certain cruise, so looking forward to seeing the Statue up close.

The seven spikes of the crown: spread the values of democracy to the seven continents of the world.

The seven spikes of the crown: spread the values of democracy to the seven continents of the world.

What I did not know was that the cruise was only for the Ellis Island.The trip to the island took much of the day, so making a trip to see the Statue of Liberty would be impossible since the last cruise departed at 2pm (or 3pm). On the way to Ellis Island, we passed the green lady. Disappointed, of course. But I could only blame myself for not…anyway, I got an opportunity to visit the city about 3 weeks ago. This time I did my homework well (at least I thought I did). My expectation, this time, was to climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Again, I planned to see the green lady on the last day, and again, I only had a weekend.

Side of the Statue of Liberty...one leg is ahead of the other, signifying moving forward.

Side of the Statue of Liberty…one leg is ahead of the other, signifying moving forward.

Back of the Statue of Liberty

Back of the Statue of Liberty

The night before, I took a close look at my cruise ticket. At the bottom of it, it said ‘Statue of Liberty – Grounds Only’. A bad feeling washed over me, and quickly I looked for more information. I was struck with a massive disappointment when I discovered (should have discovered way before) that a climb to the crown had to be made at least 3 months in advance, and it was all booked up till the middle of September…disappointed as I was, I still enjoyed my trip to the Liberty Island. From the grounds, I could admire the green lady in the full-length. She was huge!!! I also took a free guided tour provided by a National Park Service representative. I got to know the lady in depth. Fascinating! I admired her as a symbol of democracy and freedom. The crown, the book, the torch, the position of her legs are all indications of these highly-appreciated values…

Manhattan skyline from the Liberty Island. The day was burning hot. Ice cold lemonade was a real treat

Manhattan skyline from the Liberty Island. The day was burning hot. Ice cold lemonade was a real treat

It was a satisfying trip, despite my initial disappointment…but…maybe… there is…a third call… to return…my dear faithful partners in crime (mom, sisters and John)- PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE LAST LINE :-D.

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