Duffy Square, New York
One of the gathering points on Broadway located between 46th and 47th Street. The movie "Safe" was being filmed on the street near here and another theatrical production of some sort was underway in the square itself. If you want to people watch in New York, this square is a great place to do it in!
Jan and I wandered around Old Quebec City during our visit in October. Within a few blocks of the tourist area we were surprised to be on quiet residential streets where only locals walked. The streets were quiet, old and very beautiful.
It took Jan a little while to get this image without fellow tourists in it. There were a number of happy admirers around the church when we arrived. Jan had the patience to wait for folks to exit the scene or enter the church so that the curves of the road and fence draw your eye into the photo without the interruption of scattered tourists.
This was in a wonderful outdoor museum very close to Sydney, Nova Scotia and well worth the short trip out from town to visit.
We are often asked by non-cruisers what it's like on board ship - are the stairs hard to climb in bad weather or is there anything to do while on board? This is the central, three-storey atrium on Crown Princess - not the spectacular, sky high central plazas on some mega-ships but illustrative at least.
The lowest level of the atrium has the International Cafe with wonderful coffees and pastries available throughout the day. The second level has the hotel front desk with shops flanking it on both sides. The third level has additional shops available. Large winding staircases grace each side of the atrium while banks of gleaming elevators are available across from this view.
This was the largest ship we have been on. Built in 2006, Crown Princess holds just over 3000 passengers. While we were afraid she would be crowded and slow to load and unload, we found her surprisingly easy to move around in and to get on and off of. While she doesn't have the rock climbing walls and ice skating rinks of a mega ship, there were a great many activities on board to take part in, including a putting green 19 stories up at the aft end off the ship.
If you find an itinerary that Crown Princess is sailing that you are interested in, you won't go wrong with this elegant and well laid out ship!
Jan's image of Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. It was very windy the day we were there and while the clouds looked like they could produce rain at any time, it was surprisingly sunny most of the day. Classic wooden lobster traps were strategically displayed on the wharf just north of Peggys Point Road. The water seen here is the cove itself.
This fall Jan and I decided to take a Canada/New England Fall Colours cruise and flew to New York to begin our trip. We stayed at the Novotel on 52nd and Broadway, a hotel that was reasonably priced, in an interesting area of Manhattan and minutes from the cruise pier. The only online criticism that I could find regarding the hotel was that it had altogether too many foreigners in it. As we too were foreigners, this seemed like a very good reason to stay there.
New York at present seems to have a rather widespread instance of bed bugs in hotel rooms, although we never found a single bug at the Novotel or any of the other hotel properties we stayed in. Some suggest that the bed bug issue is overblown, but the begbugregistry.com reports a large number of hotels in New York harbouring these nocturnal vampires. While supposedly not carriers of any known disease, the mere thought of a tiny, blood sucking creature sharing your bed makes most people a bit uneasy (and scratchy) to say the least.
These little critters are paper thin and can hide almost anywhere, feed on blood and are more than happy to travel with you from where you visit to where you live. To avoid this disappointing outcome we decided to take a few precautions which may be useful as you decide how to deal with the possibility of bed bugs on your next trip.
By the way, the bright red Samsonite suitcases we now use are not only bug resistant, but are REALLY easy to spot on the luggage carousel amongst all the black, soft-sided rollers out there!