This is a poem I wrote to capture the AWESOME 4 days Wendy and I had in New York.
Every line hides a story (mostly funny) and I've included some pics as well.
Our trip of a lifetime was a late edition to the 30 Things project coming in at number 24.
ALL I CAN SAY IS... WHAT A CITY !!!!!
You always hope a destination like this will live up to the hype - and it certainly delivered. NYC has an energy like I've never felt before.
So in 39 stanzas, here's "Toiner & Stronge do New York"
Toiner & Stronge do New York
Cocktails in T5’s Giraffe
Chatting and having a laugh
Boris look-a-likey behind us
NYC planning with minimal fuss
Toiner mixing it up
G&T in a cup
What! No inflight stuff!
This has got to be a bluff…
Reset x7 not cool
BA you are so cruel
8 hours transatlantic drag
This flight ain’t got no swag
Circling round and round
Captain makes a sound
A “VIP moment” at JFK has occurred
Almost diverted to Boston… that’s absurd!
This is fab!
To the Metro
Wow, so retro
“Paris” across the street
Beads and beads, ha what a treat!
Macy’s round the corner
Brilliant for a foreigner
Feels like our Capital
People, vibrancy, noise an’ all
Home from home
Tomorrow we shall roam
Waking up to rain
This is such a pain
Muffins take the edge off
Mmmmmm scoff scoff scoff
Watching Good Morning A-mer-i-ca
Tom Hanks accidentally swore on there
Yankees lost the base-ball
No game for us, no game at all
Walk and walk the streets of Manhattan
Up and down the easy, grid pattern
Booking the things we want to see and do
And suddenly woo hoo the sky turns to blue!
Our concierge Jeff came in handy
Introducing Duane Reade for candy
He also booked us a show
Chicago wow wee here we go
Cocktails and Asian fusion
Times Square and Broadway inclusion
New York New York we love you
You are definitely an awesome de-but
Eating pretzels and hot dogs from the street deli
New Yorkers are the same as on tele
Watching Friends in actual NYC
Is pretty darn cool to me
Toiner starts a t-shirt mission
It’s always been her ambition
To see how many she can buy
Deary deary me, I sigh
Mind you, I’m just as bad
Pointing my foam finger in public makes me look mad
Buying the PJ “pants” we see a man wearing
Would you believe me if I said I’m beyond caring?
Hyped up for the next few days
NBC studio tour is well amaze
Random photo taken
Toiner’s American mum if we’re not much mistaken…!
Standing in Dr Oz’s studio
Still not sure why it’s called the Big Apple tho’
Must look up this reference to fruit…
Now back to the map and the route
Racing to our next stop
Pink people all over the shop
Race for Life is most definitely on
From dawn to dusk… and be-yond
Jump on the subway
No one to ask
Just like a mask
Finally get to the meat packing joint
So hungry, “beef” dogs do not disappoint
Time for the 911 museum work-shop
Where the tears won’t be able to stop
Holding parts of the World Trade
One man and his meticulous crusade
An emotional rollercoaster ride
A journey with headset to guide
Almost catch the path train to New Jersey
This subway system is cra-zy!
Mad rickshaw dash across town
As the sun begins to set down
We make it in time
Sailing down the Hudson is sublime
Cookie Monster in Times Square
Empire State at midnight on a wing and a prayer…
Mega insanely wonderful play
As we plop into bed in the wee hours of Sun-day
American diner for brekky awaits
We’ll keep eating until hunger abates
TV and movie tour through Central Park
A glorious afternoon gives it a spark
Families and couples spending time together
A peaceful setting that could last forever
Racing across town once more
To get to the Manhattan shore
Catching our cruise is most amusing
The ticket handlers almost came in for a bruisin’
No matter, we’re headed to the Statue of Liberty
The sights along the way are things of beau-ty
She’s awesome up close
And that skyline and coast !!!
Oreo cookie ice cream
Late night shopping a scream
Times Square and flashing bright light
A nice restaurant to spend our last night
Pumpkin cheesecake is divine
We could make ourselves sick in next to no time
And with more cocktails to try
The fact we’re flying tomorrow is by the by
Finally we stumble back to pack
Macy’s shopping we still need to crack
Next morning we do
And the 911 memorial too
Our first American Maccy Ds
A little more Friends just to tease
And some According to Jim
Just on a whim
Wow, what a trip it has been!
We came. We conquered. We’ve seen
All of the sights and the sounds
Defo get more to the dollar than the pounds
Help from unexpected quarters
The subway engineer and the porters
The random lady on the plat-form
The NYPD cop amongst the swarm
The wind whistles through there
Recycling in evidence
A healthy eating precedence
Morgan Freeman set in wax
A healthy eating shop called PAX
Wendy found her own diner
Plus a flashy Maccy Ds, a right shiner!
But, what’s up with the loos?
You always see lots of shoes
And the sides don’t quite fit
No good for a ….
Limp biscuit jokes
Where’s Wendy? Our funny hoax
And my 30 “Cheers”
Oh what fun we had
Saying goodbye was mighty sad
Mesmerising skyline whatever time of day
We don’t want to leave this city, no way
So here it is, the “Other side of New York”
ONY tour code for short
With meat packing optional extra
And the bead extension etc etc
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