Sunday, March 09, 2008

Delayed....again, and again

So once again I find myself on a Continental sponsored holiday. I was supposed to leave Miami yesterday just after mid day, but bad weather at Newark meant repeated delays, until at 8pm the flight was cancelled, and I was booked onto the 2am flight.

With the time changing in the US this weekend I was walking around Newark airport at 7am wondering whether to book a hotel and catch some sleep, or go sightseeing. So I found the place to store luggage, and got on the bus to Manhattan. As usual I took a walk up through Times Square to Central Park, and got the tube back down to Times Square.

I had lunch at the Times Square McDonald's which is unlike no other McDonald's I have ever seen.

From there I took the tube south to go on a tour of the Statue of Liberty which is something I had hoped to do before, but never had the time

Friday, March 07, 2008

On holiday

Normally when I travel with work I rush a bit of sightseeing into a few hours, but this time I decided to book a real day off. So after we finished work last night, I got into the car and drove south. I had booked a hotel half way down the keys, and arrived in the complete darkness. Imagine my marvel when I awoke to see where I really was. Beautiful, shallow water as far as the eye could see. Great. So I set off south again for Key West.

As I drove down in the morning Sun, I began to see the extent of the keys - miles of little islands connected by miles of bridges. Literally. One bridge is actually called the "7 mile bridge".

The bridges were many and varied, some of the coolest were the old ones.

Many of the new bridges also had the old bridge beside them.

Some old bridges were so old that they were off limits.

When I arrived in the large south-most island I was met with a glorious sight - people kitesurfing. As this is something I am in the process of trying I had to stop off and see how it was really done. These guys had great gear, shallow water for hundreds of feet out, and perfect, steady onshore wind.

When I got into town in Key West, I took a walk around the harbour, went to see the south most point in continental US, and saw some other stuff too. A cool day.

On the way back to the hotel for the second evening I managed to catch the gorgeous sunset.

Maybe Florida is OK after all...

Monday, March 03, 2008

I'm off - and its snowing!

This morning I left home to travel to Florida. Another business trip, I was looking forward to the heat after the cold weather we've been having recently.

So it was even more weird to wake up in the morning to see snow. There wasn't a lot of snow, but it was enough for the kids to try out their new sleds!