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Notes on a NYC Trip

Author: parisandelle
Date of Trip: January 2001

Ellis Island
Our ticket included an audio tour which I think is a must. The whole experience comes to life when you hear the voices of those who were processed at Ellis Island. Some of the accounts are really moving. Viewing the exhibits showed the lengths people would go through in search of a better life. As a non-American, my husband was amazed at the whole process. If you are an American I say you must go to Ellis Island. It instils a lot of pride for the foundations of which our country is built.

We then walked down to South Street Seaport as we had plenty of time to kill. If you find yourself with time on your hands find anything else to do. We had an ice-cream, but left as the shops were nothing special and the smell really got to us. My husband thought he recognized the area from the famous chase scene in the French Connection.

We used a service called the Baby Sitter's Guild. The service was expensive but fantastic. We paid $20 per hour with a minimum of four hours. The sitter was always 15 minutes early and brought toys and books. She gave our son his baths, fed him and any other instruction we left. They have sitters who speak multiple languages as well. We can highly recommend this group.

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