Huntington, Long Island, New York

Alia Vita
Rob & Frances Lythgoe
Thu 25 Jun 2015 23:38
We arrived back on the 22 June after a hectic two weeks back in the UK. We hired a car for a few days to keep us mobile, but mainly to get the luggage back to the boat from the railway station. On the flight home from New York the flight crew needed a doctor to attend to a sick passenger. Frances threw herself into the melee (at the third time of asking after no one else had volunteered, to be fair she isn't insured any more) and attended to an ashen 70 year old gentlemen with no pulse. It was a good thing that she did as they were about to divert the plane to Dublin which would have messed us up a bit. Frances explained that the best cardiac hospital in the north of England was about five miles from the airport so they carried on. Phew!

Any how, the next week we received a token of appreciation from Thomas Cook for saving one of their passengers, and on our return flight we were able to upgrade to Premium Economy no less, for only £25 per head instead of the usual £100. Being 6'2" and the doctors travelling companion, I thought that was good, I'll get more leg room. What I didn't bargain for was the fact that you also get double the baggage allowance, and Frances found out about this upgrade just in time and used it to good effect. Almost wish we'd diverted to Dublin.

We returned to Manhattan on the train for a lively day out. We rented bicycles in Central Park, walked the 'High Line' and used up quite a bit of shoe leather. I think I could live there too, which I never thought I would say about a big city. We both said it about Vancouver, but that was totally different.

Alia Vita's mooring in Huntington. Quite different to anywhere she has been before

Central Park by bike

This is the view across the lake in Central Park in the centre of Manhattan. A bit surreal