Last days on the upper east side

The last day in New York was spent going up the Empire State building and cruising the harbour – up close and personal with the statue of Independence. Once again, good weather made for some exceptional shots. The evening before three of us went to Aladdin, and despite being up in the gods, enjoyed seeing a Broadway show. 

We returned to Kennett Square on Wed afternoon, on a train that sped to Wilmington, where my cousin collected us after work. That evening was an early Thanksgiving dinner laid on for us by our hosts – delicious.

My Aussie cousin left for home on Thursday (and has only just arrived!). I availed myself of the opportunity to drive for the first time in ages in the States, and successfully navigated local streets. 

Today we headed to Baltimore, and Helen and I went to the aquarium (excellent) and used water taxies to investigate the lovely old seaport suburb of Fell’s Point. We were spoiled, again, with the weather and with a remarkable airshow. The navy had a display of various naval vessels, and overhead tight formations of small jets amazed us with their antics. We sat sipping drinks and eating a late lunch at Uno’s in the inner harbour. 

Tomorrow will be spent packing for Florida and doing things around home with cousin and family. Helen (sis) leaves for NZ on Sunday when I head to Florida. It has been the absolute BEST time here enjoying family and the PA and NY area. 


  1. bigdoh · October 15, 2016

    You really got to do a lot! The weather looked perfect for you! Get ready to sweat in Florida! My sister said it’s been hot! Sorry I missed you this time around! xx

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    • jennyjeffries · October 15, 2016

      I’m sorry too, Karen. I pick up rental car and a bit more time and solo tripping in Florida. It’ll happen some day!


  2. Carol Pickersgill · October 15, 2016

    If you have the time in Baltimore you can visit the Mary Pickersgill House, also known as the Flag Museum. Mary Pickersgill is the lady who sewed the flag that inspired our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner” – Google the lyrics if you’re interested…the song has not aged very well, I’m afraid…but it’s an interesting story how it came to be written. It’s a cute little place…but as a bona fide Pickersgill, I was disappointed that they would not give us a family discount. 😦 Un-generous of them! Glad you’re having such a blast! The next time you’re in NYC let me know and I can get you good last minute theatre seats on the cheap! Onward!

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    • jennyjeffries · October 18, 2016

      I visited the one in Philly. You mean there were two flag makers?


      • Carol Pickersgill · October 18, 2016

        Yes! Two flags, two flag makers. The flag place in Philly features the FIRST United States flag. It was made by Betsy Ross in 1776, in response to a request by our founding fathers. The “Star Spangled Banner” flag was made by Mary Pickersgill, in Baltimore, in 1812. It was 30 ft x 42 ft – big! (No one knows exactly how big the original Betsy Ross flag was but it was thought to have been between 10 and 20 ft long.) It flew over Ft McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812, which finally separated the US from English reign. Naturally, the Pickersgill flag, or “Star Spangled Banner”, is the **vastly** superior flag! There’s a replica there in Baltimore, and the original now lives at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
        So — The next time you’re in Baltimore, stop by!

        **Thus endeth the US history lesson for today**

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      • jennyjeffries · October 18, 2016

        Well gee, I should have seen that one too!! Too late now


  3. Carol Pickersgill · October 19, 2016

    I know! Too many darn flags! Who can keep track! I mean – there’s nothing else to see here anyway, right? LOL. 😎


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