Sunday, October 6, 2013
Our son is out of town so we decide not to get lost trying to get to church. Instead, we head to the 9/11 Memorial ticket office. (We were told tickets are free, but they have to be picked up at the ticket office.) A long line snakes through exhibits as we slowly edge our way to the ticket counter. Merchandise is also for sale. We stuff a bill in the donation box. Our assigned time is an hour away. We wander the streets and head over. What?!!? Another line at the entrance is for people without a ticket to go through to get a ticket and walk right in! Yeah, yeah, I know, life’s not fair.
A work in progress, the 9/11 Memorial Museum disappears into the mist.
It’s an awesome sight.
There are two huge, identical square water walls next to the museum. Visitors next to it seem teeny tiny.
Names are cut through the metal, creating an unexpectedly lovely way to secure flower stems. A light rain refreshes blooms left to remember and honor loved ones.
I take a picture with a security guard who was there when the tragedy struck 12 years ago. He doesn’t usually smile for pictures, but I tell him that now is a time for the celebration of life and the resilience of New Yorkers. That got me a small smile.
It’s time to wander downtown. Famous department stores and lovely displays. Wish we were here in December when everything is lit up with Christmas greenery and lights!
For dinner, we’re going Turkish. Aroya (?) is a tiny cafe that has maybe 20 seats. They serve complimentary flatbread with olive oil. Sorry, I have to compare that with Bijan restaurant in Sugar Land. It also serves complimentary flatbread, but with feta cheese and mint sprigs. That’s my favorite part of a Bijan meal, honest! Anyway, the food is delicious, especially the creamy pureed eggplant! A good way to end the night.