Today we went to Ground Zero and the 9/11 memorial museum. People had told me how peaceful they found the fountains and I was expecting a really moving and peaceful feel about the place. Sadly it felt like just another place for people to tick off a list and take a selfie in front of. (this photo by MrS)
It was heaving with people and there is construction work going on all around. Whilst it was great to see so many school parties it was sad to see the children's behaviour around the memorial (and I don't mean really young children either). You'd think the children with something so recent in their history would be more understanding.
I didn't know anyone killed that day although MrS works for an American firm and he is sure to have. I still remember watching it unfold with incredulity, assuming as most did to begin with that it was a terrible accident. Everything changed that day, not just for America but for the world.
The museum is very well done, well laid out and really informative. It is formed within the footings of the original Twin Towers. It relays the structure and history of both, and included within is a further exhibition about 9/11 itself.
The exhibition has a timeline running throughout, divided into "in air" and "on ground". It is filled with the footage and photos we are all familiar with and plenty that we are not. The recorded messages, the personal testimonies. I had tears in my eyes as I looked at the falling/jumping body photographs. It evokes the reflection and peaceful remembrance that the pools do not. Maybe the pools are more peaceful at the weekends without the school parties and construction work.
There is an app to accompany your visit to the museum, annoyingly though it only works with wifi, and wifi is not provided at the museum as far as we could tell so we didn't use it. The new One World Trade centre is already being occupied by businesses but sadly for us the observation tower (See Forever) doesn't open until the end of May.
Later that day we walked down to the very bottom point, round Battery Green (also undergoing extensive renovation) and back up through the financial district. I was vaguely unimpressed with the Statue of Liberty who seemed very small in comparison to the rest of the Manhattan skyline. But I imagine she was very impressive to those arriving by boat all those years ago.
Lunch report - we went to Bill's diner, about a block away from Ground Zero. It was a typical burger joint but having seen the size of burgers in other places I decided to have a starter size order of nachos with chilli. Big mistake. This was bigger than MrS's burger (see below) Neither of us felt up to dinner that night !!