New York – Day 3 30° C Cloudy with sunny spells

We had to get up earlier than yesterday. This was not a problem since I woke up early because of the very loud noise of a thunderstorm more than an hour before our alarm-clock was to go off. We had booked a bus tour to Harlem (yes, we know the reputation of this NY area). Even after reading up on the net we were pleasantly surprised when we got north of the 100th street. We passed buildings where famous musicians like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and many others lived and got a better understanding of life in the older days. The tour brought us to a church where a gospel choir performed as if it was a real mass. The bus dropped us off at 72nd street, one block from the Dakota building where John Lennon was shot dead in 1980. Across the road we entered Central Park where an area is made into a memorial for the ex-Beatle. Strawberry Fields and the Imagine mosaic is still visited daily by fans.

We walked through the park to the Guggenheim. Unfortunately the museum”s outside is being restored and only part can be seen. From here we went back through the park to Columbus Circle but not before we picked up a geocache that was hidden in the park.

The only thing left to do today was go see the lights on Times Square. The many billboards  are flashing from all directions trying to get the attention of passers-by.