09 July 2012
A Journey Begins!
Very early last Friday morning, I departed DIA (Denver International Airport) on a trip that I have dreamed about since I was just a girl! My bags were packed, repacked and cameras at the ready along with watercolor sketchbooks, a knitting project, travel guides, maps and a wide assortment of clothes! The flight from Denver to New York City was an easy one! A great start to the trip of a lifetime!
What fun it was to see the ship I was about to board from the air as I flew into LaGuardia!
As impressive as it was from the air, standing on the dock and looking up at the Queen Mary 2 was even more impressive!
Once settled on board, I enjoyed a walk around the ship and found myself enthralled with the views of Manhattan! From the rising tower of the new World Trade Center, to the historic Brooklyn Bridge, it was amazing to see! It makes me realize what a country girl I really am!
The Statue of Liberty was nearby. Just over a century ago, my great grandmother arrived from Poland on these same shores!
As the ship prepared to leave, I stood on the forward decks watching all the action. Then they loosed the ropes and we were off! Music played across the decks and people gathered as the tugboats and police boats escorted the QM2 out into the channel.
Going under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and watching how narrow the gap between the ship and the underside of the bridge is (only 4 meters or so) is a bit breath catching! We actually got to do it three times, as there was a medical emergency aboard shortly after we crossed under the bridge the first time and so we turned around to return the individual to medical care on shore. Thankfully, from what we heard, all ended well. There were far fewer people outside on deck the third time under the bridge. Those of us who were there enjoyed a lovely sunset as we headed out to sea!
I'll post more as internet allows! It just astounds me how modern technology allows us to write and post blog posts and photos from the middle of the north Atlantic!