6 - 8 September - New York to Melbourne
There had been talk of bad weather with the remnants of a hurricane reaching New York. We woke to warm and overcast conditions but it wasn't wet. We had breakfast locally and then returned to our rooms to pack up and check out. We left our bags with the bell hop and set out on foot for Grand Central one last time. Our plan today was to ride the subway uptown to The Bronx and then back the other way to Brooklyn to get some more glimpses of New York beyond Manhattan Island.
We caught the 6 train uptown as far as Parkchester. We hopped off, descended from the overhead rail platform and set off looking for a place for a coffee. Once refreshed we returned and caught the 6 train downtown, changed at Bleeker St for the B train and rode it into Brooklyn as far as Atlantic Ave/Barclay Centre station. We struggled to find a place for lunch and eventually settled on a Shake Shack.
After lunch we returned to the station and caught a 4 train directly to Grand Central. One of my photos shows the in train display used in New York. We would benefit from adopting this technology in Melbourne. We walked back to the hotel and found that our ride to the airport was ready so off we went. It took an hour to get to JFK Airport through the Tuesday afternoon traffic. And yes, it finally started raining. We had allowed ourselves plenty of time so there was no panic.
The Qantas QF12 flight eventually left an hour late but they made up the time and we actually arrived in LA a few minutes early. The flight took just under 5 hours. We arrived at and departed from the Tom Bradley terminal so the transit was quick & easy. The 14 hour 45 minute flight on the A380 through to Melbourne was smooth and uneventful. It departed LA at 11 pm local time which was 2 am New York time, so yes we were tired before it even took off. We stayed awake for the meal they served shortly after take off and then slept for as long as we could.
The landing in Melbourne was perfect, as smooth as it could be. We cleared immigration and quarantine and indeed the airport in just over an hour. It took around the same time to get home across town in the morning peak. That's all for this trip. With a bit of luck there will be a blog version 6 in 2018 in Europe. If you haven't seen the earlier ones they are all still online on www.travellerspoint.com if you search for IanDarleneUK.