"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."

Back to New York!

First time I visited New York city in 2011. Since then I completely fell in love with this city so now - a year later I'm back to relive it all over again.

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This time I was flying to New York through Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport which I have to admin is one of the most beautiful airports I've ever been to. Just look at it!

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You can easily charge your mobile or notebook. Very useful.

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..and wait for your plane in great comfort.

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I could sit there all day long.

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You can clearly see Eifel Tower while taking off in Paris.

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Finally closing in to New York.

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Times Square - the first place you want to visit every time you arrive in New York.

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Really amazing to be here!

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Try to find me :)

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Heart of America. Spectacular every time.

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Taking picture of the Times Square Ball that falls every New Years eve.

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Here it is. Yearly at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 31, the ball is lowered 23 m down a specially designed flagpole, resting on the midnight to signal the start of the new year. The first ball drop in Times Square took place on December 31, 1907, and has been held annually since.

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"The New York Times" main office.

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Interesting skyscraper. You can choose it as a location point, so it would be much easier to find your way.

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It's located not that far away from Central park, which is my second favorite place in New York.

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Peaceful nature in the middle of a huge megapolis.

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With funny creatures.

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You feel really tiny there.

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And lets not forget that this is September here. Looks more like a July.

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Central park in New York - it's a peaceful chill place for almost every citizen in New York. People do sports, eat their lunch, meet up with their friends or just spend a moment on their own with a good book.

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If you are tired you can easily rent a bicycle or even take a carriage.

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Nature and modern architecture combined.

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Probably the most popular Apple store in the world.

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Since Manhattan is an island it has a river Hudson on both of its sides. And of course it's a great place to go for a walk right by the river. You can see Wall streets financial district with a new World Trade Center on the background.

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And of course the Statue of Liberty.

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I like the way to offer people different sports. Here for example are totally free tenis courts for everyone to enjoy at any time. The only rule is that in case there is a lane you can not play longer then an hour.

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I really love the spirit there.

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New World Trade Center.

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6.00 PM - The wall streets ends up their work day.

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Once we were on Wall street it we decided to visit the site of the World Trade Center - Ground Zero.

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And we started from the memorial of 9/11.

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A memorial wall to all firemen that lost their lives in this terror act.

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And I have to say it looks really impressive.

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Two pools with the largest manmade waterfalls in the United States cascading down their sides are located within the footprints of the Twin Towers. Each pool is 4,000 m2, and together they are intended to symbolize the loss of life and the physical void left by the terrorist attacks. The sound of the water falling is supposed to drown out the sounds of the city, making the site a contemplative sanctuary.

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You can watch a beautiful sunset on New Jersey from this district as well.

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Later we decided to return to Times Square to see its real beauty.

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There aren't many places which at night are much more crowded comparing to a day time. This is surely one of them.

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The same Apple store we've seen earlier only at night.

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On our way back home to Brooklyn we made one last stop to admire Manhattan from the other bank of the river. That blue building is actually a new World Trade Center and is enlightened in red white and blue - USA colours. But we can see only blue lights from this point of view. Still very beautiful. Many apartments here actually cost more than some in the center of Manhattan.

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Interesting system in all buses. To open the back door you have to touch these yellow lines.

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And to stop the bus on the bus stop touch the black line that goes all the way through the bus. If you don't know this you'll never spot it. In Latvia we have a "stop" button for the same reasons.

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The way they park their cars. Looks like they get a lot of hits while parking.

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Traditional American car sales place with all the decorations.

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The next day we went to see famous Brighton beach.

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Sunny promenade on Brighton beach.

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They have a very interesting game there. Kind of like squash but the only difference is that they are hitting the ball with bare hands, maybe sometimes wearing special glows.

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As you might know - Brighton beach is a Russian district in New York. Well ok you might think, maybe some russians live there - no big deal. In reality the whole district has been turned into Russian place.

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Newspaper on the street.

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Local supermarket. For those who don't understand - all titles in russian.

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Russian juice.

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Latvian Aldaris beer.

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USSR Ice cream.

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Latvian cheese snack - Karums :)

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Basically the whole store consists only of russian products. Even shop assistants are Russian guys. I could ask anything in russian without problems. Looks like many people who live there don't have to know English at all.

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A man searching for jewellery that people might have lost on the beach. By the way he did manage to find something even while I was watching him.

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Perfect transport for this weather.

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Later we decided to hit Chine town. Which was as you would imagine full of Chinese.

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It is really hard to buy something in this crowd.

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Still some of them live pretty good life though.

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Only there you can buy fresh crabs and fish. They were still alive at that point.

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We stayed there of half an hour and decided that the best choice would be to find a more peaceful "New York" style place.

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The only problem is to find a subway. :)

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So we went straight for the Brooklyn bridge.

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I guess this might be the best place to observe it.

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Some photos for the Facebook :)

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Life is wonderful here :)

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Brooklyn Bridge, USA.

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Part of it is still under construction.

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A view on Statue of Liberty from Brooklyn Bridge.

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Upper Manhattan with Empire State Building in the center.

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Manhattan looks busy and peaceful all at the same time.

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And this is a perfect spot for lunch. Right in the center of Central Park by the lake.

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You can rent a bout if you wish but I was too exhausted for paddling.

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This is how it might look at lunch time :)

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The second much larger lake at the same Central Park. It's forbidden to come close to water since this lake supplies Manhattan with water.

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Naked person inside. I chose not to test it.

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Later we managed to play basketball. Iveta and I used to play basketball long ago back in university. Now it's time to remember good old skills.

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I definitely used to be more precise :) But there's nothing better that a good basketball game with old friends. Especially when you are in New York.

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One place we haven't been to is Roswell island. You can get there via Queensboro bridge.

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Luckily for pedestrians there's a cable car that goes over the Hudson river.

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And if you have a subway card it's totally free. The ride takes only about 5 minutes.

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Manhattan view from Roswell island.

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Roswell island - very quite, peaceful place. Ideal for studying, reading or just place to have some time on your own.

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And once you are done you can easily get in the center of Manhattan in minutes.

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And here I am back on the corner of Central park. On the right of me you can see famous "Plaza Hotel". The one that appeared in "Home Alone 2" movie. On the left there is an Apple store shining that I already showed in previous photos.

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Once again closing in to "Times Square".

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Here is a main "Hershey's" shop. I personally didn't like it that much but it's sure worth visiting it.

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Later that evening I decided to go and see the "Rockefeller Center". While going there I came across a some event. The whole avenue has been closed. I'm not sure what kind of event was that.

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Since last year I've already visited "Empire State building" now I wanted to see the second highest observation terrace on New York. Central park is right in front of us.

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This time I wanted to see New York during sunset. Unfortunately it was cloudy but still very beautiful.

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Turned out I wasn't the only one who was waiting for it. :)

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Rockefeller building - beautiful view on New York at night.

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Once I was down on earth again it had become completely dark. Really cool motorcycle here.

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Main observation on "Times Square". I wonder does it ever become empty? :)

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Yeap, I like it! :)

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Lots of different street artists.

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Real party bus with loud music and performances.

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Interesting statue. At first I thought these were live guys, but it turned out to be a sculpture after all. Representing the hard work people had done building this city.

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The last day in New York. You can feel the Autumn now and it's so beautiful and warm.

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Taking a walk down the promenade.

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Huge Verrazano bridge that goes from Brooklyn to Staten island.

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Me and Iveta. Huge thanks for letting us stay at your place and for helping us explore New York. :) Now we love New York even more.

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Leaving is always the hardest part. I've been away for three weeks. Ask me if I was at least a little homesick? - No, I wasn't! :)

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On the left you can see New Jersey, on the right is lower Manhattan.

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Now when I am already home I can say that this was the best flight I've ever had. I really didn't want to get off when we landed in Amsterdam even though I was sitting in economy class. KLM really knows how to provide a comfortable flight.

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It can get really expensive to go for a walk with your dog. At least it's really clear everywhere.

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