The City that Never Sleeps | My Family Travels
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It was a warm, sunny summer day when my mother told my sister and I we were going to New York City. I was so excited; this was my first time going to New York. I was filled with so much joy and happiness; that I became emotional. She told us were going to do a lot of shopping, visit the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. I immediately began to pack, because we were leaving the next day.  We left early so we could get a head start on the traffic. This had to be the longest drive; I was miserable. It was hot and very muggy, and I just wanted get to the hotel. Six hours later we were checking in to the Marriott Marquis on Broadway and 45th Street. The hotel was beautiful! It had thirty five floors, futuristic glass elevators, a large indoor gym, and a panoramic restaurant. Once we were in our room we unpacked and settled in. After relaxing, I went to explore the fine hotel. I found the gym, stores, and a swimming pool. I became tired and headed back to the room to rest for the next day.

          The next day arrived quickly. We were up early walking in the city looking at the billboards, yellow taxis, and crowds of people crossing the streets. I learned that people in New York are impatient and always in a hurry. I also came across many people who were selling and buying fake designer items. We took the subway to see the Statue of Liberty. While were walking, we saw the sign where to purchase tickets for the Statue of Liberty. Once we bought our tickets, we headed to the ferry which took us to the Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty was beautiful as we approached her.  When we got off the ferry, I looked up and smiled because I was happy. I started to take pictures of the statue. I read excerpts about why she was green and how she was made. We did not get to go inside of her or the crown because those tickets were sold out. I enjoyed looking and standing in front of Lady Liberty.  Our next stop was Ellis Island. I could not believe I was standing where the immigrants first arrived in America.Inside were many exhibits where I could read about the immigrants and what they had to endure when they arrived.  A deep chill ran through my body when I saw their sleeping quarters and beds. After seeing their living conditions, I was thankful for my bed. I had enough and I was ready to go. We ate and returned to the hotel lobby.
          The next day we went shopping. At the end of the day, we had about fifteen shopping bags. We ended the night with dinner at Applebee’s. After dinner, we returned to the hotel to pack and get ready to leave the next day. I was going to miss New York, I enjoyed my mini-vacation. On the ride home, I told my mom that I appreciated all that she had done and I thanked her. She gave me a warm smile and we chuckled about it afterwards. I would recommend a trip to New York City to anyone. All in all, it was one of the best trips I ever had and I hope to be able to go on more educational and exciting vacations.

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