I was singing "New York State of Mind" when we were cruising along the Hudson River to get a closer look at Lady Liberty. It was a cold Sunday morning, we had packed breakfast on board, and we were still getting used to the numbness the strong winds the city was giving. Chilly, but a beautiful day, nonetheless.
Because of Hurricane Sandy, the Liberty Island was not open for visitors. Fortunately, the Circle Line cruises offered a 75-minute tour along the west side of Manhattan, helping us get as close as possible to the Lady.
The tour guide of Circle Line cruise had so many stories to tell. I pretty much learned the story of the great immigration to the US from him, and how significant Lady Liberty was to those who wanted to seek a new life there. Imagine the hope she brought to the immigrants, even if there was still a possibility that they would get deported back once they go through Ellis Island.
I remember when I was a kid, my parents and my sister visited New York City and they brought home a booklet on how the Statue of Liberty was built. I was so amazed how this iconic symbol of hope and freedom got transported from France to the US part-by-part, and how Gustave Eiffel helped Auguste Bartholdi in keeping his sculpture upright. How beautiful She is, and I am very happy I got to see her in person.
New York City Pass (89 USD) also includes a Circle Line's Liberty Tour, although separate tickets are available at 28 USD. Info on the City Pass here and you can find news on when the island will be open for tourists in the National Park Service website, after they're done with the restoration post-Sandy.
Location:Statue of Liberty, New York City, USA
Camera Used:Canon EOS 400D
Date:December 30, 2012