Yet another busy day means yet another late post, but Day Twenty began around 8 am with Mum and me grabbing the elevator down to the lobby to catch a cab around 10:30. Our destination: Pier 83 for a 2.5 hour tour around Manhattan Island on the Circle Line. Traffic was horrible and while it was only a short-ish distance away, we got there with just minutes to spare. But soon we were underway on a cold, windy, but incredibly clear day which made for great views of all the sites from the boat, including Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty (according to our awesome guide, David, women were not allowed at its unveiling ceremony), and Governors Island before we headed up the East River and under the Brooklyn Bridge (and numerous other bridges).
Eventually, we made it back to the Hudson River, passing under the George Washington Bridge with its little lighthouse, the stars of that awesome children’s book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.
Already missing the UK, it was fortuitous that we ended up sitting next to a family from Buckinghamshire, with whom we had a lovely visit. After docking back at Pier 83, we braved the wind on our walk back to the Hyatt on West 45th Street, grabbing lunch in the hotel restaurant and a rest. Soon, it was time to head to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for Finding Neverland, an amazing show that I’d really been looking forward to seeing. In addition to the awesome talent of Laura Michelle Kelly and Kelsey Grammer, we were lucky enough to catch the first performance featuring Alfie Boe as J.M. Barrie (although I would’ve loved to have seen it with Matthew Morrison, too).