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Coast to Coast (120) - Visit the Liberty and Ellis Islands in New York

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Statue of Liberty in New York

On our first full day at New York, at road trip through the United States and CanadaAs the hotel breakfast was not included in the price and was expensive, we went out to find a place to have breakfast.

On the same Seventh Avenue we found a place, Bread factory, which we found attractive, with all the Hispanic and quite friendly staff, where we finally had breakfast every day of our stay in New York.

It is the typical place where you can order from a coffee to go, of various sizes and types, to croissants, pizzas, pasta dishes with different sauces, meats, sandwiches, soft drinks etc ...

And where you can choose, as in many other places in the United States, all imaginable varieties of sauces, breads, side dishes, vegetables ... paying a supplement in the price for each election. Therefore, before so much variety, before ordering something, it is advisable to think well what you want.


Statue of Liberty in New York

In our case, for breakfast it was not very complicated: two small-sized coffees with milk (which is already huge), and a couple of croissants. Total, 11 dollars.

After breakfast we went down to the subway, and as the ticket offices were closed, in a vending machines we bought two weekly passes with which we had already solved our New York travel.

From the outset, we premiered our passes to go to Battery park, in the southern part of Manhattan. Once there, already walking we set out for the departure dock of the boats that would take us to visit the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island.


Freedom Island visit in New York

After passing the police security checks, as if it were an airport, we were finally able to board the ship.

The first stage was the Island of freedom, where we would descend to visit the famous statue. When we finished, we would take a boat back to Ellis Island; and after visiting it, we would take a third ship to the departure dock in Battery park.

When we made our trip, the statue could not be visited inside, and, therefore, it could not be visited either climb to the crown surrounding the head of the figure. In addition, to get up, you had to ask for authorization many months in advance.


Immigration Museum on Ellis Island in New York

The Statue of Liberty, although a thousand times seen, a thousand times photographed, it never ceases to fascinate and surprise. It is really majestic and its symbolism comes within the essence of each one. Logically, there were many people on the island; We went around the statue, took dozens of photographs, like everyone else, all the same, but all different.

We also toured the gardens that surround it, we were instructed in the explanatory murals, etc ... And after 90 minutes of having descended from the ship, we returned to take another from the same company to go to the island of Ellis, in a journey that lasts About 25 minutes

This island was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States, being the busiest inspection place in the entire country from 1892 to 1954. During that period, more than twelve million immigrants were controlled by the Immigration office.

Currently, more than 100 million Americans, that is, one third of the current population, have their ancestry in immigrants who first came to the United States through Ellis Island, before dispersing throughout the country.


Immigration Museum on Ellis Island in New York

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All the existing immigration facilities on this island have been converted into a fantastic and wide Immigration museum that sums up and perfectly explains everything that happened there in those years. It is really creepy to see the large number of Europeans who entered the United States in that period fleeing from Europe.

After visiting the museum for a couple of hours, we return by boat to Battery park, to the south of Manhattan, not without turning around all the vicissitudes and problems that the immigration of human beings can cause in the people themselves.


Views of Manhattan from the ferry in New York

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