Sunday, March 30, 2008 - Day 1
The gigantic gap between the skyscrapers at Ground Zero was a sad reminder of the 9/11 tragedy. It is now an enormous construction site with lots of building activity. Our visit to the exhibition “World Trade Center 9/11″ nearby gave a sad but impressive story about the victims, their relatives, and their rescuers.
After seeing the exhibition, we walked the southern tip of Manhattan, Battery Park. The Battery is named for the artillery battery the Dutch and British stationed here to protect the harbor.
Today, tourists can catch the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty here. Musicians were playing for the long line of tourists waiting for the ferry; they started to play the Dutch national anthem for us when they noticed we were Dutch.
Since we had been wandering around all day, we took a taxi back to our hotel, went out for dinner, and went to bed early after an enjoyable but very long day.