Seeing the Statue of Liberty — Only Took 21 Years

by Dagmar Bleasdale on August 25, 2014

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I moved from Germany to America 21 years ago, which seems like a lifetime ago. Well, it is — half a lifetime.

I lived in Los Angeles for many years and then moved to Westchester, NY, seven years ago after meeting Don, marrying him at Lyndhurst Castle, and having baby L.

We moved when L was six months old because Don’s family lives here.

And even though I have been in New York for over seven years, I hadn’t visited the Statue of Liberty yet.

So when Don mentioned he wanted to take L into the city for a trip on the Circle Line Ferry last Sunday, I changed my plans and we all drove to NYC. Dropping off more vintage treasures at my store had to wait a few more days.

It was about time that I saw Lady Liberty!

Circle Line in NYC

Circle Line Sightseeing, 42nd Street, New York City

Circle Line New York CityWe arrived in NYC just in time to park — for $35 — to buy the Circle Line tickets and to board the ferry for a 1 1/2-hour tour to the Statue of Liberty and back.

circle line ferry trip to Statue of LibertyWe ended up staying at  the front of the ferry for most of the trip — it was by far the best view. Most passengers were sitting on the deck benches in the back.

boy on Circle Line Ferry, looking at Freedom Tower, New YorkThe first thing we saw was the Freedom Tower. This was a first for me as well. L and Don had been on one of these ferry rides once before, so they were familiar with it. It really is stunning.

Manhattan, Freedom Tower, Hudson River, sail boatThink L had a blast? He is obsessed with the Titanic and loves boats.

A few minutes later I saw her — far, far in the distance you could see the Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty in distance, NYCI have to tell you, I got really choked up. It kind of took me by surprise how emotional I was seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time.

But being an expat, an immigrant like so many millions of other people before me who came to America, I felt a kinship with all those people, with their stories, with their dreams.

Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, New York

I’m proud to be an expat. I came here with two suitcases and a willingness to work hard and have been rewarded with a wonderful live. I love living here.

Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, New York

I wouldn’t have this sweet boy if I wouldn’t have moved to America.

On the way back to Manhattan, I got some other amazing shots of New York City.

Manhattan with the Freedom Tower and the water

That’s the skyline across from Manhattan.

Manhattan Island, seen from the water, NYCThe view you get from the ferry is amazing — you are so close to the buildings and you get to appreciate Manhattan in a totally new way.

Freedom Tower in Manhattan, New York CityA last glimpse of the Statue of Liberty.

Circle Line Ferry ride, New York CityAfter the ferry ride, Don and L went to the Intrepid museum next to it, and I hung out at a restaurant overlooking this fountain and the water.

Later on, L ended up playing in the fountain for an hour, my little water rat.

boy in fountainIt was a perfect day. I’m really glad I finally got to see the Statue of Liberty up close and get cross that off my bucket list.

Have you ever taken a ferry ride to see the Statue of Liberty, or even visited her on Ellis Island?

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