On our trip to the Big Apple, we decided to stay clear of the 'touristy' activities.
For example, the random pizza cafe we discovered in a quieter street proved more delicious than McDonald's, getting lost in an underground subway was more fun than hailing a taxi and getting dressed up like the locals and watching The Phantom of the Opera excited us more than a tour of the Statue of Liberty or Central Park.
While we saw all of these things, we wanted to experience the city, taste and feel the culture.
However after a week of trekking, the soles of my feet fancied the look of those big red tour buses, the second most common colour on the streets next to the yellow cab.
We finally gave in to those enthusiastic guys, forever jumping in front of us with handfuls of brochures decorated with maps of New York City.
We climbed aboard.
For a tiny price, we reached downtown by the Hudson River much, much quicker than on foot, (that may have taken a few days actually).
The view from the top level of the big red bus offered us great photo opportunity and we learnt a lot of information: the Sex Museum (yes, you read right), Heath Ledger's apartment, the best place to buy shoes and how many bricks were used in creating a building.
The tour bus was a fantastic way to add over a hundred photos to our camera's memory card, but I truly believe a local New Yorker could benefit from the buses and use them as a means of everyday travel. You can hop on and hop off as you please and it eliminates any weird experiences with foreign cab drivers.
View of the famous Empire State building from top of tour bus