Coun­try Mouse

Au­tumn in New York

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

WE got home from New York to find that the Aga had gone out and the dogs look­ing as if the end of the world had ar­rived. Worse, Anna lost her phone on the plane and, de­spite spend­ing 20 min­utes search­ing un­der seats af­ter all the other pas­sen­gers had left, it couldn’t be found. If I didn’t al­ready know that this is a very se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion for a 16 year old, I do now.

Our record as a trav­el­ling fam­ily is poor; both sons have lost their pass­ports, one on the Eurostar and an­other on a flight in Zam­bia. Un­for­tu­nately, my own track record pre­vents me from do­ing more than rais­ing an eye­brow at these calami­ties, hav­ing once been stopped from fly­ing to In­dia for a hol­i­day due to not hav­ing a visa. I bought Anna a new phone the next day.

New York was bru­tally ex­pen­sive and as com­pelling as ever. If you haven’t been re­cently, the Free­dom Tower on the site of the 9/11 atroc­ity is a jaw-drop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence as you race up 100 floors, watch­ing a video of the build­ing of the great city. At the top, the screen clears into a win­dow and the whole array of sky­scrapers ap­pears in front of you. What­ever hap­pens with the elec­tion, the Big Apple hasn’t lost its ca­pac­ity to amaze. MH

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