Lady liberty

We’re nearing the end of our epic honeymoon – and first ever visit to the good old US of A.

And we’ve saved the most iconic of all the sights till the last day – the Statue of Liberty.

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We booked our tickets online before we headed out to New York and it’s a good idea to do so as the queues to get tickets on the day are horrific – plus you won’t be able to get a crown or pedestal ticket for love nor money!

We managed to bag a pedestal ticket, but the crown ones are sold out months in advance.

Which means we’re heading all the way up to the base of the statue (or the very top of the stone bit below)

Our first up close glimpse of this giant lady is every bit as awesome as we had hoped – and she does get a lot bigger up close!!!!

Once we disembark onto Liberty Island we waste no time in heading towards the lady herself.

We get to see a life sized replica of the famous torch and admire the corner stone of the liberty pedestal.

But naturally all we really want to see is the lady herself – so here is the most famous up skirt pic of all time!!!!

The view from the pedestal itself shows just how busy it gets.

One of the bonuses of getting a pedestal ticket is that you get to go in the star shaped area on the ground which is far less crowded than just being part of the crowd who didn’t bag a ticket!! Pus you get a much better, less busy picture from the floor looking up too.

Here’s us up on the pedestal with Manhattan in the background. A bit blowy but what a view!35282724_10155407780862353_6245721392935862272_n

We have successfully ticked off another of our epic bucket list sights and it’s a great one.

Seen for free from a distance you might feel a bit disappointed by this green goddess but up close she is incredible.

A gift from the French to the American people, Lady Liberty is a figure of  Libertas, a robed Roman goddess.

She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tabula ansata inscribed in Roman numerals with July 4, 1776 – the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

A ceremony of dedication was held on the afternoon of October 28, 1886. President Grover Cleveland, the former New York governor, presided over the event.

On the morning of the dedication, a parade was held in New York City; estimates of the number of people who watched it ranged from several hundred thousand to a million.

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All in all an incredible way to finish off our first ever visit to America. A heady, hectic and intoxicating place to be.

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