Today we went to Coney Island just because we could and because we really hadn’t been there before. Plans were hatched and Lil, Lou and I headed out and tackled the trains on the subway heading in towards Manhattan. After a couple of dashes from one train to the next we were given strict instructions from Lil to watch out at the next station for Es. If we did see her then we needed to get her attention and make sure she got on the train. If we didn’t then we needed to make a hasty exit from said train then cool our heals and wait for Es to join us.
We pulled into the station and none of us could see Es, we were just about to get up and scurry off the train when we spotted her and she came onto the train with her usual calm radiating. The rest of the train journey was mostly uneventful. Eventually we found ourselves on Coney Island.
We wandered down the packed boardwalk listing to the music, looking out to the mostly empty beach, people watching and boy was there people to watch. It was fascinating to wander the board walk at Coney Island. There was also the weird. Like one of the, well I guess you’d call it attractions, called ‘Shoot the Freak’. I kid you not.
We had lunch, I will not go into details since it was average at best. Still the area, with its Russian influence was fascinating.
On our return we quickly got ready then caught the subway once more, we spent an inordinate amount of time on the subway today but it was well worth it, this time back into Manhattan. Dinner was a treat from Lil and Es, the food was beautiful. Still the best part of the night was Mama Mia!
Now while both Lou and I snickered at the appalling attempt at an Australian accent .. it was honestly that bad you’d think they could find someone who would at least try and get a close approximate to the accent he was trying, very unconvincingly to portray. Still despite that one annoyance the show was fantastic and I really enjoyed it. It had us all humming ABBA songs all the way back to Lil’s place after the show.
The only thing I can advise is that if you are in New York and miss out on getting tickets to the 1st, 2nd or 3rd show that you want to see persist and try something else. You never know you might actually have a great night. I know we did.