I don’t know if you’ve ever been to New York City in the United States, but doubtless you’ve at least seen it on TV or in a movie.
In New York stands the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the French government to the United States in friendship – as a fellow nation of liberty and freedom (recalling both the French Revolution, and the fact that the French ultimately tipped the American war of Independence in the colonist’s favour).
Today I was going through some photos from our trip in 2004 and came across this one, which I’ve cropped into a widescreen shot, below.
This photo was taken walking from Brooklyn, to Manhattan at around midday in December in 2004. It demonstrates that Liberty Island is actually quite a bit away from Manhattan island, but on a clear day (as this was), you can see it quite clearly from the Brooklyn bridge.
A famous Statten Island Ferry is in the foreground bottom left, and is seen approaching the passenger dock. This service runs freely, daily and is one of three of the best free things to do in New York which I’d highly recommend, the other two being a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (to Manhattan) and walking in Central Park.