It was a very nice day in New York. I joined Jamie, her parents and friend and we spent the day in typical New York fashion: window shopping, eating, taking a walk in the park and visiting a museum. I, of course, couldn’t put my camera down and tried to catch a bit of New York life on film. I love playing tourist. It was a very nice distraction to keep me from thinking about how I wasn’t with my son on his 19th birthday. (At least we spoke, he seemed to be having a good birthday, wrote a sweet message on my facebook wall and I’ll see him very soon!)
There are unlimited neighborhoods to explore in this city, all with their own unique feel. But there’s also the distinct, charged ‘New York’ air that flows through and connects it all. You feel it everywhere you go, from the World Trade Center site, through Midtown to the Upper East side. We wandered a few neighborhoods, had a great lunch (there are unlimited little restaurants to sample), then made our way into Central Park. It reminded me so much of London and all of our fabulous green spaces there, especially Hyde Park. From the families picnicking on the lawn, the kids rolling down the hill and the couples strolling hand in hand to the teens dancing by the fountain where so many movies have been filmed. It’s a gathering place for everyone.
We made our way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s a great place not only to look at art, but to people watch. We were lucky to discover the Big Bambu exhibit on the rooftop. It is an incredible structure that you can even walk on (if you take the guided tour, of course). And the view of the city is beautiful.
After some afternoon tea and cocktails, it was time to go – we all had planes to catch or hotels to switch. I was sad to part ways with everyone, but also looked forward to crashing into bed after the crazy, nonstop week. I think I need a weekend to recover! Only, with this road trip, I hardly know what a weekday or weekend is anymore. I’m lucky I know it’s Day 18!
So am I loving or hating New York? I’m in like right now, but we know that could change…