New York. We were there for three and a half breathless days, and I felt as if we'd fitted in enough activity for about the same number of weeks. How to capture it all in a blog post? Each day we did so many and such various things. On the first day, for example, we visited places that ranged from the sad:
|World Trade Centre|
|The Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island ferry|
To the ridiculous:
|It was COLD in New York!!|
But in this post I want to dwell for a moment on just three things that captured my imagination and that will remain sweet memories for me.
They call her Rose of Washington Square. Rose's arrival was a closely guarded secret (more of that in my next post) but the fact she was with us made our visit to New York in every way better. There are many versions of this wonderful 1920s classic song, but when she was a child, we had a delightful Australian version which included these lyrics:
She posed, all day without her clothes
they say she almost froze
her assets glowed, a bright blue colour
She wasn't quite up for that, but she was obliging enough to pose, our Rose, in Washington Square:
The Brooklyn Bridge. The first day in New York we did all the tourist things: went to the World Trade Centre, took a trip on the Staten Island Ferry, and visited Times Square. It was interesting - like walking into a movie set - but the place didn't grab me, like Boston did. Everyone had said "oh, you will love New York!" but after that first day I didn't quite see it. The second day, on Ellen's advice, we took the Subway from our apartment in Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Bridge and walked across to the city. And I started to see what everyone meant. It was - simply - breath-taking.
Central Park. I love the way so many cities include parks in their centre. I have always enjoyed the sheep grazing on One Tree hill, and the magnificent pohutakawas, kauri and oaks in Cornwall Park. Whenever I spend time in London, I always try to visit the exquisite landscaped parks: Kensington Gardens, Holland Park. But I have simply never seen anything like Central Park.
I managed to ensure that we got back there three out of the four days we were in New York. I bought Christmas presents at the lovely market, and we ate wonderful ethnic food there on our last night.