The thing with New York is that she’s no stranger. She’s seen on the screen so often; you feel you have developed a personal long-distance relationship with her. And yet, after a whole week in New York, I feel like I hardly know this city at all.
It’s tough to scrape the surface on this one in such a short time. But from what I’ve seen, I can tell you this: it’s a place of infinite grace and beauty. The buildings crowd each other as much as the people crowd each other and looking from afar even the architectural eye-sore that would stand out anywhere else blends in between the magnificence of the other skyscrapers.
The same could be said of the people: streets are filled with all kinds shooting ahead and trailing tourists along like comet tails at the intersections. This is a particularly interesting smorgasbord of people: they speak American English but haven’t let go of their roots – people still seem to speak the mother tongues they arrived with, be it a month or a century ago. Maybe this is why it is so easy to feel you fit right in. Or maybe I’ve got it all wrong. One thing is certain, I’d love to get to know it better and figure out whether I’m right or just mislead. Return planned, but not yet mapped out.
Beautiful buildings in New York abound.
Autumn colors starting to show during our visit.
One of those little finds we stumbled upon on the close to the Intrepid Museum. Chili pork ramen, with a starter of a pastrami bun and plum tea. So YUM.
Christmas decorations start early at Saks. Yip, Halloween doesn’t suit them too well.
So this is a digital puppet. You do something and it does it straight back at you. Much fun. At the Nat Geo Ocean experience.
Mushroom soup and featherlight dumplings.
The New Amsterdam theatre where we watched Alladin. Pure Magic and loved every minute of it.
Saturday morning street market in NY.
View from the One World viewing deck.
Inside the Oculus.
Scallops – to be found everywhere in the States – and foie gras. Delicious, if a tad rich.
Exhibit in the Natural History museum from creatures past. I particularly like this one was it shows the amonite on the left.
They knew how to do escalators in the Art Deco age. This beauty is in The Rock.
On the ferry to Staten Island. Accompanied by police boats x 2 and helicopter.
The massive blue whale at the Natural History museum.
Oculus interior. One of the most beautiful buildings I’ve seen of late.
Presented at the Lego shop. This is the size castle I will clean.
View from Brooklyn Bridge.
Waterfront, south west Manhattan.
You’ve guessed it.