Saturday, May 23, 2009

Central Park ~ Of Course!!

Our last full day in the city and we have all decided to spend it in Central Park. That is after we ride the subway. We can’t leave the city without a subway ride! So we walk to Grand Central station. Now we know what the saying really means. I didn’t expect it to be so beautiful, busy yes, but beautiful? The ceiling alone was jaw dropping. What we didn’t realize was Grand Central is really a hub for the outlying boroughs, not what we were after. Still, I am very glad that I got to see it for myself. A very nice ticket sales agent told us we could get to the park easily up Fifth Avenue.

So, we walked. Yes, from our hotel at 8th and 46th street, we walked to Central Park and entered on the corner of 5th and 59th street. Might not sound like far, but when its 85 degrees and so very humid, it feels like 105 degrees, that's quite a hike!

Along the way were the most amazing castles, butted up against glass sky scrapers. WOW.    And the stores on Fifth were in a class of their own.

We made it to The Park. This is where all the city folks go to escape the heat. Where the kids and dogs run, and lounge, or even boat. It’s gorgeous.

We strolled down trails, under trees, across bridges and took hundreds of pictures.  We even managed to witness a swing dance competition at the shell, where one adventurous photographer was trying to get a photo of everyone in the air at the same time.  It was just too much fun.
After all this walking in the heat we headed to Tavern on the Green for a cold one.  I can't hear Regis and Kelly talk about it and not see it for myself. 
We finished our jaunt through Central Park at the underpass where this lovely statues resides.  We didn't want to leave but had made plans for an Italian feast for our last night out! 

We managed to get ourselves on the subway headed in the right direction ... what a rush!  I even forgot for a minute or two how claustrophobic I am.  Our last night in the city. I am sad.

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