Wednesday, 29 May 2013

New York Part 2: A Walk and a Talk

The absolute best and most entertaining thing about walking tours is always - ALWAYS - the guide. The fabulous thing about these people is that they are thrilled, addicted, and passionate about their topic and equally thrilled, addicted and passionate about sharing it with you.

First on our itinerary was an architectural walking tour on 42nd street, starting at the United Nations building and ending at the New York Public Library. Emma was our tour guide, and she was awesome. It was just the three of us, and we had a grand time. She taught us all about the history of New York, enthused about all the buildings we were passing by and patiently waited while I had a New York hot dog at Grand Central and Rob took absolute ages to get a cup of coffee. At the end of our allotted 3 hours, we said our goodbyes and hugged like old friends.

Walking above the streets was a refreshing experience from riding under them on the metro. Hotbed of many almost-divorce moments for us. The third time Rob leapt onto a train at the last second, leaving me stricken and attempting to do death-defying leaps from the platform, was the absolute last straw. In this particular instance, I made it on - just as the doors SLAMMED closed onto my bag. And no. They don't courteously OR conveniently spring open like elevator doors do. Instead, they CLAMP. Leaving my bag stuck, the entire train stuck and all the people in the carriage staring at me malevolently. I won't elaborate on what happened after he eventually managed to wrench the doors open, but happily all future metro rides were conducted in a much more sedate fashion.

Some New York City icons:

New York Public Library

Waldorf Astoria Hotel. I loved the red blossoms...

Chrysler Building

Grand Central Station



A Frankies New Yorker. Mustard, onion, sauerkraut, yum.

Flat Iron Building



Foxy husband

Spring


What would a trip to New York be without a Yankees baseball game? All terribly exciting and great fun, until about the 5th innings when we were bored, and cold and hungry. I won't say what popcorn and hotdogs cost at the Yankee Stadium, it's just plain criminal. So we left and had a wonderful 11pm dinner at Westville East, which was in our 'hood. Recommended in both our guidebooks. With good reason.


And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there…. Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether.  Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will. ~ Ezra Pound



Amen and good night.

2 comments:

Chetan said...

Hi, Megan
You guys make traveling look so easy. Thanks for all the tips that were very useful on our trip to NY. The pics look great.

MJ aka Paps said...

Megs! as i've been saying - you need to be working in the travel industry!!

awesome pics :-) have always wanted to go to New York....now i'm more motivated to make it happen!