Wet and rainy in NYC
21.12.2013 - 02.01.2014 5 °C
Woke up today to rain, which we weren't going to let put a dampener on our plans to go to the metropolitan museum of art and Central Park zoo today. We headed off on a walk along riverside park to 86th street and cut across to Central Park. By the time we got there feet, toes, and clothes were wet despite our jackets. You know the type of rain that finds a way onto any dry surface, well that type.
When we arrived at the met, so had every other tourist in NYC, there were lines all the way down the steps leading into the building. So we decided not today........ Hubby and the boys were wet and wanted to go to Macys to collect their abandoned shopping from last night and go home to get dry. I really wanted to see the zoo while in NYC. I also had to pick up our tickets for our train trip to Washington DC, for the lion king broadway show and our New Year's Eve party . So we went our separate ways and decided to meet up at our apartment in the afternoon.
Hence there isn't a lot to shares with you today, as it was tricky to get nice photos in all this rain, I have a few shots - wet ones that are a little difficult to see but it will give you and idea.
Despite the wet...... NYC is still a pretty place. Walking through an abandoned central parks highlights some small treasures such as; seeing the skeletal trees, squirrels foraging for food, ducks looking for shelter and icy lakes, the nut/hot dog stalls still selling their wares for the odd person who passes by. It was nice to have the park almost to myself and imagine that I didn't have to share NYC with anyone else. Of course I stopped by the cafe at the boathouse to get a take away warm apple cider - this stuff is amazing!
Alice in wonderland and Hans Christian Anderson statues in Central Park
The Central Park zoo is small, but worth a visit, the penguins alone I could have watched for ages. Because of the rain there was literally a handful of people there. The seals who no doubt are used to performing, were waiting for anyone to stand by their pond so they could put on a mini show, they were great also. They have snow leopards, monkeys, lemurs, tropical birds, an owl, also a children's zoo. It was impressive for a small zoo and a nice oasis away from the crowds.
Back into the crowds for the ticket collection, it really is a slap in the face when you enter midtown, a sea of people moving along, slowly, because you can't side step any of them, you may be lucky to get a gap to wiz by for a few metres and then your trapped again.
Penn station Christmas display
Back to our apartment - our haven in upper west side. We ordered take out Chinese food to be delivered - including egg rolls..... I've always wanted to try these, they are really just a fried spring roll/dim sim, and did our washing. Can't escape some normality!
Off to 9/11 memorial tomorrow morning, I am looking forward to this. I have read that they encourage visitors to find out about someone who lost their life on that day, this helps consider what the memorial symbolises as well as keeping that persons memory alive. On our walk with our big apple greeter the other day, he shared with us that the river, beside where we are staying, was the path where the planes flew along to get to the towers. It was a somber thought imagining how that would have played out. The fire brigade were called out to the subway when we were there the other night and I couldn't help but feel a sense of pride for them as they went past. I kinda wanted to give them a hug and say thanks, that the world hasn't forgotten what they did during those horrific days as we watched on.