We walked our feet into near oblivion We tripped around on the Subway We sailed a ferry We did more shopping
… and I answered my own coffee question from yesterday because we found great coffee that even tastes like real cofnd we found it TWICE in one day!
One of the must-do things we had on our list for this trip was to walk the Highline – the greenway built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. This is just a glorious place with well paved walkways, sculptures and artworks, parts of the freight line still remaining, trees and plants, trickling little creeks, and long pavers covering the walkway – hat runs above the roadway. From the street level it looks like an aerial train track with the grey shell superstructure but once there … wow! We didn’t walk the whole line (too much to do) but we walked at least 20 blocks worth and found an area undercover (not sure what it used to be – maybe sheds?) with food vendors. One is Blue Bottle Coffee and the coffee there? Well we wanted MORE! Sustained on coffee and feasted on snicker doodle and ginger and treacle cookies we continue walking, discovering deck chairs and sun lounge benches and people just loving the NYC summer sun! It’s just another magical place. Pity our government couldn’t have this foresight!
Walking the High line
A view down one of the streets
Off to Staten Island for a trip there and back on the Staten Island Ferry. It was full and our trip was in the middle of the day so it would most definitely be sardine-can style in the rush hour. Just loved watching the skyline and then of course the rush as people moved to the side to view the Statue … we didn’t have to rush as we were already there! Bini is a good planner like that – even when I say that we should go the other way! We didn’t want to take a stroll around the island so as soon as the ferry docked we, and a host of other folks, rushed around to the other gate to board the return ferry – and mostly we were at the front of the queue! And yes, again Bini put us on the right side of the ferry! She’s a good one!
Staten Island Ferry
Back on terra firma it was a 2 minute stroll to Battery Park and right at the entrance were the most colourful bee hives …. oh would so love to have my own bees and honey! We picked up a hot dog for lunch (pig in the blanket style hot dog) which was the best so far. It wasn’t loaded as they are supposed to be but it was delicious!. And it was a long lunch as we were distracted by the music. A brilliant jazz muso was singing and trumpeting to the kids (young and old). He was fantastic. There are lots of buskers in this city but this guy got the greenbacks!
More beautiful mosaics on our subway trips especially on the Shuttle line as we were on our way to afternoon tea with the extremely talented illustrator Isabel Roxas (watch out for her in a soon to be seen Look at My Desk) at LadyM Boutique. I totally agree that the name boutique is a tad crazy but the cakes are exquisitely delicious … especially their signature cake Lady M Mille Crepes which has layers and layers of paper thin wafers and pastry cream. Yummy Scrummy! This is obviously one of Isabel’s haunts. She knew exactly what she wanted to eat! It was so fantastic meeting Isabel – we have been swapping emails for a little while now. She is just a delight … and fun to hang out with!
With Isabel Roxas
Dinner was from Grand Central food court and was followed by an evening walk to Times Square – I really wanted to get another fix of the light display there. It’s just so bright and lit up and the buzz is amazing … everyone is full of smiles there!
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]