Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day trip to NYC

You know, I’ve always considered myself a somewhat boring person yet looking back on the pages of this blog – especially the ones I’ve written this summer, it seems like I’m the constant traveller.

I’m really not, you know.

But here I go again.

On Sunday, I got up super early and was on the road at 6, headed to New York City to meet friends that were coming in from both CT and Philadelphia. I met my friend, Daryl, and we headed out for breakfast at Zabar’s.


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We picked up bagels with lox and cream cheese and some really good coffee at the restaurant on her corner.


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Then we walked around a little bit before the others arrived.


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It was still quite early, and I saw this city worker watering the plants in the median. I didn’t know they did that. I thought it was pretty interesting.


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Daryl and I also took a short walk in Riverside Park, which is across the street from where she lives. She also lent me her kit lens to use for the day, the 18-105mm. We both have similar Nikon cameras. 


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Standing in the park and looking west across the Hudson River, toward New Jersey.


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The others began arriving. There’s Reena (on the left), who I met for the first time today, and my pals Lauren and Daryl. Hiding behind Lauren is Ann.

Lauren wouldn’t turn around.

She bad.


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We went to a flea market with lots of cool stuff.


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There was so much to look at while we were browsing and killing time while we waited for our table reservation at a nearby restaurant.


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Columbus and 81st. There’s Ann!

Reena and I could be sisters.


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We walked along, admiring the homes in the Upper West Side.


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The plants at this place were stunning. And there are actually grapes on that vine. Maybe you can click to embiggen.


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It was a nice day but we were beginning to get pretty steamy with the heat. I believe we were all wishing that the AC would be on full blast at the restaurant.


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And it was.


More on NYC coming up this week.

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I want to thank you for your comments the other day. I’m still reading them and enjoying your answers to the travelling questions. I’m going to remember that I’m doing this blog for me and there’s no pressure except what I put on myself. Sometimes I do wonder if it’s worth it, but then I get over it because I know it is. I may cut back a bit but I’m not going anywhere yet.

Until then, my friends . . .

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Reena said...

Ooooooo, do I get to be the first commenter!
You didn't tell me there were sailboats down yonder!
I may have sat there all day! You make the day look so lovely, which it totally was, dear friend!

tj said...

...Gosh you girls are all so fashionable! It's like Sex In The City all over again! ;o)

...LOVE Lauren's outfit - adorable!

...Looks like fun and enjoy yourself! All of ya's! :o)


Michelle said...

I just love that first photo! The golden yellows all pop out from the gray and brick red. Is that SOOC? Glad you took a "friend day." I had a bit of one, too, thanks to a wedding shower.

Low Tide High Style said...

So glad you had a wonderful time in NYC! And I'm glad you'll still be around, I need your beautiful photo inspiration!

Kat :)

beth said...

how fun.....i'm so jealous you got to spend the day with friends in new york city.....and i agree with reena, you make it look so beautiful !!

Sweetpea said...

Well, I am just bahd, bahd, baaahhhhd. I always read your posts - every single one - but my commenting functionality has just as good as taken a leave of absence these days. Then I read here that you've been contemplating not blogging/quitting blogging...well, that will be over my own dead blogging arse, my dear. Shame on me for becoming the rare commenter but TRIPLE SHAME on you for considering such a travisty, to leave us all without...

There now. Aren't you glad I stopped a moment to finally leave a comment.

You rock, CG. Don't stop. :>]]

Carol E. said...

I love the DOF in that first photo.. makes it look like a toy town.

Hilary said...

Awww what a great way to spend the day.. beautiful photos of beautiful people.. all of whom I "know" at least in the bloglical sense. I'm glad you all had such a nice day together.

Bluebird49 said...

What a really cool way to spend a hot day! I am glad you found your voice today. :)

Hilary said...

If you drove into the city you are my hero.
Looks like a great day with friends. did you buy any goodies at the flea markets/??

BB said...

Ohhhhh... day trips to New York! You've no idea how exotic that seems to an Aussie... lucky you. Looks like a fun group of gals too.

Mental P Mama said...

Man you are so speedy! It was so much fun. As always. Miss you already!!!

Country Gal said...

Looks and sounds like you gals had a great time ! Wonderful photos ! Glad your gona still be posting ! Hows the scooter I loved it told Papa and showed him your post of it he thought it was cute, I am kindof thinking of getting one just to toot around on ! Have a great day !

Kerri Farley said...

How FUN!!! Your images of NYC makes it seem so inviting ~ I'm glad I could visit it with you on your blog :-)

Jeannelle said...

Love the city scene photos!

barbara l. hale said...

Sounds like a great day!

Annette W. said...

YOU are not boring.

Me...well, yeah, and that's okay. :)

The JR said...

If you think your boring, then I must be double bored.

forgetmenot said...

Strolling, shopping, eating, browsing, and more eating--what could be better. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. That's what life is made of--the ordinary "stuff" , not "the thrill a minute" stuff. Gotta say the ordinary stuff makes life pretty good most of the time. Mickie:)

Daryl said...

Given the expressions on our/my face(s) I an understand why LaLa didnt turn .. I got a shot of those same red thingamabobs, I think you're shot is better. BTW that restaurant on the corner? Its part of Zabars!

Amsterdam is the first street shot, the second is Columbus .. and we walked across 82nd St to get to Recipe and the building with the colorful plants/grape vine is on 80th St

Ashley Sisk said...

Great shots of NYC - everytime I'm there, I seem to only be there for a couple of hours and in meetings.

Karen said...

I love the action in that first shot! How'd ya do it??.....

mrs mediocrity said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time! I say, travel when you can!

Jeanne Walker said...

So glad that 'we' had a good time in NYC with friends. I love the photos, especially the ones of your girls. And I love the one of the side of the building with the wroought iron and plantings. Have a great week!

Lili said...

Oh how exciting Kate to just head off to NYC early on a Sun morning! I always enjoy it when you show us glimpses of that great city. xo ~Lili

thotlady said...

Ahhh, I envy you your trip to New York. I wish I lived closer, I could pop on over to the Big Apple for a day of shopping. I love flea markets. They also have wonderful knitting shops.

Ola said...

what a nice trip, I have always wanted to visit NY. It is so colorful on your pictures!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Oh doesn't that look like a fun day!!!

I'm overdue a trip to NYC.... you didn't happen to see a very tall, blue eyed, dark haired young man did you? I'd have loved to see my son in the background of one of those pictures!! :)

Gail said...

Oh, to travel!

GailO said...

I always forget just how close you really are to NYC....someday I would love to join in your meet up although every one of you would be new to me:) Love your photos of course...makes me feel as though were there....and boy you all look gorgeous!!

Caroline said... fun! A photo walk in NYC! Gorgeous shots too!

Mary said...

Always love to see the city through your lens! xoxo