On Saturday I took my friend Hannah, and my daughter Grace to New York City. Never would I have thought that I would be brave enough to venture into New York as the woman in charge….but I have encouraging friends (Kathy and my husband) who were convinced that all would be well, so away we three quiet country ladies went — to see the hustle and bustle of the city.
We drove to New Haven, CT, got on the train there, and rode it into Grand Central Station.
The first picture I took was (for my brother, David) of the ceiling at this big, bustling place.
The ceiling over the Main Concourse, with its famous mural of the stars, is one of Grand Central Terminal’s most famous features. However, eagle-eyed visitors will notice that the zodiac on the ceiling is depicted backwards.
Some have speculated that this was a mistake by the artist, Paul Helleu. The real reason, according to official documents, is that the painter was inspired by a medieval manuscript that showed the heavens as they would have been seen from outside the celestial sphere. source:: about.com
My friend Hannah is from Alaska, and this was her first trip to the city. I think it was an amazing experience for her.
This is her first reaction of it all, coming out of Grand Central and onto the streets::: (love this smile!)
It was Grace’s first trip to the city, too.
(It was my fifth).
We ate a fantastic lunch at Rock Center Cafe. The ice skating rink was just outside, and we could see the skaters as we ate.
We all indulged in big, juicy hamburgers::
We had a coffee break in Starbucks, Times Square……
And admired the beautiful bookstore.
We spent all our time walking, people watching (people watching is the best!), going into neat shops, and finding souvenirs for Hannah to take home to her children.
Being “country mice” we all three were in agreement. The city is a great and exciting place to visit, but we wouldn’t want to live there.
It was a wonderful day and a memory that we will always cherish. All in all, we actually experienced just a very tiny fraction of all this place has to offer. However, now that I know I can do it on my own, I think I can see many more NYC adventures in my future.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt