We are now alas home, but the blog must go on!
Turns out that today was quite an important day, but I just didn’t know it yet …
First stop of the day was the American Museum of Natural History. This museum is so, so good. We could have spent all day here, playing sillies, but alas our hunger for NYC deli food won out.
The T-Rex was scary!
We decided on a picnic in Central Park, so took ourselves to Zabar’s to source bagels, gluten-free bagels, cream cheese, lox, cucumber salad and fruit salad. A genuine feast!
We sat near the Great Lawn and enjoyed our treats, then continued our wander to the Loeb Boathouse and Bethesda Fountain.
Where, of course, we all now know that the darling Luke James popped the question. Delightful.
All this called for a celebratory dinner, so we took ourselves to the lovely little French bistro near our apartment, Vin et Fleurs.
French wine and bread. Perfection.
We both had filet mignon, with fries and buttery green beans. Oh my.
We finished the night with rooftop cocktails, Old Fashioned’s of course. See the Freedom Tower behind me? That’s where the new World Trade Centre is. Subtle red, white and blue lights.
A perfect day!
Today’s museum was the Museum of Modern Art. Which we loved, until it got all too modern and minimalist and, sorry to say, weird. The Kahlo, van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse, Duchamp and Warhol were damn fine though!
Looking good considering the humidity!
We then searched around for another gluten-free friendly deli I’d read about, Blooms Deli, where Luke devoured a burger and a $5 vanilla shake.
We then explored Grand Central Station, including the Food Market, which was full of tempting treats!
The evening saw us subway up to The Bronx to see the Yankees play the Minnesota Twins.
The baseball game was fun, I like cricket and baseball is the same kind of vibe, but unfortunately, we spent the first three innings like this …
… huddled together under an umbrella. Which was fine, until the rain started coming in towards us. Unpleasant.
So we called it quits and went for a romantic rainy walk and ate these -
Taking the subway like a boss.
Saturday! We visited the Chelsea Antique Garage and the Brooklyn Flea on this fine day, which were fabulous, but more on Luke’s (vinyl) and my (vintage) purchases another time. Today was all about visiting old friends!
We met up with Chris and Nicole in Brooklyn, wandered around Brooklyn Bridge Park, had sangria and plantains in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), then visited their amazing apartment in Queens for these views and beers.
The night ended with popcorn and soda the size of your head and the very highbrow Pacific Rim. Both of which were perhaps enjoyed by the 12 year old boys and these two, more than Nicole and myself.
Thanks guys, we had a damn fine time in your neck of the woods. We shall be back.