*Special* New York Day One and Two

Well, after about 3 hours sleep on our wedding night, followed by spending all day and evening on Sunday packing and organising, we left home at about midnight to head to the airport. After many stops, we arrived early and dozed in the airport til the flight, before boarding and spending 8 hours with a cramped Gareth and my noise cancelling headphones trying to drown out the loud travellers around us. But it was worth it as we arrived in the Big Apple at 1pm local time on Monday…

Monday…

We had an extremely interesting ride to the airport on an express shuttle, with two other couples. The guy who drove us – Dave, seemed to know everything there is to know about New York and being a tourist – it was Columbus day, so the city was busy with the parade, so we had plenty of time to find out where to go and what to do from our driver… all the normal things – Empire State, Flat Iron, Rockefeller, Staten Island, Statue of Liberty etc. and a few other bits and pieces too – Carnegie Deli, Macy’s and a baseball game, whilst also seeing a few of the sights as we drove through. We have now seen the Rockefeller Centre, Radio City Hall, the NBC Studios, and some of Central Park.

By the time we arrived at our hotel (which is awesome by the way – if you’re ever in the are – Aloft, in Harlem is well worth a stay) we were very tired and in need of a shower… after which, to be honest, we just wanted a bit of food and then our bed. We headed toward Central Park, and wandered down to a cafe on Amsterdam Avenue at 83rd street that was recommended but got waylaid and ended up in a little restaurant called Fred where we had a well earned steak (cow for Gareth, Tuna for me) and a bottle of Rioja to start out honeymoon off in style πŸ™‚

Tuesday…

Raining from about 4:30am onwards (we woke up that early…) so we decided to hit some indoor sights. We walked down through Central Park onto Museum Mile, and found the Guggenheim. After a quick breakfast of Eggs Benedict (the best I have ever had), we headed into the Guggenheim for the Picasso Black and White exhibition and to show Gareth the amazing architecture.

The Guggenheim!

The Guggenheim!

Posing...

Posing…

 

Our opinion on Picasso? I liked some of the early Cubist stuff, and his work featuring Marie Therese (his muse and mistress). I really liked the sketches for Guernica and the Rape of the Sabine, but found the portraits of his wife a little flat and lacking the same affection and love as the ones of Marie Therese. Gareth found some of it very depressing (the obvious lack of colour was a big factor in this) and didn’t really like the Cubist work – he said he tried to get it, but it just wasn’t his thing.

We also saw a Van Gogh – one of my favourite artists, which was amazing. I also really like the Kandinsky work – I looked at and was very influenced by this during my Art and Design college course, back when I was 18/19, the first time I came to NY. Gareth was pretty impressed by the Guggenheim itself – the spiral architecture looks good from the outside, but when you get inside, it’s even more amazing – you walk round and round looking at paintings, and from the bottom when you look up, you can see the spiral leading to a glass ceiling…

The spiral inside...

The spiral inside…

The glass ceiling - beautiful.

The glass ceiling – beautiful.

 

Hot dog time...

Hot dog time…

Outside we had our first hotdog from a hotdog stall, and wandered down to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Outside we watched a few buskers – absolutely amazing!

Metropolitan Museum

Metropolitan Museum

Buskers outside the Metro...

Buskers outside the Metro…

Once inside, we checked out the Greek and Roman statues, modern art, some more Van Gogh’s (awesome), some modern art installations and the Andy Warhol exhibition, which was very interesting, lots of good stuff by lots of different artists culminating in a room with his cow wallpaper everywhere, and many silver foil pillows filled with helium being blown round the room by fans…

Gareth looking at some "art"... ;)

Gareth looking at some “art”… πŸ˜‰

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

One of Gareth's favourite pieces...

One of Gareth’s favourite pieces…

 

Gareth playing with another artwork...

Gareth playing with another artwork…

After several hours, we wandered home through Central Park, taking in views of the reservoir and skyline, before hailing a yellow taxi (very exciting, felt like we were in a film!) and heading home.

Central Park - contemplating the view...

Central Park – contemplating the view…

...and what a view it is!

…and what a view it is!

It had been a very tiring day, so we headed into Harlem, several blocks round the corner with sore feet to a place called Sylvia’s for some soul food… wings, fried chicken, sweetcorn, macaroni cheese… soooo good.

Soul Food and Beer - yum

Soul Food and Beer – yum

Finally we headed home to catch some sleep ready for Wednesday’s adventures…

TTFN,
Laura and Gareth xx

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2 thoughts on “*Special* New York Day One and Two

  1. mekstermary says:

    Sounds like you’re having a fabulous time. Thanks for taking the time to share. Loving the photo’s xx

  2. […] to a street party for the Jubilee, I spent a week in Spain, got married, and spent three weeks in New York and driving around California! Phew! 2013 has a lot to live up […]

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