It was our second day in New York City. We were staying in the city this night. We were staying in a Holiday Inn. I was astounded to see how large the room was at the Holiday Inn in Hell’s Kitchen. Usually hotel rooms in New York City are tiny. It was a pleasant surprise to get a spacious room. The view from our window was once I could get used to. We didn’t have a set plan for the day so we decided to wander and figure it out as we went.

 photo 10857957_10205540858661700_7963485663755725145_n.jpg

First we started past Lincoln Center. There was the Big Apple Circus set up in front of it, which an actual red and white tent set up in front. Standing on the sidewalk, you could hear the circus music playing.

We decided to walk along until we hit Central Park.

 photo 10858631_10205540859981733_1570770211698492037_n.jpg

 photo 10313465_10205540861741777_3657229656028564629_n.jpg

 photo 10409218_10205540863861830_6088779989654798057_n.jpg

 photo 10698532_10205540864701851_8655415432120135583_n.jpg

We sat and ate a New York water dog while looking at the skyscrapers peaking over the foliage. There is something so poetic about a park in a city. It’s a peaceful escape from the hustle of the city. However, the skyscrapers still loomed over the trees to remind you of where you are.

 photo 1450906_10205540867021909_5472523074650090776_n.jpg

 photo 10846156_10205540866661900_7046498452741152056_n.jpg

 photo 10868236_10205540867821929_8870025915408900029_n.jpg

 photo 9785_10205540868261940_2756546967554453816_n.jpg

I was amused to see two nuns rollerblading through the park. I guess you should never be shocked of what you see in a city.

Two nuns casually rollerblading in Central Park #centralpark #nyc #travel #newyork #funny photo 10431670_10205281314693263_8700040878640675850_n.jpg

Weaving through the park, we made our way toward the Conservatory Pond. I take notice of all the statues around the pond, including one of Hans Christian Andersen. He was sitting still reading a book so I thought I would join him.

 photo 1475976_10205540871302016_5448298189626016785_n.jpg

 photo 1514584_10205540872182038_8392980829604524104_n.jpg

 photo 10369573_10205540876862155_1521863881843583850_n.jpg

The Conservatory Pond was so beautiful in the Fall. The colors of the leaves reflected beautifully. It’s something you don’t usually get in such a big city. What made the experience even better was seeing all the white toy sailboats gliding across the water.

 photo 14591_10205540874342092_7282059642720117599_n.jpg

 photo 1517524_10205540873182063_8374638590040286943_n.jpg

 photo 10858476_10205540875382118_4599367751526554147_n.jpg

 photo 10702166_10205540877542172_3332557132959572132_n.jpg

I saw a bird drinking by the pond. Even surrounded by so many people, the bird seemed so peaceful.

 photo 15502_10205540879702226_5165085897855099521_n.jpg

 photo 10847926_10205540889742477_904211316883261497_n.jpg

The main statue I wanted to see while in Central Park was the Alice and Wonderland Statue. At first there were a lot of children playing on the statue, which is fitting seeing as it is Alice. It was a sculpture transformed into a playground. As Lewis Carroll wrote “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” So why not imagine a statue to be a playground?

 photo 10846029_10205540880702251_2030877998012706066_n.jpg

 photo 1520816_10205540883062310_7117189102545165863_n.jpg

 photo 10481170_10205540883142312_3818975222018332574_n.jpg

 photo 10407146_10205540887022409_8234973680572632638_n.jpg

 photo 10849782_10205540889262465_1560109016553387525_n.jpg

We walked out of the park onto 5th avenue. We have left tranquility to find ourselves at FAO schwarz. No matter how old I get, when I walk into this toy store I am forever a child at heart.

 photo 10405538_10205540930223489_8574185137798963154_n.jpg

We then had New York style pizza from one of my favorite places. All pizza should be New York style. The thin dough crisps to perfection. You can not go to New York City and not get pizza.

Our last stop for the evening was Grand Central Station. It is such a beautiful building, especially considering that it is simply a train station. The interior is just as if not more beautiful than the exterior of the building. It’s one of my favorite places in New York City. Watching people dash from one platform to the next, wondering where in the world they are coming from and going to.

 photo 1533736_10205540934623599_6657765203179296307_n.jpg

 photo 10847813_10205540934823604_6438699025638482235_n.jpg

 photo 10847960_10205540936063635_7110096348758668941_n.jpg