Thursday, August 4, 2011

Going East: Central Park

The next morning, we awoke early to take the commuter train into New Jersey - a bumpy and very full, but easy to take train that got us into the city a bit after seven. 

Our first order of business was to get our tickets to leave the city in a few days time. It was for a 6:30 train, and we didn't want to deal with the hassle the morning of. 

I was surprised when we got to New York how familiar it felt. For some reason I had built up NYC in my mind as this huge, overwhelming city that would be very foreign. However, I've spent a pretty good amount of time in other big cities - Paris, London, San Francisco, Florence, etc. and really, New York didn't feel that different at all. 

We had a nice 5 or so block walk and soon enough, we were at our hotel. 

We quickly dropped off our things, and then headed out the Met, by way of Central Park. 

As soon as we entered the park, we were in Strawberry Fields, just ahead of a big group of tourists, so we made it a quick stop.

It was a beautiful morning in the park, already getting warm but very picturesque.

After a bit, we stumbled upon a fountain. 

Then we saw this well known bridge.

And then, another fountain!

At this point, we got pretty hungry, so we stopped for some breakfast. 

I decided to try a potato knish, which is basically buttery seasoned potato in a bready wrapping - very good but super filling. 

Ed went with a bagel, 

(though in all fairness, he ate over half of my knish as well).

After breakfast, we continued onward to our real goal. 

With one last stop by this cute bear statue,

we were finally ready to start our museum adventure. 

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