So, I didn’t really update you on my NYC experience… well, I can tell you that in the city that never sleeps… we didn’t sleep. Not at the appropriate times anyway! Which meant we didn’t really sample the nightlife, just the early evening life (hey! no Early Bird comments!) Though we did make it out till 10:30pm on my beloved’s birthday, woop-woop! To be honest though, (and I speak for myself here as well as make a sweeping generalisation across the two of us) we didn’t feel that we missed out. Are we getting old?
We didn’t want a crazy tourist marathon. We’d had enough craziness at home the last month or so. We wanted to chillax, hang out and take in the atmosphere… Chillax in NYC?! I hear your laugh. But it is possible.
Putting the 2 ½ hour wait, in various unorganised “lines” to get through Passport Control, aside (and I mean seriously, is it really that difficult?!) there are actually a lot of places to just hang and relax in NYC…
Central Park. We spent a very relaxing hour strolling round the vast expanse of parkland right in the middle of Manhattan and then sat and had a leisurely lunch (the food was delicious!!) in the boathouse, watching tourists and loved up couples floating over the calm still water. It was almost perfect… had it not been for the guy behind us intent on sharing with the entire restaurant the view from the inside of his mouth whilst he ate. My beloved could not take his eyes of him.
Soho. 11am on a Monday morning. We walked along a quiet Bleecker Street (the shops were only just starting to open), had a refreshment in the quirky Cafe Angelique and watched the world go by. Well, not the whole world, just an older lady in big sunglasses (all older ladies in NYC dress like younger ladies and always wear big sunglasses, have you noticed that?) and a couple of 20 something guys in tight jeans and pork pie hats.
Even Macy’s was fairly pleasant when we arrived at 9am on our last day. Though only an hour later we were seeking solace in the Men’s department… it seems only single girls and mums like to shop on a Tuesday morning (the make-up counters and kids department were battle zones by this time).
This was the view from out hotel window… how relaxed were we?!
So there you have it, NYC a city to chillax in…no? OK. How about, there are plenty of opportunities in life to take time out, you just have to keep your eyes open. Even in NYC. And you know what they say, if you can chill out there, you can chill out anywhere 🙂