Thursday, 8 April 2010

I'm back

hello, hello, hello.

I have returned from the city of insanely tall buildings, insanely big portions and insanely good weather (for the past week, at least.)

I cannot EXPLAIN how hard it was choosing photos to put up. I've just been sitting here agonizing over the choice for about 20 minutes!!!


here they are.

NYC, dahhling.

so much blossom, everywhere. spring had most definitely sprung.

the view from the top of the rockefeller centre. noice, eh?

everyone loves a bit o' warhol. At the MOMA.

now this was COOL. An art installation called 'the artist is present.' The woman in red was the artist herself, and anyone was invited to come and sit opposite her and sort of, be part of the art. She was so still, and the installation was in the museum for a month. With her there, every single day. Impressive. That's dedication for you.

More blossom. PLUS a polar bear called Gus - I was instructed by a friend back here in England to let her know whether Gus the polar bear still lived and Central Park zoo, because she used to live in NYC when she was a little kid and he was her favourite!! He was still there! Although asleep when I found him!!

I loved it, loved it, loved, loved, loved it.

For a first trip out of Europe, it was pretty damn good. Lived up to all my expectations.

We were incredibly lucky with the weather - apparently it had been raining ALL week before we arrived. But the sun shone for us, every day! Lucky, because I have a tendency to pack rather optimistically, so had a heavy suitcase pretty much full of dresses.

We climbed the rockefeller, went to the MOMA, central park & the zoo, dylan's candy bar (mmmmm), did lots of shopping in the department stores and went down to greenwich village, took the staten island ferry, spent far too much money, etc etc etc! We also, for anyone that's into this kind of thing, went to the opera at the met, which was incredible. We got upgraded to a box for only 50 DOLLARS for all four of us, so ended up sitting in seats that would have cost us 300 dollars each at full price!! We were nearly dead centre, it was awesome. We watched 'the magic flute' - They did it really well, emphasizing the slightly pantomime-like sense of the story, so it wasn't too heavy, even though the music is absolutely amazing. And they pulled off that more technical aspect too.

I suppose I was a bit skeptical, just because... I'm not sure... maybe because I figured us Brits 'do' opera better since we're.... closer to the european countries where a lot of it was written? To tell you the truth, I'm not sure where my reasoning lay. But anyway, the americans proved to me that they can do it too. (with kandoo...... no, probably not.)

So. I heart New York. Never did get me one of those T-Shirts though....


  1. such an incredible place, i was only there for one day but we covered a lot of ground. i hope to go back soon. we didn't have time for the moma but next time for sure!

  2. I've never been to NYC yet hopefully I will go one day. Really awesome pictures! I think you captured the essence of that place.

    It's a great place to go for your first trip to the good 'ol U.S.A. It seems your a HP fan and your second trip may/should be to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, only an hour or so away from where I live. I haven't read all the books myself but I think I should so I can go with friends. :]

    RE: I know what AS exams are! In fact, I'll be taking some next year. My high school in Florida adapted the IGCSE and GCSE curriculum. We call it the 'Cambridge program'. I'm taking IGSCE courses currently and then next year I'll begin GCSE courses in order to graduate in two years with an AICE diploma.

    So, good luck on your revisions.

  3. Hello :) These photos are immense, Ive always wanted to go to New York! Maybe one day :) Looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time, all the things youve seen and done! I love your blog by the way, Ill be sure to keep reading it, thanks for all your inspirational pictures and blogs :)

  4. These pictures of NYC are awesome! It looks like you had such wonderful weather there, which is very rare! And oh Gus the polar bear is sooo cute!

    Thanks for following my blog! I really enjoy yours as well :)

  5. Wow those are some beautiful pics! Looks like a lovely time!

  6. great post i like its i have to visit that place

  7. thanks for your comment, i'll be following you too! look forward to reading more posts.

  8. ....... The ellipses are my poor attempt at conveying my speechlessness. These pictures are indescribable! I especially like the ones of the blossoms! I'm a sucker for spring. And I want to know more about that art installation, I've never heard of anything like that before. It's so cool you got to see some of Warhol's work in person (or person-to-thing?), I know someone who's obsessed with him!
    I hope this long comment made you as happy as yours made me, I want to thank you so much for making my day! If there's one thing that breaks my heart, it is unrequited love. You, my dear, are deserving of my love.
    Oh, and also, thanks for making me want to visit New York! As if I needed more reasons... yeah, thanks...

    Great blog!

  9. Ahhhh, New York, New York... Love it there, it's a bit special.

    Love the installation!

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  10. Wow seriously, your photos capture my memories of going to new york so perfectly! Thank you for your comment too, I'm glad I found your blog! x