It was a dark and stormy afternoon here so we headed up to the Guggenheim Museum for some culture and indoor activities. This place is another one that has been on my top 5 must do’s in NY as I have always been so impressed by the architecture of the building not to mention all the delights inside.
We jumped out of a cab and bang! There it was! It was a lot smaller than I imagined it to be. And even more beautiful.
A hot dog was eaten out front. For sustenance. And because if you are checking off one thing in the must do’s you may as well do another right? Killing. Birds. Stones.
It was good. And small.
The green of all the trees lining this city and in the park just seem to be extra green and extra beautiful. There’s so much extra in everything in New York. Each time you look down a street or avenue your breath is taken away. It’s just so beautiful.
I can’t wait to come back here one day with Rob – I know he would have loved it. I miss him. And the girls.
We left just as the heaven’s opened up and there is something about the rain over here. It’s chubbier. Thicker. Wetter. And when it comes down, it really pisses down. So I headed for the shops while Mrs W headed back to the apartment for a lie down. Culture will do that to a lady.
I worked my way through GAP and then made a fabulous discovery called UNI QLO which is a Japanese clothing store which sold amazingly good quality and CHEAP clothing. The cotton! Oh my stars the cotton! The thermals made specially for Japan which will work well in the Highlands. And so many choices – it’s quite overwhelming really – all that choice. Needless to say I left with a bag full of goodies.
Next stop? Saks Fifth Avenue. I heard that they had an exceptional sale on at the moment – 70% off designer stuff and then a further 25% markdown on TOP of that. I walked up to level 9 stopping along the way just to take in the sheer beauty of these department stores. They are proper department stores. Bloomingdale’s was the same yesterday and Macy’s less so the day before that. They are well laid out. STOCK! So much stock and staff up the wazhoo. You just have to pause for a moment before someone helps you out – imagine that happening in Sydney. I’ve aged a year waiting for a school size in Myer before.
Speaking of shoes – check out the shoe department at Saks, on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Every designer you can think of. People buying and trying on Jimmy Choo’s. Manolo Blahnik. Christian Louboutin. There might be a recession over here, but there are some people with some serious coin. It’s great people watching – just to sit down and watch it all unfold around you.
Of course I went to the Home wares section because while I think they are nice, I’d choose something for my home over my wardrobe any day. How could I pack all that into my bag I wondered?
I walked a little further down the road but it started to get darker and darker. And then the rain started so I escaped into the nearest open door.
Which luckily for me was a dumpling house. I sat on the bench looking out at the rain and looked down at those chinese containers that I always associated with NY and pinched myself again.
Then headed back down the road to home, in the rain. Time, just time to myself is something I am not taking for granted. Not one little bit.