Day 5 in NYC: Walking Central Park, ALL OF IT

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So I know I was really good on this blog for a while earlier this month and it might have seen I was back to being a bad blogger. BUT this time I have a valid excuse. I was actually avoiding and procrastinating on my final projects and papers by working on this blog ( LOL yes my form to avoid what I should be doing is being productive in other things I've procrastinated on), but alas I had to pay attention to final projects and papers as well as finish up my internship. So now that everything is officially done and turned in, I can get back to giving this blog the much love it needs. Anyway off to what this blog is about and that is the fifth day of NYC touristy things which was walking all of Central Park. 

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Let's Begin

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So when my mom asked what we should do on this day of the vacation week, I suggested why don't we do one of the most NYC touristy things I could thing of which was to visit Central Park. We all agreed that it was a good idea, but my were we naive. See, we didn't know just how big the park actually was, we just thought oh we will get right to the parts of the park we always hear or see in any show that takes place in NYC. Well we were in for a big awakening. When I looked up the directions for how to get there, I had many different options for "addresses" and so I decided that starting at the North End would be the best idea so we could start from the very top (again I was very naive to just how much the park embarked). That meant we ended up starting near Harlem. 

We then decided to choose a random trail that for whatever reason made sense to us and went on our merry way. Well this meant we ended up walking around, somewhat aimlessly, for 2 hours. We seriously just walked and walked and walked and of course I took many pictures in between. Even though we, especially my mom and Dirtsa, wanted to make sense of this trail and end up somewhere of notice where we could call it a day and say we walked through Central Park so this could be over, I must say we got some really nice views. 

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My pretty sister allowing me to take an artsy pic of her on the bridge :)

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Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre(or so the sign said)


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Sorry for the Blurriness, hard to focus in bright sunlight

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Eventually we did find Sheep's Meadow, and the Carousel, and to much relief a place to eat called the BallPlayer's House. And we ended up walking ALL of the park or at least walked from the very North end to the very South end by Fifth Avenue. So yea, my mom and sister were definitely pissed I made them walk about 6 miles that day. However that didn't stop us from making a quick visit to FAO Schwartz at the end of it LOL. In all honesty though, I really enjoyed myself because the park truly did feel magical. Anyway, hope you enjoyed the pictures and here are some more.

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Carousel

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Food, Finally!

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View of the buildings from inside the park

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Mom and Dirtsa

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Mom and me :)

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Ending with the monument(?) on Fifth Avenue.



fao schwartz
Best Ending to a nature filled day LOL
Tired feet, but much love,
Astrid


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Day 1 in New York City: Times Square and Fifth Avenue

So as promised, here is my post on my first day in the wonderful New York City. The picture above is one I took while strolling down the famour Fifth Avenue. I became obsessed with the buildings here as you can tell by this picture LOL. But before I go into that, let's rewind back a little. Once my mom, sister and me changed out of our grossness from flying, we walked over to the subway station just 2 minutes from my new "home" and took the 7 train out to Times Square. We explored for maybe 10 minutes before we decided to look for a place to eat because we hadn't had a proper meal since earlier that morning and it was already 4 pm. So we Yelped nearby restaurants and found Carmine's.


It was honestly the best Italian food we have had in our lives! Sadly, Los Angeles has yet to step up in this regard :( Anyway, for those of you who haven't been to Carmine's, it serves family style plates, i.e. "sharing is encouraged" as stated by the hostess. Indeed, we filled up on a caesar salad and some rigatoni and broccoli and still had left overs. Honestly, if you visit NYC come here and if you want to see a Broadway show, it's right in the theater district. 

While we could have explored Times Square after our delicious meal, my sister had mentioned wanting to go to Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue and so we headed north. We started walking east on Fifth Avenue instead of west though so we had to turn back, and boy was it a long way to her intended destination. However, no true complaints as we got to see some other famous stores as well as other awesome landmarks. The one I truly geeked out over? 

If you guessed, New York Public Library then you are right! Honestly being the bookworm that I am, it really shouldn't come as a surprise. Now you know where I'll be spending my time since I'm trying not to accumulate books while I'm here. The reason being, how will I bring them back to LA with me, since I probably won't stop at 5 LOL. Anyway, we also found St. Patrick's Cathedral(not pictured) which is being restored as well as other really architecturally amazing churches (pictures below) that I don't remember the names of. 



We also found Trump Towers along the way. While I'm not a fan of Donald Trump at all(I find him highly arrogant and therefore annoying), this building itself was quite the view due to how tall it is that you truly have to twist your neck a bit to take all of it in. It also wouldn't fit all in one picture.



Impressive right?! I certainly thought so. Finally though, we made it to Tiffany's. And of course my sister needed a picture to capture the memory.


We also found what I think is the coolest Apple Store, ever! Yes, I know, I'm a total geek/nerd LOL.


Well, it's getting late and tomorrow will be another day of site seeing. I will post all about Day 2 tomorrow which was mostly exploring my new neighborhood. And I'll leave you with some more pictures.

Dirtsa under a Fifth Avenue sign

Famous Yellow Taxi and Police Line(sorry for the trouble, JK)

Obsessed. 

Under scaffolds :)

Coolest Mailbox in my opinion, but then again, I love things with old school charm!

In love with the buildings/skyline here

Louis Vuitton on Fifth Avenue

In front of Tiffany's


Bergdorf Goodman (part of it anyway)

Heading Home on the 7 train.
XOXO,
Astrid