It was a girl’s week in New York last week! My mom, daughter and myself all had milestone birthdays this year so we got together and went to Manhattan ‘sans’ men. We each took some time to make a list of our ‘must-see’ places, pooled them and then started checking off the items from the inventory as the days went by. My head is still reeling with the sights and I have many, many images to share but it’s going to take some time to get through them, so for now I want to share a few things that struck me about New York:
1) They don’t have much green. Other than Central Park and the High Line, there aren’t many green spaces there and thus, not many birds either. It is truly a concrete jungle.
2) Those buildings are TALL! I know I’m from the Comox Valley but I go for a city fix to Vancouver and Victoria as often as possible and neither of our cities have anything even close to the monumental height of the buildings in New York. Did you know that a single floor of one of the (now gone) Twin Towers was an acre?! I’ll just leave you with that for a while….
3) They must eat out a lot. I like to self cater as much as possible when traveling (my stomach thanks me later) and so go hunting for the nearest supermarket; Duane Reade was the closest we came across for food. Alternatively, apples were $5.99/lb at ‘The Grand Central Market”.
4) New Yorkers are really nice! More than once we were offered kind advice on where to go (and grow our list!) from a local’s perspective. We never felt unsafe, even at night!
I am very happy to have had the Fuji XT-1 with me as well. Every day was packed with things to do. We’d leave after breakfast and return after dark and the XT-1 with the 18-135 lens made a great travel buddy! It was small enough to fit in my purse and light enough not to break my back. I really enjoyed ‘lurking’ with at the 135 end of the lens. I used the tilting viewfinder at hip level to capture some interesting people pictures. I haven’t been home long enough to process all my images but here are a few of my favorites for your enjoyment.