Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

N is for NYC

New York has to be my favourite city (after Dublin of course!).   My first visit was in the height of summer,  1983.   As a teacher,  living in temperate climes,  I remember totally glamorising and envying those office workers sitting with their packed lunches in Central Park.  I’ve had the privilege of visiting the city on many summers since then and I still love getting something from a food truck or deli and finding a bench or piece of grass – no NYC lunchtime restaurants for me!

I’ve just recently realised that I always visit NYC in extreme weather.   If not dealing with August heat then its the mid winter challenge of freezing temperatures at best and probably snow.  Yes,  its a wonderful city at holiday time – checking Macy’s window,  making a show of myself on the ice-skating rink in Central Park and squeezing into Time Square to ring in a new year.   But there’s little pleasure to be reaped on Brooklyn Bridge at -10℃ in January or heading off to Jersey Gardens in the snow,  knowing we won’t get back if they pull the buses off the streets. 

Then there’s the clothes thing!   I always seem to be laden with something.   In summer,  I’m in the lightest of clothes but freezing when I go into air conditioned buildings – so I have to leave the hotel in the morning prepared for that.   In winter I’m wrapped up when outdoors and practically melt as soon as I go inside,  peeling off layers and dropping hats,  scarves and gloves in my haste to avoid passing out!   New Yorkers seem to manage OK …I guess practice makes perfect.

I think NYC should go back on my wish list – twice!

It must be an amazing city in Springtime and Autumn!

Picture 194(2006 or 2007?   Winter Layers)

 

20160803_090043.jpg(Lunchtime,  August 2016)

 

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