Friday, May 20, 2011

Play time, grownup style

After the show closed, boxes were sealed and the suitcases packed, my friends and I decided to play a bit. What would you do with a brief morning in New York?

Why, a quick visit to Central Park, of course!

We began by a tour via PediCab...

... trundling through the park and stopping to photograph the carved details, flowers and fountains.

Strawberry fields, the carousel, the ice rink, ball fields and beautiful ponds. 
John Lennon's memorial caught my eye.

It was raining but I didn't mind in the least.

After a ramble in the Park we zipped across to Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, window shopping and popping in to peer at the pretties in Tiffany's and Saks and Godiva.

 Looking at some of the high fashion, I wondered who wears these things. Odd green mittens with a sleeveless dress? And the pattern on the outfit on the right... my goodness.

Some of the shop windows made me almost drool.
You can hardly see it here but this background is made of rare book illustrations that are pure genius.
(See me in the reflection at left, snapping the photo?)

Sephora. My, oh my. So roomy and golden inside, so ornamented on the outside.
It looks like a gigantic music box from time gone by.

Just look at the cherubs, the gilt decorations on classic black, the striped awning and fancy carved details. Are you smitten? Don't you wonder who carved and gilded such beauty?

The shop windows are captivating even if you're not a shopper.

On we strolled to Rockefeller Center where Crabtree & Evelyn, Lego and Anthro beckon.

I fell prey to some chocolate raspberry tea and a few ounces of oranje rooibos at the tea shop, my only purchases. I do love a nice cuppa! 

And it's light enough to tuck into a tiny corner when you're worried your bags might be overweight.

 I sniffed the fragrance of chocolate in this over-the-top confectionery. 
For the woman on a budget who is watching her calories, sniffs were enough. I knew where we were headed next!

On to Thomas Keller's new Bouchon Bakery in Rockefeller Plaza. I love Bouchon.
Time for sandwiches and pastries.

Jane, Julia, Annie and I munched, seated sister-fashion on a bench nearby.
 Who noticed the rain? We were too busy eating to care.

Oh, hallelujah! 
Chocolate hazelnut tart!

Then off to the airport, where a jet swept us into the sky, winging us homeward.

New York is the perfect place to work and play.
What a lovely adventure!

And now home. Thankful.


Sharon Hermens said...

I always love to read your blog when you've been to NYC. Looks like you had much success and great fun with your gal friends.

Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Dear Sharyn,

I'm so glad you had a wonderful time, and a successful one, too! I've never been to New York, but I felt like I was walking the streets with you. :)

I love your pink booth; it was a stand out! May you continue to be blessed with much joy and success.



Anonymous said...

Sharyn, what a wonderful day!!! Of all your photos, the one that intrigues me the most is the post in Central Park with the moss on it. Is there a painting in the future?
Fantastic textures!!
Hugs, Diane

Sharyn Sowell said...

Linda said:
Wonderful pictures of New York. Years ago I had the opportunity to spend time there . In the daytime while my husband worked I walked the streets till I had blisters on my toes. I taped the up and walked more. the store you took pictures of Charles : Scribner & sons was a book and stationary store , I spent hours there looking at all the books on both floors. I did buy one book there, it has neat picture of the city. I am sure many things have changed since I was there but I still have memories of eating the pretzels with mustard. yum. You must see the story behind the places you go, because you really see the beauty in this world that we are trusted with. I know that there is a Heavenly Father who knew that life here on earth can be hard so He made all this beauty for us to sooth our souls. you see it and share it in your photos and in your art. Thanks. Linda Vincent. Love your blog.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Darlene said:

Just looked at todays blog and wanted to thank you for having the eye to see such beauty in detail and for pointing it out to those of us who might see something out of the ordinary but pass over it with a "hmmm, interesting"

jone hallmark said...

wow! what great windows! No window shopping like New York - really.

thanks Sharyn!