Wednesday, February 27, 2008

New York, New York...Third Bite

As difficult as it was to leave our adventures in Central Park, the maze of the subway system lay ahead. Being somewhat familiar with our own B.A.R.T. (Bay Area Rapid Transit) back at home combined with my husband's subway experiences from his earlier stay in NYC, the subway map still looked daunting. We gathered our courage and took the plunge down one of the dark stairways to a blast of warm pungent air from below along with the sounds of clattering and squealing of metal against metal. As our eyes grew accustomed to the dark we found ourselves confronted with an array of signs directing us to various trains and people rushing all around us. What if we got on the wrong train and ended up lost forever under the streets of New York? In reality we found our way to Grand Central Station, which was even grander than I had imagined and I stood in the middle of the opulent palace of a station in awe. I didn't want to leave, but we did return many times during our stay whenever we found ourselves without a restroom; we knew we could always find a multitude there, so I jokingly began calling it "Grand Central Bathroom." (Sorry New York!)
As we made our way back to our abode, we found our way to Macy's and had a steaming bowl of soup in their cafe, just to say we walked by the spot that we see every Thanksgiving during the great Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We were just six weeks early. We headed to the B&B for a good night's sleep as we ended our first full day in the "Big Apple."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The subway is a mysterious cavern full of the whispering remnants of days gone by. Breathing history...a feast for the reminiscent soul. And so nice to have an extensive underground lavatory- so convenient!