Well, finally, the dust has settled. Our wedding was three months ago, so it amazed me how much time I was still spending on wedding-related admin after the event. I should count myself lucky really, as the vast majority of the admin related to thanking people, which of course meant we had lots of things to be thankful for. I’ve also had fun(!) trying to get my surname changed…who knew that would be so time consuming?!
But, enough of the excuses. I probably could have come back to my blog before now. The main problem was that I just didn’t really know where to start. What with all the ‘wedmin’, oh yes and a failed house-buying attempt, I just haven’t really been doing many interesting walks. Another thing to feel guilty about.
However, it then occurred to me that I actually had done some interesting walking in the not-so-distant past – while we were on honeymoon, no less. So I thought I’d make a start with telling you something about that.
City walking on another continent
We decided pretty early on that we wanted to have a ‘split’ honeymoon, with a city break and then some serious beach relaxation. My husband (yes, it's still weird calling him that) had never been to New York and had always wanted to go, and I'd only been once about 11 years ago with my parents, so we decided that was going to be our city of choice. Turns out, it's the perfect location for a city walking advocate like myself.
We had a lot of advice in the lead up to the wedding about where to go and what to see in New York, but one thing everyone said, without fail, was that it was really easy to get around on foot. And they weren't wrong.
We arrived (rather exhausted) on the Monday afternoon, and wandered about the vicinity of our hotel (10th Avenue and 42nd Street) trying to get out bearings. Navigation in NYC is so easy, the grid system making it pretty difficult to get lost (unless you're my husband apparently, who seemed surprisingly confused by it all!)
I have to admit we didn't get far that first day, but after that there was no stopping us. If I gave you a blow-by blow account of everywhere we walked while we were there, we could be here some time, so instead I'm going to try to give you my edited highlights with plenty of photos...
We heart Central Park
I think you'd be hard pushed to find someone who's been to NYC and wouldn't recommend going to Central Park. We were very, very lucky and had the most beautiful, warm, sunny day to explore it, and we absolutely loved it.
We started the exploration at 59th Street - Columbus Circle. It was wonderful walking into the trees and the dappled shade, getting away from some of the traffic noise.
What I loved about it - and to be honest, what was really exciting about New York in general - was spotting so many familiar places. Places I'd seen so many times in films or on TV.
I have to admit, after a full day of walking around the park, we were pretty footsore, but that wasn't going to stop us. Instead, we decided to do even more walking the next day.
Lots of people had told us that if we liked walking we should definitely walk the High Line - an old railway, which has been converted into a sort of footpath cum garden, which runs from around 30th Street and 10th Avenue, down to 13th Street.
We didn't really know what to expect from it, as we hadn't seen any pictures beforehand, but once we got there we weren't disappointed. It's a really fantastic conversion
of the railway, with lots of nods to its history, such as metal tracks running through the paving and seating made of old sleepers.
Once we left the High Line behind, we headed north again, as we wanted to see the Flatiron Building, which was back up on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue. We loved just meandering slowly back up through the city, taking in the sights. I remembered the Flatiron Building from my visit 11 years ago, but it was great to see it again. Such an interesting building!
The day was warm, and very muggy, and all the walking was really starting to take it's toll. What was great about walking though was that we really got to take everything in. We went through Union Square and on down through Tribeca and SoHo.
The walk was worth it, because at the end we got to see all this....
Now I need to get back to the countryside...I'm hoping Christmas is going to provide the perfect excuse.
Happy walking everyone!