I’m finally starting to settle back into normal life after my trip to NYC. I still feel out of sorts and as much as I love home, I miss the city. I’ve always liked the hustle and bustle, and the fact that anything you want is within walking distance. But as great as all that is, I was so happy to hear the sounds of “peeping” frogs and chirping birds in my backyard. That first night I went to sleep with a smile on my face as the frogs sung me to sleep.
But there is something to say about NYC…it’s not just a city…it’s an experience. I had been to NYC prior to this trip, but last time it was blustering cold and time was limited. This trip was a little longer and the weather was warm (actually too warm), so plenty of time to walk around when not at the Book Expo.
One of my favorite things from this trip was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We had stumbled on it our first night out exploring. They were doing renovations, so a lot the exterior was shrouded in scaffolding, but one inside I couldn’t do anything, but look up in awe. It was gorgeous and unbelievable. The inside was being renovated as well, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a beautiful building that made me wonder if that’s what Heaven will look like. It was just gorgeous.
That first night we also visited Grand Central Terminal another beautiful building. What got me the most was as you walked into the main “lobby”, I literally thought it was open to the sky. But once you step in and look up, you realize it’s been painted a sky blue with constellations.
Part of the NYC experience is the architecture, the mixing of old and new buildings. You could spend all day going from building to building, just admiring the designs. Everywhere we walked you would find some intricately designed facades of yesterday nestled between more modern buildings.
Another awe inspiring building was the almost completed One World Trade Center tower. It’s gleaming mirrored facade, and dizzying height made it an amazing sight. But beyond the beauty of it was what it stood for…that American’s will rise up in the face of adversity. It was proud moment for me to get to stand and look up at it in person.
If for no other reason, you need to take the time to visit NYC and admire the architecture…the mixing of old and new… a celebration of architectural design.