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Mom & I Take Central Park West

Mom & I Take Central Park West

This post is brought to you by the incredibly beautiful Central Park in springtime. The trip down to NYC is enough of an event to warrant travel but is also close enough to us that it's possible to go somewhat often, which I am thankful for. When I think of the city, I think of about 10 different songs and 25 different tv shows... I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing that pop-culture is as obsessed with this city as I am! Frank Sinatra, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift... Friends, Gossip Girl (not an uplifting show, but Blake Lively is a goddess so....), Castle (anyone else want to be Kate Beckett? she and JJ from Criminal Minds are basically my tv show girl-boss idols) (I have a tendency to ramble and get off topic)...

At least I'm in good company. 

Being a former wildland firefighter I am a definite lover of landscapes, but something about this particular cityscape quickly turns me in to a city girl. I have been to the city many times, but always for a short amount of time and always showing other people around. There are a few things I want to see that I don't typically make time for.

This trip was dedicated to the Museum of Natural History. This may change your opinion of me, but I am glad I went alone and on a day when I had some freedom to roam about as I wish. My husband would have been miserable! Haha. To be honest, my favorite part of the museum was the middle level entry-way where they have the dinosaur bones. It's sad but funny that this part of the museum is free to view before entering the museum so I could have just saved myself the $25 and viewed that room alone. That sounds terrible! And I don't mean to take away anything from the museum, but similar museums in Washington DC captivated my interest much better. I do recognize the educational value in a place such as this, however, so I am glad I visited once. I'm also glad I didn't pay for a yearly membership ;).

Thankfully I walked in to the dino room last, so I walked away on a high note! We rounded off the day with a picnic in Strawberry Fields eating a melting acai bowl, and a nap for Maddux. We roamed around the park searching for the cherry blossoms and it was honestly one of the more peaceful days of my life. So beautiful. So relaxing. Children playing baseball, couples cuddling in the grass, runners getting their sweat in, tourists taking photos, lovers boating on the water, bird watchers watching...birds. I felt like Giselle in Ever After (another NY movie reference) just floating along with musicals and singing chipmunks. It was dreamy. See for yourself in the video below! Also, excuse the fact that I often do the peace sign when I don't know what else to do with my hands.

During the next NYC trip we are looking to spend time on the Upper East Side and in the MET. Suggestions for must see/do's are always welcome! 

What movie, song or play comes to mind when YOU think of NYC?

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