For Christmas Chris surprised me with train tickets to New York City and we spent several days there right before the New Year. The cold was just brutal, 8 degrees below with 50 mph winds. Guess I'm glad I gained those five holiday pounds or otherwise I would have just blown away, al a Mary Poppins! Minus the cute talking parrot umbrella of course. And those really cute boots.
We began our afternoon in NYC by wandering through Central Park, almost a 1000 acres of lakes, bridges, fields and magnificent old trees. If you've ever wondered " Does it really look like that?" while watching a movie, yes, yes it does. But even prettier if that is possible. Just try not to get run down by the
never ending line of carriage horse, plodding gamely along, nose to tail.
We emerged from the park onto 5th Avenue. Wow!
One of the absolute best things about NYC at Christmas time are the truly amazing window displays. Bergdorf Goodman's had the most gorgeous, intricate and just plain jaw dropping tableaus of fantasy. They were so fantastical that people were jammed up 20 deep on the sidewalks surrounding the entire block, staring up at the windows in awe.
This year's BERGDORF GOODMAN holiday window display was entitled A COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES. It featured a wild cast of characters, tinged with op-art and references to M.C. Escher, paradoxical points of view, vintage Victoriana, laced with Lewis Carroll "Alice" books. (information from the BG website).
Illogical Lexicons and Convivial Characters. This window is made entirely of paper, including the architectural trimmings and furniture. And the hedgehog!!
Also loved the Saks Fifth Avenue building which was covered in enormous lighted snowflakes that merrily flashed off and on to the tune of " Carol of the Bells". This one was so popular there were literally hundreds and hundreds of people in the streets stopping to watch.
More to come tomorrow!