Aug 23, 2016

New York

I knew from the start this was not going to be the trip to see New York. I only spent one day and a half in the city, but I was at a music festival for my one full day; while there’s nothing else in the world I’d rather have been doing, this did mean decisions had to be made. So, in my one morning in New York City I had breakfast with the amazing Clare, and then we went to the Strand.

The Strand was an easy pick. If I’d had a little longer I’d have gone to the main branch of the New York Public Library too; but that, along with everything else I’d like to see and do in New York, will have to wait until next time. After NYC I went Upstate to Rochester, to spend time with Debi, Chris and Eva, some of my oldest blogging friends. The quiet and the lovely trees and the relatively cooler weather were a welcome change after an intense and exhausting week. I couldn’t have asked for a better end to my trip.

One last batch of photos:

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Manhattan from the ferry to Randall Island.


Panorama Music Festival.

Sufjan Stevens at Panorama Music Festival
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(I feel that at least one of these posts should include some sort of acknowledgement of the main reason why I visited four states in the space of a week.)




Mandatory tourist shot.




Many thanks to Clare for showing me her favourite view of Union Square. ♥


The Strand! It’s real! And they were not kidding about those 18 miles of books!


I would have spent a whole day here happily.




I resisted the tote bags. I’m still not sure if that’s a good thing.

Book pile: On Immunity by Eula Biss, Blood, Bread and Poetry by Adrienne Rich, The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson, Labor of Love by Moira Weigel
I was significantly less restrained at the Strand than at Politics & Prose — the above stack may not seem like much, but it looks significantly worse if I tell you I was only in there for an hour and a half and managed to spend $75. Not pictured: the badges and fridge magnets and postcards, as well as a book I got as a gift for someone. Also, Labor of Love was actually bought in Upstate New York. I guess all things considered it could have been a lot worse.










My first stop in Rochester — Barnes & Noble on a rainy afternoon.

A bird! Eating out of my hand!
Next, when the sun came out, we walked the Songbird trail at Mendon Ponds Park, which as you can see fully deserves its name.


Chipmunk!






Salamander! Hiking with a biologist is the best.


Debi’s cat Dmitri. ♥


...and international superstar Thistle, courtesy of Eva!


Mount Hope Cemetery.




Frederick Douglass’ grave.








... and Susan B. Anthony’s, where the sticker made my day.






Lake Ontario.






Sunset at Debi’s.


...and a meal as darkness fell around us.


This lovely day ended with a visit to Eva’s to meet Moth. ♥

19 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great time! I definitely live in the wrong country to ever be a stopping point on blogger trips, but maybe one year! :)

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    1. Well, you never know :P These are places in Canada I'd really love to see.

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  2. The Strand is amazing! And also overwhelming. But mostly amazing

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    1. Yes, yes, it's definitely both of those :P

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  3. It seems like you had a wonderful time, yay!

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    1. I really did :D Next US trip: West Coast and meet you :D :D :D (It won't happen for a while, but I really want to do that some day.)

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  4. I never thought of The Strand as a destination until another blogger suggested it (Boston Bibliophile) and it was really fun. I had time to ogle all the books upstairs in the rare book room.

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    1. I can't believe I didn't make it to the rare book room! One more reason to go back.

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  5. I love your photos of upstate New York. I think of that area as a magical part of the US. The Strand! Of course. I have noticed when I am traveling and visiting bookstores, my purchasing grows exponentially as I near the end of my trip!

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    1. I know, right? It's like I start thinking, "Only a few days left to go, who needs food anyway?" :P And yes, upstate NY was absolutely stunning!

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  6. Again, you take the loveliest photos! And yes, I can't help myself, this post literally got me all teary-eyed...I can't tell you how much I wish I had a magic wand and could make us go back to live it all again. Don't worry, if said magic wand existed and was in my possession, I'd transport you back to the very beginning of your trip so you could relive it all. :)

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    1. Sigh, I would like that very much.

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  7. One time we will for sure see New York together, madam! You and me and Clare partying in the big city. :D :D :D (Isn't she lovely?)

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    1. IT WILL HAPPEN :D And yes, yes she is. I'm so glad I got to spend time with her ♥

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  8. What a fantastic trip! I am so, so happy for you being happy. :)

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    1. I really did! Now next time I need to go visit Chris and finally see NOLA.

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  10. <3 I had such a wonderful time with you and I'm so glad to see photos from your nature adventures upstate!

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