Monday morning we got up and going rather early. We had a laundry list of things we needed to accomplish during our short visit and we needed to utilize every waking moment – literally!
I will make note right here – “looking cute” in NYC is pretty much impossible when you are planning on walking several miles through mazes of concrete and brick. I had packed a couple pairs of cute shoes that I had hoped to wear, but after our first day I quickly realized that tennis shoes were the only mode of appropriate transportation while in the city.
We headed out North (at least I think it was North) towards Central Park. We were planning on having breakfast at a quaint little place called Alice’s Tea Cup. It was on East 64th Street so we had a good haul ahead of us, especially since we were staying on 49th.
Waiting for Debbie & Tammy to get cash from the ATM.
Some cathedral along the way.
I noticed a huge difference in the “crowd” during our walk to Alice’s Tea Cup. Compared to Sunday, the crowd was so much different. Mainly b/c a lot of the crowd we dealt with on Sunday were tourists, Monday it was more the locals who were heading to work. The pace was a fast one that’s for sure.
We finally made it!
Finally we made it to Alice’s Tea Cup and apparently at the perfect time too. We hit a slow time at the bistro. Walking in, you see all these great tea cups and saucers, fairy wings with streamers and sparkling glitters and a bakery case overflowing with fresh baked scones, muffins and cupcakes. The atmosphere was comforting and inviting. We were seated at a seasoned wooden table. Each place setting was set with a tea cup, saucer, cutlery and napkin. What I liked most about it was that the tea cups and saucers didn’t match any of the other cups & saucers but the overall look was very cohesive. Alice’s was a wonderful place with a fabulous menu that offered over 140 different tea varieties. I’m not a huge tea fan, so I opted for Alice’s Hot Chocolate which had a dash of cayenne pepper. The other girls tried the tea. They all had a different flavor and they all smelled absolutely divine! Especially Tammy’s who had a passion fruit blend. We finished up our meal, and we began to notice that the tea house was starting to pick up on business. I sort of wished that I was little girl coming into the tea house. They get to wear fairy wings and have pixie dust sprinkled in their hair! It looked like too much fun! After a deliciously divine meal of waffles, omelets, and scones we were ready to take on the upper Eastside. As we were leaving, there were people standing at the door waiting to get in.
Alice's Wonderful Waffles....absolutely FANTASTIC!
However, due to the ridiculous number of photos I took on Sunday, I totally forgot to charge my camera battery. Not a good idea. Debbie and Tammy went their own way looking for excitement while Kellye and I ended up walking all.the.way.back to our hotel so that we could switch out camera batteries and get the extra memory card. It was a silly move on my part, but we couldn’t go the whole day w/o photographic documentation. On our way back we spotted the infamous L.O.V.E. sculpture. We had to get a photo, several actually.
I'm in love.....literally...
Kel and I spent a little time walking around Central Park, taking photographs and wandering around. I couldn’t believe how big Central Park was and the mass amount of rock that is throughout the Park. We saw the ice skating rink and entertained the idea of skating. But I decided that after last year’s attempt to skate in TN, it was in my best interest that I not spend the rest of my trip hobbling around with massive bruises on my knees. But we enjoyed watching others skate. We hiked up to the top of a massive cluster of rocks and sat there people watching while waiting on Debbie and Tammy to meet up with us.
These are things I noticed while we were waiting:
Skyline from the park
4) Toddlers who can barely walk ice skate better than I do.
It was so bright and cheery inside
But the view was SO worth it! WOW!
(The greenish area in the lower center is Bryant Park - home of Fashion Week.)
Two very LARGE snowflakes, these were falling everywhere at the top, yet nothing down on street level.
A view of the tip top.
One quick photo together before going inside to get warm.