monday in new york arrived a little quicker than we probably would have liked because monday meant we were halfway through our trip – oh no! well, even though we’d spent the last couple of days lounging in bed until the early afternoon, we couldn’t allow ourselves to just sit around on our hands three days in a row. no, sir! not while in new york! so phillip and i bid au revoir to natalie for the morning and, you guessed it, hit up hot & crusty for more bagels! i think at this point our bagel count was nearing ten. um, should we be embarrassed? wait, on second thought, let’s all keep our comments to ourselves regarding our bagel consumption on this trip. yes, i think it’s safer that way and at the end of the day we’ll all still be friends. 🙂
we ordered more fresh baked bagels and hot coffee and, because we couldn’t resist, a boulder-sized chocolate, chocolate chip muffin. well, if we’re gonna be bad, we may as well do it right! phillip and i leisurely munched on our treats at a table inside as we people watched all the locals in their monday morning routine. a gentleman to my left with lox and the newspaper, a couple beside him sharing a croissant, the local delivery man stopping by to get to-go bags (i’d bet good money one of them was for natalie!). through the window we saw gentle snow flurries beginning to fall, so we figured if we were going to do some walking we’d better get to it.
it turned out that phillip and i pretty much had the whole day free to ourselves. as much as i would love to have gone to the public library to curl up with a book, we decided to stay in the area. since we’d already gone to the met on saturday, we decided to venture to the west side of town to see what we could see. now, despite the fact that the snow was beginning to pick up, phillip convinced me to take a stroll with him along the sidewalks of iconic central park. i must admit it was quite a lovely idea. we saw several bundled pups dragging along their owners, couples arm in arm, and joggers aplenty. the grounds were mostly quiet and although it was getting colder with each step, the scene was nothing short of picturesque.