Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Travel | Central Park | New York City


Central Park is huge. I mean ginormous. Crazy big. According to Google, Hyde Park (one of the large parks in London, though not the biggest. That award apparently goes to Richmond Park) is 1.42km2 and Central Park is 3.41km2. This makes it nearly two and a half times bigger than Hyde Park! So with that size, while you're getting lost in the park, you'll stumble upon some beautiful statues, incredible lakes, and experience a sense of tranquility you won't find anywhere else in New York. What holiday to New York for the first time would be complete without a visit to Central Park? After visiting Top of the Rock, American Natural History Museum (fell in love with that place 100x over *inserts heart eyed emoji*), we strolled over to Central Park and discovered why all New Yorkers love this oasis of green.
After visiting Top of the Rock, American Natural History Museum (fell in love with that place 100x over *inserts heart eyed emoji*), we strolled over to Central Park and discovered why all New Yorkers love this oasis of green. Plus, it would be rude to leave New York without visiting this iconic place, if only to feel like Blair Waldorf at her favourite spot to feed the ducks. 

There's a boating lake, perfect for a romantic afternoon for two ... 

Pretty buildings adorn the skyline surrounded by so much greenery

Taking a shoefie while relaxing on a bench overlooking a lake. 
(Pikachu hat (Nintendo World, NYC), Mel shoes, and Coach bag)

We found Strawberry Fields - an area dedicated to the Beatles, John Lennon and world peace

Saw the IMAGINE mosaic commemorating John Lennon's life. John, and his wife, Yoko Ono, lived adjacent to Central Park and it was one night walking home he was shot and murdered. The mosaic, plaque and Strawberry Fields part of Central Park were created to commemorate the life, talents and memory of John Lennon. With the generous help of Yoko Ono who donated $1m and other nations worldwide, Strawberry Fields was created in the area that John Lennon and Yoko Ono loved most in Central Park


We walked over to another classic Central Park landmark - Bethesda Terrace and Bethesda Fountain. Blair Waldorf would be so disappointed with myself if she knew I didn't enter Bethesda Terrace to see the place where she and Chuck got married



Not too far away from Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, and with the help of two very friendly New Yorkers who were on their daily run, we found some statues. The first was of Hans Christen Anderson - the guy who brought us our childhood fairytale stories such as The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. The statues are larger than life and are known as climbing statues since little children typically climb over them.


The book actually has words in them which is what I was trying to read in the above picture! It features the opening lines of The Ugly Duckling


Enough with Hans, and onto the next, and probably more famous climbing statue - Alice from Alice in Wonderland, surrounded by the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, dormouse and other familiar creatures from the book







I had a great time exploring this statue and even climbed up it! 

It's so easy to while away the hours in Central Park and enjoy the lush green trees. Manhattan hardly has any green spaces so it's no surprise everyone loves this place and hangs out here when the weather is beautiful. Definitely a must see whenever you're visiting New York just to enjoy the sights and sounds, and take a breather from the hustle and bustle of New York. 

Enjoy,
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