Just back from holiday. What a week. Reykjavik and then New York. Talk about contrasts. The cities couldn’t have been more different. Only a day in Iceland but enough time for a guided tour of the capital. I loved the place and I’d like to go back and see the whole island but my goodness it’s expensive – six quid for a chocolate brownie and a fiver for a cup of coffee – thank goodness for Netto.
New York was a completely different kettle of fish. Busy during the day and even busier at night. And the buildings. Skyscrapers everywhere – Manhattan is crick-in-the-neck city. The best experience for me was walking down 34th street, looking up and getting a fantastic view of the Empire State Building. Mostly it’s hidden but there are places, even in the midst of so many other tall buildings, where its towering majesty is plain to see. The Chrysler Building is my favourite, those stylised Art Deco hubcaps are a work of genius. Unfortunately, the Chrysler Building is even harder to get a good of than the Empire State but it’s worth it when you do.
Grand Central station stands out as well, as does Central Park and there is so much more. The Statue of Liberty for instance. The two hour queue for the ferry was worth the wait – and it’s not often you’ll hear me saying that. It’s such a beautiful sculpture. A gift from the French to celebrate America’s independence and a poke in the eye for the British – so typically French.
I never relish the thought of going on holiday but once I’m away there’s part of me that doesn’t want to come back. Now, I’m tired but refreshed. The time away has done me good and I feel like this is a new beginning.