“Travels to a Different Time” : 15March2001: New York City: The Wonders of Central Park

For the trip to Toronto Pearson Airport paid a bit extra for limo service. I have had bad luck with airport taxis. On my last trip to Boston when returning home from Toronto Pearson Airport I had an airport taxi that stalled at each stop. And before that a driver that took me towards Hamilton instead of Toronto! Rosedale Livery Service arrived on time. Immaculate and modern Lincoln. Zipped to airport in 20 minutes for a 58-minute flight to LaGuardia. We hopped into a taxi that smelt like toilet bowl cleanser. Virtually crawled out of the deodorized taxi in an overly fumigated state to the Hemsley Windsor. Leona Helmsley a nasty piece of work. A very tired but large room but at $155 a night with continental breakfast included a good deal.

Unpacked and off to Central Park where son Andrew climbed a few of the rock formations you’ll find in Central Park. After that walked along The Mall which is a broad tree lined path with statutes of famous authors such as Robbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott. Then to the “lake” with swans and ducks and a restaurant nearby for greasy clam chowder and some anemic fries. Walked to the Cooper Hewitt Museum to see an Alexander Girard exhibit. Girard had a great influence on American modernism. He designed tiles and had a big influence on American architecture. So much walking and poor Andrew ended up limping the last 10 blocks home. All of us had a nap for two hours. New York is a walking city! I walked up the street on West 58th and ordered a pizza at Ray’s for dinner. Ordered large pizza one half cheese and the other ½ mushrooms. Watched “Joan of Arc: The Messenger” and crashed out.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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