Morning walk No. 1

Morning’s are always the best time of the day for me. I’m awake and Bam! I’m always ready to start the day. Throw in jet lag and excitement and we can safely say that my day started at 4.50am. I tossed and turned and tried to get back to sleep but that city was luring me out there so I jumped in the shower, whacked my on shorts and t shirt and I was out that door before Mrs Woog had even rolled over and farted.

It was a great way for me to get my head around the city layout. We are staying on E44th street which is on the mid east side so I headed west down 44th before turning up Park Avenue heading north towards the upper east side. It was quiet (well for NY anyway) with a few people on their way to work, others running, fancy corporate types being dropped off to financial institutions by their drivers, sidewalks being hosed down, people getting their coffee.

I walked and walked until I thought I might be going round in the circles until I looked further left and saw some trees. Maybe I had made it all the way up to the bottom corner of Central Park?

I had! And crossing over Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue I saw some of those amazing NY buildings that you’ve seen a thousand times in movies. SO beautiful.

I stopped. Sat down. Soaked it up. There were a few runners about and that was it. Just me. And the Central Park pond. I know it’s getting boring, but I cried. Dreams realised will do that to a jet lagged girl.

It was just as I expected it to be in summer. Soft greens, a few flowers, green grass, ducks and those amazing tracks and rocks. CENTRAL PARK people.

After a little sitting and soaking I started my trip back home down 5th Avenue. THE shopping destination in NY for the label conscious and wealthy. Names you know, but don’t really know.

Those American flags blowing in the breeze on the front of each and every building.

Looking up and thinking “I know that place? I think?” then seeing it’s Trump Tower. See? Watching The Apprentice IS educational.

Stopping to watch a girl get her boyfriend to take her picture out the front of Tiffany. TIFFANY’S ON 5TH AVENUE. THE TIFFANY’S. Look at her looking at it back.

The most amazing shops and window displays in each and every shop all the way down.

I turned down a street when I got down far enough and found myself here. Again, I know this place! But I’d never been there before. Grand Central Station. People quietly shuffling across that amazing marble on their way to work.

I picked up a coffee for Mrs Woog on the way home (just like Mr Woog does) and excitedly told her about my adventure.

Just me and New York in the morning. I think I’m going to try a different spot each day.


  1. I’m so excited for you. Enjoy enjoy enjoy! x

  2. Gorgeous photos Beth! Especially liked the chairs in a row in central park. I like things in a row!

  3. I am actually getting butterflies in my tummy reading your posts and I can feel your excitement! How amazing for you, I love America and I can’t wait to go back xo Keep the posts coming x M

  4. Love the vicarious visit πŸ™‚ Keep it coming!!

  5. so great! Loving the journey

  6. Traci Sparkle Devlin says

    You have me hanging on every word and at the same time reliving my own memories.

  7. I used to do that every night, after a full day in that gorgeous city I would leave hubby in the hotel by himself and head out to soak it all in. Just a girl in a big city all by herself. It really is like a movie, and you’re the star! x

  8. OMG. goosebumps. I can totally understand your tears. Dreams realized will do that to you darl

  9. i am looking forward to this kind of post every day. cos walks, all by yourself, learning and watching and soaking it all in. particularly early morning walks by yourself – they are the best kind of therapy. cry away mama, and then pick yourself up and carry on. xx

  10. Absolutley love a solitary walk in the morning. Just you and your thoughts and the whole world and the ability to go anywhere without a small person yelling “Mummy!” is my kind of heaven!

  11. Anonymous says

    Heaven= walking by yourself in New York

  12. Your tears are totally understandable! I’m even making my husband read these new York posts because I’m so excited for you!

  13. OH LADY, I have shed a tear reading this. I am just so so happy for you. Dreams realised and all that. It’s breathtaking is what it is. You soak it up, roll around in it and breath it so deep your lungs could explode. xxxxxxK

  14. Looks gorgeous Beth. I’m so excited now! 4 more sleeps!!

  15. One of my best memories of New York is an early morning walk I took with my husband. Bit different to your experience as it was winter and well into the minuses. Still so amazing though and I kept feeling like I was in a movie.

    Get back to 5th Avenue and check out the make-up floor at Berdorf Goodmans. Even if you buy nothing it is fantastic….


  16. Anonymous says

    I used to walk around town with the HUGEST smile on my face, how can you not !!! There is such a magic, mystery and energy in the air. Oh and that SATC theme song would keep coming into my head as I strided da da da da-da da da – loving the updates, smiling for you. KB

  17. Sanrio and Pokemon stores. Trust me, you will be a superstar at the local primary school.

    Have a blast

  18. I have only been to New York once, nearly 20 years ago now (good grief). I can still remember the feeling of walking along those streets in the morning, knowing that noone in the world knew where I was. And I was there. Will never forget it. Go somewhere new every day!

  19. Shut up! I used to live on East 44th! 245 East 44th…between Second and Third! I can’t believe you are in my old ‘hood!

    I love your photos…I really feel like I am in NYC!
    Thank you again so much for taking us on this trip with you!

    And PS, in “Bev” news, I made your banana bread today and loved it!

  20. There is something magical about that city – was there 20 years ago. Thanks for sharing!

  21. I’m so living through YOU right now! And loving it.

  22. Oh the memories!!!! I wish I was back there now!!

  23. very exciting, have fun!

  24. Thank you so much Beth for doing a walking tour! I loved this. The fact that you are sharing this magical and wonderful journey here makes me teary too. Your photos are a m a z I n g! Love to you & the Mrs W..xx

  25. Keep it warm for me Beth πŸ˜‰

  26. Looks and sounds amazing, Beth! You’re living the dream, baby… πŸ™‚

  27. Inspirational! Makes me want to visit New York, a place I hadn’t really ever aspired to visit. So exciting πŸ˜€

  28. Ditto what everyone else said. Thanks for bringing back great memories. Thought of you two whilst watching Sex and the city last night.

  29. Aaaaaahh…. that is all.

  30. You may have been the one in the sneakers sittiing on that bench, but there was a whole lotta ladies on THIS side of the world that are right there with you – seeing & soaking it all in.

    Thanks for taking us with you. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to NYC again – so your blog has made my dreams come true too.

    Dream on dreamer!!

    Love, Gab x

  31. So jealous Beth! I’ll just have to live vicariously through your photos!

  32. Oh my goodness lady, I got little goosebumps reading this and even felt a bit teary too. Putting myself in your shoes the entire time… I would be the same, pinching myself that I was actually IN that wonderful city. That magical emerald city I have watched my whole life, but only ever on Tv.
    I love the photos, you’ve captured this part of your stay beautifully.

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