Merry Christmas

Mr & Mrs L selfie - Central Park

Mr & Mrs L selfie – Central Park

We have had a good Christmas Day here in NYC.  The day started with room service – Mr L went out to get yoghurt, fruit and granola pots, pain au chocolat, and orange juice to go with our bottle of fizz.  Breakfast in bed and presents started our Christmas Day.

Christmas present from Mr L

Christmas present from Mr L

For the first time since arriving, we saw blue skies, the sun and the tops of the skyscrapers. The streets were fairly busy with pedestrians and cars, 5th Avenue was particularly busy and especially so around the Rockefeller Centre ice rink and Christmas tree, and also around the Bergdorf and Goodman store and it’s amazing shop windows.

Much of NYC must have also been in Central Park as that was busy too.  It was a perfect day for a walk.

Central Park - looking towards the ice rink

Central Park – looking towards the ice rink

Central Park - looking towards 5th Avenue

Central Park – looking towards 5th Avenue

Unlike the UK, NYC does not come to a halt on Christmas Day.  The subway and buses were all running on a Sunday timetable, the yellow cabs were aplenty too.  We took the subway to Spring Street and found Balthazar’s, a restaurant highly recommended by Mr G.  Again, amazingly busy but we got a table after a fair old wait and the food was worth it so no complaints.

Freedom Tower seen from Spring Street

Freedom Tower seen from Spring Street

Our Christmas meal tonight was booked at a French restaurant on W55th and 5th Avenue, Benoit.  Sadly the Maine lobster salad starter was all gone……my choice of the tuna was not good……raw tuna!  The mains and desserts were excellent though.

This must be our most minimalist alcohol Christmas ever – the cost of beers and wine is colossal so consumption has had to be modified!  Beers at $10, a glass of wine for $12……expensive.

Last day tomorrow so packing up and checking out first thing before hitting Macy’s and their Boxing Day sale.

Steps today = 18,848 / 14km.

 

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