Day 4 in New York
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One thing I have to admit is that the streets are long and walk is most of the time kind of slow because you have to watch where you are walking; pure curiosity and you also constantly have to watch out for people walking in the opposite direction of you.
This was a day of the long walks; I started following the 8th Avenue all the way down from 39th Street where I was living to the 16th Street before I checked out for a place to have my brunch. This area is really nice and laid back which I enjoy. Easter Sunday it was pretty calm and everybody seemed to just enjoy the Sunday like I did; with a relaxing stroll down the neighbourhood.
I was obviously not the only one with that mission. I ended up in the Chelsea market which I find totally wonderful with its mixture of provicial design and its industrial look and atmosphere. The shops are all nicely designed and they invites all to be a part of a laid back New York laid-backness that I haven’t seen too much off.
I ended up in the first shop as I entered the market; it was the 202 and a combined clothing shop and cafe' slash bar. As everywhere else I was served a large brunch which I could not complete. I enjoyed my stay there and really had a nice walk afterwards in the market and it was just way I wanted to start the day.
After the Chelsea Marked I just walked the streets for hours enjoying the area and all the people enjoying the beautiful weather.
I actually felt like a beer after the time had passed lunch and I was just laughing inside at the picture in my head of a Sunday noon at Jeu de Balles in Bruxelles where everybody would have been on there 3rd beer of glass of white wine enjoying oysters or just the sun; if there would be one. There sure was a difference in appearance between Europe and America.
I decided to blend in and stay away from a holiday lunch beer and enjoyed the walking the streets until I came to Washington Park where I like hundreds of New Yorkers took a seat between chess players, jazz musicians and relaxing people on one of the benches close to tree guys playing nice and soft jazz music.
Once I finally arrived there I had seen many of the sites from the day before when I made almost the same walk. Finally there I decided that my feet needed a rest and I got a taxi bring me back to the hotel at 8th and 39th Street.
Two hours later I decided that it was time to do some more shopping and therefore took a taxi to the corner of Prince Street and Broadway and ended where I wanted. Shop after shop and streets full of eager shoppers are the main dish here. After some stops I decided to leave Broadway and not do the walk down to Chinatown like I did the day before and therefore headed east in order to walk back to where I started in the morning.
I didn’t walk too far before a small restaurant with a bar caught my eye and my thirst.