I dedicated an entire day to the exploration and enjoyment of the sprawling Central Park and what a pleasant day it was!
I started my wanderings in the northern end of the park at the Reservoir. The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir used to receive water from the Croton Aqueduct and distribute it to Manhattan but after 131 years of service, it was decommissioned in 1993
But there were also some wonderful birds in the trees and foraging around
Wandering the area aptly known as “the Ramble”, i wound along twisting paths, coming out alongside pockets of the lake before ducking back into the bushlands
– picturing myself in a painting of Renoirs
Having enjoyed a long, leisurely lunch, i walked to whats considered as the parks crowning jewel – the “Bethesda Fountain”. It was designed in 1986 by Emma Stebbins who was the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New York City!
i wandered on….
There were a series of men lined along the pathway doing portraits, and one of them was particularly good, so on a whim – I decided to get my portrait done! Whilst i wasn’t quite immortalized in the style of the great sculptures lining the pathway, it’s still a lovely little momento of my time in New York
Then later that night, I would go to the Lincoln centre for a spot of classical entertainment……