Thursday, January 22, 2009


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Sunday, January 04, 2009

City Guide Part 10

Emerging from the dark rooms of the Museum
into the brightly lit fringes of Central Park brought a refreshing
change. As we proceeded further into the park, we began to hear
familiar songs played in the distance. Near the body of water cleverly
called "The
Lake," we found the source of the music. A permanent stage rested
along the banks of the lake, where a musician entertained a large
crowd with Simon and Garfunkel covers.
We relaxed on a bench along the path and rested for a while as we

listened to "The Boxer" and "The Sounds of Silence." After a few
minutes, we got up and went along our way.
Shortly after leaving that bench, our route led us to another
musical performance: two men playing trumpets at
the intersection of two paths. They were very talented.

As we continued along the path, headed for the southeast corner of the
park, we began passing a series of volley ball and roller hockey
courts. In one roller hockey court, roller skaters jived to a blend of
house and funk music. It almost looked like a scene from 1989. One roller
skater dressed in neon orange balloon pants was gracefully circling
the perimeter of the court while balancing three full size Nalogen
bottles on his head. I took a photo of Scott next to a meticulously
decorated bike that probably belonged to one of the skaters.

From New York City

A little further down the path, we came to the area of the park known
as Sheep Meadow. Thousands of people were in the meadow, resting on
the grass, reading and sunbathing. Looking across the horizon of
the meadow, I saw dozens of footballs, Frisbees and baseballs flying
above the crowd.

As we neared Central Park South, we met several horse drawn
carriages. Each horse and carriage was uniquely decorated. Many of the
horses had
large colorful plumes resting atop of their heads. We had to watch
where we stepped. I was impressed to see the horses lined up along the
path with no one directing them, as their drivers took a break under a
tree. When we reached Central Park South, we turned and walked
southeast toward Grand Army Plaza.

Continued in Part 11