Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Weekend in New York

I love to visit New York City at Christmastime. The city takes on a whole new attitude during the holidays. Everything is beautifully decorated and even though it is very crowded, people are unusually pleasant.
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I especially liked these magnolia topiaries.
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Even when not decked out in holiday bling, wonderful architecture is easily spotted.
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Just look at those columns and window pediments.
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Even the tops of buildings are very ornate.
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I love the little green dome on top of the building above.
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I love the figures in the pediment of the Stock Exchange. They are life size.
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And I love the contrast of this church surrounded by more contemporary buildings.
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The doorway above reminds me of the Gates of Paradise in Florence, Italy.
Because it was my nephew’s first trip to New York, we did some touristy things and visited the 911 Memorial.
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The streets and shops were very crowded but quite tolerable.
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Particularly around Time Square, it was very difficult to walk down the street.
I always enjoy seeing the Salvation Army bell ringers playing their instruments. I have always challenged my children not to pass a bucket without dropping in a donation.
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We visited several pop-up shopping areas but my favorite thing to do is to look at the decorated store windows. I must admit that I was somewhat disappointed this year. With the exception of Lord and Taylor, all of the other windows were all white. My personal preference is for a little more variety. I don't have pictures from Saks and Bloomingdales but they were all white too.
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This chandelier was in the window at Anthropologie. It is made of vintage ornaments surrounding a single decorative bulb.
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The windows at Barneys were all on a Gaga theme. Very interesting.
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The window above is from Macys. It was very hard to take photos due to the glare.
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This one is also from Macys.
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The windows at Lord and Taylor were my favorite. Perhaps it is because they were more traditional.
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These windows were somewhat like a giant dollhouse.
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We had a wonderful time. I am behind on my Christmas preparations but I decided to take time to enjoy the season.  Now I have to get on the phone with Peggy to cash in my Capital One points to pay for this trip!
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I’ll be linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.