What is the deal with this?

Lets be honest. We are the truest kind of BFFs. We met at Girls' Camp 1996 in St. Lou, survived high school and 2 years as roommates at BYU. Now, we find ourselves BOTH in NYC, which rocks, and as we contemplated how we should spend quality BFF time together - the answer seemed obvious. We must beebop the boroughs in matching purple hats every Saturday morning. Holla!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

2: Wall Street

Week 2 was Wall Street! I must say that I was pleasantly suprised by the new fun stops on this route.

Wall Street was really cold.

First historic site: Fraunces Tavern. Fraunces Tavern was a well known gathering place during colonial times, and is most often associated with George Washington, who spent many hours enjoying the host's dinners and bar. It was here that General Washington gave his farewell address to his officers in 1783.

Next we visited the Vietnam War Memorial. Etched into the walls of the memorial are excerpts chosen from letters, diary entries, and poems written by Americans during the Vietnam Era. They were pretty sad to read.

I dared Megan to climb into the fountain there and she made me proud. I hope that wasn't part of the memorial, because we didn't mean to be disrespectful.

I think this was our favorite part of this walk: Stone Street. Stone Street was the first paved road in New York City, and these are the original cobblestones. It was such a cute little street!

Me outside of the historic Wall Street Inn, est. 1999 (it looked historic).

Megan outside of an actual historic building, of which there are many on Stone Street.

Financier Pastry Shop - love it! This little gem is also on Stone Street. We enjoyed a delicious pain de chocolat and hot chocolate.

This is India House, which is a historic bank. Riveting.

This is the spot where the Great Fire of NY (1835) began., which destroyed about 700 buildings. Megan told me to "look like I was on fire." At first I had a hard time.

Then I nailed it. This is what we like to call "crumpled in pain."

general silliness

We like NYC because there is always random weirdness going on. Like this Buck head for example. There were a few guys setting it up with a sign that said, "Take your picture with a buck, $5." We took ours for free.

Megan upholding the nation's first president.

Chilling with GW.

Megan at the site where George Washington was inaugurated the first president of the U.S.

Meg gets quite patriotic around large flags - the New York Stock Exchange.

Me with "crazy money eye" in front of the NYSE.

Megan and Trinity Church.

This is a bronze sculpture on the Trinity grounds. On 9/11, debris from the World Trade Center knocked over a 100 year old giant sycamore tree in the churchyard of St. Paul's Chapel. A sculptor used its roots as the base for bronze sculpture.

Here we are inside the roots.

Megan at Alexander Hamilton's grave (Trinity graveyard).

More old graves at Trinity

Good walk! Next Saturday we are on Thanksgiving hiatus, so we plan to do two cards the following week.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

1: Battery Park and Battery Park City

Rule #1 in our club: you must wear your purple paraphernalia (we have an extra hat for honorary members).

Historic Castle Clinton - an old fort built in 1807

WW2 monument

This is a monument to all those who died at sea during WW2. See that little speck in the water? That's the Statue of Liberty.

That's more like it.

Megan's best attempt at being solemn in front of The American Merchant Marine monument - it shows the sinking bow of a submarine with three crew members pulling up another man from the water. It is heartbreaking to look at and maybe a little creepy.

This statue baffled us. It is a cat and a monkey wearing clothes, and they appear to be in love. We do not pretend to know what it represents.

Are we still in NYC? Yep, there is a beautiful promenade along the waterfront at Battery Park.

A memorial for NYC police officers.

The Irish Hunger Memorial

Next week ... ??? Help me out here, Meg.