Ben and I had been counting down the days to our much anticipated vacation. When we boarded the plane to New York City we were pumped, running mostly on caffeine and a little adrenaline. Two whole years had passed since we enjoyed a week long vacation together. Our last real vacation was during our honeymoon. Crazy, huh. Ben actually started graduate school the week after our honeymoon and he finally graduated this May. As you might expect, we were thrilled to celebrate his huge accomplishment as well as our second anniversary with a trip to the big apple.
I love cities. Of course I love small towns too, but big cities really energize me and NYC is no exception. Before we left home I prepared a list of places I wanted to visit, mostly tourist destinations with some retail stops included for good measure. I even prepared a loose agenda for each day so that we could make the most of our time while there. Despite our plans, the weather forced us to be flexible and go with the flow which was healthy for me. It's vacation after all.
Throughout our trip I took oodles of photos, except for the day of the monsoon when I left my camera at the hotel. One of my favorite places in NYC is not the Empire State Building or the immaculately kept designer storefronts but, Central Park. What a treasure.
Years pass. People move. Plants grow. Cities change. However, the juxtaposition of Central Park against the backdrop of the bustling city is unreal. Every time I visit, I'm amazed. The trees there are breathtaking. It's a wonderful feeling when I realize that it's impossible to capture a moment with my camera. I am reminded to enjoy the present moment, rather than focusing my energy on taking the perfect photograph.
Stay tuned for more photos from our trip to NYC!