Best Time to Visit New York City

Since I live in Florida and a fall season is pretty much a bust, I love visiting New York City in October when the leaves are changing colors.  Walking down an old sidewalk with leaves crunching under my boots gives a good feel of fall.   I grew up in Minnesota where I experienced fall for the first 30 years of my life, but New York City in October/November is just the best.

Since I was just in the NY/NJ area , I wanted to share a few photos that I took around the area to showcase “Fall.”  The first night I was there, we walked through Hamilton Park in Jersey City.  Here are some pictures from that area.  These were just taken with my phone so excuse the lack of photography skills.

There were some beautiful colors in the park.

The next morning, we went into the city and strolled through Central Park after having brunch at Jacob’s Pickles.  Many people were enjoying the rowboats on the lake on such a beautiful day.

Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain is always one of my favorite places to visit.  It is probably the busiest, but most memorable part of the park.  There are always live musicians to listen to.

Under the bridge by the fountain, you can always find singers and tourists enjoying the beautiful tunnel.

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the autumn leaves on the stairs.

Central Park Colors

Below – My daughter and her hubby walking down the old streets of Jersey City.

One thing that I always love on the old city streets is all the century-old ironwork and gates along the sidewalks.

It was Halloween time so many of the brownstones were decorated so cute!

If you want to experience a great time in the city, try this time of the year.  Get out of the tourist areas like Times Square and walk down the quaint areas of the city that make you feel like you’ve gone back to another time.

Until the next visit in December for the new baby, thanks for showing me a bit of Fall!

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Cultivating My Inner Mermaid

I’m a self-proclaimed beach lover/mermaid.  Well, that may be a little stretch on the mermaid but I do love the ocean.  I love the sand between my toes and the warm, summer water of the Atlantic Ocean.  I live in south Florida and spend as much time as I can at the beach.  It refreshes my soul and I seem to talk to God at the beach more than at any other place.  There’s just something that it does to me.

I feel especially blessed because this month my husband and I rented a place on the beach for the entire month on Hutchinson Island which might be one of the most beautiful places on earth.  It’s amazing waking up every morning to this view from the 7th floor.  We were pleasantly surprised at how affordable it was to stay here an entire month, although you have to be out there looking to find a place that you can rent for just one month.  We used to spend half of the rent cost just coming up for a couple weekends staying at a hotel.  An entire month of this is so relaxing as we can settle in with our clothes out of suitcases and into drawers and the closet.

Every day is different at the beach.  Our first day here the waves were churning up seaweed as seen in the photo below.  I wasn’t crazy about the seaweed but from up here, the view was still spectacular.

A few days into our month stay, the beach is beautiful, calm and cleaner.  We watched dolphins swim by tonight.

The turquoise blue ocean is so pretty that I can’t stop taking photos of it.  We are going to check out all the local restaurants and vowed to not eat at one chain restaurant the whole time we are here.  I’ll blog about some of those spots.

We did check out the Square Grouper on the Fort Pierce Inlet but didn’t eat there yet.  We also stopped by Archies in Fort Pierce to grab a menu for a later date.

Square Grouper, Fort Pierce

We are now one week into our beach adventure and enjoying every moment!  I hope you are all having a great summer and enjoying some sunshine somewhere.



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