Squirrel spotting and $6 ice-cream.
Trip Start Aug 13, 2007
81Trip End Nov 12, 2007
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Kate was not happy by this stage - sore legs & complaining of the heat, it was admittedly a very hot day with a clear blue sky and a very warm breeze. We took the subway further up 5th Avenue and brought a huge hot pretzel each (they were about the size of a large bread & butter plate and cost $1.50)
Then we arrived at F.A.O Schwarz, a famous New York toyshop - remember the floor piano in the Tom Hanks movie 'Big'? Kate got to dance on the piano, what a buzz - Josh said his feet were too sore. We were greeted at the door by a real-life 'Toy Soldier' who welcomed us into the store. Inside we were overwhelmed by the huge array of soft toys, both 'kid' size ones for sale, and massive display ones which included upright bears (taller than me!) giraffe's, dragons, tigers, polar bears etc. Joshua designed on a computer a Hot Wheels car, which was then produced on the spot for him - it came in a display case with a certificate & a key ring. I bought myself a 'Mommy' smurfette (I used to collect them as a kid) which I thought was appropriate for me! We went down to the café thinking we'd have a coffee while the kids had an icecream. Sitting at an amazing counter with heaps of multi-coloured marbles set into it, we were gobsmacked at the menu prices - $5 for a drink of soda (translated: fizzy drink) $6 for a single scoop of ice-cream! So the kids had tap water & we had a coffee - still came to $6.50 though. Must have been some pretty special ice-cream for that outrageous price!
Across to Central park, which was lovely & green & cool. Oak trees everywhere and horse & carts lined up at the edge. Inside the park we finally saw our first squirrels - I was a bit worried that we wouldn't see any, and Kate was really looking forward to it. They were smaller than I expected, probably about 25-30cm long with a 20cm bushy tail. Boy they were hyper! They darted here, there & everywhere and even climbed up the fence in front of us so we got a close look at them. Kate & Josh started tossing them scraps of pretzel and thought they were just delightful. The kids had a short play at a playground we found - Kate got a little burst of energy there - and then we headed back to our hotel room on the subway.