Picture Friday! – View From Above

New York seen from the sky

New York seen from the sky

Just in time for another Picture Friday!

This time a picture that shows the beautiful city of New York from a helicopter. It was a thrill to see the city like this. We were also very lucky, since we arrived early at the heli platform we were able to get on board with a more exclusive flight at no extra charge.

I tried to follow all the safety instructions, but just seconds before the helicopter took off, I manged to unmount my seatbelt (several actually at the same time with a simple twist… Houdini would’ve been so proud of me) and in a few very scary seconds I was able to connect them together again, just in time… barely… before we went airborne. Just like posting this picture before it becomes Saturday. Just in time. 😉

Have a great weekend!


Picture Friday! – On Saturday

I know, I know, it’s Saturday and I’m posting a “Picture Friday”. The world has gone mad! I was exhausted yesterday and unfortunately couldn’t post anything. I’m going to make up for that today by posting one of my most favorite NYC pictures I took.

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Picture Friday! – Pigeons Galore

I’m running late, but certainly didn’t forget… it’s time for another ‘Picture Friday’!

Pigeons Galore

Pigeons Galore

I’ve titled it ‘Pigeons Galore’ because of, well… all the galore. I mean pigeons! They were all sitting there (more then 60 of them) on the traffic light and I just had to take a picture before crossing the street. I took this one close to Central Park, near the Plaza hotel which you can still see in the background on the right. The building is probably best known for it’s appearances in Home Alone 2. A now classic movie from 1992 that also features a lot of pigeons. I might as well call this picture ‘Pigeons Galore before the Plaza hotel’ but it would probably confuse people because of the famous song ‘Pigeons Galore, Oh look there’s the Plaza hotel’. Yes… very famous. Now before you start to look up this song in Spotify, I want to wish you all a very nice weekend!

Picture Friday! – 1

Yes, it’s that day of the week again: Picture Friday!
Truth be told, it’s only the first picture Friday I’m doing, but a tradition has to start at some point. So let’s kick it off with the first picture:

Inside  NYC train

This picture is pretty self explanatory, but I took this inside one of the trains heading to Central Park during my first subway ride. The New York Subway is the busiest rapid transit rail system in the United States and the seventh busiest rapid transit rail system in the world. Well, it’s definitely difficult to argue that statement. But most of all, temperatures were extremely high below the streets, which didn’t seem to help at all to make the ride any more pleasant. Figuring out the whole subway system took a while, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really not that difficult. Apparently you just have to jump right in, head first, start swimming and not drown. You have to brace yourself when the train starts moving and hold on for dear life when it comes to a full stop. You did well, if you would still be standing upright or sitting in the same seat as when you began this wonderful shaky and loud journey. It finally makes sense why so many ‘Yankees’ (derived from the Dutch names Jan and Kees) are wearing headphones while riding the subway. When the train is in motion it seems nothing short of a roller coaster ride while there’s an earthquake going on with lights flickering on and off. The only difference is that you won’t hear anyone scream. Which actually makes it even more scarier. Sometimes you will be accompanied by people telling (yelling is more likely) their tragic life story while they beg for money. Once you are finally walking towards the exit, you will slowly start to be able to breathe in fresh air, until you’re outside, completely dehydrated, and somewhat close to your actual destination. You check if you haven’t been robbed of anything during the ride, starting with your most important and newly acquired possession: a water bottle and continue your journey through the most populous city in the United States that all of a sudden doesn’t seem to be that busy or loud anymore.

From now on I will be posting a picture (or a couple of pictures of the same subject) with a bit of blurb every Friday, that will help you get ready for the weekend. The first couple of times it will probably be pictures from New York City. A journey I never believed possible, but have been preparing for several months. I’m sure that this pictures on Friday tradition, will stay around for a long time. So I hope you’ll enjoy the ‘ride’! 😉