I had a few hours this morning before my train back to DC, so I set out to make the most of a Saturday morning in Manhattan. After a quick breakfast at Dean & Deluca (consisting of orange juice, a banana, and a chocolate chip scone), I headed down to the Union Square farmers market . . .
and then to nearby ABC Home & Carpet.
ABC Home & Carpet is a six-storey interior design paradise, and I was hoping to find some good things to go with my new Moroccan purchases. Alas, nothing quite fit what I had in mind. Plenty of beautiful (and exorbitantly expensive) items, but nothing that I could envision adding to my current apartment.
So. Off to the Strand Bookstore. Nothing like a giant used bookstore to boost the morale after a disappointing shopping trip.
From there to Le Pain Quotidien for a turkey and avocado tartine.
After lunch I still had enough time for a detour through Washington Square park, which has been thoroughly renovated since I lived there four years ago. It’s as wonderful and vibrant as ever. I sat in the sun watching people play in the fountain and listened to a really good dixie-land jazz trio play nearby.
When the sun became too warm, I moved to the shade and found another jazz trio – this time where the lead trumpeter managed the astonishing feat of playing two trumpets at once.
|Definitely hadn’t seen that before.|
After that it was time to collect my bags from the hotel and board the train back to DC (and back to real life, which I fear is waiting for me in the form of work for the rest of the weekend…).