Tuesday, September 08, 2009
( 11:11 PM ) teahouse
This weekend the Husband and I swam against the tide.
Instead of going away for Labor Day Weekend, we stayed in New York City and became tourists in our own town.
On Sunday we started off by meeting some friends in downtown Manhattan, to watch the change ringing at Trinity Church. A completely overwhelming and unique event.
Then we wandered into the churchyard, a really lovely oasis in the midst of Wall Street.
We saw Alexander Hamilton's grave. He's buried there:
We all learned in history class all about how he was killed in a duel by Aaron Burr.
Hamilton may have gotten the better end of the deal, as he's now lying in this beautiful churchyard, and after killing Hamilton, Aaron Burr ended up dying penniless and friendless on Staten Island. A sad end indeed!
Then we wandered south and saw the Sphere, which was partially smashed in on 9/11 and is now a memorial of sorts to that tragic day:
Then we stumbled into a little festival celebrating the Netherlands! The first thing we saw was a huge windmill:
There was a little street with the cutest booths and shops:
Including this one that sold the most delicious food ever - fried dough with powdered sugar, yum!
I loved this display of happy Dutch children:
Then we wandered further downtown and found the Battery Park Labyrinth, another 9/11 memorial space:
We wandered through it and ended the afternoon with some contemplation and reflection.
It was a good long weekend!#