Sunday, April 17, 2011

5th Avenue Fun!

Hi everyone,

When classes let out on Friday, I decided to visit the Central Park Zoo. I wanted to see if I could spot Amaya, the zoo's red panda. And, sure enough, there she was all nestled up in a tree! I was thrilled to finally be able to see the animal Inky has talked so fondly about.


At the zoo entrance, I happened upon a magnolia tree - isn't it beautiful? I love how magnolia blossoms make everything around them smell nice and sweet, even in such a big, crowded (and sometimes smelly) city like New York.


Next, I stopped by FAO Schwarz for a bit. I'm sure everyone - even if you've never been to New York - has heard of this store. It's only the greatest toy store ever! It's home to the infamous larger-than-life piano keyboard that you might've seen Tom Hanks play in the movie, Big. The store was established in 1862!!

The guard at the store entrance was kind enough to pose for a picture with me. Isn't he silly? The puppets on his hands reminded me a lot of life back at Fair Hollow since Fair Hollow has quite the collection of puppets. I was also reminded of all of the puppet shows Maman and Papa took Juliette and me to when we were little.



I walked several blocks more until I reached Rockefeller Center. Stopping to watch the ice skaters for a bit, I thought of my best friend from school, Nathalie. Nathalie is passionate about skating and is always trying to get me on the ice. Of course, I'm just as uncoordinated in ice skates as I am in ballet shoes, but I do appreciate others who actually can skate.


Finally, I stopped at AGPNY to meet Kanani Akina, our Girl of the Year for 2011. It's not a trip to New York City unless it includes a stop at AGPNY, now is it?

I really liked this neat photo op they had set up for Kanani. It makes me long to visit Hawaii for real (but I'd still choose to go back home to Paris over a trip to Hawaii!).


Kanani and I spent several minutes talking about France and Hawaii. I think I managed to convince her that she must visit France for herself one day. I also asked if she'd like to enroll at a school called Fair Hollow School for Girls, but she politely declined. She already missed Hawaii terribly and was anxious to go back. I can't say that I blame her!


~Sophie

11 comments:

Sabine Bouchard said...

"It's not a trip to New York City unless it includes a stop at AGPNY, now is it?" Try telling this to a certain person! Well, actually, it's not her fault since she was only on 5th before any of the stores opened. Still, I'm jokingly mad at this person. ;)
Lilly is DYING to go to Hawaii. I suggested that we go to Nice sometime, but she has some weird yearning for Hawaii. I guess because the Edwards girls are going to Hawaii for their birthday? Lilly's angry because she wasn't invited.
I think we can safely say that 5th Avenue is America's Champs-Elysées. :)
Sabine

Emily said...

Love the pic of you and the toy store guard! You've been to so many cool places. I'm hoping to see some sights myself this summer when I go to Denver, but NYC is still at the top of my list.

Emily

The Green Girls said...

Thanks for sharing your photos! It's great to experience your trip vicariously. :-)

Love,
The Green Girls

The Crazy Doll Lady!! said...

Oooooohhhhh sooooo glad that you got to go see the red panda I bet it was really cute in person .. they are so sweet in photo's ..

You had so much fun in New York .. I love FAO Schwarz it would be wonderful to have a chance to visit it .. Mama has been there before but not me .. the guard seems to have a great sense of humor and a lot of fun ..

As of now the cruise is on still .. we will know for sure in July but we do not see any thing that will stop us from going .. YEAH!!

Gotta run,
Marsali

Charlotte's Cafe said...

Looks like you had a great time! I'd love to see NYC someday!

Rory said...

I hope I get to see NYC one day. It looks like so much fun!

Liddy said...

I would love to go to New York City! Your picture with the toy store guard is funny.

*Liddy*

Olivia Flynn said...

Hey hey! I guess I'm kinda late on this, but I hope you enjoyed the city! I've lived here all my life, and I still can't get enough of it :) If you happen to visit again, you should totally let me know. Maybe I can suggest some places that us New Yorkers tend to keep a secret from the average tourist!

Oh, and I really like your banner. You look so pretty! Did you know that my high school graduation was at Alice Fisher Hall? Yah! So I have a lot of dorky pictures of me posing at that fountain, which will never see the light of day... :D

Well, nice to meet ya. Hope to hear from you soon!

Peas & love,
Olivia

Juliette, Lucie et Claudette said...

What a wonderful trip! The photography is amazing. We love FAO Schwarz too, but have never been to the one in NYC. The one in our town closed years ago. The magnolia blossoms are beautiful. NYC in the springtime! We hope to go someday.

Hugs,
Lucie et Juliette

Flanuora said...

What a wonderful trip you had! I very much enjoyed reading your blog. We would love to go out to see some sights!

♥Flanuora's Doll Family

Isabella Valentina Scherdell said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun! I've been to New york last year and I watched the skaters. It was so much fun and of course I went to the AGPNY. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. (:
~Bella♥

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