A walk in Central Park
On a lovely Saturday at the end of May, a friend and I strolled through the southern end of Central Park. We entered from Columbus Circle (where the Maine Monument is, above), heading loosely for the Shakespeare Garden because I wanted to take photos of the garden. (My Shakespeare Garden post is here.)
I was pleasantly surprised at the many woodland retreats scattered around.
The Victorian Gardens Amusement Park were popular with children and adults alike.
A ride in a horse-drawn carriage is a very popular thing to do, though with prices starting at $50 for 20 minutes it didn’t seem like value for money. The poor horses seemed faintly embarrassed by their exuberant head gear.
Bethesda Fountain is one of the best known fountains in the world — apparently. I have to confess that I did not recognise it, although it has appeared in a number of films. Interestingly, the statue at the top (“Angel of the Waters”) is the only sculpture in the park that was commissioned as part of the original design.
What’s a park without performers? And yes, he was singing a Simon & Garfunkel song when I took this.
The park opened in 1857, and some of its solid brick and stone architecture can still be seen.
More modern architecture is on display in the towers of Manhattan, viewed across the lake.
Rhododendrons or azaleas? I’m not sure what the difference is, but they are pretty.
If you have enjoyed this walk in Central Park, check out Jo’s Monday Walk to see where other bloggers have been walking.