It was HOT in New York today. To escape the heat, The Writer and I went to the Guggenheim. We got a late start after a lazy morning and took the subway up to the Upper East Side. We crossed through Central park, around the reservoir, to get there. It may not have been the most direct route, but the scenic stroll was well worth it. Once at the museum, I was surprised by the size of the collection and exhibits. Most of the art museums I've been too could take days to get through, but we made it through the Guggenheim in practically no time by comparison. I found the Impressionist exhibit to be my favorite. I forget how much I like Van Gogh and Seurat until I see their work up close. Fantastic!
After our self-guided tour, we wandered up and down Madison Ave. a bit to find lunch. The counter girl at Marco Polo's Deli and Pizzeria was a little annoyed at life, it seemed, but our panini and Philly steak sandwich were just what we needed.
Next on our agenda was to go out for ice cream. This was a first for us, as a couple, since The Writer is lactose intolerant. We'd had dairy-free ice cream at home, but never been able to go out for a cone together. In his explorations of the city prior to my arrival, he'd discovered Lula's Sweet Apothecary in the East Village. We got a little turned around in the Village and my feet started to ache unbearable just as we found the tiny shop. The guy behind the counter seemed so happy about his work and patiently offered me samples until I made my final selection (strawberry and cookies & cream on a sugar cone). everything served at Lula's is all natural and vegan, so it's safe for The Writer's tummy. Did I mention it was delicious? I'm glad we finally found it. Now we can go back all the time!