Prepare for a lot of me coming up because I am in many of these shots. And ignore the terrible quality of some of the pictures—the lighting was not always conducive to photography.
We started the day with a train ride into the city, and a bird decided it wanted to come along!
Our first stop was the library, which was running an exhibition on children's literature throughout the ages.
My favorite part of the children's book exhibit was the banned books section, which featured a few controversial novels as well as this stack of books that people have challenged.
It is depressing how tall this tower is. It is depressing that this tower has to exist at all.
Me in two different rooms of the beautiful library.
I took a picture with one of the lions when I left.
Thanks to the lovely Erica Barmash, I got to stop by the Bloomsbury offices and see where much of the behind-the-scenes publishing work takes place. I didn't take any pictures inside, but I posed on the street outside (a very popular tourist photo spot, I'm sure).
I got a book! I'm reading it right now and it is just as clever and fun as I have come to expect Lindsey Leavitt books to be.
The Strand bookstore was basically heaven, especially after a finger- and toe-numbing walk there in the freezing cold. I wandered around the store's multiple sprawling floors in awe, scanning the ceiling-high bookshelves. I would love to live there, or at least work there.
After that, I returned to my grandparents' house, with my love of New York City refreshed and my determination to live there someday strengthened. It was a fantastic day, and I am now counting down the months until I can return.
Have you ever been to New York City? Do you want to go? What are your favorite venues there that you have visited or would like to visit?