Robyn Carr Virgin River book review and photos of New York City

Yesterday was hard work in some ways, with a lot of walking and emotions ranging from fun to sobering to sad. New York provided extraordinary weather for being a photographer and tourist: cool with a pretty sky.

Even after all the touring, which started at sunrise at the Flatiron Building and ended after 10:00 p.m. on top of the Empire State Building, I finished reading Virgin River by Robyn Carr. The last 50 or so pages were so riveting that despite being tired, I had to press on and read to the end. The Virgin River series is small-town contemporary romance, which is the direction I might be heading with my romance writing. I say “might” because I have some romantic suspense stories planned as well. I’ll probably write both sub-genres. Anyway, I’m so glad that my Goodreads group started reading this series. I’d picked up a couple books from later in the series but they didn’t captivate me. Now that I’ve ready the first one, I know to just push through the first few chapters, and I will be rewarded. I loved the contemporary and realistic elements and was moved and riveted several times throughout the book. I ended up giving it 5 stars, highly recommended.

The reading group is a great thing because many of the long-term members had read the book and their encouragement to keep going made the difference for me. Now I have a great new (to me) author and series to enjoy and another good example to follow.

Here are my favorite photos from sight seeing on Monday.

Old Ferry Building, New York City
Old Ferry Building
Statue of Liberty, New York City
Statue of Liberty
View from Staten Island Ferry, New York City
View from Staten Island Ferry
The old Ferry Building, Detail, New York City
The old Ferry Building, Detail
New York City Architecture
New York City Architecture
New York City Architecture
New York City Architecture
New York City Architecture
New York City Architecture

Here are some other photos of my day in New York City in a gallery for you. The World Trade Center and the memorials are absolutely gorgeous. I was very impressed by and proud of the people who came up with the design and implemented it. I’m glad I went, although it’s a very hard thing to stand there and remember, to absorb. It feels good to have paid my respects.  Taking photos at the September 11 memorial is very easy because the site is beautiful from every angle. I won’t say much more because I’m starting to tear up. I really have no words, but am happy to share a few images in the gallery. The other photos are a smattering of images I enjoyed and hope you do too.

A walk through Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Exiting the High Line. Starting here, headed toward the World Trade Center and the western edge of Greenwich Village.

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Day 6 Washington Street World Trade

Between the meat packing district and Greenwich Village
Between the meat packing district and Greenwich Village
Day 6 GV Cheese store
Cheese, anyone?
Yes, cheese rocks.
Yes, cheese rocks.
Famous intersection
Famous intersection
A day in the "nabe" (new term for neighborhood)
A day in the “nabe” (new term for neighborhood)

After reading this: “Wine-dark in a shallow lemon sea, pelted with capers, the curl of octopus ($16) looked messy and primeval, as if just plucked from the deep. It is the dish that a Greek restaurant lives or dies by, simple yet exacting. Tenderness should be victory enough. But the octopus at Boukiés had gone a step beyond, the flesh undoing itself, achieving a texture, at its core, close to nectar.” Ligaya Mishan, NYT 9/21/12, we had to try it:

Day 6 GV Boukies 2

Heading to the subway station and back to home away from home:

Day 6 GV going home

10 (bridges and buildings) reasons to love Manhattan.

City center, note archway for cars to pass through.

Manhattan Downtown

On the steps of City Hall:

Nia on the steps of city hall

World Trade Center from Brooklyn Bridge.

World Trade Center from Brooklyn Bridge Nia

Empire State Building (tallest building by my right shoulder) from Brooklyn Bridge.

Nia with Empire State Building

Statue of Liberty (tiny line by my right elbow) from Brooklyn Heights.

Promenade Statue of Liberty Nia

Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry (which is free):

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Verrazano Bridge, glimpsing the ocean beyond the harbor.

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The old ferry building,

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now in disuse.

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