Beach Cottage and a touch of Romance

Mon 6th, Aug, 2012

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Hello Beach Cottage ladies, well it’s the goodbye post from Beach Cottage does New York City…I left the best til last!


I have done some great things here and it mostly went to plan…I totally did not want to spend it filling my bags with things I could, ultimately buy at home in Sydney, albeit for a muchly inflated price…I did want to fill my time soaking up stuff…the last time I came to New York, there was a bit more of the must-see sightseeing things to visit…this time not so much of that…

And one of the things I wanted most to get to see behind the lens of my big girl’s camera was Grand Central Station…scene of many a movie, filled with romance, ooozing nostalgia, you can almost hear the whistles, the smoke, and 1930’s ladies clipping along in their heels and hats.



This did not disappoint in any shape or form, I about lapped every single bit of this up and spent a good 3 hours here, walking around, stroking various marble, gawping at lights, starting at clocks and generally acting like a total tourist.

Is this better than buying a suitcase full of trainers?  I think so.



So, the last time I came here was with Mr Beach Cottage and we didn’t really know what to do, it was the days before I was addicted to taking pics and there was no tour or information to check out about the building etc, something I always love to do.

Nowadays, I have a camera to run the battery down on taking pics of walls and clocks and chandeliers and celiings plus there is now an audio tour of Grand Central…

I took the tour….presented myself over to the clerk’s desk, who I must say was a miserable little toad and very nearly got a whitewashed broomstick around his head : note to Grand Central – tourist staff might be better if they do have the ability to smile and look one in the eye, and do have the ability to refrain from showing their irritation when one isn’t quite sure where Lexington is.

I digress.

Yes I put those audio headphones on, strapped my camera bag with spare lenses across my body after you Beach Cottage girls told me I should be careful and off I went for a few hours aboslutely blissfully lost in all that is Grand Central Station and its audio tour

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When I got to about halfway through I stopped at one of the points to let my mind wander, people watch and ultimately have a rest….I chose that point to listen to the extra bits on the tour so was standing there for a bit…

Now, I don’t know if it is just me, but as I was standing there, I came to the conclusion that, New York and indeed Grand Central station has itself one seriously good smattering of, ahem, rather dashing men…what is with that?  I have never noticed this before…not of course, that firstly I ever lookout for dashing men and secondly that in my little life happen to come across very often dashing men from New York.  So what do I know?

I do know that proportiantely to an Aussie pom standing on Grand Central station there is quite a bit of dashing going on..


So it was with much surprise that one of these said dashing men, would strike up a conversation with me, as, I presumed he waited for his platform to be announced.

How’s the tour he asked.

Splutter, dashing man, you talking to me?  Woman wrapped in camera equipment, no make-up, sweaty and gross from walking around Manhattan and sporting earphones and a lanyard?

Oh it’s not bad actually said I.

Must do that one day he said, I come through this station every day and never think twice about it.

Hahaha dashing man in beautifully cut suit, starched shirt and coiffed hair, well I never do it in Sydney so I guess we are all the same.

Oh wow!  said he


Yeah, like, of course, that’s just the Opera House going on there again, y-a-w-n, and the Harbour Bridge again.

I smiled and nodded.

Hohoho said I, laughing along happily with the spot on my chin and sweaty hair…yeah totally just pass that

Little did he know it couldn’t be further from the truth and every time I pass that old lady I salute and sing the national anthem ;-)



And with that, no he did not invite me out to dinner, his train came and off he went, I don’t know if he was thinking of the Opera House but I sure was loving the lights he passes everyday…




I don’t think the clock needs much introduction or quite frankly for me to gush…

All I will say is go there one day, stand and stare.



There is just something here in the air…you’ll feel it like me

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After that I headed down to the Dining Concourse, which is part of the tour and had myself a slice of pizza – now I don’t know how these New Yorkers do it but this train station pizza could well of been the best of my life, served on a paper plate with a Diet Pepsi.



I fnished off the tour back in the main hall


and a thoroughly good time was had by all

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And with that I will get my case together and be off, for that mammoth trip that will take me back to that lucky land…

Mr Beach Cottage Skyped me earlier from his walk by the sea with Barley….oMG we are having the most fab weather in Sydney, she’s putting it on as a welcome home to me, hahhah

And I do actually have some things that I have learnt on this break, not specifically blogging related, though there is mucho news on that front too, but more about being a woman and living it well….let’s just say that Katie Couric who spoke at this event was particularly inspiring for this girl on the other side of the water….

See you next time then…have you been to New York City???  Do you stroke marble and gaze at chandeliers with train whistles in your ears?




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35 Responses to “Beach Cottage and a touch of Romance”

  1. Tricia Rose says:

    Wonderful wonderful wonderful. do I repeat myself? Wonderful, soak it up.

  2. Emma says:

    That is one gorgeous post! Shots are amazing; simply stunning. Thanks and welcome home!!!

  3. Selby says:

    Oh those lights are ” sigh worthy ” you captured them gorgeously.
    Thanks for sharing the tour with us:)

    Hope your journey homes a pleasant one.

  4. Robyn says:

    Well no..I have never been to New York…but if I ever do -I’m sure that I will look at it with different eyes thanks to your wonderful posts and photos ! I love it that you describe yourself as an “Aussie Pom” and that you love Australia so much- even if we don’t have a lot of “Grand Central” here!

  5. Jackie says:

    This is the way i arrived each day of BlogHer….it is beautiful…why did you not photograph the ceiling? And, your tour guide should have told you to have oysters at the Oyster Bar, not pizza lol! Or, something fresh from the market…..i hope the tour gide mentioned Jackie O’s part to perserving the beauty of the station….glad you got the chance to appreciate the beauty og GCS!

  6. Vicki says:

    What type of camera did you use for these, Sarah? The pics are simply fabulous!

  7. Kristin says:

    Hi Sarah!
    I enjoyed your post about NYC! Actually, I enjoy many of your posts…But this time I got excited because you were on my turf! I live in upstate NY, but, love to get down to the Big Apple to soak up all that magical city has to offer. Cheers to you, I love your blog!

  8. Karen says:

    Absolutely amazing! Don’t think I will ever get the pleasure of being here in person but this is the next best thing. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Karen NZ

  9. Kat says:

    Gorgeous pics.
    Welcome home!
    Ps Was waiting for a pic of the dashing man. I was laughing thinking knowing Sarah’s luck and great stories it is probably George Clooney or someone famous ;)

  10. Sarah-Jane says:

    I LOVE Grand Central station too…..We have Jacqueline Kennedy to thank for it still being there….It was going to be torn down and she raised money to save it….Thanks heavens!

  11. Esther says:

    wonderful pictures!

  12. Lark says:

    It is pretty amazing, huh? I took my 3 little ones to NY a few years ago and was just as in awe as I was the first time I saw it. Glad you had a great time and thanks again for sharing.

  13. Angie says:

    What a thoroughly entertaining post~and your photos are so inspiring! Thank you, thank you for sharing NYC with us! Hope your travels were safe.

  14. Ev says:

    Gorgeous photos Sarah. Save trip home.

  15. Jenni Johnston says:

    Agree with all of the above. Great photos and slightly disappointing there were no photos of the dashing men….I am sure the tour was much better than a case full of joggers any day..cheers.

  16. rosierose says:

    I knew you would not disappoint me. Between you and A-M your US trip has been just what I needed…. You have been my eyes to a place I doubt I’ll ever visit…. Thanks sweets

  17. Wonderful photos. Just wonderful!
    I was in NY four years ago. Would love to go again.
    Sure beats decluttering this house during an Irish summer!!!

  18. kath says:

    I’ve lived in NY my whole life and Grand Central Station has always been one of my favorite places in the city. At Christmas time, they do a laser-light show on the ceiling every half hour, I often see people having wedding photos taken by the central info booth with that lovely clock in the background and there is always so much life and activity in that old building. It’s like a living metaphor for NY itself. Glad you enjoyed my city! Have a safe trip home!

  19. Claire says:

    Great pictures Sarah! We had a look around Grand Central during one of our NY trips and it really is fabulous. I love it as well when visiting places in other countries inspires me to spend more time looking at things back at home – I’ve never spent any time checking out some of the older London stations for example. Safe trip home x

  20. Claudia says:

    I live near the Hudson line and have taken the train into Grand Central more times than I can count. It remains magical and beautiful every time I pass through.

  21. Susan @ Afford Your Passions says:

    I have been to New York three times – the first two times were on vacation, while I was living in Australia; the third time was as an American, and I went there for 4th of July weekend a few years back, and stayed at the Plaza. (much better than staying at the tourist class hotels on my previous trips!)

    I will admit to never having been inside Grand Central Station, but I imagine it’s very similar to Chicago’s Union Station, which I used to work on top of when I lived in Chicago (it’s also the setting for a number of scenes in movies, including “The Untouchables”, “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, “Public Enemies”, and “Man of Steel”.

    My favorite part of Union Station is walking down the marble staircase, and marvelling at the wear on the marble – I can just imagine multiple generations of people walking up and down those stairs.

    Your photos of Grand Central Station are just gorgeous!

  22. ComfyChair says:

    So glad you had a good time, and thank you for sharing your adventures with us! Safe journey.

  23. Sharon Forward says:

    One line struck a cord with me … it’s better than buying a suitcase full of trainers….. you are so refreshing in this world of what did you buy when really we secretly know that admiring what other people take for granted is so much more fun….. your pics were wonderful! sounds like you had a ball!x

  24. Susan says:

    Sarah – while I call Jacksonville Florida home now, NY is where I grew up. Long Island to be exact but only a train ride away from the City. I must say for a girl from New York, your pictures were AH-mazing! You even made me home sick and I was just there in May! The business, the people, the sights and even the sounds were captured in your photos! GREAT job! I might even have to “borrow” one of the Lady to use for my Facebook page (if that’s ok with you). Glad you enjoyed NYC! I Heart New York, Susan

  25. Crystianne says:

    Congratulations for your wonderful photos!

  26. I’m sure that Mr BC appreciates that you didn’t bring that dashing subway man home with you. lol!

    What a fun trip, Sarah! Thanks for taking us with you!

    xoxo laurie

  27. Alice says:

    Loving it all…Gorgeous!

    I too make sure I don’t take our Bridge and Opera House for granted…The water is the icing on the cake! Always takes my breath away…Just hope that the planned toaster isn’t going to be approved or else no more Opera House view as you walk from the rocks or Circular quay station… :(

  28. lg says:

    I’ve ordered up a lovely day at the beach for you when you get home. I’ll be waiting for you with a coffee! xx

  29. Lis says:

    Love it! Is so refreshing to read your blog :)

  30. janmary says:

    I definitely want to spend a few hours in Grand Central Station.

    I loved the audio guide podcasts l listened to in Rome….much better than having my nose stuck in a guide book.

  31. alison says:

    Now Sarah, sit down, you have reached that stage in female adulthood where you have lived long enough to really appreciate good male form. Welcome. It’s so much fun to just look.

    Thank you again for another fine “Tour by Sarah”.


  32. Buffy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself through these NYC pics and thoughts. I feel exactly the same when visiting the city. Stopping to stare, think, and take it all in. I just love it! And your blog has reminded me it is time for another trip to the big apple if for nothing more than a bite!

  33. Nadine says:

    Wow! Train Porn, or rather train station Porn. Loved all the photos, and as I have only seen Grand Central in movies and in that glorious photo of the sun streaming through the windows, These add a whole new dimension to the station. OK, it is now on my bucket list. Thanks Sarah

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