You really haven't lived until you spend nine hours shopping in NYC in rain, sleet and snow! The day started out innocently enough but the weather deteriorated within a few hours. It was a heavy downpour of sleet/wet snow/rain the whole day. The city was a sea of drenched shoppers, rain panchos and umbrellas! Bad weather doesn't deter shoppers and it didn't deter us.
Shopping at Macy's is still one of my favorite things to do before Christmas. Yes, there are Macy's stores near here but nothing beats the real thing. The energy, the bright lights, the bustle really make my holiday mood complete. I love the escalators with the wooden steps, the ambiance, and Holiday Lane where the Christmas ornaments fill part of a floor.
The rain was so heavy and it became so dark that taking out a camera was really difficult. People were standing in front of windows trying to stay dry but blocking the view. The crowds were enormous and moving swiftly in the deluge. If you slow down to take a photo, you slow down everybody and that can be very annoying.
St. Patrick's Cathedral which is always mobbed during Advent was more crowded than ever as people tried to get out of the rain. I took a quick photo of the ceiling but it is grainy since it is dark in there. I had to hold the camera over my head because the crowd was so dense.
A good time was had by all. We watched the laser light show on the ceiling of Grand Central as we were leaving. We bought delicious food to eat on the train. (I had shish kebob in a pita.) Then we looked at all our treasures in our shopping bags and laughed at how drenched we were. We returned by train and discovered several inches of snow here.
Yesterday I was so tired I didn't even go to the boutique show my work was in. I see an e-mail here that says it was really successful and it appears that I did very well in sales.
Now that I am really feeling the Christmas spirit, I must decorate a little. We put out our lights and decorated the window boxes last weekend.
enjoy the day!