Central Park: the North Woods

bridge 2Right in the heart of Manhattan, a park so big, it feels like I’m in Northern Ontario. Except for the people, it looks like we’re alone out in the wilderness.


Finding the park should be easy, you can’t miss it, right? Wrong–we started walking the wrong way but a friendly New Yorker (Miriam) pointed us in the right direction.

Central Park North

Once in the Park, you wouldn’t know you are in NYC, this Park is bigger than a ranch in Texas, 843 acres of paradise: including ponds, streams, little waterfalls, lovely nature trails, bike paths and meticulously groomed gardens. The first time I saw Central Park from the top of the Empire State Building, I was truly amazed!

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There’s wild life …


And lots of turtles!

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I love strolling through this park, the air is so fresh and smells sweet.

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There’s always places to take a rest on a park bench.


Or on a rock.


These schist rocks are all over Central Park and sparkle in the sun.

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You can actually get lost in the park (I oughtta know because we did). We eventually found our way out with the help of some kind locals.

Note to self: get a map of Central Park next time and bring a compass, flashlight and survival kit.

What’s your favourite park?

❤ carmen



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23 Responses to Central Park: the North Woods

  1. Fantastic place – beautiful pictures. And you in your relaxed, summer clothes – just perfect outfit. LOve your polka dot pants – they look perfect with black and red . You must have had a great time in NY – great review, beautiful pics :)))) . Kisses – Margot :)))

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  2. Bob says:

    As always, marvelous script and marvelous photography.
    Being in touch with nature is being in touch with God.

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you so much Bob! I love what you said, “Being in touch with nature is being in touch with God.” His handiwork is awesome and one can only stand in amazement as we behold the wonder of His creation! Reminds me of a quote from the movie “Sissi” (German Princess Elisabeth (Sisi) who said …

      “If you’re ever worried or upset, go through the woods with open eyes. And in every tree, in every shrub, in every creature and every flower, the Almighty God will reveal Himself to you and give you solace and strength.” (Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria and Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary (December 24, 1837 – September 10, 1898) wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I.

      ❤ carmen


  3. Jodie says:

    Isn’t Central Park incredible?? We used to visit NYC every Labor Day, and enjoy the sights. But Central Park was so big, that we split it up into two trips. The southern part and northern part!!!
    But we did take our map because we are terrible with directions—ha ha!!

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    • carmen says:

      WOW!! To go to NYC every Labour Day, how wonderful!! I could spend an entire week exploring Central Park. 🙂 While I stand back to admire the work of people who have designed and built these amazing structures in our cities, we need God’s creation to bring balance to our lives.

      ❤ carmen


  4. Maggie says:

    Beautiful Central Park , wish I was there with you guys ! Some great pictures you took ! Seems like black and red are your theme colour for this trip, these are my favourite colours !

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  5. Patti says:

    I totally agree, Carmen, and we got lost the first time we were there too!And it is such a beautiful slice of paradise in the middle of One of the biggest cities in the world. It’s kind of a miracle.Thanks for linking up, xo, and for your kind words on my blog,


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    • carmen says:

      Definitely an amazing park, we explored Central Park 6 times on this trip, as well as four other smaller parks. Funny, we go to one of the biggest, busiest cities in the world to hang out in the parks! lol But I guess that’s what I love: civilization, but never being too far from God’s miracle of nature. 🙂

      ❤ carmen


  6. utesmile says:

    That park is huge, but needs to be as it is the only one in NY. , A piece of nature amidst the concrete jungle! It is much needed for New Yorkers. Looks lovely!

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    • carmen says:

      I agree, parks are needed in every concrete jungle! Central Park is by far the biggest park in NYC and my favourite one. However, there are so many parks in Manhattan. We went to four more parks: Morningside Park, Bryant Park, The High Line and Washington Square. I will show you Morningside Park next post. 🙂

      What is your favourite park in London?
      ❤ carmen

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  7. josep-maria says:

    My dear Carmen, what a wonderful report from Central Park! How many corners, how much nature in the center of the city, what wonderful spaces to walk, to relax, to love … animals, plants, architecture for people, landscape … is a wonderful place to share. And you walking there, with those capris that I fell in love from the first time I saw them! A beautiful place that you, with your presence, turns into truly wonderful!

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    • carmen says:

      Thanks so much dear Josep-Maria! I hope you will have a chance to visit Central Park someday, although I’m sure you have lovely parks and an abundance of nature in your beautiful country, where I have seen photos of the majestic mountains, gorgeous beaches and the beauty of Catalonia!

      It makes me smile that you like my capris, they are my trade-mark 🙂 . I brought 3 pairs to NYC: white, black and polka dots. No capris in my next post. lol

      ❤ carmen


  8. finbarsgift says:

    My favorite parks are the green U in Stuttgart and the English Garden in Munich 😎

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  9. finbarsgift says:

    Lovely Pictures of Central Park, dear Carmen, and nice shots of yourself, as always 🌞
    Have a pleasant day!
    Lots of greetings from me to you, Lu

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