Something recently reminded me of how I had once resolved something which had been troubling me a bit, through a walk (or a series of walks) through the streets of Paris 2 summers ago. I’d gone to Paris (alone) to celebrate the end of a busy, yet fulfilling, semester of design school, to visit or revisit my favorite sites there. I had a good friend I would be staying with in a lovely and convenient area of the city, and I was content on walking from morning until night each day to get to destinations I had planned to visit, and mostly ones I would have the pleasure of just stumbling upon. I remember buzzing with an incredible enthusiasm which kept me going on very little sleep, and little/nothing could have crushed my “Paris High,” yet there was one issue I had been holding onto for a while, which I knew was taking up precious space in my heart and head. So, in one of the most beautiful places in the world, I decided to take my thoughts and walk and walk, while trusting that I would go home at the end of the week with all of the answers I needed to move forward. I came back to NYC feeling refreshed, restored, beyond inspired, and with clarity on this one thing I was seeking guidance on…Amazing! Walking has possibly always offered this type of clarity for me, as long as I am able to get out of my head enough, and I think its the change of scenery (get out of your norm) as well as the beautiful scenery whether it be nature, artwork, architectural, city streets, or just life moving around you.
My life in New York as seen on a walk:
Central Park: the prettiest commute I could ask for. I walk through the park to & from school and work each day, as long as its still light out, and as long as its not too painfully cold (think windy, snowy and temps below 0 degrees…) Viewing so much lush greenery and nature really helps me ground and replenish while moving through my day.
The Upper East Side: Endless design inspiration is found walking through these tree-lined streets filled with incredible townhouses with such elegant details like intricate brass door knobs, brightly-colored lacquered double doors, manicured gardens and curvy wrought-iron gates, etc etc. Also, a great place to take a break and put everything in the day into order and perspective.
The MET: One of my top 5 favorite places in the world… Its a place I go on days when I need to replenish, unwind, not talk but just absorb the beauty and rich history that cocoons you so nicely there. Visiting on a Friday or Saturday evening when its open late is amazing as there aren’t swarms of people & as it gets later it’s as if your the only one in the entire museum with all that art to yourself…
The Frick: Another of my favorite refuges in NYC…The Frick has a restorative quality to it, with its in-depth collection of classical art and antiques, not to mention the unbelievably gorgeous interior courtyard and fountain.
The Upper West Side: My lovely neighborhood of 8 years…
Greenwich, Connecticut: There’s an amazing scenic trail along the water I like to walk along in the summertime.
*All photos taken by Sarah Elizabeth