One of these days I will travel afar solo. People who have done it swear it’s the best thing ever. I believe them, but I am also not a brave soul and fear the unknown, especially when alone. Something to work.
This weekend, I took took a solo trip of sorts. I figured I start small and explore something new but familiar, alone. I decided to be one with the tourists and go wander around Governors Island on an absolutely gorgeous Saturday afternoon.
Me and everyone else in New York apparently.
The main reason why I chose Governors Island for this weekend’s adventure was the Fete Paradiso exhibit happening until the end of September. It was a collection of vintage French carnival rides. Some were operational that you can ride for $3. A few were for display only, and there was also food, drink and live entertainment. All French of course. I figured it would all make for some fun photographs.
For all the photos I took…check them out here!
To get to Governors Island, there is a free ferry that leaves from the Battery Maritime Building. Free is the word. Takes a bit longer, but hey, it’s free.
Once on the island, there is a plethora of activities abound. To find the Fete, just follow the carousel horses.
The vintage carousel and carnival rides were pretty neat. The detailing and animals were very interesting. Not overly jolly, angelic and cute like the ones you would find today, but a little more dark in a way.
And there is always time for a little French inspired lunch:
Besides the Fete, there is also the happenings of the rest of the island. There was something going on in almost every nook and cranny.
A composting exposition:
And a vintage baseball game:
Lots of bicycles, rented and brought:
And of course, the unbeatable views of Manhattan:
Then it was time to go home. Back on the ferry I went…
To return to another island with a busy heliport and pigeons who play chess:
Till my next adventures!