|On our last morning, enjoying the view from our hotel room.|
|We're ready to go! Our plan was to eat breakfast at the Plaza Hotel. (in the lower level food court).|
|We took the subway up to Columbus Circle.|
|At the entrance to Central Park, there was a Pedi-cab driver trying to sell us a "tour of the park".|
Then, the driver (Ali) said since were there so early, he could do a one hour tour for $60. (a special deal just for us).
Still too much money...and too much time...
But Ali kept on pitching...
|And I am a big fan of people working this hard to make a living...so we agreed on an abbreviated 30-minute tour for $30.|
|Ali had already figured out that Lilly was a big DOG LOVER -- and he wanted her to see the statue of Balto. She was excited!!|
|Ali took this picture of us, right before we left for our tour. I apologized for being so fat -- but he assured me the cab was meant for THREE PEOPLE...and this was not hard for him at all.|
|We went by Tavern on the Green, and I took the picture I forgot to take the day before...|
Ali kept pedaling up West Central Park, hoping at the next entrance, he'd be able to enter the park. But that never happened. Lilly and I were having a wonderful time. It was a cold, clear winter day -- and we were snug in the pedicab...and learning a lot about Central Park and all the magnificent buildings that surround it.
But Ali kept saying, "I am so sorry...I will not charge you...Do not worry...you do not have to pay...I will take you wherever you want to go. May I drive you down to your hotel? This is such a disappointment..."
But it was NOT a disappointment! Lilly's mission became to count the dogs we saw -- and after nearly an hour of riding around in Ali's pedicab, she had seen 75 dogs...most of them dressed up for their Sunday stroll...and many of them wearing winter booties. I don't think she'll ever forget that number...
|After the most entertaining hour you can imagine, Ali pedaled us over to the Plaza Hotel.|
But I wanted this morning to be as memorable for Ali as it had been for us. So I not only paid him, but I gave him a gigantic tip.