Yesterday was Memorial Day, a United States Federal Holiday observed on the last Monday of May that commemorates U.S. men and women who perished while in military service to their country. Tom, my partner, and I took an early morning walk through the city and it was so pleasant. The streets were quite empty since many people were away for the holiday. Everything seemed so peaceful and serene. New York City, where we live, is bustling most of the time and walks can sometimes be more stressful than relaxing.
We started our walk from the lower east side and headed west along 13th street. When we reached 9th Ave we turned north and came across Pastis, a french bistro located in Manhattan's meat packing district. We both are on a bit of a budget these days so eating there was out of the question. A sign on the door said take out was available so we decided to purchase a latte and a black coffee to go. We placed our order at the bar, where a nice french man who was having cocktail assured us that Pastis was a wonderful place. We continued our walk through the West Village sort of meandering through the streets and enjoying the sun on our faces. The weather was just perfect, around 65F and sunny. When we finally returned home we were refreshed and relaxed.