Bronx Botanical Garden and Arthur Avenue

I’m always looking for new adventures and the ones where I don’t have to pack a bag and fly somewhere can be a fun diversion and a good way to put off the inevitable chores around the house.

Of course I am looking forward to having my house clean and tidy and clutter free after I start my spring cleaning, but sometimes, really most times, I’d rather do something else!

So on the suggestion of my friend Liz at a recent book club meeting, I encouraged my handsome fiance to take me to see the Orchid show at the Bronx Botanical Gardens and follow up the flower visit with a stroll down Arthur Avenue, the Little Italy of the Bronx.

Orchids are one of the most intricate looking flowers and boast to have about 28,000 varieties according to Wikipedia. In fact, the number of orchid species is four times the number of mammal species. Huh!

Well, I doubt that the Bronx Botanical Garden had all 28,000 types of orchids, but the ones blooming this past weekend were absolutely stunning.  I’m not sure if I like the flowers so much or the fact that my new iphone 10xs takes amazing photos, especially in the portrait mode.  I feel like a professional photographer after taking over 100 photos and editing them.  I took over 700 on my recent trip to Iceland.

I love this camera / phone!

Here are a few of my favorites:  ENJOY

Bronx Botanical Garden Spring
Bronx Botanical Garden Spring
Bronx Botanical Garden Spring
Bronx Botanical Garden Spring
Bronx Botanical Garden Spring

It is quite warm inside the building so after walking through we had worked up quite a thirst. Back in the trails around the outdoor gardens there wasn’t much to see as it is still March and not much blooming but the refreshment stand was open. They serve hot dogs and pretzels, soft drinks, beer and wine. A little Pilsner on tap hit the spot.

Bronx Botanical Garden Spring

We realized we could simply walk a few blocks past Fordham University and stroll along Arthur Avenue to get some late lunch. Clam and oyster appetizers on the street, handmade cigars, meats and meals in the market, restaurants serving homemade pasta, fresh baked bread in the bakeries and of course pizza; something for everyone on Arthur Avenue.

Arthur Avenue The Bronx
Arthur Avenue Bronx

We split an octopus appetizer, a homemade pappardelle with osso bucco and some Chianti at Gerbasi restaurant. Delish!

Less than an hour away from home but definitely another world.  Where to visit next…

bronx botanical garden and arthur avenue


At the age of 51 I unexpectedly became a widow. For the first 6 months after my husband died, I was in shock and numb. I journaled and with the help of friends, family and therapists was able to get back to living my old life, even if it is now very different. Before I was married, I had spent a semester in England and backpacked around Europe. My husband and I moved from New York to California for 8 years and started a family. Travelling took a back seat to raising a family and going to work everyday. Since the loss of my husband I have visited a lot of places with family and friends and took a solo trip to Thailand. I am enjoying sharing my stories and adventures as well as some of my insights to how I am traveling the path of being a widow. I hope to share my stories and adventures as well as some thoughts on being a middle aged widow. While I have some great experiences traveling to Thailand and cruising to Central America, some of my adventures involve a trip to see a Broadway show in nearby Manhattan and a shopping trip at Bed, Bath and Beyond. If I can inspire anyone to go out and continue to live a good life that would be my greatest accomplishment.

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