I haven't been to New York City in about 9 years, and this was Chris' first trip ever to this amazing city! It was so much fun to experience it with him.
Monday, we arrived in LaGuardia Airport around 10:30 AM, and the driver picked us up and delivered us to our hotel, on the Upper West Side, the Hotel Belleclaire. It was nice and charming.
First thing we did was walk through Central Park, which was beautiful. We can't wait to visit when it's Spring and in the Fall; I bet the leaves changing in the Fall are spectacular. Olmsted did an amazing job designing this park.
After walking through part of the park, we headed down Fifth Ave for a bit. We went into F.A.O.Schwartz, just because Chris had never been to one, and walked to Rockefeller Plaza. I had to see the Christmas tree; it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I wanted to see Anne Curry, but she was on assignment; so the Today Show was not an option.
After Rockefeller, we walked to Time Square; we ate at Roxy Deli (it was disgusting!)--big mistake. We were just so hungry, and it was the first thing we saw.
For dinner, we went to Little Italy and ate at Angelo's. The food was delicious and so was the wine :). The streets were beautifully decorated with Christmas lights.
Tuesday, we headed to China Town for Dim Sum!! It was so GOOD!!!! I could've eaten it everyday I think. Chris was the only white person in there...heehee, and he ate with chopsticks.
|Chris eating Dim Sum|
On the way to the Statue of Liberty, we decided to ride on top of the ferry; it was so cold! The wind was blowing so hard; I don't think I thawed out from that ferry ride and walking all day until I got into bed.
We visited Ground Zero too. It was so sad to see that it's still a big whole with some piers in the ground for a new building. I hope that the new Freedom Towers will be up soon! Thank you to all the men and women who helped save/rescue people trapped on 9/11. I hope that all the families that lost loved ones on 9/11 are able to move forward and that their lives have been blessed.
After, Ground Zero, we headed to the Empire State Building. We went to the 86th floor; I think we went at a great time, the sun was setting and it was getting dark. I loved some of the photos we got of the skyline at night.
Tuesday night dinner with my favorite New Yorker, Alan!!! Thanks for taking us to a wonderful restaurant, Cafeteria. The fried chicken and waffles were so good. Also, this restaurant was on Sex and the City (Jenn, did you know this?). Then drinks at a pub I believe somewhere in Chelsea. And while finding a pub that we could actually sit at we passed by Carrie Bradshaw's stoop on Sex and the City---sorry Jenn you didn't get to see this on your Sex and the City tour. It was so wonderful catching up with one of my great friends! Alan, I need more of you in my life!! I am planning a "real" visit ASAP.
Wednesday, was our last day, and we headed out a little later than we wanted to. But we had an early lunch at Katz' Deli-the restaurant in When Harry Met Sally, where Meg Ryan has her infamous orgasm scene. The sandwich was very good and full of flavor.
Shopping in Soho proceeded our early lunch and then a cab ride to Bryant Park. Originally we were going to ice skate, but that didn't end up happening. We shopped at the Bryant Park market, and treated ourselves to a cup of coffee and shared a piece of cake...yum! Since the New York City Public Library is at Bryant Park, we visited it. All I have to say is, Absolutely beautiful! The architecture in New York is incredible!
|Shopping at Bryant Park|
|John Lennon's Apartment Building|
Then it was off to LaGuardia for our flight out. We had so much fun on our quick and spontaneous vacation. It was great experiencing Chris' first trip to New York City. This city is so amazing and such a melting pot of different nationalities...so cool! And all the food options...I'm so jealous!
I can't wait for my next trip back; I sure hope it's soon! Don't worry Alan, it will be :)