The past three days Anthony and I have been jetting around New York City on our “babymoon”. We had an absolute blast and by the end we agreed we had seen everything there was to see. After I boarded the same flight three times I finally got out of Raleigh on Thursday about five hours late. Needless to say when I met Anthony in NY we went straight to bed.
Friday morning we got up and checked out of hotel that Anthony was staying in for work and headed to the JW Marriot on Central Park (formerly the Essex House). It was the swankiest hotel we had ever stayed in and thank goodness for reward points because we wouldn’t have paid $500 a night! We then headed to a great breakfast spot Anthony had found called Sarabeth’s. Then the walking tour commenced. Anthony happened to have his Vivo fit band and tracked our steps….over 10 miles that first day! We walked down and saw Times Square, then headed to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Where, might I add, I saw Joan Rivers). The museum was huge! We saw African, Egyptian, Medieval, pre-war/post-war paintings and artifacts, sculpture, a Faberge exhibit, pottery, modern art, paintings by Pablo Picasso just to name a few. We even grabbed sandwiches and ate on the front steps.
We then headed back to the hotel where we freshened up and while relaxing received a fun surprise from the hotel! Whenever making a hotel or restaurant reservation always mention if it’s for a special occasion. We received chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of very nice champagne as a congratulations on a fun babymoon. The champagne was slightly ironic so Anthony had a glass of that and I ate the strawberries.
Then we headed to what Anthony may now say is his favorite restaurant of all time, Trattoria Dell’Arte, on 7th Ave right around from our hotel, across from Carnegie Hall. It was fabulous Italian food that had a great atmosphere. We decided Anthony’s chicken pepperoni parmesan was picture worthy. It was basically a chicken pizza but the flavors….to die for. I got pesto ravioli but it just didn’t compare to Anthony’s 🙂
Then just some silliness with payphones we found in the basement of the restaurant.
Saturday we woke up and after walking down 5th Avenue to grab breakfast and check out shop windows sans crowds (Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton) we got a short workout in the nice hotel gym. Then we headed out to see the Statue of Liberty and 911 Memorial/Freedom Tower. We took the subway on and off during the weekend and this trip was a long one so we took the subway about 20 minutes South. The memorials were two infinity “pools” with all the names of deceased written around the edge of the pool. The crowds were heavy in and around this area but manageable. Something I found especially cool was the one, lone surviving tree from outside the original towers.
From the memorial we headed down towards the water where we sat and watched the ferry head back and forth to New Jersey. We also got a view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
We had tickets for the musical Wicked, Friday night so we headed home to get freshened up before dinner and the show. The show was fantastic! Both of us were totally blown away and now realize how spoiled we are having seen the Broadway version. The singing, theatrics, costumes, humor and general flow of the show were unbelievable. We didn’t want it to end! But end it did around 10:45 and we wanted to see Times Square at night which was just around the corner. It was so bring from the electronic billboards and I can’t imagine it ever slows!
Sunday, our last day in NYC, found us with heavy, tired legs. We grabbed breakfast from Starbucks and headed into Central Park. I wasn’t up for a run so we walked a loop through the park with our breakfast and watched all the runners and cyclists. There are some great athletes that train in Central Park! We then headed to see a few remaining sites including the Empire State building, Bryant Park (where fashion week takes place) and Washington Square Park (near NYU’s campus).
Can you tell we had a good time!? There was some afternoon showers but by Sunday the weather was divine. The eating was great and the company couldn’t have been better. The only downside is the nasty cold I came down with. I imagine I caught in from the on and off plane action on Thursday but it started as a sore throat and has now developed into a full on cold. I’m definitely taking it easy today.
21.5 weeks today!