Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New York, New York

I am pretty sure I have said this about every single vacation I have ever taken, but I am pretty sure I left my heart in New York (along with San Fransisco, Boston, the Oregon Coast, Orlando, and on and on...). This summer my mom (complements of dad) took my sisters and I on an awesome girls trip to New York City. This was the first time that my youngest sister, Kelsi, has come on a trip with us, and it was so fun! We left on Michelle's birthday, Wednesday June 23rd and got home the following Monday.

Our first day we started out by riding the PATH train over to Hoboken, NJ to visit Carlos' Bakery, home of The Cake Boss. There was a line to get inside and it was probably 100* and VERY humid. We were so glad to get inside and eat yummy treats before lunch.

We didn't see Buddy, but we did get to see his sisters. I'm sure she would be super happy to know pictures like this are out there...

Walking around Times Square.

Our first night we had tickets to Wicked. We were running kind of late and couldn't get a cab so these "nice" bike trolley guys offered us a ride. It wasn't too long before we realized that they were WAY out of our price range. After controlling our laughter we had to tell them to drop us off only a couple of blocks from where we started. I had to go to an ATM to get more cash to pay them. Stupid tourists!

Once we got to the show, we found that our seats were really good, thanks to our super nice dad who bought them for us!!!

After the show we had to hit another tourist trap, Ellen's Stardust Diner. I will recommend this 100%! It was pricey and busy, but so amazing. The waiters and waitresses all work there while they are in the process of trying to get on Broadway. They sing and dance while they are serving. They are all amazing. If they can't make it onto Broadway, I would NEVER in a million years have a chance!

Our delicious dinner...keeping in mind that we ate at Carlos' bakery that afternoon, we ate a huge sundae and fries for dessert. We were most definitely on vacation!

View of Central Park from the top of Rockefeller Center.

Classic tourist pose :).

We had to stop at American Girl Place. This place was out of control. Little girls were everywhere spending ridiculous amounts of their parents' money. I hope that one day Little Miss will want an American Girl doll. I am totally willing to save pennies to get one for her. They are adorable!

Most of the rest of the pictures are thanks in part to the tour bus we ended up taking the rest of the weekend. This picture shows people standing in line to get day of tickets for Broadway shows. This would have been fun if we would have had a little more time.

This was on Mom's birthday. We took the ferry down the Hudson river to see the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline. You would never know it, but Mom was super sick that day. Doesn't she look beautiful anyway!!!

So amazing and touching to be so near the place that many have started their American dreams.

Something I didn't expect to see was all of the classic architecture around the city.

Lessley, this is for you. Target New York, New York.
Sadly we never made it inside...

It was hard to forget that we were in the middle of the city that lost so many lives on 9/11/01. This was one of a few memorials we saw in the city.

I don't have pictures of Sunday morning, but we were able to go to church in the same building as the temple. It was an interesting experience for sure. I love knowing that the Gospel is the same no matter where you go, even if the whisperings of the spirit are intermingled with the mumblings of the homeless guy sitting behind you in sacrament meeting.

We ended the trip by visiting Serendipity 3. Yes, another tourist trap. I just had to experience the Frozen Hot Chocolate and I was not disappointed.
Look at how huge that thing was:

This was the view from our hotel window:
This was an amazing trip and I can't wait for my next chance to go to NYC. I am working on convincing Steve that he needs to do his masters or PhD there! :)
I am so lucky to have a husband that was willing to stay with our little monkey while I was gone. Thanks again mom and dad for such a fun trip!!!

Until next time...

1 comment:

Sandra said...

Thanks for the memories. I have the most amazing daughters.