Sunday, December 20, 2015

Awake in the City That Never Sleeps

Times Square, Dec 12th around 1:00am

There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless. -Simone De Beauvoir

Can I just say that I'm having a love affair with New York? I can't wait to go back! There are so many things to do and see. OK, let me back up and start at the beginning. 

In late October-ish, my friend Andrea and I were talking about Stephen King books and that "Misery" is playing on Broadway (starring Bruce Willis!). We had briefly talked about getting tickets and going to see the show, but it didn't work out on my end due to schedule/cost. And I was really bummed about it. 

Then in early November, I suggested to Charlie that we take a bus trip to NYC because I could get discounted tickets through my job at the time. When I went to the ticket office to make the purchase, the bus trip was already sold out. I was even MORE bummed and whined that I really wanted to go and wanted to see NYC at Christmas time, etc. 

Well, my sweet hubby decided to surprise me and booked a room for us and we planned a quick trip to The Big Apple last weekend. It was so much fun during the car ride, it reminded me of our younger days. 

Due to traffic and construction, our 5 hour drive ended up being almost 7 hours. We didn't check into our hotel room until 11:30pm. We quickly dropped off our stuff in the room and ventured out into the night. We of course had to see Times Square and Rockefeller Center and wandered around just taking it all in. 




Side note, the tree at Rockefeller Center does not stay lit 24 hours a day. You can kind of see it in the background of this picture. So don't go see it at 1:00am like we did that first night. 

We finally went back to the room and crashed. We woke up early the next morning and took a trip to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum which I wrote about previously, but here are a few more pictures from that visit. 


One World Trade Center (can you see the teeny tiny window washers on the top right side of the building? Shew, I couldn't do it, not for 500 billion dollars!)

9/11 Memorial Pool



I'll say it again to anyone who hasn't been - GO. Such a moving experience. We also went to Battery Park and had a leisurely breakfast and saw the NYPD memorial and the beautiful views from the Hudson River. 

After that, we decided we were ready for some cheering up, so we made a stop to Senor Frog's for some lovely libations and chips and salsa. Then, we went to Madame Tussaud's wax museum. 


After that, we went to Bryant Park to see the many vendors for the Christmas Market (thanks for recommendation, Kimiko!). 



We wandered for a bit, but then decided we could use a rest and go somewhere to sit for a little while. We decided to go to the movies and saw "Legend" with Tom Hardy. It was so good! Plus, going to a movie theater that is like 3 or 4 stories is really weird and cool at the same time. I lost track of how many escalators we rode from the ticket counter to the concession stand to the theater. 

After the movie, we headed over to Bill's Bar and Burger at Rockefeller Center to meet Andrea and her hubby for dinner. We made a quick stop at the tree and this time, it was lit up and beautiful! 


Dinner was a blast. There was college football smack-talk, book talk (my fave!), great food, and great company. :) After dinner, we decided to go over the NY Public Library and get our picture taken. 

I stole this picture from Andrea's Instagram!! :) 
After we said our goodbyes to Andrea and Chris, Charlie and I began our long trip back home. We were sad that the trip had come to an end, but we both knew immediately that we would be back. And we are already planning a trip for 2016!! The NY love affair continues. Until next time! 

A souvenir from our trip!

As for New York City, it is a place apart. There is not its match in any other country in the world.   -Pearl S. Buck



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