Thursday, June 12, 2014

One last trip to NYC (for now :)....

My parents are moving (yes again and yes it was just a year ago they moved)...I think this marks their 19th house together in 34 years of marriage!  That's A LOT of houses.  My mom pretty much rocks the moving process but she wanted some company so I quickly offered my assistance.  My dad was there for 2 hours when I arrived but he was heading to PA to their "new home".  We grabbed a bite and caught up before he left for the airport and we hit the pavement in Manhattan!

We went shopping - and got this dressing room -- we laughed so hard...and we only bought a pair of shoes on sale!  On a whim, we hopped in a cab after shopping in Columbus Circle and headed WAY south to Chinatown to do some shopping and tourist watching.  After getting some goods, we headed to Little Italy for dinner street-side.  We enjoyed people watching...the weather was beautiful!

This was my morning view...not bad at all!

We hit some shopping in SOHO (don't get excited, nothing fun in the VS bag ;)!  We had lunch at our favorite SOHO brasserie and shopped at all of our favorite spots!
That night we had dinner at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, it was BEAUTIFUL!!!!  We shared a salad, entree and the most incredible strawberry-rhubarb crisp for dessert!

The next day we took a pedi-cab ride to Tavern on the Green for lunch.  Our driver was from Africa and he shared his life story with us!  He also gave us quite a tour and lots of info about the city and park.  I had never taken a pedicab ride, I could have stayed on it all day, it was a blast!
He insisted we take a funny pic!

Tavern on the Green just reopened after a major renovation.  We ate outside.  It was really fun and another gorgeous day so we walked the park by the conservatory and lake before doing some more shopping on the upper East Side.
By this point, we had to buy me a pair of flip-flops because my heels were bleeding from all the walking we did...we didn't miss a thing we wanted to do!
That night we headed to Wicked on Broadway.  It is one of my favorites, I still have the music stuck in my head.  It is one of the longest running musicals on Broadway with a near sell-out crowd every night since 2003. WOW!  My parents apartment was just 8 blocks to the east of Broadway but what a difference 8 blocks makes...
Then it was time to get down to the business at hand and supervise while my mom ran errands to return some things.  I did slip out to grab a bite at this salad place I had been wanting to try.  The line was out the door and NYCers were waiting - it was a sign it was good and it was :).  Think Palmer's mixed salads on steroids!
I had to catch a flight home to my sweeties but I stopped by my mom's hotel room for a minute while I waited for the car and by coincidence I could see my parent's apartment building to the east!  It is the one with red and black...they were on the 31st floor!

And as if the trip wasn't magical enough, I exited the city over the bridge which I have never done before...normally they take you in the midtown tunnel.  It was a treat to ride across and admire the view.

 I was early to the airport so I had time to order my dinner via my waitress "I-pad"...think of how you used to phone in your order at Dairy Queen, 21st century style!  It was a fun treat with a booth for 1 and free wi-fi!

NYC was fun and we all said we will be back at some point.  We didn't get to go the 9/11 Memorial as it was open only to family at the time and still need to hit Ellis Island!  I guess we will have to go back again when the kids are older, Solon fell in love with it!

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