THESE STREETS WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BRAND NEW

IT’S MY HAPPY PLACE.  IN NEW YORK!  I WAS ONCE EXPOSED AND NOW I’M HOOKED TO THE CONCRETE JUNGLE! SARA, NATALIE AND I HAD PLANNED THIS TRIP TO NYC BACK IN DECEMBER 2008.  THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE TO START OFF THE HOLIDAYS THAN THE BIG APPLE!   

WE WERE FOURTUNATE TO STAY AT THE WESTIN OFF BROADWAY AND WHAT A WAY TO START THE TRIP IN A NICE HOTEL WITH QUITE A LARGE ROOM!    

    

SARA FLEW IN FROM OKC AND I MET HER IN JERSEY FROM DFW.  THE FLIGHT, ALTHOUGH A SHORT TIME, WAS MUCH LONGER BEING BY MYSELF.  I DON’T DO WELL WHEN I HAVE NO ONE TO TALK TO AND THIS TIME I WASN’T INTERESTED TALKING TO THE GUY ON THE PLANE THAT STOLE MY WINDOW SEAT.    

AS SOON AS WE ARRIVED, WE UNLOADED OUR LUGGAGE, TOOK OFF FOR LUNCH AND TOURED THE CITY.   

     

     

ALL OF THE DECORATIONS ARE MASSIVE AND OVER THE TOP, WHICH WE LOVE!    

    

   

TRACY MET US LATER ON THAT DAY WHEN SHE FINALLY ARRIVED IN NYC AFTER A DAY FULL OF DELAYS!   

THE NEXT DAY WE DID SOME MORE TRAVELING BY FOOT TO SEE THE SITES.   

   

IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS WITHOUT THE TREE.  

  

     

BUT EVEN MORE SO FOR ME, IS THE SWAROVSKI STAR…      

     

I WANT IT.    

ON SUNDAY, IT RAINED ALL DAY SO WE WENT TO ROCK OF AGES ON BROADWAY TO STAY DRY.  LATER THAT EVENING, WE THOUGHT WE’D TRY TO GET AS MANY RESTURANTS IN AS WE COULD.  SO WE STARTED OUT AT SARDIS FOR  DRINKS AND APPETIZERS, TOOK A CAB ACROSS THE CITY TO CONTINUE OUR FOOD VENTURE…  

TO QUALITY MEATS BECAUSE, WELL, THEY ARE!   

    

AFTER HIGH HOPES FOR MORE PLACES, WE’D FILLED UP ON APPETIZERS BUT THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR DESSERT.  SO WE STOOD IN LINE FOR OVER AN HOUR TO TRY SERENDIPITY’S LEGENDARY ICE CREAM SUNDAES.  WE ALL ROLLED BACK TO THE HOTEL.    

MONDAY, THE WEATHER HAD CLEARED UP AND WAS SUPPOSED TO BE OUR LAST FULL DAY.  SO WE USED THE MORNING UP IN CENTRAL PARK.  IS THERE ANY BETTER PARK?  ANYWHERE??    

    

    

    

    

   

 

WE HAD LUNCH AT THE FAMOUS BOATHOUSE WHERE CARRIE (SATC) FALLS INTO THE POND.   

BEING NOT MUCH OF A MEAT EATER ANYMORE, I WAS STOKED WHEN THEY HAD ORGANIC CHICKEN ON THE MENU AND I ATE IT UP!  

  

    

THE REST OF OUR DAY CONSISTED OF MORE WALKING, SHOPPING AND MAYBE A FEW SNACK STOPS.    

DAYLIGHT FADE FASTS WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN SO WE FORFIETED CHANGING BEFORE DINNER AND CONTINUED ON WITH OUR NIGHT UNTIL THE LATE HOURS!   

NYC DURING CHRISTMAS BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN YA!  I’M SEEING A HOLIDAY CARD IN THIS ONE…    

 

SARA AND I HAD BEEN STRUGGLING WITH LEAVING THE NEXT DAY AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY AN EXTRA NIGHT AT THE HOTEL.  WHILE WALKING DOWN A SIDE STREET BACK TO OUR ROOM, OUR FEET ON FIRE FROM THE DAY, OUR FACE FROZEN FROM THE COLD AND OUR DEPRESSION KICKING IN QUICKLY, WE SAW A SIGN…    

  *DO NOT BE JEALOUS OF MY HAIR, YOU TOO CAN HAVE THIS FABULOUS WIND BLOWN, STRINGY LOOK BY FOLLOWING THE STEPS FROM ABOVE.   

   

…AND SO WE DID!   

 OUR NEW LAST FULL DAY AND LAST MORNING WITH NATALIE STARTED OFF WITH BRUNCH AT PRUNE (ALSO MADE FAMOUS IN SATC).  

WE WERE A LITTLE LATE FOR BREAKFAST SO WE HAD DESSERT.  I’M PRETTY SURE THEY WERE FRIED CHERRIES WITH POWDERED SUGAR.  HEY, IT’S THE HOLIDAYS!     

AFTER SAYING OUR SAD GOODBYES TO NATALIE, SARA AND I WONDERED THE STREETS OF LOWER MANHATTAN.  ALL DAY LONG!     

OUR LAST TOURIST STOPS TOOK PLACE AT THE TREE AT THE ROCK AND A STOP AT MAGNOLIA BAKERY FOR A CUPCAKE (OR 3, EACH).  

    

SARA AND I CLOSED OUR TRIP WITH A ROOF TOP BAR AT THE PENINSULA.  IT OVER LOOKED THE CITY SO WE HAD AN AMAZING VIEW.  LOTS OF PRESTIGIOUS TYPE PEOPLE SEEMED TO CALL THIS THEIR SPOT.  WE MADE FRIENDS WITH A DESIGNER SUIT TAILOR AND HIS FRIEND WHO WRITES ARTICLES FOR A TRAVEL MAGAZINE, I BELIEVE IT WAS CALLED TRAVEL AND LEISURE!     

AND SINCE WE NO LONGER HAD NATALIE WITH US…     

OUR FAREWELL SHOT!  

AIN’T NO OTHER CITY, IT’S TRUE    

AIN’T NO OTHER CITY BUT YOU  

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~ by BrittandJJnZ on December 19, 2009.

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