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


New York, NY…. One of the greatest cities on Earth. Just like Disney World, there is no way you can see it all on one visit. The first time I went to NYC I was just a child. We were on a family vacation and I remember I did not like it. It was loud, busy and intimidating. Today, that is the reasons I love it. New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. I started my love for NYC around the time of Sex and the City TV series. I think a lot of people began their interest of NY around that time too. I traveled through a few times and changed planes there but was unable to truly appreciate the place first hand as an adult. So I had a distant love affair and knew I’d visit eventually.

In February of 2011,  I got a wild hair and decided now was the time. Being the spontaneous person that I am, the trip had to happen then, right then. I really wanted my daughter to experience it as much as myself so I called her up and asked if she could get off work for a few days. Thankfully she said yes and she too was ready to go. I knew the places I wanted to go and started to plan the trip myself but realized it was harder than it looked to arrange it all. I passed on the responsibility to a travel agent knowing she would make this agenda a well scripted plan. And that she did! We were good to go…

We only had three full days available to play so we had to run non-stop in order to see it all. Well, obviously not all. We flew out early on a Tuesday morning with a lay over in Atlanta. I was more excited about seeing it all through the eyes of my daughter then for myself. When we arrived and fetched our luggage, we boarded a very crowded shuttle to our hotel. Just checking out the sights and sounds driving to our place was cool. We pulled up at The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel and were thrilled. It was exactly what I was hoping for. The limos were lined up in front and the bellman were there to bring us in. The flags were flying all across the front and you could not see the top of the building when you looked up. First class all the way.

After getting settled into our room we were both just itching to go exploring. We bundled up what we thought was enough and took to the streets. We walked a couple blocks to the center of Times Square and our frozen bodies and limbs we so ecstatic as we looked up at all the lights and screens above. We knew that our trip was a complete success even if nothing else were to happen. We went in and out of a few shops and met some very nice people. That night we went to Mary Poppins on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater. Wow and wow! After dinner that night, we headed for the bar to meet and greet with the locals.

Wednesday we went to The David Letterman Show and got to be in the audience. What a thrill. The process of waiting in line {freezing} and getting picked takes forever but was worth it. They tape it during the day and it shows at night. After the show we went on a double-decker bus tour of the city. We went to Brooklyn, Soho, Chinatown, Central Park, Harlem, Fifth Avenue and so much more.

Thursday was crunch time. We had one last day to run around and see as much as we can because we flew out that night. We took a different tour this time and saw Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Flatiron Building, Lower East Side, Cathedral of St John, a ferry ride around the Statue of Liberty and went to the top of the Rockefeller Center called Top of the Rock. Then it was time to go home. We took a stretch limo to the airport to soak in the last little bit of fun all the way to the end.

I wouldn’t have changed any part of the trip if I had it over to do again. It was a bit rushed but we did as much as we could with the time we had. There is still so much we both want to do there and look forward to a more extended trip next time. Kari wants to ride on the subway and we both want to hit the museums, among other things. The thing that surprised us both the most about NYC is that the locals were some of the friendliest and kindest people we had ever encountered. Thank you NYC and we look forward to seeing you again.




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