After Philadelphia it was off to NEW YORK CITY! We spent a quick 2 days there, briefly meeting my mother who was there on business, and squeezing in as many icons of the city as we could. I love New York and have been several times with Tim, wandering the parks, neighborhoods and shops by myself while he works. While I was thrilled to show it all to the kids, it is not a vacation I will repeat with children any time soon! Here are the highlights.
On the steps of the New York Public Library
New York City architecture
A Broadway play - we sang the showtunes all the way home!
The city streets
Chasing pigeons in Central Park
A carriage ride through the park
Favorite stores to visit
We stopped at Zabar's Deli (one of my NY "must sees") and picked up olives, salami, cheese, bread and pears for a picnic in the park. I also stocked up on my favorite tea to bring home.
We headed south to Battery Park to take a peek at the harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
We attempted to take the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building but decided it was not worth the hour and a half in line or the oppressive crowds.
By the time we hit Times Square, Saturday evening, the stars in our eyes had begun to fade. We pressed on to our last stop, the Toys'R'Us the kids had been itching to see. We pushed through the revolving doors, took one look at the total chaos and wall to wall people, and kept right on pushing, circling right back out onto the crowded streets.
We had fallen hard for NYC but just as quickly our relationship soured. Crowds, noise, tired and dirty children, weary mama and daddy. Party's over! Farewell to the city that never sleeps. We need a long nap. Let's get out of here!