Part II: New York City
Monday, July 3 - Thursday, July 5
~10~Exchanging my gal pals for these guys, who aren't quite as chatty. But I made up for their lack of loquaciousness and told them all about my Washington DC adventures AND sang some Hamilton songs for them. I don't THINK any of them rolled their eyes.
~9~Our first time on Amtrak! Three hours from Washington's Union Station to New York's Penn Station, and after the past four days in which I daily hit 18,000+ steps, it was a NICE to just sit. AND doesn't our conductor looked EXACTLY what you would expect a train conductor to look like?
~8~Traveling light. Because we couldn't check in to our hotel right away once we arrived in NYC, we only carried backpacks. This way, we were able to hit the ground running. I'm quite proud that inside my little backpack (coffee cup for reference) was everything I needed for two nights and three days in the city although ... in full disclosure ... my makeup bag was in Joe's backpack.
~7~Our first glimpse of The Big Apple. I loved the look on the boys' faces when we exited Penn Station onto a busy, traffic-filled, horns-blaring, taxis-everywhere NYC street. We were all smiles, especially when we walked through Times Square. Could that place be any more CRAZY? We saw Batman, a Trump Impersonator, protestors, and one naked lady walking around with body paint and not much else. Actually, nothing else. Thankfully, the Naked Cowboy (have you heard about him?) was absent.
~6~Wicked on Broadway. For me, this meant TWO Broadway shows TWO nights apart in TWO different cities. It was wickedly good.
~5~Ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, both especially meaningful since we were there July 4. Interestingly, about an hour after we left they had to evacuate Liberty Island because a woman climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty and sat on Lady Liberty's toes holding a giant sign protesting something. It took three hours for NYC's finest to get her down.
~4~Eataly. Italian food. Italian grocery store. Italian restaurant. Very authentic Italian pizza. Need I say more?
~3~The United Nations. We ordered tickets before we left home and I'm so glad we did. Did you know that while the Bible is the most translated book in the world, the United Nations Human Rights Declaration is the most translated document in the world?
~2~The confession, which went like this: As we were checking out of our hotel Joe told everyone to make sure they had everything ... including chargers! In a very teen-like, snippy tone Timothy answers that YES he has everything. Thirty minutes later we were sitting in Penn Station when Timothy whispers to me that he forgot his brand new portable charger. I show him no mercy and tell him to go tell his dad. So he confesses to Joe, oozing charm right and left (just look at that smile). Then he redeems himself by calling the hotel and arranging for them to mail his charger back. All's well that ends well.
~1~Walking around the city. While we had a packed itinerary, we had the most fun walking. New York is a city of contradictions: rude and welcoming, dirty and beautiful, chaotic and invigorating, crazy and wonderful. It's also so much more than concrete and skyscrapers. And it has the best shop window displays. We loved every minute of it.