I am still on such a high from the big apple! I love it so much! There is so much to see and do and to just look around at! Since this was the boyfriend’s first time I knew we had to hit all the sights. We took a red eye flight and got to the city at 10 am. And then the adventuring began! Because we had so many things we wanted to do we decided to write down by days what we wanted to see and do.
Day 1: Arrived at the apartment, went to brunch, came back for a nap, took our first subway ride to Times Square to soak in all the bright lights. Then we wandered down a street to get dinner in our first Irish Pub for the week!
Day 2: Started out with some coffee, then it was off to the Brooklyn Bridge we went. Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and then went to the park below. Followed by lunch at Juliana’s. Delicious. Then we continued on to Wall Street, saw the Charging Bull, walked over to the 9/11 Fountains, and then went to Little Italy for dinner. And I got suckered into this amazing leather purse! A lot of walking for sure on this day!
Day 3: Went out to brunch to begin our Sunday Funday. Then headed over to Central Park and we walked around for a bit. Got my hot dog off of a street cart! Then we walked through Strawberry Fields to the Natural History Museum and spent a few hours there. Lots of walking again, so we were exhausted, but then we stumbled upon McGee’s -the pub that inspired How I Met Your Mother, which gave us a second wind! We spent like 4 hours there just relaxing and then we headed to a tavern bear the apartment and played pool. Because we’re cool like that.
Day 4: Went back to Times Square to check it out during the day, which was still just as crazy. Then we walked over to get our tickets for the Top of the Rock. While we were waiting for our time to go, we got lunch and walked around and checked out all the stores in the area. Then we got to head to the top! And take in absolutely amazing views of the entire city. My favorite view ever. Then on our way to find dinner we stopped by Grand Central Station, probably the most incredible building. The hustle and bustle in there is insane and so awesome!
Day 5: Since the rain hadn’t appeared yet, we went to the USS Intrepid to check out the Sea, Air, and Space Museum. Don’t ask why, but I have always wanted to go on an aircraft carrier at some point in my life. So this museum was awesome. We also got to walk through a submarine! Then we found a place to eat and relax for a bit until Kaitlyn and I discovered that Lo Bosworth was doing a meet and greet in SoHo. So we jetted over there!
Day 6: Rainy day. Like the rainiest. So we slept in a little and then headed to the 9/11 Memorial Mueseum for the day. It was the perfect day for it. We were there for nearly 4 hours! This was truly the most amazing experience ever. The museum is incredible and it’s something everyone needs to experience. It is so sobering being there. It’s also the quietest museum we’d gone in. Not because you couldn’t talk, but because the entire thing is like a huge memorial to everyone and everything that was lost that day. Truly heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. Definitely got me a little misty. That was all we did that day. It was too rainy to walk around so we were running down the streets and got completely soaked. The rest of the evening included bar hopping as we attempted to dry off.
Day 7: Total sightseeing day. We took the subway to Washington Square Park, went to Peanut Butter and Co. for lunch, saw the Flatiron building, and stopped by the LOVE sculpture for some pics! We also spent some time in Central Park and just walking around. The boyfriend got a little sick this day so we headed back to the apartment so he could rest. And we ordered in – Mac ‘n Cheese! Yum!
Day 8: Liberty Island and Ellis Island! This was something I’d never done before, so I was super stoked on it. We got to walk around the Statue of Liberty and then cruised over to Ellis Island, where we all got to look up our ancestors in the book (online database). That was super amazing as I found my Great Great Grandfather’s name! And he came here with only $20 in his pocket! Then later that night we watched the Mets game in a bar, then went to the top of the Empire State Building to check out the city night lights! It was sooo cold up there so we hung out for a bit and then went back to watching the Mets game!
Day 9: This was a slight hangover day…like we couldn’t get our lives together until about 4:00 pm. We finally crawled out of the apartment and went to Bryant Park and checked out the shops and watched the ice skaters. Then we went to watch the Halloween Parade! There were so many people it took like 15 minutes just to get out of the subway station. And then once we were done watching the parade, we had to walk around forever to figure out how to get home. This was our last night, so we went and got some pizza and beer and took it back to the apartment and relaxed while we packed up. Nice calming way to end the trip.
Day 10: Time to head home 😦 Luckily, the night before I called a car company and arranged for them to come pick us up to take it to the airport. Except for the fact that I woke up at 7:00 am to get ready to leave and I got a text saying my car was waiting for me. PANIC!! That was the morning of the time change so apparently his clock never changed and he showed up an hour early. But he hung out until we were ready thank goodness. And then we got to the airport to fly home and say goodbye to one crazy amazing vacation.
Can’t wait for our next adventure! And I promise next week, we will be moving on with bigger and better things 😉