December 30, 2011

Weekend in New York

We actually went to New York in July, I'm just now getting around to posting about our amazing trip.  Since the kids were at Camp Grandma and Bompa, we decided to take advantage of a free weekend and head to New York.  I hadn't been in many, many years and K. had never been.

We left Friday afternoon on the Vamoose Bus to New York.  There was a lot of traffic so we didn't get to Manhattan and checked into our hotel until around 9 or so.   We had a great recommendation from a Vibrant Colleague for a restaurant in Little Italy.  It was wonderful and at his recommendation, we had the deep fried calzone - yummy!  It was glorious to sit outside at 10:30 on a warm summer night and watch the people go by.

The next day we took one of those Hop On / Hop Off tours and explored New York.  But first we made a pilgrimage to the famous Essa Bagel.   Yummy whitefish on pumpernickel!

The Hop On / Hop Off tour is a great way to see a lot of the city in a day.  We had a great time on the open top of the double decker bus.  First we saw lower Manhattan.  And then we stopped for a rest at the Plaza and got some lunch and walked through Central Park.  After that we toured upper Manhattan finishing up at the Metropolitan Museum.  It was very crowded so we hopped a cab and headed to the new High Line Park through lower Manhattan.  It's this glorious urban park that has been built on old elevated train rails and winds through several blocks. There were lots of people promenading and several vendors selling refreshments.  I got a Latin-style popsickle - super yummy!

We then strolled through some neighborhoods stopping at one point for some great NY style pizza.  Eventually we ended up at the Staten Island ferry and from another Vibrant tip - took the free ferry to see the Statue of Liberty around sunset.  It was beautiful!

We walked up the east side of the island through different neighborhoods and got a late night snack before heading back to the hotel - we were exhausted!

The next morning we headed back to DC and more Portuguese studying!  It was a whirlwind, but loads of fun.

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