Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New York City: In a Nutshell

Oh, New York City.

It dampened my spirit to leave, and I was planning my next trip before we even left.

The cozy room we stayed in, at the Tuscany in Midtown East area. We loved staying here. It was a restful haven after the hustle & bustle of the big city all day. It was far quieter than Times Square, which is an area in which we were told several times we should stay. I say skip the crowds and noise, and venture over to a calmer side of town. The hotel was still still only 2 or 3 blocks from Grand Central, so getting around was easy breezy! Not to mention, we were surrounded with an amazing selection of coffee and dining! (Then again, it's New York City. When are you not?!)

Loved the carpet in the room! All around, great decor and ambience.

The first evening there, we took it easy. Grabbed some coffee from 2beans and strolled down to Grand Central.... and then to some shopping and Times Square.

I thought the ceiling in the main concourse was so intriguing. 

Speaking of 2beans.....I wished I could have taken this place home with me!

The quintessential visit to Times Square!

I was electrified at the motion, lights, excitement, frenzy and all-around energy and vibe of NYC, particularly this area! We Texans tend to be pretty laid back! 

We stopped a friendly European family and asked for them to take a photo of us. We returned the favor!

SO.....I have this thing for macarons! I also have this little thing for anything & everything that reminds me in any shape, form or fashion--of France!! (I've had the itch to go back lately!) So we were headed for another breakfast restaurant, when we stumbled upon this adorable little Paris-inspired cafe! They had an immense collection of macaron flavors and splendid coffee as well! We went for breakfast every morning! 

Speaking of Breakfast!! One morning I had quite the large appetite, so I opted for a sandwich from the lunch menu. So divine!! And, we shared the Nutella crepes for a dessert---after breakfast! Hey, it was our anniversary! ;)

We then strolled down to Rockefeller Center......

((I had to take a selfie infront of the Today Show and send it to my momma---I grew up with the Today show as our morning soundtrack every single day... Seeing it was pretty much the cat's pajamas.))

And for the record (because I'm obsessive) here's the selfie.

No sooner did we round the corner, we ran into Joss Christensen, Olympic Gold medalist in men's freestyle skiing in Sochi just the week before. We also met Gus & Nick (silver & bronze). Meeting these three guys that made history- that was pretty incredible!

We then went to the very top. Goes without saying that it was a fascinating view of one of the most amazing cities in the world.

Our next venture was to meet Lady Liberty herself.

What an incredible experience! This was one of the only times in my life I can say that I was speechless, in total awe. She was so immense and simply majestic.

Strolled down Wall Street while we were in Lower Manhattan...I felt like I was in a movie!!!...I always wanted to be an extra!

Photo fun during a quick subway ride!

This is 1 WTC, the new World Trade Center.

Ground Zero was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. Not many have ever, or will ever come close to this.

We spent quite a long time here. I am at a loss for words to describe what this view, above, did to me. 

Friday was rainy for most of the day, so we spent it exploring a few neighborhoods such as Soho, Greenwich Village, Upper East side to name a few....we made quite the full circle! But we ended the afternoon by slowing down a bit and enjoying the Art of the Metropolitan

I will definitely be making my way here again our next trip! 

This mocha had to be one of the best that's ever graced my tastebuds. That's all!

And this berry tart....don't get me started! Thoroughly enjoyed this cute little cafe, Le Pain Quotidien. If you're reading this, you owe it to yourself and your overall well-being to order this Brunette Organic Hazelnut Spread. You are welcome in advance. I just husband saw me looking at it to acquire the link and hence commanded me to order a jar. We wanted to buy a jar that day, but didn't for fear of our luggage being overweight on the way home! I couldn't afford another ounce.


This was just my short & sweet montage of our 5th anniversary trip to New York City. Yes, 5th!! This trip was in every sense of the word, inspiring, relaxing, and pure fun. Stephen & I love to travel together. We love to venture to a place in which we are completely unfamiliar, and learn the ropes by way of hitting the streets and becoming acquainted with locals. 

Are there any sights, museums, shopping, restaurants, or any other "local" experiences you recommend in NYC? We're already planning our next trip back, and hope to take family and/or friends along! 

I am happy to have finally spruced up this blog with a post! Thank you for visiting, 



Chandra said...

I neeeeeed to go back! Brandon and I have stayed in Manhattan and Brooklyn on two separate occassions, and when we go back next time, I'm not sure where we will stay. I love me some NYC!


Chandra said...

Oh! Our favorites:
I like hitting up as many thrift stores as I can while in Brooklyn (especially Beacon's Closet).

We had a delicious Japanese dinner at Megu, great dessert from Magnolia, and sadly...I can't remember the place we went to for a Southern inspired brunch. Katz Deli was delicious, and we also ate pizza at the original pizza place (Lombardi's). Oh...yeah. We ate a lot.

We also happened to catch a Broadway show, and that was fabulous!



Brittany Rivers said...

Hey Chandra! Thanks for sharing, it all sounds amazing! There quite a few things we did that went undocumented, unfortunately :/ We did eat at a TON of amazing places- WOW- Some of the best food I've ever experienced! Also, I looked into thrift/vintage shops, but I didn't really have time to fully delve into it. I found a few vintage & consignment shops in Soho, but they were extremely expensive. Albeit, I found some very nice designer items, just nothing I was really looking for. Will definitely make time our next visit for sure!

Britt said...

Thank you for posting! I always have enjoyed reading your blog, since you and Stephen became engaged.

Joanne said...

Looks like a wonderfully glorious trip! And a very very happy anniversary!

Thanks for sharing, as I have never been to NYC and really want to go ;)