This past weekend I went to New York for a family event. We surprised my grandmother for her 80th birthday and my family, Cousins, Aunts and Uncles all met up for the celebration.
While we were there, Sam and I stayed with my cousin at her home and had a few adventures once the party was over.
Sunday we visited part of Fire Island, and sat on the deck of an outdoor bar/grill listening to an amazing band play cover songs. We even went in the water and jumped into some waves. I was pleasantly surprised to find the ocean felt like bathwater. So different from the beaches near us!
I tend to forget how tired being at the beach can make you once you're home...I thought I was being sneaky catching Sam fall asleep, but not even five minutes later I fell asleep too...
Monday was a big day for me, as I have never been to New York City, and had the chance to experience it for the first time.
Granted, next time I visit anywhere new, I'll make sure to NOT drop my camera off for a cleaning the week before a trip...I can't tell you how bummed I was to not have my A7r with me for this trip - but Sam had hers, so I borrowed it for a few shots and played the tourist card by taking some snaps with my phone (oh well...at least its something...).
We went to Central Park Zoo and wandered in and out of exhibits before watching a "4D" Ice Age clip. Let me tell you, that was quite the interesting experience...while I was all for snowflakes that fell from the ceiling, and laughed when we got spritzed with water at various points, the quick jab in the back when the onscreen character got poked was pretty unpleasant...luckily they made up for it with bubbles.
After the park, we walked around until we found somewhere to eat lunch. At this point we had already walked three miles, and it was pretty hot/humid in the city, so I was ecstatic to sit down in some AC and munch on a sandwich.
We took our time with lunch before heading back out, and the first thing I saw was the Nintendo Store - I decided for everyone that we would be visiting said store. Not only was there a plethora of Nintendo gear (I came reeeeally close to a shirt and stuffed Yoshi...), but also figurines, and a station with DS controllers connected together so a group of people could play. I'm pretty sure I was more excited than the 8 year old boy I pushed past to get inside.
Next on our list of sites to visit was Rockefeller Center.
It looks totally different in Summer vs Winter, especially after seeing so many pictures of people skating in a space that was currently filled with couches and umbrellas.
There was also a plaque on the ground that we are pretty sure signifies the spot the giant Christmas Tree is supposed to go.
From there we visited the Lego Store, and walked over to St Patrick's Cathedral.
While we didn't go all the way inside (there were quite a few people), I did take a few pictures of the breathtaking architecture inside and stood in awe of the stained glass windows, and the colors they cast on the pillars within.
Once we had finished admiring the church, we continued on to Radio City, where I glimpsed my first siting of a comicbook character walking around.
This was something I saw much more of once we made it over to Times Square, where I was stopped by a Spiderman (I say "a" because there were about 10 different Spider...uh...men) who was convinced I must be MaryJane with my red-hair and insisted we take a picture together before warning me to watch out for the green-goblin (...maybe I should have charged him for MY picture-haha) before I scurried away from the masses of people/shops.
Around this point my feet started getting sore (I'll admit I'm not used to walking around that much), and we were all getting a bit tired. We ducked into a pizza place to hydrate and rest a bit before deciding we were ready to start the journey back. It was only at this point I realized we were going to try leaving the city at the same time as everyone else...right as people got out of work...
...I've never seen so many men in business suits run so fast before...nor have I felt so similar to a sardine while standing at the crosswalk.
Lucky for us, we were quick enough that we made it to the next train (my cousin did have to call a friend to meet us at the end so we could be dropped off at our car - seeing as the next train going to our station wasn't going to be available until two plus hours after we were ready to leave) and found seats (again, getting pretty well acquainted with how sardines feel!).
Not long after we made it to our car, we all started getting hungry, so we stopped by to visit my cousin's husband at his work and grab a bite to eat. By the time we made it home, we realized we had walked over 7 miles/ over 15,000 steps...I'm very proud of my converse for holding up as well as they did!
All too quickly, we were waking up and heading back home, but I am so happy with our experience and all of the amazing things we were able to see...and that's only the beginning of our tourist adventures! I've already begun planning our next trip back (now that I have a better lay of the land), and what our next adventure will include...I'm thinking something tall...
Can't wait for the next trip!
Have you been to The Big Apple? What's your favorite place to visit? I'll be adding ideas to my "New York" list, so make sure they're good!