Alright, ladies and gentlemen. This is the last entry for my October vacay: New York. From what I had heard, it was a helluva town. That the Bronx was up, but the Battery was down. But I preferred to make my own assessment of the renowned city.
The morning we went to New York, we woke up bright and early (technically it was still dark, since it was like 5:00 a.m.), and Casey's aunt (as well as his mom) was kind enough to take us on a day long tour through the Big Apple. That woman knows her way around the city.
We saw nearly all of the major attractions, starting with Times Square. It was just as cool as it looks in the movies. Namely, Enchanted.
We stopped at F.A.O. Schwarz to check out the Big piano and other fun toy stuff. And to get my picture taken with a man-toy soldier who looks like he is ecstatic to be at work and dressed as a man-toy soldier.
I had my first Subway ride. It was thrilling beyond description. And dirty. Very dirty.
Central Park was beautiful. And gigantic. And beautiful. And a little dirty. But not as dirty as the subway.
We stopped by the 911 memorial. It was much bigger than I had expected. Reading the names on the memorial was quite an emotional experience for me. I am glad we went.
After a bit of cajoling, Casey convinced me to go to the top of the Empire State Building- and I'm glad he did.
The view was spectacular.
We went to many other places, including China Town, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, etc. I even had myself a cannoli. Yum. We also saw Sarah Jessica Parker as well as Snooki (although someone had to tell me who she was. I'm so out of the loop.). The last thing we did before we left, however, was go see a Broadway show. What better one to see than the longest running musical on Broadway: Phantom of the Opera. (Notice my cute NY hat? Awwww. I look like a tourist.)
And there's the stage! The performance was fantastic. Although Christine's voice kinda bugged. But whatev.
After the show, we hopped in the car and drove on back to VA for the night. I waved goodbye to the beautiful city which I had so easily fallen in love with. The energy of the city was so alive. I will totes be back to visit, for sure (see what I did there? I'm still trying to be cool.).
At the end of the day, I had concluded that New York was, indeed, a helluva town. And I love it.
See? I have proof.
On the ride back to Casey's mom's house (Friday), we started hearing rumors of a hurricane coming through on Sunday-Monday. We were scheduled to leave on Monday night. Luckily, the airline (bless you, Southwest) was able to move our flight up to Sunday afternoon, and we BARELY missed the huge Hurricane Sandy. Glad we got out of there when we did.
Whew! I'm finished with that exceedingly long update. It was quite a fun and adventure-filled trip.
Next you will hear all about Bali. A very relaxing and extremely wonderful vacation.
(Here's another little sample of it for you: )
If you need me, I'll be over here trying to convince myself (unsuccessfully) that I love the cold weather.