This football season the team had a bye week. This is unprecedented for us in October! And my loving husband decided to spend his 1st free weekend in October in more than 15 years (yes, since he was in high school) taking me to New York City!
I was beyond thrilled! It's always a logistical struggle to have the kids cared for and we had been super busy with work, so I didn't know if traveling for the weekend was the best idea…but it totally was! We were only gone Friday afternoon through Sunday evening, but it felt like a much needed break!
|A freedom selfie after dropping off the kids|
We got to our hotel in Times Square around 10 pm and decided we needed to take a walk, look at the lights and have a midnight snack!
The next morning we were going to get up early and hit up the morning show outdoor audiences, but it was Halloween and their time outside was limited because of the costumes so we missed it :(
So let the day of tourism begin…we packed a lot into 1 day!
|view of the city from Belvedere Castle in Central Park|
After our bike ride through Central Park we visited the Lego Store in Rockefeller Center because we knew that would be a hit with the kids. Kyle and I painstakingly made them each a Lego figure that fit them ;) That was the only shopping we did all weekend…yes we're old and parents ;)
Then we hopped on the subway to the legendary Katz's Deli. It's known for its delicious food, but it was also featured in the movie "When Harry Met Sally."
After lunch we headed to One World Trade Center to see the 9/11 memorial. This was a surreal destination, because the last time I visited NYC I stayed in the World Trade Center. Four months later was 9/11. It was a very well done, moving memorial.
|A few of the city skyline from the ferry|
After viewing the Statue of Liberty it was nice to give our feet a rest on the ferry ride.
From there we got on the subway and headed to the Brooklyn Bridge.
That was my 1 request for the weekend, walk the Brooklyn Bridge. I know it's strange, but I had never seen it in person. Kyle was a little skeptical, but there was NY style pizza awaiting us on the other side so he obliged. The picture above is the NY skyline from the bridge.
Bridge selfless of our faces and our feet…they were getting pretty tired by this point
|love the random flower markets throughout the city|
This whole trip was somewhat spontaneous. We didn't even decide to go until about a week before. Then the Royals made it to the World Series…I looked the Series schedule because I thought it would be quite the coincidence if Kyle's beloved Royals were playing in the World Series in the NY while we were there…well it just so happened they were scheduled to play the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday night…it seemed like fate…until I looked at ticket prices…the least expensive $1200 each…wamp, wamp
So, we did the next best thing we went to the stadium. They were streaming the audio so we could here the game. They also had TV monitors set up at the ESPN booth so we watched from there for awhile. Then we visited the World Series store, which only had Mets gear :( We tried to get into a sports bar at the stadium, but there cover charge was a bit too high for us to subject ourselves to a bunch of rowdy Mets fans. Finally, we just decided to head to a sports bar closer to our hotel. We watched the game there until the Royals took the lead late in the game. Then Kyle wisely suggested we watch the rest of the game in our hotel room ;)
|This is the closest we could get…looking into the stadium|
We fell into bed exhausted from a long, fun day of activities. We awoke the next morning and got ready to hit the road…but not before a stop at Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake ;)