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Saturday, July 14, 2012

New York City Vacation



For part 2 of my vacation, click here
For part 3 of my vacation, click here

My vacation to the northeast was so incredible!  I was able to do so much in a short amount of time and I loved every minute of it!  Over the course of 8 days, I went to 8 different states.  Here is a recap of my trip with lots of pictures.  

I was originally going to NYC for work, but since I had never been to the northeast I decided to extend my trip and try to see as much as possible while I was there.  On Sunday evening I left Dallas and headed to NYC.  I arrived late at night and had to be at client meetings early in the morning.  We stayed at the Hilton Millenium right across from the 9/11 memorial and the new Freedom Tower that they are building.  The views from my hotel room were amazing!

I had the best view of the new Freedom Tower that's being built right outside of my window


9/11 Memorial from my hotel room window
 On Monday we had client meetings all day and then had dinner with our team.  We went to a great italian restaurant called Il Buco and they just kept bringing more courses.  It was fabulous!

 Again on Tuesday we had work meetings all day.  The building where we had all our client meetings was directly across the street from Grand Central Station.  This was the view from the window where we had our meetings.


During lunch I walked across the street with one of my coworkers to see Grand Central Station.  It was so beautiful and looks exactly like it does in the movies!


Tuesday night we went with some coworkers to dinner and then Jennifer and I went to see a play.  We saw Harvey with Jim Parsons from Big Bang Theory.  It was a really good show and he was so funny.  The play was at Studio 54.  It was so cool to go to a place that had so much history.  


After the play, we walked around Times Square.  I was seriously so in awe of all the lights and the people.  It is an incredible feeling to be down there and see it in person!




Me on the bus
Wednesday we only had to work for half of the day and then everyone was leaving to go to the airport. This is when I decided to extend my trip and venture out on my own for the next 5 days.  I bought tickets to ride around on the double decker tour buses because I thought that would be the best and cheapest way for me to see a lot in a short amount of time.  They had several different loops of the city and I could get on and off as much as I wanted.  It was great, I got to see so much and it was good to have the tour guides tell you what all you were seeing as you drove around.  I got my tickets and started out the tour on Wednesday afternoon.  It was a little after lunch time and I hadn't eaten much so I decided to get a pretzel from one of the street vendors.  Big mistake!  After maybe 15 minutes of being on the tour I started to feel like it got stuck and was miserable.  Thankfully nobody was sitting down at the bottom part of the bus so I went down there.  I threw up 3 times on the bus and still felt bad so I decided I just needed to get off the bus and walk around a little.  It was a horrible feeling!  I felt so bad.  The great part though was that I ended up getting off the bus in this really cool area of town (upper east side) and found a nice restroom at the General Grant National Memorial.  I didn't even know that was there.  Then I found an amazing church called The Riverside Church that was my favorite by far!  If I wouldn't have gotten sick and got off the bus, I never would have gone in there.


I finally started to feel better and got back on the tour.  On Wednesday I took the Uptown Tour and went around all of uptown and Harlem.

Wednesday evening I had dinner reservations at a restaurant called Craft.  It's owned by Tom Colicchio from Top Chef and I had heard that it's amazing.  So I went there for dinner.  It was fabulous!


After dinner, I decided to go on the bus night tour loup.  It takes you around New York and over to Brooklyn so you can get pictures of the skyline.  Unfortunately when I was about to get on the bus it started pouring down raining.  I debated about not going, but decided it was my last night in NYC to be able to do it and it doesn't matter if I get all wet.


Fortunately about 10 minutes into the tour it stopped raining and was a beautiful, cool night.  I was able to get some great pictures and the clouds really made them beautiful!


After the tour was over I walked around Times Square a little more and then walked around Rockefeller center and a few other areas.  Everything was so beautiful at night!






Thrusday was my last full day in NYC.  I got up early and decided to start with going to the 9/11 memorial.  I had to wait in line for tickets to get in.  It was definitely a hard and sobering experience, but it was incredible to be there and think about all that happened there and all the lives that were lost.




After that I got back on the bus and did the downtown tour loop.  The weather was so amazing the whole time I was there and it felt so good outside!  




Next up I had tickets for a boat tour around NYC.  It was a 90 minute tour and it was so great to see so many places from the water and get a different perspective on the city.  The part of the tour I was looking forward to the most was seeing the Statue of Liberty.  I loved every minute of it!


I still had more time before I needed to leave NYC, so I decided to take the uptown bus tour loop again since I was feeling bad for most of it the day before.  It was great to see so much of New York!






Once the bus tour was over, I decided to walk around central park. It was so beautiful!  It's so cool how this huge beautiful park is in the middle of this big city.


Right when I was almost done it started raining, so I decided to go into the Plaza Hotel and hang out there until it stopped raining.  I'm so glad I ended up going in there because it was so beautiful.  But the whole time I was in there I kept thinking about Home Alone, haha!



Once it stopped raining, I walked around a little more and then headed back to the hotel to get my suitcase and then out to Jersey City to pickup my rental car and go to Long Island to spend the night in Montauk.  It was crazy because I decided to get a rental car outside of the city so that I wouldn't have to drive in Manhattan.  Jersey City was the closest and cheapest place.  I made my reservation to pickup the car at 7:00.  What they didn't tell me is that the place closed at 7:00 and when I got there, nobody was there.  The cab driver dropped me off at this parking garage that the rental car place was in and then left, when I realized that they were closed, I was in this parking garage all by myself with all my luggage and couldn't get my car.  It was really scary, but thankfully there was a parking attendant there that was really nice and helped me out.  I had to end up canceling my reservation and tried to make a new one.  There were no places open or places that had cars available anywhere close to me, but I ended up getting a car service and having them take me to Newark Airport to get a car there.  It was crazy and pretty scary there for a little while, but everything turned out okay.

The whole time I was in NYC I was thinking that there is no way I would have been able to do all of this if I weighed what I used to at 85 pounds more.  It was so nice to be able to do and see all that I wanted to do and not let my weight hold me back!  When I got back I actually lost 2 pounds being on vacation, so it must have been from all that walking!

Stay tuned for the next blog on the rest of my trip!  I have hundreds of pictures, so if you want to see more, I'll post the links to my Facebook albums below.






25 comments:

  1. Great photos! You look absolutely gorgeous:)

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  2. Glad you enjoyed NYC!! I always love visiting NYC!!

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  3. Look at you, looking all sharp in that suit! I love all the pictures, thanks for sharing your experience. :)

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    1. Haha, thanks! Fitting into that suit again was a huge NSV for me!

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  4. Hi Andrea, what awesome photos of NYC, you are looking amazing my dear!! I would love to visit there someday, especially after seeing all the great places you shared with us!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, you definitely need to visit NYC!

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  5. Wow what beautiful pictures thank you for posting

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  6. Great. Valuable information i get from here. I search this information from long time.Thanks for publish.

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  7. Wow! You saw everything!!!! You also look super cute!

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    1. I feel like I saw so much of NYC, but I can't wait to go back and spend more time there!

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  8. Incredible pictures.

    8 states in 8 days? I am going to come to you for advice before my future US summer tour. How on earth did you manage that one. xx

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    1. Haha, well I was by myself so it made it a little easier. My schedule was jam packed, but so worth it!

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  9. Love all the pics! Looks like you had a great time!!

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  10. So stinkin cool!! It looks like you had a great time and got some stunning pictures! :)

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    1. Thank you! It was an amazing trip!

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  11. love love love your pictures! sorry about the pretzel episode. I used to love hot pretzels and cheese pre-band. now that I'm banded, it is just too dense. grrrr!

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    1. Thanks! Oh me too! Pretzels were one of my favorite things, but not so much anymore :/ That's probably a good thing, haha!

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  12. Such great pics! I was in NYC in June. Such a great atmosphere. Like no where else on Earth.

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  13. I wish I knew you were here! I would have loved to catch up. If you make it up again for any reason, def let me know. I could have given you "Ivy's Tour of NYC". It's a much more personal tour, and it involves my driving through the city, lots of honking and cursing, and a very real view of what it's like to live here. lol next time lady!

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