Spring Break 2014 – New York City

After going through a rough time at the end of January, Sean surprised me by telling me that we were headed to New York City and Boston for my spring break. He had really wanted to go over Valentine’s Day but for me to go during that time would have included a little unnecessary stress at work. Honestly, I am glad he held off and we went this week. I think it was probably a little bit warmer and a whole lot less snow.

What all did we cram into our short adventure to New England? Well, let me tell you. (P.S. we were exhausted when we got home.)

We started off the trip by riding the train from Wilmington to NYC. Penn Station in NYC is a crazy place. For those of you that are more familiar with flying, it is comparable to LAX. That is the best comparison I have for Penn Station. It is crazy.

Upon arriving we went straight to the hotel to drop off our luggage and then we started our adventure. We started with a late lunch at Sarabeth’s. I feel like this was where we first started to get a taste of the crowds of New York. The wait was about 30 minutes and there were a lot of people crammed into a very small space.

(We might have stopped by the Plaza so we could send my brothers an awesome Snapchat of Kevin McCalister asking for a room. P.S. it really is fabulous!)
It was unfortunately a little rainy but we had less than a mile to walk to the Guggenheim Museum. Sean knows how much of a fan I am of Frank Lloyd Wright and knew that I would enjoy seeing this building. The building was really interesting and very cool to see, that was where it ended, well kinda. The first gallery we walked into was one of Mr. Guggenheim’s original collection which included Monet, Picasso, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renior and a few more. This was very cool to see. I was proud of myself too that I could still pick out the artists from the art history course that I took my senior year in college. The main exhibit, on the other hand, was interesting but looked like someone had way too much time on their hands. Speaking of time, that was completely what the exhibit was about, the painting of dates. Starting in 1964, dates were painted every day, people met were documented, postcards were sent to people, and mpas of where he traveled were documented. It was interesting for a little bit and then it wore off.

After that it was off to 5th avenue, Apple store, FAO Schwartz, and Tiffany’s. It was incredibly fun to look around but no buying. I was perfectly happy looking. Large lego displays and large diamonds were on view everywhere.

Next stops included St. Patrick’s cathedral and Radio City Music Hall. Unfortunately the cathedral was under major renovation on the inside. The main outside doors though were absolutely gorgeous.

Radio City Music hall was fun to see from the outside! The New York Spring Spectacular was showing which features Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars. Had I known that I think I would have tried to get tickets.

It was back to the hotel to figure out dinner after that. We decided on Quality Meats, which was close by the hotel. It was great choice!

Sunday, we were up early to start our day. We were hoping to squeeze in as much as we could. A walk through Central Park led us to brunch at Loeb Boathouse. Unlike Saturday, Sunday turned out to be a much better day. The view from the boathouse was beautiful and I am sure it is even more beautiful during the summer months.
Even though we knew what all we wanted to accomplish for the day we had no clue what order we were going to mark things off the list. We chose to go to the Top of the Rock next. Talk about an awesome view of New York City. We both really enjoyed it, even though the wind was very brisk on the top. The views were awesome though.

Off to Times Square after that. There were so many people everywhere. We went to M&M World, the Disney Store, and Toys’r’us. The stores were huge.

We had more time than what we thought we were going to have so we ended up heading back over to 5th Avenue to go to the American Girl Doll Store and the Lego Store. Both were fun visits even though Sean doesn’t have many nice things to say about the new lego sets. He is still stuck in the 1990s and those Legos.

We made a quick pit stop at Rockefeller Center to see the ice skating. I can only imagine what the Christmas tree looks like there. I am sure it is amazing.

We headed back over to the Minksoff Theatre just off of Times Square. We thought that we were going to be able to get into the theatre early than what we were so we had to figure out something to do in the meantime. Well Guy Fieri’s restaurant was across the street so we took it to “Flavor Town” and had drinks.

Back at the Minksoff it was time to see my all time favorite show, “The Lion King”. It was almost better than I remembered it 11 years ago at the Kentucky Center. We had awesome seats too. Sean did an amazing job picking out the show and the tickets. I loved it!

Dinner on Sunday was at 44 1/2 on our way back from the theater. It was a little bit more than we expected but it was good food. The atmosphere was just a little interesting.

Monday morning was an early morning to get ready for Boston.

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