One of my best girlfriends and I recently returned from a trip to the big apple. We were hoping to take our ladies’ trip across the sea to Ireland, but that fell through so we settled instead for a pub in the East Village where the bartenders were all Irish. We had a great time and were the only tourists within 0.1 miles of the pub, so I’d say it was a successful alternative to Ireland.
But really, we had a fantastic time in Manhattan. The city never disappoints, and as always, it leaves you wanting more. and more. Mostly, more money. But hey, its more of something at least. We did *most* of the quintessential we-are-new-york-tourists type of things… Ellis Island, Chinatown, Broadway shows, and Central Park. New York is one of the cities that you can return to time and time again and have a completely different experience each time. It just never gets old. And, there is always more to see (and eat).
The first time I ventured to the city I had just graduated high school went with a school group. I remember feeling exhilarated trying to navigate the streets and subway by myself. Everything was just so BIG. and BUSY. I grew up in small-town-America, so it was a culture shock, in the best possible way. Then, a few years later, I returned with the hubby and we met some friends from Canada. It was freezing, and I experienced true snowfall for the first time. Central Park was magical covered in ice. Beyond that, the cold just royally sucked. This past week, we had a great time window shopping and just being girls in a big city.
We met some really kind (and unkind) people, made new friends at a bar, walked many miles in boots that were not made for walking, ate all the dim sum our heart could desire, and got mistaken for locals… a lot (how flattering!). Still, I haven’t even begin to touch the list of restaurants I want to try and shops I want to venture into so, until next time, NYC.