2009/216: Vacation, Part 5
Friday, July 3, 2009 was probably the single most exhausting day of our whole trip. The day we went to New York City!
It all started out perfectly with a breakfast of fresh bagels and coffee at Dalia’s. After breakfast we headed to the nearby bus station and took the bus to the subway. One thing about the NYC subway: been there, done that, never want to do it again!!
First stop was Heaven B&H, where, unfortunately I didn’t get to buy a souvenir. Greg suggested an external hard drive, but what would I want that for? (don’t answer that!). The kids were happy to be there, because there were bowls of candy on every other shelf and they just kept helping themselves…. and I’m sure they were followed by employees who refilled the bowls again!
I think Dalia attracts the rain, because it rained again that morning. Just a light rain that didn’t last very long, and then the weather played along for the rest of the day.
Leaving B&H we walked…. and walked… and walked… and walked some more, I don’t even know through which parts of NYC, until Greg finally had enough and put his foot down and insisted on taking a cab to wherever the Merrill Lynch Bull was. Never did see it, but that’s OK. From there we walked some more… to Ground Zero…
… then a memorial dedicated to the fallen police officers of New York City, where even the kids found some photo ops. Max and Sara were so cute, taking pictures of each other and then looking at them on the LCD.
… then to Battery Park where we stopped for a bite to eat, and look for souvenirs. The girls each picked a pink NYC hat.
Then we took the subway to Times Square. WOW!! Pure craziness! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people in one place! We were probably lucky that we didn’t lose one or more of the kids!
Dalia had promised to take her kids to Toys R Us (formerly FAO Schwartz) and that’s where we went. This store is huge! Three stories I think? A paradise for kids of all ages, but it was so crowded, you would have thought it was Christmas Eve, five minutes before closing time!
The subway and bus ride.. and walk!… back to Dalia’s seemed endless and I think everyone was glad to be back. We went to dinner at Chili’s (nothing like a frozen Margarita after an exhausting day like that!) and then back to Dalia’s for a while.
We all got along so well, it was hard to say good-bye at the end of the evening. I’m so glad we finally got to meet, and the funny thing was that Dalia and I have the same cell phone…. with the same ringtone! And not only that, but we have the same dishwasher, too!
Again, here is what Dalia wrote about the day.
Phew, my feet hurt just reading this, lol! NYC is nice to visit but I’m with you, been there, done that……..I am so not a city girl. But now you can say you did it all in NYC and won’t ever have to go back again, lol!
4. August, 2009 at 08:25
been there done that…yup sums it up for me too…LOL.
I am so glad you guys made it out here!!! It was really fun!! Rachel is talks about her friend Sara.
4. August, 2009 at 10:22
It sounds like a great time (even if there was too much walking involved)! Great to get together with a friend.
What kind of camera does Sara have? I want to get Vance a camera with a little LCD screen on the back where he can see his pictures. But I’m not interested in a kid’s model. They are cheezy and the pictures are terrible.
4. August, 2009 at 10:54
It really was fun!
Anjeanette, Sara has my old Kodak Easyshare. Do you have an old p&s that you’re not using anymore? Maybe you could give him that instead of buying a new one?
4. August, 2009 at 11:05
Such a great day, even if it was exhausting. You and Dalia sound like 2 peas in a pod 🙂
4. August, 2009 at 11:17
Fun, Fun! Max & Sara so cute!!!!
4. August, 2009 at 16:31
I love NYC and miss it but yes, it’s not a place to go all the time… but I am feeling a trip east sometime soon..lol… I love the ferris wheel and the huge barbie dream house in that TRU. I remember when it was constructed and TRU opened there…Shawn was working for them at the time, it was a huge deal
4. August, 2009 at 17:05
This is bringing back memories of last summer for me. 2 girls in Europe for 2 months! I wonder does twice and many kids mean twice as much whining? Boy would they have loved going to a toy store!
5. August, 2009 at 10:50
“Leaving B&H we walked…. and walked… and walked… and walked some more, I don’t even know through which parts of NYC”
Reminds me of our last trip into NYC (its just a 90 minute bus ride from here). We went to B&H and then walked and walked and walked on a cold and blustery day until my wife had had enough of that nonsense!
7. August, 2009 at 06:29