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A Lady’s Day in NYC

Statue of Liberty! Reserve Early : Saturday was the most beautiful day of our visit! Sunny and 72 degrees – perfect for a morning ferry ride to Lady Liberty. It wasn’t till we arrived on Liberty Island that we realized how lucky we were to have tickets to the crown. We overheard a park representative say that only a few hundred crown passes permitted each day & they were sold out through August [4 months out]. Go Early : We knew we wanted to spend the afternoon doing other activities, so we chose to hop on the first ferry of the day. Going early & arriving early are two highly recommended tips (by me) and the website. There are 3 options for your statue visit & all are reasonably priced: grounds, pedestal, crown.  *Photos from pedestal view. Crown = Climb : The theme of our NYC trip was HUSTLE! This is not a trip for those who don’t like to walk, climb and maneuver. Even the earliest ferry of the day comes with an element of herding –> literally, the staff herded visitors …

Bagel Bliss & Pizza Heaven – NYC Day 2

The 20 Mile Day : Having visited so many monumental  places on day one, it was hard to imagine a day more spectacular. Day two, also known as “the 20 mile day”, was completely unplanned. My mother and I decided to start in the middle and walk our way out. We started at Bryant Park! When we arrived, I immediately thought, “This is what I pictured when I thought of New York City.” Bryant Park was a vision – a beautifully kept park surrounded by architectural history. Since it was early in the work day, we were lucky to enjoy the park all to ourselves…just us, the pigeons and the flowers. From Bryant Park to Bagel Heaven! I had my heart set on the legendary Ess A Bagel – a toasted, everything bagel with cream cheese & a small, black coffee. Truthfully, most of the cream cheese squeezed out with each bite of the perfectly crunchy and chewy treat, but every morsel was unforgettable! From Bryant Park and Bagel Bliss, we continued our loop of Midtown to the picturesque Grand Central Station. This …

Big Apple Adventures

My mother and I have officially landed in the Big Apple! We chose New York City as the 2015 destination for our annual mother-daughter trip last year and we made it happen!! In celebration of our annual trip & an early nod to Mother’s Day, I wanted to ask my sweet & spunky mother what she thought about our tradition & what she expected from this year’s trip. As a result, she made me promise to [publicly] answer the same questions & we should always do what our mother’s tell us to do, right? What was your favorite moment from our 1st trip [D.C.]? MOM: [smiles while twiddling with her necklace] “Having dinner on my birthday at the hotel we were staying at.” ME: It was BLAZING HOT but beautiful! I really loved walking through Georgetown & Alexandria sharing moments of “awe” while exploring. I’ll always remember riding the trolley & getting ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s. What are you looking forward to most in our NYC trip? MOM: “Spending time with my baby” Okay, now …