Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Baby Moon Part 2 - New York
After Boston, we said our goodbye's to Jody, and took the train down to Penn Station in New York. Let me tell you...as someone who gets queasy on flights (especially with pregnancy)...the train is THE WAY to go! Holy smokes, it was so easy, and so comfortable. The seats were bigger, there was free wi-fi, plugs to charge your electronics, no restrictions on seat belt time or when you can use electronics. It was fabulous. I just wish there were high speed trains that we could take everywhere instead of having to fly. But sadly, a train from here to Indiana would take like 3 days. Boo. But, I digress. Here is the summary of our time in NY...
Day 1 in New York: This was kind of a half day since we didn't get to Penn Station until around 2:30 pm. We walked to the hotel (yes, with our giant rolling suitcases along the streets of New York...) and dropped our bags off and headed into Times Square. Since it was a half day we basically just walked around Times Square. We went into the M&M store, bought some touristy things at one of the little shops along the way, saw the Naked Cowboy, and I just took in the big city :) That night we went to dinner at a restaurant that I had gotten a Groupon deal for :) Here is the link for Day 1
Day 2 in New York: Day two started our excursions. I had gotten a Living Social deal a while back for a 2 hour bike rental in Central Park. So we used that and toured around all of Central Park. It was so beautiful. All that greenery in the middle of a huge bustling city. Let me tell you, this preggo girl was huffin' and puffin' at some points on the bike ride, but it was so fun. That night we had dinner at another Groupon restaurant and then went to see Wicked at the Gershwin Theater. WICKED IS AMAZING!!!! I absolutely loved it! It was funny, the music was fantastic, and the costumes were great too. I highly highly recommend it! Here is the link for Day 2
Day 3 in New York: To start day 3, we headed to Times Square to stand in the TKTS line to get some half price Broadway tickets. We expected to get the "cheap" seats for a decent show. We did NOT expect to get Orchestra section, 8th row center tickets to Phantom of the Opera! We got an amazing deal. For anyone in New York that has a flexible schedule, I highly recommend standing in that line. But be sure to get there early (I think it opened at 10). We got there around 10:30/11 am and the line moved fairly quickly. The show was at 2, so we killed some time by going to the NBC studios and Rockefeller Plaza. We took the tour to "The Top of the Rock" (the top of the Rockefeller building) and saw the city from that view. Then we headed back to Broadway and took in our second show of the week :) Then we headed to dinner, and from there decided to do the Empire State building at night. The views were incredible. Here is the link for Day 3
Day 4 in New York: Day 4 was not quite as busy as it was cut a little short. We changed hotels from our Marriott in Times Square (thanks mom and dad for giving us Marriott points!!!) to a really nice Westin in Jersey City right across the Hudson from Manhattan. So we switched hotels, and then went back into lower Manhattan and took the cruise out to see the Statue of Liberty. Now, I know this is super famous and people plan for months to come see it, but honestly, I probably could have done with just seeing it from the mainland. But, that's just me, and now I can say I've done it. Then we took a stroll down to the Wall Street area and saw the Freedom Tower up close. It's going to be amazing when it's done. The rest was all under construction so we really didn't get to see the 9/11 memorial. Next time... Here is the link for Day 4
Day 5 in New York: Day 5 was kind of our catch up/catch all day. It was rainy in the morning so we slept in. Then we hit a bunch of spots that we weren't able to fit in on other days. We went way uptown and I got to see Barneys NY, then we took a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall and got to meet a real Rockette, and then we headed over to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. That was a lot of fun to see all the celebrity wax people! And finally we rounded off our day with dinner at the oh so touristy Hard Rock Cafe New York. Here is the link for Day 5
All in all, it was a fantastic trip! We had so much fun and saw so many cool things. And we were grateful to be able to spend that much time together away from work before the baby comes. It was a very successful vacation that went off without a hitch. So many thanks to Jody for putting us up for 5 days/nights in Boston and being our personal tour guide! And many thanks to my parents for giving us Marriott points and for letting us use their camera! We appreciate it!
Check back soon for an 18 week baby bean update! :-)