Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Empire State of Mind

Vacation Recap -- Part 2

Day 2 in NYC. The plan for this day was to go uptown. See Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock, Midtown, Central Park, and maybe hit a museum if there was time. I wanted to wander down Madison Ave, and look at all the fun stores, window shop, and find some fun places for lunch and cocktails.

We started out by going to Penn Station to get our train tickets for the next day bought, and figure out what we were supposed to do. It was only a few blocks from our hotel, so that worked really well. After that, we made our way to Times Sq.

After walking through that madness, which was pretty cool to see, we headed over to Rockefeller Center. Somehow we wound up in the Diamond District. The street we were on was lined with jewelry stores. One after another, and most of them had someone out front to bring in business too. It was kind of odd, but fun to see as well. We made it to Rockefeller Center. It was hard to miss.

We had lunch in the area, and then walked up 5th Ave {no trips this time} to Central Park. As we did this, we passed the 21 Club. I thought it sounded familiar, and I knew I had seen the photo of the exterior before.

Then it hit me that I had read about it in Danielle Steele novels. All the "fancy people" go to dinner here. Fun Stuff. I liked the jockeys on the balcony.

We made our way up 5th, to 59th St. We saw the Plaza Hotel, and the fountain out front.

Carrie Bradshaw said goodbye to Big here...

We entered Central Park at this point. There were a lot of horse drawn carriages that offered rides throughout the park. Central Park was huge. I was not expecting it to be this big. We meandered through, and saw a pond, carnival, open green space, and made our way to the Literary Walk and Mall. I knew I had wanted to see this, and it did not disappoint. Tony really liked the park as well.

While we were at the Terrace and Bethesda Fountain {above pic} we noticed a photo shoot going on. There were also a bride and groom being photographed. I am going to keep a lookout for Vogue or other high fashion magazines to see if I come across the model.

At this point it looked like rain was imminent. We started to think about what our plan was going to be. It was also later in the afternoon, and the museums were not going to be open much later, so we scrapped that part of the plan. We left the park and started walking back towards midtown. We were on the Upper East Side, and there were some pretty jazzy townhomes, and stores. A little out of our league. We strolled along Madison Ave, but it was in the rain, so not much window shopping on this day. Oh well.

We got back to Rockefeller Center to do our Top of the Rock tour. It was definitely a great way to see Manhattan. It was still overcast and rainy, but we made do.

King Kong was here.
We also got some pictures of us with some skyline in the background.

There was one more thing I wanted to do for sure before we went to dinner and wrapped up our NYC adventure. The HIGH LINE PARK. It is an old elevated rail line that has been turned into a walking park. We took the subway from Rockefeller Center downtown to West 20th street and entered the park there. That is where section 2 starts, and that had just opened the week before. Our hotel was on West 29th, so we planned to walk back to as close as our hotel as possible. I got some great pictures, and it was a really cool park to see.

The next morning we took the Amtrack train into Connecticut and stayed a night at Foxwoods. We dug the Amtrack train, it was incredibly comfortable, and it was pretty fun to use as well.

Overall, I loved NYC. If circumstances allowed, I would go once a year. Tony liked some of the things we did and saw, but if it was not for something specific, like a ball game or concert, he doesn't really have a desire to go back.

I will try to get to Foxwoods and Boston this week. It takes time to edit the photos and write up the posts, and well, life has gotten in the way of the blog!

Next Up: Foxwoods {not much to write about, but we had a great time!} and Boston {We had a lot of fun!}

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