Big, busy, chaotic ... those three words could describe many things, but they definitely sum up our weekend in the Big Apple. It's just how New York City runs. Always fast moving, crazy, and a bit of a whirlwind. And as much as the beautiful city has to offer, it's really not for me. I know, I know ...
there's lots of shopping, lots of Broadway shows, and tons of entertainment wherever you turn. I
guess the truth is I'm just a country girl at heart ...
We stayed at the beautiful Lotte Palace Hotel in Manhattan. Originally a residence, the hotel was stunning. The grand staircase, detailed architecture, and beautiful chandeliers made for a picturesque backdrop.
Our first day was spent walking around the city, taking in some of the sights and then some fun in Central Park.
We walked by Radio City, through Rockefeller Center, and the kids had the most fun on the random amusement park rides in Central Park. Abby's favorite ride was the swings (of course) and Levi enjoyed flying the airplanes. We ate lunch at Ellen's Stardust Diner ... A definite recommendation for anyone traveling to NYC with kiddos. It was an easy way to see some future Broadway talent, right in front of you while you eat.
Our second day in the city was jam packed ... starting with another trip into Central Park, this time to check out the Zoo. Grizzly bears, bats, penguins, seals .... The kids enjoyed the animals and it was neat to see the Zoo that provided the backdrop for the movie Madagascar.
After that we met up with the Hines family for some afternoon fun! They were our old neighbors from Baltimore, who we continue to see once or twice a year if we're lucky. Living in NYC just a couple more weeks, it was great to catch up with them - plus they doubled as some awesome tour guides! Ha! After am interesting Subway ride, we hopped on the ferry to Governor's Island. This was the perfect place for the kids to RUN and be free for a bit. The kids enjoyed the climbing apparatus and hammocks ... and of course taking in the incredible views of the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
We ran into one of Abby's schoolmates while in the big city and it was even crazier that we were all staying at the same hotel!!
Across the street from the hotel stood St. Patrick's Cathedral ... One of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen. The architecture, the stained glass, the detailed ceilings ... Wow! We were able to sneak in during Sunday's mass and take a peek around. Abby, Levi, and I also lit a candle and said a prayer. Even though the kids didn't fully understand, it was really a special experience.
Of course a trip to visit Daddy wouldn't be the same without going to some baseball games. This time we were able to check another ballpark off our list. Citi Field was beautiful and it was fun seeing the hubs pitch at a different ballpark.
Overall we had a fun time in the Big Apple! It was great spending the weekend with Jordan, catching up with old friends, and taking in the sights of a new place. But for now, it feels good to be home (well, back in the ATL) .....
Huge shout out to Scott & Liz - you guys are rockstar travel advisors! ;)