Monday, October 22, 2012
Well, we are back and I am finally getting back on to Sparkpeople. We actually have been back a couple weeks, but it has been a bit busy.
First off, we had a wonderful 13 days in NYC and even squeezed in a couple days in the Mystic/Seaaport, CT area. The entire trip was phenomenal. We took in all 5 burroughs, saw or visited most every landmark and enjoyed some wonderful weather and tried some new and different foods.
Here is a quick rundown of what our itineary ended up looking like:
Sept 19 Arrived @ JFK around 8:45pm
Sept 20 Toured Astoria Park and surrounding Queens neighborhood
Sept 21 Spent about 4 hrs in the Metropolitan museum, checked out a nearby section of Central Park and attended an inaugural Jackson Heights Peruvian Street Festival later that evening
Sept 22 Checked out one of NYC's largest Green Markets and then headed over to Eataly
Sept 23 Took the day off from touring the city visited a nearby Bohemian Ale House to watch some football
Sept 24 Visited Grand Central Station and did some basic touring of the Brooklyn Bridge and surrounding areas
Sept 25 Ascended to Top of the Rock @ Rockefeller Center for breathtaking views of the city and Radio City Music Hall in Midtown
Sept 26 Visited St Paul's Chapel, Ground Zero and the 911 Memorial before boarding the Staten Island Ferry to tour the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. After arriving on Staten Island we walked up several blocks to experience dinner at the highly awarded Enoteca Maria Restaurant where one of 5 Italian immigrant grandmothers prepares her nightly special. This night we shared and enjoyed appetizers of baked squash blossoms, gorgonzola stuffed figs and popettes, a delicioso fresh caprese salad plus entrees which included a specialty pasta, lemon and parsley baked sea bass and stuffed lobster tail.
Sept 27 Visited the Hayden Planetarium, then much of Manhattan including Times Square, the Broadway theatre district and Madison Square Gardens. Lunch was enjoyed at the renown Shake Shack
Sept 28 Our second day of relative leisure in the AM before having dinner at the relatively new Basil Brick Oven Pizza
Sep 29 Brunch at the Astor Room before attending a special function at the Museum of Moving Images
Sept 30 Train to New Haven, Ct area before boarding a bus to the Mohegan Sun Casino and finally lodging at the BW in Uncasville.
Sept 31 Rented a car for the day and drove to Mystic/Seaport, Ct where we walked this beautiful town, taking in all the sights and wandering all the lovely stores then drove out to the Foxwood Casino and wandered around it in awe (3 enormous casinos in one location)
Oct 1 After a leisurely morning and check out we boarded the bus back to New Haven then the train to Grand Central before jumping on the subway back to Astoria
Oct 2 Hubby and I toured the neighborhood shops looking for souvenir treasures while my brother and his girlfriend returned to work
Oct 3 Toured the Bronx area and Yankee stadium before attending the Yankee vs Boston regular season ending ballgame, during which they were announced to be the ALCS Champions
Oct 4 Hubby and I ventured on our own to the Greenwich Village/ NYU/Chelsea Pier neighboring areas before meeting up with my brother and his girlfriend at Caffe Reggio for cappuccinos then heading over to one of their sentimentally favorite restaurants, Arturo's Coal Oven Restaurant -Pizzaria for a family style shared dinner of pizza and spinach lasagna accompanied by a couple bottles of lovely wine and a wonderfully talented pianist who played a lot of older but familiar broadway hits and songs by Sinatra, Bennet, Minelli, etc. It was the perfect way to conclude our last day in NYC!
Oct 5 Packed and headed back home to WA
It was one of those perfectly memorable trips and one we will be able to reflect upon regularly during chats with my brother. We now can relate to so much of what his daily life entails and better appreciate our country's evolution.
The diversity of cultures within the various neighborhoods far surpassed our wildest dreams. Most of the people were polite, clean and respectful and we never felt out of place or in danger.
My husband and I were surprised to find that the water actually tasted very good, that there were so many more restaurants, coffee, bagel and pastry shops than we would have even imagined, that with the overwhelming population the city was much cleaner than we might have expected. Being from a more rural area of the PNW we were somewhat stunned at just how truly easy it is to live in NYC dependent only on mass transportation and your own two feet.
Sadly, I forgot to bring my pedometer, but my brother guesstimated that we averaged between 10 and 15 miles per day and yes, we ate of lot of higher calorie meals, pastries and desserts as we experienced the lifestyle, however, with all that walking I was pleased to come home and find that I had only gained 5.4 lbs.
Thanks to Deidre and everyone of you who were curious enough to want to hear how our trip went. I hope you enjoyed this blog.
So it's back to reality and back to striving to reach my goal weight!