We spent last week in New Jersey and New York experiencing a lovely sometimes-white holiday time in the Big Apple. At times, it was downright magical with the snow, Christmas lights, music, and joy of exploring a new city together. Dan was scheduled to be in New York City for a business trip and I tagged along for fun. It was my fifth time in the city in the past 11 years, but it was Dan’s first time, and it was our first time there together.
Before arriving in NYC, though, we spent a night in New Jersey with Dan’s cousin, Glenn, and his family. We had a great time catching up with them, playing with their adorable kids, and seeing their neighborhood Christmas lights. It was a wonderful start to our trip.
After our family visit, we took the train into Penn Station, and when we emerged from its depths, we were greeted with a winter wonderland on the streets of NYC. After checking into our hotel, we enjoyed a fabulous meal at Lincoln Ristorante, which, as the name implies, is adjacent to the Lincoln Center. Then, with warm coffees in hand, we walked through Central Park. The night couldn’t have been any more perfect!
On Monday, while Dan was at work at the ABC Studios, I took the train to New Jersey to visit my friend, Tara, and finally see her beautiful house. We had a relaxing visit and great time catching up over an extended lunch. By the time I got back into the city, it was time for Dan and I to head to dinner and then see the Rockettes perform in their Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall. I’d never been inside the Radio City Music Hall and I was surprised how enormous it was. The show was very entertaining and we were thoroughly impressed with the dancers’ precision. Afterwards, we walked around Rockefeller Center, pausing to admire the giant tree and holiday ice rink.
On Tuesday, I took a train out of Grand Central Terminal to Westchester County to visit another friend, Liz, and meet her sweet kiddos. There was much more snow upstate than there was in NYC and I couldn’t stop marveling at how beautiful it all was.
Our third full day in the city was a busy one! We walked to Times Square in the morning so that Dan could tour the ABC Studios at Times Square and meet some coworkers who work onsite there. We got on the set of Good Morning America where we were up front and close with the production. There is no studio audience for the show and they film it in a rather small room. The production shifts from corner to corner in the room and everyone who is in the room just shuffles around the filming. It was a very interesting experience! Dan’s coworker then took us up on the roof of the building and we took in some of the best views of Times Square. Afterwards, we jetted (well, subway-ed) downtown, walked down Wall Street by the NYSE, stopped in Trinity Church, and then visited the new 9/11 Memorial. Since the memorial had just opened a little over a year ago, it was both of our first times visiting it. The museum isn’t open yet, but you can walk around the reflecting pools and view all the construction still taking place. We arrived back uptown in time for Dan to go back into the office and for me to catch my matinee viewing of the NYC Ballet perform The Nutcracker at the Lincoln Center. Later that evening, after a lovely French dinner with one of Dan’s coworkers, we visited the Empire State Building, a requisite stop on any NYC trip.
After such a busy Wednesday, Thursday was more low key. Dan worked in the morning, we enjoyed lunch together, and then we went on a long walk around Central Park, stopping atop Belvedere Castle for a good view of the park. Then it was time to head to the airport and back home!
We love traveling and love traveling together. Our normal day-to-day life can get so incredibly hectic (and we don’t even have kids yet!), yet when we’re traveling, we can relax a bit, enjoy meals that we don’t have to cook ourselves, sleep in a hotel room that we don’t have to clean ourselves, spend more time talking and sharing our ideas and thoughts, and enjoy experiencing new places and things together. It is our great hope that we are able to continue to travel after we have children and pass along our love of adventure to them.