S: New York City Trip - August 2011 - Brian and Marilyn
FC: New York City Trip - August 2011 - Brian and Marilyn
1: Brian surprised me with a special Christmas gift... a trip to New York City the week of New Years. We were so excited to go but were snowed out by a blizzard. The effect was traumatic on my heart as this was so much more than a trip... it represented a gesture from Brian to pursue me in a romantic way. We rescheduled the trip for August, but by this time it felt anticlimactic to me. I had no idea the sweet time that God had in store for Brian and I. | Start spreading the news... I'm leaving today... I want to be a part of it... New York, New York | Monday, August 22, 2011 As we flew by Manhattan, the reality set it and the anticipation began to build... we were on our way to the Big Apple
2: Renaissance Hotel Times SquaRE | We wasted no time getting out to explore. Times Square was alive with a festive bustle. It felt like we were part of a celebration! We loved our location... so close to everything! | We had a perfect view of Times Square from our hotel lounge. | The hotel lounge was one of our favorite hangout spots. The atmosphere was chic, cozy and quiet... yet we still felt like we were in the middle of it all.
4: THE BIG APPLE | For dinner on our first night, we went to a wine and chocolate bar with a live outdoor guitar and vocal jazz performance
5: touring the city... | Tuesday We hopped on a tour bus and took off to explore Lower Manhattan. We saw many famous landmarks such as Madison Square Garden and Penn Station
6: The Empire State Building
7: Greenwich Village | Our first stop off the tour bus was Greenwich village. It was so unlike any other part of the city with its cobblestone streets and little parks. It felt like we were in the Huxtable's neighborhood. We also visited High Line Park in Chelsea. It is a small park built on an old railway bridge along the Hudson.
8: The Ground Zero Museum Workshop | We were fascinated by all the photos and artifacts from the Ground Zero recovery site. Some of the most interesting pieces included a bit of metal from one of the airplanes and a large piece of glass. It was incredible to see some of the other things that survived the fall of the World Trade Center. Especially a clock from a ground floor that stopped on the exact minute that the tower fell. We were privileged to see the photographer in person. Though it was very sad, it was inspiring to see the bravery of the fire fighters who worked hard to recover what they could from the wreckage.
9: We made our way to China Town and looked around some of the shops. It was during this time that there was an earthquake. Brian felt the tremble underneath, thinking it might be a subway. | We did not realize that there had been an earthquake until we reached the Wall Street District. Thousands of people filled the streets because they were required to evacuate the buildings. We had no idea what was going on until our tour guide got word there had been an earthquake in Virginia. This tour guide was the most entertaining and personable. | One World Trade Center
11: Seeing all the sites | We viewed most sites from the comfort of the tour bus. We'd just snap photos as we rode by.
13: Top of the Rock
14: On Wednesday we toured Upper Manhattan.
17: Henry VIII Armor | Broad on a couch
18: We took a long walk through Central Park
19: Greywacke and Driprock Arch Belvedere Castle Turtle Pond The Lake Schist Bow Bridge The Mall
20: We found a little Irish pub in the Hell's Kitchen District... which we loved! One of my favorite memories was our evening bus tour of lower Manhattan and over the bridge to Brooklyn. We crossed at dusk with Frank Sinatra crooning over the loud speaker. | Our would-be view of the ball dropping from our New Years Eve Party at AMC | 2011
22: Thursday was Marilyn's Spa Day and Brian's day to explore the city on foot. Marilyn relaxed and Brian saw some great sites. That evening we ate at a fancy Mexican Restaurant and went to our Broadway production of The Lion King. It was a great day and a late night. We finished off with dessert in our hotel lounge. | We woke up before 5 am to head over to NBC studios at Rockefeller Plaza for the taping of the Today Show. It was the Friday Summer Concert Series and we were able to see Train live! We were swallowed up by a sea of people, but it was a memorable experience. Al Roker was on location in Carolina reporting on the approaching hurricane.
26: Friday was a beautiful day and we spent it visiting some of the places we had not yet seen together like the library and and Bryant Park. When we got back to our hotel, we discovered that our flight had been cancelled the next day due to the hurricane. They re-booked us out of JFK. By faith we continued with our evening plans of going to a comedy club and visiting the Empire State Building. We were somewhat stressed, so it was good to laugh. | When we returned to our hotel late that night, we checked the status of our flight... only to find out that we were cancelled again. We immediately called the car rental and secured one of the last cars in NYC. We got a couple hours of sleep and began our journey back home.
27: New York City Sites... | Grand Central Station | The Plaza hotel | St. Patrick's Cathedral | Bryant Park | New york Public Library | The Ghostbusters Librarian | My favorite REstaurant | Museum of Natural History