S: Sarasota and New York City 2012
BC: DEPARTED | USA | 2012
FC: SARASOTA, FL | NEW YORK CITY, NY | Sarasota | NYC | April 28-29, 2012 | Nov. 10-11, 2012 | 2012
1: Sarasota/NYC 2012
2: Tommy and I decided to forgo our usual birthday gifts to each other this year. Instead, we opted to take a short weekend getaway. Tommy had a friend who had recently opened a restaurant in Florida, and the warm weather was enticing after a cold Chicago winter. Florida, here we come!
4: SARASOTA JUNGLE GARDENS | Sarasota Jungle Gardens is a historical, four-acre attraction featuring botanical gardens, wild animals, and trained birds. While it was once described as an “impenetrable swamp,” it is now home to tropical plants, trees, and flowers, including many native Florida species. The Gardens have been open to the public for more than 60 years.
8: Tampa | Florida's West Coast
10: TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: | -Soaking up the sun on the white sand beaches of beautiful Siesta Key -Long drives in the Mustang -Meandering through the beautiful flowers and resident animals at Sarasota Jungle Gardens -Learning how to play darts at the King George Pub -Jet skiing in the Gulf of Mexico
13: New York City, NY | Tommy had to attend an impromptu training session in NYC, so we took the opportunity to sneak in a quick weekend trip. Just weeks after Hurricane Sandy, the city was still cleaning up and the subway system remained closed due to flooding. Unfortunately, trips to Ellis Island were also suspended due to storm damage. Neither of us had ever been to NYC before, so we made the most of our 36 hour trip. We didn’t miss an opportunity to shop, sightsee, or grab yet another street vendor hotdog or pretzel. Our little town blues melted away, and before we knew it, our time in NYC was over. I guess you could say it passed by in a New York minute!
14: Serendipity 3/ Macy's Herald Square Serendipity: the art of finding the pleasantly unexpected by chance or sagacity. It is also New York’s first coffee house boutique, founded in 1954. Famous for it’s signature frozen hot chocolate, it was also the setting of the 2001 movie by the same name. Macy’s Herald Square is the flagship of Macy’s Department Stores and has stood at the same site for 112 years. It was the world’s largest department store from 1924 until 2009, and proudly hosts the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
16: TIMES SQUARE | Times Square is a major commercial intersection in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Iconified as “The Crossroads of the World,” Times Square is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District and one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections. Times Square has been the site of the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop since 1907. Notably, it is also one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, hosting over 300,000 people daily and 39 million visitors annually. No discussion of Times Square would be complete without mentioning that we were able to catch a showing of Skyfall during our visit.
19: The Empire State Building The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan. Including its antenna spire, it stands at a height of 1,454 feet, making it the tallest building in the world from 1931 until 1970. It is now the fourth tallest building in the US (behind One World Trade Center, Willis Tower, and Trump Tower) and the 23rd tallest building in the world. The building was designed by William F. Lamb in the distinctive Art Deco style and is generally considered to be an American cultural icon. It has been featured countless times in film, TV, and literature. Our visit to the skyscraper really put us in an “Empire State” of mind. Just weeks later, all of the building’s lamps and flood lights were replaced with LED fixtures, increasing its available colors from 9 to over 16 million.
20: 9/11/2001 | Memorial
22: Central Park is a public park at the center of Manhattan in NYC. It is the most visited urban park in the United States, boasting 35 million visitors annually. The park now spans 840 acres and features boating, carriage horses, pedicabs, running/bicycling paths, rock climbing, swimming, ice skating, playgrounds, a carousel, theaters, and a zoo. | CENTRAL PARK