New York - July 2013
The Sites
Holly and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in New York over the 4th of July weekend. We had never been there before and had a great time. We did a ton of walking on this trip. There is so much to see and do in New York. We took pictures of just about everything we saw which included lots of people dressed up in costumes (Elmo, Minnie Mouse, Spiderman, etc).
Shopping
You can find just about anything you want to buy in New York. We stopped at the M&Ms store, Hershey store, Toyz R Us (featuring an indoor Ferris wheel) and the Disney store. Holly loved the American Girl store. They had tons of stuff including a display for the newest girl, Saige. You could even have your doll's hair done before leaving. We also visited FAO Swartz. This toy store had everything. There were giant gummy bears, rice krispies treats, huge boxes of nerds ... you get the idea. They also had a bunch of LEGO sculptures including: Master Chief, Hello Kitty, and Batman. This is the store that also has the large on the floor piano. We also saw the famous glass Apple store. I don't think they could fit any more candy into the Dylan's Candy Bar store (three stories of candy) that we visited.
Night and Fireworks
On the evening of the 4th, we walked over to the Hudson River and watched the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. It was very good. Afterwards was crazy. There were so many people heading back to Times Square after the fireworks. Cars were at a standstill. We stopped at the Cake Boss Cafe for a treat, then tried to weaved our way through the crowd back to our hotel. We made a pit stop at Five Guys for a large soda. We were in heaven because they had coke freestyle and free refills. Times Square is really cool at night and there were tons of people out (even families with young kids). We were also able to take in the Broadway show Lion King while we were there. It was fantastic!
Central Park
We burned some calories walking around Central Park. That place is huge. I think we didn't even get to see half of it. Next time we will need to do a carriage ride.
Statue of Liberty
We had front row standing on the boat for our trip over to the Statue of Liberty. Since it had just opened up after the storm damage, we were not able to get tickets to actually go inside the statue. We got fried waiting for a boat ride back after we were done. It was the wrong day not to wear a hat for me.
Ground Zero
We visited the WTC memorial which was very well done. The official museum was not completed yet. It brought back a lot of memories of watching that all unfold on TV back when it happened.
Serendipity
Holly's one must visit place was Serendipity and she loved it. It was pretty small, but we were lucky and got a table upstairs. Holly had a frozen hot chocolate and we finished our meal with a $26 sundae for dessert.