Thursday, January 2, 2014

New York City - Mother Daughter Trip

Since I'm super behind on blogging I decided I was going to post this today since are were headed to NYC! Winter storm Hercules had other plans for us...we cancelled our trip and will be going at t the end of February instead.

My mom and I took a weekend trip to NYC the first weekend of December...After a long evening of traveling (we left our house at 2:45pm and got to our hotel at 1:30am...due to delayed flights and a horrible super shuttle experience) we finally got to our hotel! We stayed at the Millenium in Times Square. We went right to sleep and woke up ready to take on a rainy NYC day. We realized in all of the times we've been to New York - it's never rained when we were there - crazy! 

Our first stop was Chelsea Market...which is inside the old Nabisco Factory!

Some Nabisco history
So many yummy smelling spices!
After a quick breakfast and a stroll through Chelsea Market we went to the High Line...and luckily had umbrellas because it was misting (and COLD).

We walked to the end of High Line and walked over to Macy's. It was sunny when we went in but dark when we came out! In our defense the sun sets at 4:30 there and it was an icky day.

Empire State Building!
We tried to hail a cab but were not successful so we ended up taking a pedicab a few blocks to save mom's foot! She was a trooper trekking around NYC with her boot on!

Most expensive couple of blocks ever! haha
We decided to try a new place for dinner and ended up at Brooklyn Diner (It was only around the corner from our hotel). We got lucky and sat right away. We split a rueben and OMG it was the best rueben we have ever had!! It probably should be for the price...a $27 sandwich! but it was sooo good!

The next morning we got up early to get to the Rockette's Christmas Spectacular in time!

Really Starbucks?! I don't think I've ever seen my name spelled quite like that....I wonder what she would have done with Trojacek!

After the show we walked over to Rockefeller Plaza and then down 5th Avenue to the Central Park Zoo.

View from Central Park Zoo
Sea lion!
This little guy is too cute!

We saw lots of fun animals at the zoo and waited to see the baby snow leopards but apparently it was nap time because they just wouldn't come out and play! After the zoo we took the subway down to chinatown to shop for some small gifts. After about an hour there we took the subway uptown and went to Bryant Park and walked around the Christmas market.

Tree in Bryant Park

We went back to the hotel to rest and watch some football before my uncle came and met us for dinner. We looked at eating at a few different restaurants near our hotel but Times Square was CRAZY so we decided to walk away from it and see if it was less busy. We found a Turkish restaurant that wasn't crowded and decided to have something a little different. You know I'm a picky eater but I've had Turkish food twice (once in Turkey and the other time in London) and both times I enjoyed it so I thought, why not?!

Zucchini pancake appetizer & Spiced chicken dinner....SO good!!
Sunday morning was sooo cold but we went down to the 9/11 Memorial and then came back and did a little shopping in Times Square.

9/11 Memorial
Freedom Tower

Survivor Tree
Times Square

Hersey Store
Mom & me in Times Square!
It was a quick trip but we had a great time! I'm looking forward to our trip in February with Michael & Christine and our in May after our cruise!