What a whirlwind of a trip! I can’t believe how much we were able to pack into a two day trip. Whew. I want to say thank you so much to all of you who left me comments with things to see and do. Also thank you to the gal who told me we needed tickets to get into the 9/11 memorials (I had no idea!). The 9/11 online memorial site is quite booked ahead but thankfully we were able to get tickets and visit the site with a tour company instead.
Also a big thank you shout out to the ladies who guest posted for me while I was away. You are all awesome and I so appreciate it!!!
Okay so like I did with my trip to Florida, here, in no particular order, is a list of some of the highlights of my trip and a few other things that fascinated me :)
1. Considering how many people live in such a small space, I absolutely could not get over how clean the streets were.
2. What fascinated me even more was trying to figure out how those streets stayed so clean because I never saw anyone picking up garbage. I’m guessing there aren’t that many litter bugs, impressive.
3. I also never once saw any panhandlers.
4. The architecture in the city is absolutely incredible. I couldn’t get over how old many of the buildings are and what unbelievable character they have.
5. I can’t find the right words to describe how moving seeing the 9/11 memorials in person was. The magnitude of standing in the very spot where so many lost their lives was too much. I am so thankful that they will be remembered forever with these stunning memorials dedicated to them in such a grand manner. The pools are absolutely majestic and I simply can’t imagine a more beautiful and thoughtful tribute.
6. The new One World Trade Center is only half way built and yet will be 1,776 feet when complete. Wow!
7. We found people in the city to be very friendly. I can only imagine how annoying tourists can be but not once did anyone make me feel like a pain for asking directions.
8. There are a LOT of taxi’s in NYC (one cab driver told us over 13,000!) and they are all yellow. I thought that meant they were all owned by the same company but it turns out that isn’t true. They are privately owned and operated and from what we learned it’s not cheap for the privilege to do so either.
9. When driving in a taxi in NYC let me recommend you don’t look. Wow, is it ever scary…they move fast and the way they dart in and out of traffic…yikes! I don’t think I could ever get use to something like that.
10. I was surprised that taxi fares seemed to be not nearly as expensive as they are in the city here in Canada.
11. I let my girlfriend hail all the cabs, I was a scaredy cat.
12. Tripping and falling in the middle of Times Square is just as embarrassing as it sounds. Ouch.
13. Radio City Music Hall is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. We purchased last minute tickets at the booth in Times Square and watched the Cirque De Soleil show Zarkana, which really isn’t my cup of tea but still spectacular nonetheless.
14. Waking up early to stand in the stand-by line for the Regis and Kelly show was absolutely worth it. I was # 9 in line and they only let 11 from the stand-by line in on that particular day. Talk about cutting it close! I was beyond excited to be sitting in the studio of a show I’ve watched everyday for 20 years, so surreal!! And you have no idea how thrilled I am with my Regis and Kelly mug and apron souvenirs!! :)
15. I was surprised by how I clammed up in the studio. Regis and Kelly talk to the audience during commercial breaks and I didn’t say a word. What’s with that??? Obviously I was in a state of shock…I’m never one to be at a loss for words!
16. Seeing my black and white head shot on the wall at the Opensky offices was really special. What an amazing group of people and it made me so happy to finally meet them in person after almost two years of working together.
Here I am signing my picture:
17. The table of organizing products put together for me to review and approve made me as giddy as a kid in a candy store. I’m pretty sure the drool coming out of my mouth wasn’t attractive but I was having way too much fun to care. I can’t wait to share with you all the items that made the cut.
18. Our room at the Dream Downtown hotel was by far the trendiest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. I’m pretty sure it is geared for young 20 somethings though with no cares in the world. Me, a 40 year old small town mom of three, longed for a tub (there was only a shower) to soak my sore feet in after a long day.
19. Speaking of sore feet, if you plan on visiting NYC ignore all fashion trends and wear flats. Trust me when I say that no matter how short you think your walk will be, it will be longer. If you ignore all logic and wear heels, your feet will swell to ginormous freak like proportions that will make you scream in horror and pain. So not worth it!!!
20. I had my very first visit to a Container Store and while there I purchased, are you ready for this? NOTHING. Can you believe it? I’m still in shock about it but it’s costly and my luggage space was limited. I took lots of pictures though and will do a whole separate post about my experience.
NY truly was a magical place to visit and I’m very thankful to have had the opportunity.
How about you? Is NY somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit?