Back in December my (then) boyfriend and I took a trip to New York. I had never been and he had been once several years ago. We had been really busy over 2017 but hadn’t done anything really for ‘us’ or taken any trips. So we jetted off to New York!
Being the history lover I am I had a miles long list of things I wanted to see, but we were only going to be there for three and half days so I had to be realistic. We purchased the City Pass for NYC and it was the greatest thing and so easy! If you are traveling to a big city I highly recommend that you look up to see if there is a City Pass option.
It got us into almost all the things I wanted to do and we hardly had to wait in any lines or worry about purchasing tickets because it was all covered under the City Pass. We stayed with our amazing friends in Brooklyn and quickly learned how to get places via the subway.
On day one we went to the Museum of Natural History and The Met. I liked the Museum of Natural History but I fell in love with The Met. I could have spent one entire day there. There was so much to see and the art was just incredible. I was also having a bit of a Gossip Girl flash back when I walked up the steps.
We then walked to Má Pêche to meet our friends for dinner. This place was so good, I ordered their Habanero Fried Chicken, which was to die for.
After dinner we went to Rockefeller Center and went up to the observation deck and saw the beautiful New York City skyline at night.
Day two we spent almost the entire day at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Seeing Lady Liberty up close and walking up through the pedestal meant so much more than I thought it would. I learned so much at the museum which was filled with facts, photos and historical pieces. Ellis Island was, for me, almost haunting. When I think about the thousands of people who walked through those halls who went on to live their American Dream.
From there we walked to the 9/11 memorial. This was something that was more emotional than I thought it would be. To this day I still vividly remember watching on television the events that happened that day. To stand at the footprint of the towers and think about that day was very overwhelming.
That night the four of us went to a comedy show and the surprise guest at the end was Ray Romano! I couldn’t believe it!
Our last big day in the city we went to the New York Public Library. If your a fan of Sex and the City then you know which one I’m talking about. At Bryant Park there was also a Christmas Village set up which was essentially Etsy come to life. There were so many phenomenal craftsmen and vendors I could have spent hours just wandering in and out of the stalls.
Finally we made it to the library, which gave us a chance to get warm. It was cold our entire trip, but this day it was snowing, a lot! At least for this California girl. We wandered through the library into all the rooms. I have never seen so many books in one place. The inside of the library is just magnificent, you forget its a library because the architecture is breathtaking.
It was in front of this beautiful building, in the snow, that the love of my life asked me to marry him.
We celebrated by going to Russ & Daughters for a late lunch and meeting our friends back at their apartment where they surprised us with a bottle of champagne. We ended the night by going out to a wonderful dinner and seeing Miss Saigon.
Our last day we spent exploring bits of Brooklyn and went to the Heatonist, which is this very cool store that sells all kinds of hot sauces that you can sample.
The trip was magical. We both fell in love with the city and can’t wait to go back. New York City will always have a special place in my heart.