NYC Part 3 – April 5th

Sunday  I woke up and ate a granola bar and drank some water for breakfast.

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I was feeling so ready to see as much as I could!

I caught a cab to The American Museum of Natural History.

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This place is so big!  I could only do the first two floors.  My legs were still tired from the day before and after two floors of this and the amount of walking I still wanted to do I knew I had better stop there.

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There’s something creepy behind me, isn’t there?

 

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OMG…these bears though!

I would go through and post a bunch of other pictures of the museum but they just don’t do the exhibits justice.  Just go visit.  Seriously.  It will be better than any pictures anyone has ever taken there.  The dioramas are so good!  All of the exhibits are top notch.  If you’re a museum freak like me it is worth your time.  The next time I go to NYC I’ll probably go back just so I can see the two levels I had to miss.

After the museum I was starving but I didn’t want to eat too much.  I used the Central Park West exit (the same one I came in) and there were food trucks everywhere.  I picked one and grabbed a hot dog and a doctor pepper.  It was delicious!

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I ate on the go venturing just a little way into Central Park then back onto the sidewalk along Central Park West.

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I couldn’t resist a Central Park Selfie!

I saw some beautiful buildings and had fun people watching.

I also saw Trump International.

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This was the best picture I could get of it….c’est la vie…

There were horses and carriages everywhere doing Central Park carriage rides.

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I headed west in search of 5th Avenue.

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I found the Apple Store.

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And FAO Schwarz.

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I loved this camel at FAO!!!  I wish now I had gotten him for Rylan.

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Does anyone remember this giant keyboard from the movie “Big”?  I so wanted to play it but my legs were tired…and there was a line…aaaannnndddd it looked like only kids were doing it, so you know.

I ended up buying Rylan a Lego Race Car but failed to get a picture of it.  (Where’s my brain at y’all?)

I checked out Tiffany’s, Coach, Michael Kors, etc.  I didn’t find anything I wanted to buy but kept looking.  I guess I wasn’t really in a shopping mood.  I did make it to Madison Avenue and Park Avenue.  I looked around and then I decided to find Texas de Brazil (I had reservations for 4pm) and there was a candy store next door (Dylan’s Candy Bar).  Of course I had to go in and see what I could find.  I ended up with some chocolate covered espresso beans and several bags of loose candy.  I made it to my reservation on time.  I didn’t get any pictures of the food or the restaurant though.  I was so tired by this point I was ready to eat, relax and rest my mind.  I had smoked salmon, small salad with their delicious ranch dressing, filet, garlic mashed potatoes and fried bananas.  It was so good!  I sat and ate and people watched.

After leaving there I thought I might walk back over to 5th Avenue but I was just too tired.  I got probably halfway there and hailed a cab to go back to the hotel.

When I got there I started getting ready for my early flight.  I laid out everything I needed for in the morning.  I packed everything else that wasn’t needed and had it all organized and ready to go.  I double checked that I had my alarm set and I took a shower.  Then I piled up in the king sized bed, Skyped with Jason and Rylan for a while and then read until the premier of Mad Men.

Speaking of Mad Men…

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These were on the cabs everywhere.  I had to take a pic and send it to the Husband.

Oh, and a picture of Madison Avenue of course!

20150405_144334Jason and I texted while Mad Men was on (talking about the show) and then I was pretty much asleep right after it went off.

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NYC Part 1 – Friday, April 3, 2015

 

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This spoke volumes to me about this trip.  I have never traveled by myself before so this was all new to me.  I had been through New York but had never spent time there.  Everything was unknown and exciting!

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Rylan taking Mama to the airport.  He’s so cute it hurts!

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My first flight wasn’t crowded at all so I had three seats to myself!  It was great!

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This was probably the smoothest flight I’ve ever had.  We didn’t have any turbulence at all.  The sky was gorgeous!

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Hello Atlanta!  I’ve never gotten a good picture of the Atlanta skyline from a plane before.  I’ve always either had someone in the way or it has been bad weather/foggy.

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Lunch time!  I don’t eat a lot during travel.  It seems to just weigh me down if I do and I get really groggy.

I wish I had been able to get pictures coming into Newark airport or when I was driving into the city but it was dark and foggy in spots.

I had a car waiting for me at the airport to take me to my hotel.  I used Dial 7 car service and I highly recommend them!

I stayed at the New York Marriott Downtown.  It was only a couple minutes walk from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the room was wonderful!  The staff was extremely friendly and helpful as well.

20150403_225620Walking into my room.

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20150403_225647The bed was so comfy!

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NYC for My Birthday Weekend!

The Husband got me the best gift ever this year: a solo trip to New York City!  This has been one of the best gifts he’s ever given me and it was a total surprise.  I have wanted to go to NYC for a long time now and now I’m going! I am so excited!  This will be my first big trip by myself as well as my first trip to NYC and I’m so looking forward to it!

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I have to take a minute to brag on my Hubby…he really is great!   He’s so good to me and I could say it a million times a day and it wouldn’t be enough.  The best husband and father ever!  The Lord has really blessed me with him.

I have the plane tickets, the hotel and my museum tickets ready.  Everything is packed with the exception of my clothes (still gotta check the weather closer to the departure date).  I can’t wait!

Now, I also want to say I’m a bit anxious about this trip.  I have never traveled this distance or flown by myself.  It is a little intimidating because of the unknown but I’m up for the challenge.  My motto right now is “Let your faith be bigger than your fear.”  I think it is always important to keep stretching yourself and always be ready for a new challenge.  It is good to get out of your comfort zone when you can because this is when you really grow.

I’m up for doing a trip that is just all about what I want to do.  That sounds so selfish as I read it back…I don’t mean it that way, I really don’t.  The Husband is really a good travel buddy and we always have a great time together.  It will just be nice to not have to take anyone else’s feelings, tastes, wake up times, etc. into consideration.  In some ways I’m not sure how I will do.  I’m so used to asking everyone else what they want and need that it will be weird to rely solely on what I want.  I had never really thought about it before.

I’m really going to miss the Husband and my Little Man.  As much as I am looking forward to going and enjoying myself I’m looking forward to getting back to them more.

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