New York, New York
Wow this is a late one coming. I do so apologise, but I guess I have been making the most of being on holidays. We have already finished our week in New York, been to Chicago for a few days and I am now sitting on my balcony in delightfully warm Cancun.
And now I am finally posting this while being back in California!
Day 1 – Thursday
It was a little bit of a debarkle getting to New York, the first that we had actually. You always hear the stories of people missing their connecting flights, and now I can see why. We flew United from Calgary to Chicago and had a connecting flight to New York. We were lucky that you actually go through US customs as you depart Calgary, as such saving us time on the other end of the flight. For some reason our flight didn’t board on time, that’s all it took for us to fly into Chicago late, 15 minutes before our next flights departure time. They had said on the plane that a United Customer service person would be waiting for all those need to make it to flights to help us our – Chicago airport was huge, and just our luck our next flight was at the opposite end of the terminal – a good 5-10 minute walk. We didn’t know any of this at the time of getting off the plane. Our flight was on no board because we were in a Delta arrival/departure area, and there was no one to help. I went up to the nearest United desk to ask. I told her might flight time and she shook her head because it was obviously it should have departed. Lucky for us it too had been delayed. We made it there with just enough time for a toilet break! Gosh, I can see why people become so frustrated with the airline system!
We caught a cab from LaGaurdia to Manhattan, super simple. Found our apartment where the owner met us and told us some details of the area. He was right, we were going to love New York. We laid low that afternoon/evening, since we had such a massive day. We snacked on Wholefoods, played cards and began to dream about what we wanted to achieve in the up coming year. These three things became staples for our time here.
Day 2 – Friday
We walked down to the financial district. It was about an hour walk, which was okay despite the cold. It was sitting around 0’C on average, and although nothing compared to the cold we experienced in Calgary, completely different because we were spending our days out in it! Something we learned that day was that we like a little of hustle and bustle, we were out quite early in the day, obviously before things really got going, so it was a little non-event in atmosphere during our walk downtown. But we did see some buildings Sir wanted, the Brooklyn bridge, unable to get into the 9/11 memorial site without a reservation we headed down to Battery Park and resolved we would have to come back down another day. Being out in the cold sure makes me HANGRY! We had numerous coffee and snack stops during the day, but nothing delicious and satisfying. That was until we walked back through Soho to find a restaurant I had flagged. “Rawilicious” is just as the name implies, raw food. Now I know when we think of raw food, we thing of veggies, fruit etc completely uncooked. Amazingly though, common to raw food prep is the use of a dehydrator. These are used because the temperature is low enough to not reduce the nutrients in the food like cooking does. Neither of us had really ventured out in this area of food so it was fun to do! I had a fresh green juice, Sir had an almond milk latte (which he liked!!) and we had a piece of raw pizza. It was so yum!
That made my day and we wandered back through Soho to get home, with both the atmosphere feeling and us a little livelier, we had a lovely end to our day exploring! Later that night, hungry again (not sure how, maybe all the walking in cold?) we ducked down our little hub called Saint Marks Place and grab some Ramen for dinner.
Day 3 – Saturday
It was so hard getting up, not even early, but like a normal time like 8-8.30pm. I guess we had been staying up quite late and thrown our sleep pattern out a bit. But the cold and dark mornings make it so much more pleasant to just stay in bed, despite the big exciting city outside to explore. We headed off kind of early, since there was prediction of snow/rain and we were going to places people hoard to in that weather. First stop was straight up the subway to the Natural History Museum. Friends of ours had said it was amazing, and you could spend days in there. I totally agree. We wizzed around the areas we really wanted to see, went to a space show and then headed to our next destination, all in about 2-3 hours. Pitiful to only spend that little time there, but we had a lot we wanted to cram into the day! Upon walking out it was full on snowing! We had a little bit of snow fall while in Calgary, but not like this.
It was fun, to start with, but because painful as we tried to walk through it. All part of the adventure I say! Already it was lunch so we went and found a cute little raw, vegan place to eat called Blossoms. I had raw nachos which were great! And of course another fresh juice.
We then headed through Central Park to get to our next destination. It was quite sweet walking through there with it snowing, but again, snow is romantic to begin, until your covered in it, its hitting in the eyes and making the ground slippery! We had planned to ice skate here, but it just didn’t happen, and that’s okay. We got to the Guggenheim Museum and there was a MASSIVE line around the block. Lucky – we had purchased City Pass tickets to do all the tourist-y things we wanted to do and this was one, so we were able to skip the line and head straight in! It was pretty awesome!
Although I was thoroughly over museums and galleries, we went to the Metropolitan Art Museum since it was in the same part of town. It was a maze in there, so hard to navigate and so easy to get lost in. We wandered and looked at amazing art for what felt like hours and hours! I began to drag my feet in need of coffee or food once we hit the 19th Century Art. Although I love it, I was just so done for the day! Our final stop in there was the Egyptian display – they have reconstructed a temple from Egypt, as you do. It was pretty cool.