Arrived back in Florida intact and full of New York stories. The kids walked around NYC barefoot and sporting their bib overalls to my mother-in-law's chagrin (Just kidding!).
New York City is awesome. I would not mind living there. Actually, I looked at lofts' prices in the Chelsea area and told my hubby that the next time a hurricane strikes our neck of the woods, I am moving to NYC.
Where to start weaving my tales of NYC adventures? There is so much to absorb and see in a very little cosmopolitan city! Going there is like going to Venice. You leave the city with a heavy heart knowing that you missed 2/3 of the sights you wanted to see.
We stayed at the Marriott Marquis smack dab in the middle of the Great White Way and fronting Times Square. It's next door to the MTV Studios. It was great because there was a public transportation strike the first two days we were there (spoken in cynical tone). We made a mistake of taking a taxi to take us to Chinatown. They (taxis) have the transport monopoly so they were charging heaven and earth to go anywhere outside of Manhattan. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our Chinatown forays and ate like little southern piggies. Cantonese and Schezuan foods are marvelous. The dimsums are like what we used to get in Hong Kong and the best thing is the price. Peking ducks and charsui (chinese barbeque) hangs in restaurant windows and the freshness of the ingredients in even the simplest of dishes was heavenly.
I am a foodie and the NY experience is wonderful because of the array of ethnic foods available in such a small city. Yes, we also went to Little Italy and sampled some of its gastronomical delights. We also had Irish, Indian, Greek, and all sorts of Mediterreanean foods. I am getting hungry so I need to leave the subject of foods for now.
The sights and shopping possibilities are endless. The kids loved FAO Swartz and Toys R Us. We all enjoyed the museums, the Broadway shows, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, the TV studios, the modern buildings and classical churches, Madame Liberty, the Wall Street Bull, the street musicians and performers, the subway system, and many other fabulous multi-sensory experiences.
I have tons of NYC pics but I have yet to manipulate them so they will be of the right size. I tried downloading them in the FTP but it was taking too long.
Happy New Year everyone!!!!