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A Trip to the Big City

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After Christmas, we packed up and went to New York City for a few days. I go there all the time for work, but the boys haven’t been since they were wee babies. It was fun to experience the city through their eyes. Everything is so big and busy and exciting.

We stayed at a hotel right in Times Square, so it was pretty much sensory overload all the time. We did as many touristy New Yorky things as we could manage, including:

Looking at the holiday window displays at Macy’s

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Seeing their cute mugs on the HUGE SCREENS in Times Square

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Visiting Rockefeller Center and getting our picture taken in front of the tree

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Eating SO … MUCH … FOOD, including wood fired pizza in an old church

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And Romantic Sushi for Two

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Funny aside… Tom and Biggest ordered the “Sushi for Two” at dinner one night and it ended up being a ROMANTIC sushi for two with dramatic lighting effects. Biggest was mortified. We were dying and now crack up and refer to everything as “Romantic (insert food item) for Two” such as,

Romantic milkshake for two

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We spent a day in Central Park. It was cold and dreary, but we had fun anyway.

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I wanted to ride the carriage being pulled by the horse wearing purple plumes because he looked the fanciest, but wouldn’t you know it that we didn’t get a single photo of the horse and his fancy plumes?! You’ll just have to imagine him.

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The highlight for Biggest was going into the Ferrari showroom on Park Ave. You can’t tell from his expression in this photo, but he was thrilled and bought a Ferrari model there with his very own money.

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We were walking by as they were testing the ball for New Years Eve. OMG 2016! 2015, where did you go?!

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We took the train, so I brought along my project and managed a few stitches. Hanging my head in shame that I only made it to Day 5 of the stitch-a-long…

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But how can you concentrate on stitching when you’re sitting next to this funny boy who waved at every single person we passed at every single station?

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13 Comments

  1. Lovely post. We are arriving in three days for our first ever visit!!

  2. Jenifer

    My husband and take the train to NYC once or twice a year. Usually to catch a show. This past December we stayed in Times Square too (usually stay mid town) and it was sensory overload this time for me staying there! I was thankful for the quiet car back 🙂 Curious if you would name the fire oven pizza place or the sushi place? 2 foods we love to enjoy. We had our pizza in Little Italy this time around – since we were there to get Italian Rainbow cookies (7 layer cookies).

  3. romantic dinner for 2… hilarious! it’s never too early to teach boys how to be gentlemen! oh, i wish i could have met you in THE City. My Xmas was OK. New Year’s was horrible for 3/4th of the night, but once Fabs and I came home early we had a nice time. —– One of his friend’s boyfriends invited us to their place, one hour away by tram and train. They have a huge terrace. It’s not fancy, but it’s big. There were 11 of us. (2 hosts, me and Fabs, and 7 of this guys’ friends.) 6 of the guy’s friends are heavy smokers and big drinkers. They set up the dinner outside, in a small tent. They separated the terrace in parts. We had “apero” drinks in the half enclosed portion. We all moved to the tent (they decorated it very nicely – it was cozy and festive) and had a mediocre salad. The hosts went to the kitchen to prepare the main entree (beef squares to cook in oil and then dip in fatty sauces) and would be gone 30 minutes. One of the women there took an ashtray and put it on the table. The other woman’s husband told her not to smoke since we don’t smoke and he doesn’t smoke. I turned to her (by the way, her name is Dolphin!) and said “I am not a smoker”. Then Fab and I went to the restroom and by the time I got back everyone was smoking, the tent was disgusting and I was livid. I was a smoker for 10-15 years but in the past 2 yrs. I feel sick every time I smell smoke. My mom is the same. —– I went outside with Fabs and told him I have to go home. He agreed so we told the idiot hosts we are going. The guy was such a moron, he actually suggested we eat in the open air section on our own. The woman said they can air the tent out. I just had to get the &*%# out. We lost 70 CHF each, money we had already paid the hosts. We got home at 10:30 pm. The party douche gave us some beef squares to take with us. I don’t know if I can stomach eating them. They’re in the freezer. Aaaaanyway, I continue to be amazed by this country. In the US, it’s pretty common sense NOT to smoke if there are non-smokers at a dinner table, right? If you visit a heavy smoker’s home you know what you’re getting into. But these nitwits never told us it would be dinner with cigarettes. I wonder when I’ll stop being mad. It’s not a huge deal, but I still find it really rude and unfortunately Fabs was very nice when we left. He very rarely gets upset or throws a fit. It’s good balance for us, but sometimes it would feel good to have a partner in rage.

    I love seeing your photos. Happy New Year!

  4. UGHHHHH! You poor thing! I hate that you had such a terrible NYE. When you first started the story, with the big terrace and decorated tents, it sounded like it would be so good. Then, what a nightmare. I agree… rude of her to smoke, especially when she could have just stepped outside the tent for a smoke then return.

    I personally hate NYE. So much expectation for one night. But, it’s all over and here we are in 2016! Can you even believe it? I remember when 2000 seemed futuristic.

  5. I also LOVE the quiet car and get a secret thrill when the conductor reminds people who are talking that they are in the quiet car. Hehe.

    I am so terrible at remembering restaurant names. Both were places that we just happened to stroll by and thought we’d try. I will ask Tom to see if he remembers the name. They were both near Times Square, but a few blocks away from the madness.

    I’ve never hear of Italian Rainbow cookies, but now am intrigued!!! 7 LAYERS?!!

  6. Oh!!! Hope you have a wonderful visit!!!

  7. Your trip to New York looks so wonderful! I haven’t been since the early 80’s! I must put it on my bucket list 😉 Thought the Sushi for 2 experience was quite funny. Poor biggest child. He’ll look back one day and laugh or remember to treat a his girlfriend to it 😛 Yeah, where did 2015 go? Can we try to slow down 2016 a bit?

  8. I feel badly now, for cluttering up your wonderful blog with my rant. Sigh… The thing that meant the most to me on New Year’s was being able to come back with Fabs and having a very nice 1.5 hours in our jammies. I do need to acknowledge how lucky we are (knock on wood). And next year I need to be a better planner – either we go to my mom’s in Florida, or we book an exciting vacation, or we stay in, or we have a small party with hand-picked friends.

    I KNOW! We are SOOOOO living in the future. It’s wild.

  9. Jenifer

    To me they are a true labor of love. I made them twice in my life and now just opt to get some when in NYC. Thankfully my husband doesn’t care for them, because I so hate to share them!

  10. You didn’t clutter anything with a rant! Being at home in your jammies sounds like a much better way to bring in the new year anyway! When is your next trip to FL and NYC for that matter? Maybe one of these days we can actually plan a get together!!!

  11. Oh! Do come to NY!

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