New York City — oh, how I love thee. This city’s one of the most favourite places I’ll ever visit because there’s nowhere else quite like it (as far as I know). The feeling that you’ve visited five different cities in one day, the fun of discovering something new-to-you while being a tourist at the same time, the grandiose architecture, the buzz, Central Park being smack-dab in the middle of it all… There’s something for everyone and the chance of being bored is as slim as they come. I’ve always thought that if I were to pack up and move anywhere it would be to NYC. It’s been a long-time daydream so I was in heaven when my mom and I visited this gem of a town for a weekend at the end of November.
I’ve been to NYC a couple times before, which I’m beyond fortunate for, but this time it was on a whole other level because CHRISTMAS. Seriously, if you do one thing in your life, go to NYC at Christmastime. It was magical to say the least.
We only had a total of three-ish days to wander around but that was actually a good thing. By knowing we couldn’t fit the entirety of NYC into our itinerary we were able to tackle the things we wanted to do the most, while not wandering into too much unknown territory.
From walking down Fifth Avenue and admiring the Christmas window displays (hello Saks and Bergdorf Goodman), to eating what heaven must take like via lobster rolls in The Plaza Food Hall… The afternoon of day one was a dream. (The whole thing was, actually.)
Meandering through Central Park was autumnal — warm, orange and perfect. We just wandered around taking photos and admiring everything in sight and I felt like I was in a Nora Ephron movie.
^ The architecture and literature windows at Bergdorf Goodman. ^
^ Mr. Snowman and his texting were hilarious. ^
^ To the left of our hotel was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. To the right was Radio City Music Hall. Prime locale. ^
^ Could. Not. Believe how huge the Empire State Building was. This photo was taken two blocks away from the base of it with my camera pointed straight up in the air. But maybe I’m just really short. ^
^ A dog park right in Madison Square Park! The view of the Flatiron Building was lovely, too. If I lived in this city and had a dog this would be my hangout. But right now my life has neither of those things. ^
The Union Square Holiday Market was a must — a free Christmas activity. I feel it would’ve been even better if I went with the intention of spending money.
SoHo! I didn’t even expect us to make it this far south. But hey, taxis are everywhere. We had no idea where we were going and eventually wandered into the beginning of what I assumed to be Greenwich Village. It was stunning but we were a bit lost and couldn’t use the Internet so we went back to the hotel and took a much-needed nap. Happiness. Walking and eating and shopping can be hard.
Aaand the highlight of the trip… Seeing the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. I said it. It happened. And all was right in the world. Watching this show took me back to the precision and kicklines of my days in the Young Canadians. Tough stuff, and they do it several times a day for several weeks… What a life! I can’t even imagine being a Rockette as my job. I have the utmost appreciation for those dancers.
^ Breakfast. ^
^ I imagined this being a lot bigger. ^
On our last afternoon we decided to explore the west side of Central Park. I could walk through there all day, every day! We went down some beautiful streets, into the lobby of the American Museum of Natural History and — most importantly — ate lunch at Shake Shack. I don’t know how I’ll survive without all this stuff. Especially the Shake Shack.
^ She’s great. ^
I truly miss NYC. I felt like my real self there. It’s nice to know it’s always there waiting for me to go back to with something new to experience. I’m thankful for the beauty of this city and will remember the time I had there with my Ma for ever and always.