During the last half of our Christmas break, AC and I took a quick trip to New York City!
We had the best time, and I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures with y'all.
After a 5am wakeup call and quick flight from Charlotte, we arrived in the city early on a Saturday morning and were greeted by an absolutely gorgeous day.
Our very nice and helpful taxi driver dropped us off in the Upper West Side where the walking adventure began. The plan was to see as many things as possible without breaking the bank, but we also wanted to take our time and not overwhelm ourselves with a strict schedule of activities. So we made a list spots that we wanted to see, and hit the streets ready.
Our first stop was Zabar's, a famous Jewish bakery and market. We were hungry and wanted to see what all they had to offer. Dairy products are one of Andrew's love languages, so we enjoyed some fancy cheese samples at 9am because, why not?
After more exploring, we each picked out a hot, fresh bagel and cream cheese. YUM.
Obviously, we ended up at the check-out (no line canyabelieveit), where I suddenly put myself in the grocery store scene in You've Got Mail.
"This is a cash only line. Cash only!"
"Geeze lady get in another line."
We walked from Zabar's to Riverside Park where we watched people running and cycling...while we snuggled on a bench and ate fried bread with cheese on it. ;) It was surprisingly peaceful and made for a lovely little waterfront picnic.
We walked through the park, where we both commented how quiet it was for the "big city"-- where we were honestly expecting honking horns and a plethora of curse words.
Then we made a little coffee stop, once again based on my slight obsession with it's significance..."Tall! Decaf! Cappucino!!!!" (name that movie. ahem), where the baristas were such sweet little things and once again, the atmosphere was so pleasant. Maybe it was because it was a lazy Saturday, but man, everyone was just KIND.
ps- I love this picture because it captures so much- mainly, two little country bumpkins in the big city with a big taste for adventure, a (guarded) pocket of money, and everything they packed nestled on their backs. I love adventures with this guy so stinkin much.
There was so much going on at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. Dance parties, musicians, artists, a propsal...and even a wedding!
We then hit all the "Christmas hot spots"...Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Bryant Park, The Met, the NYC Library, Grand Central Station...
.After that, we found ourselves dipping in to a small, quiet coffee shop to rest our feet (at this point, we had covered over 5 miles on foot) and whhheeeww decompress. I loved the mix of tourist spots, but the "local dives" were the best experiences.
Look at that little Asheville-born, latte-drinking, beard-stubble-sporting coming out...
At this point we decided to defer from our walking list to see the city from a different angle before the surprisingly bright, and ever-present, sun went down...so we grabbed hands and hopped on the subway all the way down to the Staten Island Ferry.
And Y'ALL I am SO GLAD we did.
It was absolutely breathtaking! (and hello...free of charge!)
"The Heavens declare the Glory of God!
the skies proclaim the work of his hands!"
Relaxing on a fun ferry ride surrounded by the most BEAUTIFUL sunset was so wonderful.
AND THAT gorgeous skyline with all the light reflecting. It.was.magnificent.
Finally, we ended up at Three Monkeys, the designated "Clemson Alumni bar" where we ate and drank and reflected on the fun day. We seriously could not have experienced better weather, yummier food, nicer people, or just a more FUN mix of craziness and culture.
New York, you a'ight.