So, at the end of our first day in the big city, I squealed with joy as we got to see...
MIKE AND RACHEL!
Mike and Rachel were our first neighbors in Mississippi who became wonderful friends, and we hadn't seen them since they moved away last Fall. Their hometown isn't too far away from NY, and we coordinated visiting them while they were home for the holidays. I can't express how amazing it was to spend time with them! And how grateful we are that they and Rachel's family let us stay in their home. So generous and so fun! On Sunday, we stayed "home", where we shared some great meals, visited the church where they grew up and got married, and took in a lot of the Christmas festivities that were still in action.
Then on Monday, the four of us ventured back in to Manhattan and made a day of it before our crew had to leave. As evidenced above, I was beyond happy to be with my girl. ;)
We started the early morning by DRIVING in to the city. Yes. A real car. In to the city. With the GPS spouting some crazy talk like, "stay in the left lane to turn right." Pssh. I am still impressed with their brave navigating and driving skills (while A and I sat in the back seat drinking coffee and "cheering them on").
First stop: One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
...this is also where we were able to meet up with some other "far away" friends who texted that they were in the city that day as well. Lazir and Claire, what a GREAT surprise to spend the morning with you before we all ventured to our different places in the
We all visited the museum and let me tell you, if you are in New York you NEED to go here!! This place was SO well-done, and was an incredible tribute to the heroes of September 11th. We spent two hours in the exhibits, and I could have stayed longer.
As the afternoon rolled in, the crowds showed up...and we headed to the village for lunch at the Blind Tiger, per Mike's recommendation. This place had a great atmosphere and delicious food! (oh and some 20-something craft brews on tap. because, vacation). I would love to go back!
And if we hadn't eaten enough by then...MAGNOLIA BAKERY CUPCAKES! Amen.
Lastly, we strolled through more of the village and then on to Chinatown. Soooo much to see!
..and purchase?? ;)
Before long, it was time to head out of the city...
And to the airport! Wah!
I hated to leave but wow, what an incredible time and trip that I will never forget.
I'm so thankful to Jesus for amazing friends near and far, His beautiful creations, and the wonderful opportunities He provides.
Til next time, NEEWW YOORRRRKKK, NEEEEEW YORRRRKKKKK.