Street lights, big dreams all lookin’ pretty.

The Flight

So I pretty much heard it all..

“Oh get ready, it’s SO rough and I always have to take medicine to get me through it.”

“Take off is so scary, it feels ten times worse than a rollercoaster.”

“I get claustrophobic easily, so I don’t know how you are.. but you may get that way too.”

“The airport is so confusing.. good luck with that!”

So being that this was my first time flying, I was a little nervous hearing all of the opinions and experiences from other people.. but I ended up loving it! (And no, I didn’t get lost in the airport) My sis-n-laws sister was on the same flight, so we ended up getting seats next to each other.. a huge win for me because even though I knew I was going to be fine, it still gave me assurance that someone was there with me if I freaked out. So, between listening to music I had downloaded, watching the Georgia game…GO DAWGS, and eating those really good cookies, the flight was great! And a lot of videos were documented.. 🙂 I had an aisle seat, so I didn’t get to see much out the window flying in to NY, but coming home I had a window seat and nobody sat next to me, which was a huge plus because I totally used the empty seat to prop my legs on. But the views were uhhmazing!! And I know that for some people it was their millionth flight, or they were on a business trip.. so they were probably like okay girl quit taking selfie pics in your seat. But it made me super excited to be able to experience all of this for the first time. Like duh I’m gonna be freaking out.

I snapped this pic as we were taking off to head home!

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The Room

Big windows that showed the skyline, comfy beds, and a doorman. Hello, can I stay here forever? But no seriously this place was so nice! Right in the heart of Manhattan, it was super convenient to all the touristy things we had on our list. And even though we were on the 32nd floor, I could STILL hear car horns and sirens at night, haha! Overall we were spoiled with how nice it was! (The views at night were crazy cool!)

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The Site Seeing

We hit all the major touristy spots, and I obviously took a ton of pictures, so here’s a bunch for you guys to see!! This is a list of everything we went to — (Hopefully I didn’t forget anything)

  • Times Square
  • The Library
  • The View – Marriott Marquis
  • Macy’s
  • Bryant Park
  • St. Patricks Cathedral
  • Rockefeller Plaza
  • Central Park
  • M&M’s World
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Empire State Building
  • Trump Tower
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • Broadway Show
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Times Square
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Times Square
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Times Square
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Times Square
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The Library – Someone was getting married and they had all these candles set up on the stairs, it was beautiful!
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The Library
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The View at the New York Marriott Marquis- Reminded me of the Sundial in Atlanta! We went there for drinks one night before dinner.
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The View
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And this is where we spent 3 hours in the shoe department…
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The fountain from “Friends!”
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St. Patricks Cathedral
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St. Patricks Cathedral
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Rockefeller Plaza
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Central Park
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Central Park
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Central Park
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M&M World
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M&M World
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My first little blue box purchase 🙂

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Empire State Building
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Trump Tower!
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Grand Central Station
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Grand Central Station
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Grand Central Station
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9/11 Memorial & Museum- One of the most amazing things I have ever experienced! I highly recommend going to see the Memorial Pools (shown in this picture) and then walking through the museum. I was so young when 9/11 happened, so it was very fascinating to revisit that day, and I learned a lot of things I didn’t know before. Such a humbling experience!! (We also took the subway there and that was pretty cool too!)
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Out of respect for the ones who lost their lives and their families, photography wasn’t allowed in certain parts of the museum.. so here are a few that I did get to take. (And plus, I don’t want to spoil it for people that haven’t been yet!)

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The Broadway Show- We went and saw Waitress.. it was very very good!! We also had great seats!

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The Food

I’m glad we walked a lot while we were there because lord I ate so much good food! Yummy Italian, a hotdog from a stand (I just had to), cheesecake, pizza, breakfast from cute bakery’s, coffee and more coffee… everything I had was amazing! I obviously didn’t snap pics of every single meal that I had, but I did take a few..

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Fig & Olive- We ate here the first night and it was really good! I ordered a grilled chicken kale and quinoa salad with a lot of yummy toppings & a lemon dijon dressing.. it was delish!!
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Maison Kayser- This French bakery was on the corner of where we stayed so we ate there a couple times, and it was really good. I ate a ham and cheese croissant, and of course coffee!
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Le Pain Quotidien- We came here for lunch/pick-me-up snack, so I ordered this yogurt parfait and it was so fresh!! The place was decorated super cute and industrial.
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Clinton Hall- This was a restaurant/bar-type place. My favorite thing about it, was that they had different games spread out on every table.. so if you came with a group of people you had some entertainment while you ate dinner. So we played a couple of card games & Jenga! And the music was really good too, so one night we went back just for appetizers, drinks and the games!.. so fun!
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Trademark Taste + Grind- I had a burger and fries here, and it was to die for! Their wine was good too 😉
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Fresco by Scotto- It’s hard for me to venture out with food sometimes. I tend to order the same thing over and over again.. or only order things I can pronounce on the menu, lol.. So here’s an exciting spaghetti & meatballs pic. Oh..and side note- my sister-in-law has got me drinking red wine now. Who am I!
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Naples 45- This was our last meal in New York before we headed to the airport. I got a pasta dish for my main entree and then I ordered a slice of cheesecake for dessert. This was a slap-yo-mama cheesecake! Probably the best I’ve ever had!!

 

Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better trip and experience!! I am so grateful that my sister-in-law invited me and that I was able to go. I had a lot of “firsts” on the trip too, so it’s always something I’m going to remember. So if you are looking for your next trip, New York needs to be on ya list!!

Also, I’m aware that it’s been way over a month since I got back and it took forever to finally write this.. I was just trying to make sure I had all the details right and you know…life happens. 🙂

 

much love guys!

xo

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