I have many pictures in my house, whether they're up on walls, in photo albums, in boxes waited to be organized, or in folders on my Shutterfly account, I love looking back on those precious memories. I also love to share, hence the blog. So I thought I'd share a series past and upcoming travels (with pictures) since we are going to be stuck inside for a while. Please feel free to share your own experiences, travels, and tips/places to visit! We are always looking for new adventures.
With that in mind, I was going through my computer the other day and saw my eldest daughter's plans for our 2020 NYC Trip. We have gone every year since 2018. I don't remember who suggested it but we orginally visited the big apple for my eldest to see
the Broadway musical, Anastasia. She followed the musical from the time they announced it at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade performance to their closing (they still travel across the U.S.). We had planned a two day, three night stay & saved for months for it.
I was so worried. I had seen all the movies, crime statistics, and pictures/videos from every news station. I was so scared my youngest would be kidnapped, we would be separated, people would try to steal from us, etc. Of course, I was also excited because I have always dreamed of seeing a Broadway show in NYC! (Our hotel view is below)
In those short two days, my daughters & I fell in love. The girls were mesmerized. They loved the sounds & seeing all the people go about their daily lives. The city was nothing I thought it was, my eldest now has fallen in love so much that she wants to live there. I enjoyed walking around everywhere & seeing the hustle & bustle of the modern day New Yorker. We loved it so much that we decided to go back in 2019 (although my daughters tried to suprise me for my birthday). It was a little tougher this time, colder, & some of our plans fell through. Nevertheless, we loved it & the shows, museums, Central park & just overall the city itself.
We loved it so much & we made plans for this year and for next year! This year we planned for the early summer, short two days to see two musicals (Hadestown, Mrs. Doubtfire) & visit our same usual hotspots. Especially the Stardust Diner. My sister recommended it to us and we have all loved it ever since. My eldest claims if she lives there she will make it a weekly visit just because its so full of life & love. The American Museum of Natural History is a must-visit. In the two years we visited, we still have yet to complete the entire museum. Mainly because my eldest LIVES with the dinosaurs while my youngest LIVES with the fishes (Marine Biology section). The Musuem of Modern Art - again we haven't finished because my eldest loved the egyptian exhibits (even spent $200 on books there) while my youngest loved the impressionsit paintings. Of course we will visit more places but those are our current favorite places.
We have been keeping up with the news about the virus & we know that it's hitting New York hard. When the first outbreak in the US came to light, we had a feeling that we would have to post-pone our trip this year. When we saw the post above we were upset but understood, the city is going through a tough time right now but we also made plans still because NYC is tough & will recover.
We have planned for a short trip, if/when the virus is gone & quarantined is lifted by August or September then we will visit and if we can't then it will roll into our long trip next year. For 2021 we have planned an even longer trip- 5 days!! We want to do everything above still, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Tour, Coney Island amusement park, countless museums, hot dog stand (for my eldest only), 4-5 broadways, and so much more. We have been saving and working hard since our last trip so we can visit the city more comfortably.
I think the Governor said it best when he said "We're going to get through it because we are New York and because we've dealt with a lot of things, and because we are smart. You have to be smart to make it in New York. And we are resourceful, and we are showing how resourceful we are. And because we are united, and when you are united, there is nothing you can't do. And because we are New York tough. We are tough. You have to be tough. This place makes you tough, but it makes you tough in a good way. We're going to make it because I love New York, and I love New York because New York loves you. New York loves all of you. Black and white and brown and Asian and short and tall and gay and straight. New York loves everyone. That's why I love New York. It always has, it always will. And at the end of the day, my friends, even if it is a long day, and this is a long day, love wins. Always. And it will win again through this virus. Thank you."
Stay safe & we will see you soon NYC!