Friday, November 21, 2014

Being A Tourist

Back in late October I got the chance to be a tourist in my own city. The last time I played this part was when my sister and niece visited me probably 3-4 years ago. My brain can't remember exactly when, I just know we went all over the place and had oh so much fun.

This time around, when my niece had her Fall break from teaching she asked if she and her boyfriend could come visit for a few days. Why of course! I didn't think twice.

As I am sitting here flipping through the pictures on my phone, I can't help but reminisce about their visit and all the fun "touristy" things we did.

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite highlights.

Our Day 1 adventures began with a walk through Times Square in search of TKTS.
With TKTS not open until 2pm, we headed down to South Street Seaport. After having TKTS success and Broadway Show tickets in hand, we strolled over to the water.

It's been a long time since I have visited the Seaport. I couldn't believe how much had changed. The mall that was there is all boarded up and appears to be going under construction. One thing that hadn't changed was the ship.
From the Seaport we decided to stop for a bite to eat. If my memory serves me correctly, we had Lebanese food.
After our bellies were full, we strolled over to One World Trade Center.
Not matter where you stand, every time you look up, the building comes to a point. Of course, we also stopped by the 9/11 Memorial.
It's really beautifully done and happy that I finally visited.

From here we went over to the Hudson River and walked up to The Highline.
My day out quickly came to an end after we checked out, and sampled, some yumminess from the Broadway Bites setup at Herald Square. By this time is was early evening, I headed home as my niece and her boyfriend went to their first Broadway Show.

On Day 2 of their visit, I sent them out on their own as I had a doctor's appointment in the morning and didn't want to hold them back.

However, I was back out there with them for our Day 3 adventures. Even though it was raining for practically the whole entire day, we still made the most out of it and had some fun.

We started with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. Fortunately we were walking from Manhattan into Brooklyn so the rain/wind was at our back.
Once we got off the bridge, we got our bearings and headed towards the water. We stumbled upon this beauty of a used bookstore.
This picture just captures a small portion of all the books they had. Heaven!

What visit to Brooklyn wouldn't be complete without a visit to Grimaldi's?
Best pizza ever in my opinion!

After lunch, we strolled through the neighborhood to do some architectural sightseeing and shopping.
This place must be pretty amazing, and expensive, to live in. Loved everything about it.

We also did some thrifting.
Well after my quick perusal of the racks, I planted by behind on a bench and watched the two youngens shop their hearts out. I was completely happy just watching.

Lastly, we headed back to Manhattan for dessert and landed at Veniero's.
All of this for just three people? Yes please.

Of course, before we knew it the fun had to come to an end. The next morning was time for our goodbyes, which is always hard for me. I miss having family close by, so this was extra special for me to have them visit. Can't wait for the next time!


  1. Oh I really enjoyed my puttering around your lovely city both when I was a young adult and just last year with my family. You played tourist and visited some places that we didn't get to, so it's lovely you shared that here. It also keeps a return trip cemented in the list ...

    1. I love playing tourist in my city. Gives me the opportunity to go places I wouldn't go to on a regular basis or they are once in a blue moon special treat places. Of course I love playing tourist in your city too.

  2. I like your approach to desserts! :)

    When Jan and I went to Paris about ten years ago, the only tourist-y goal we had was to eat two different desserts each day. (We would pick them up each evening at the patisserie near that apartment we rented.) Over 9 days we tried over 20 different things. :)