Saturday, October 6, 2012

our NYC adventure

husband and i were lucky enough to visit one
of our favorite cities last week

it was a just-the-two-of-us getaway
to celebrate husband's birthday and our anniversary (a little belated)
it's not our first visit to the big apple
so because we have already done the "uber-touristy" things, 
(statue of liberty, empire state building etc)
we tried to do "other" touristy things

so, here's a canadian girls'
list of must do's while visiting
one of the most amazing cities in the world

walk! walk everywhere you need to go!
husband and i would leave our hotel 
around 8am and not return until past 10pm
and we walked the entire time
it's the only way to see the city and all the 
beautiful architecture 
my neck cramped from continuously looking up
and admiring all the gorgeous buildings 


if you are a book lover like me, you will be in heaven
they boast to have 18 miles worth of books
they have the largest collection of vintage and rare books
i could have seriously spent an entire day just walking up
and down the aisles admiring all the books

visit times square
yes, super touristy
but there is no other place like times square
as i mentioned on my instagram feed
photos can't do this place justice
the people, the lights, the sounds
if you have the time (and budget)
go watch a broadway show
husband and i lined up at the TKTS booth in times square
we were in line for a few hours but walked away
with awesome seats to mama mia at 40% off!
totally worth the wait

visit the met (perfect rainy day activity)
it was our second time here
but we kept saying to ourselves
wow, we never saw this last time
it's huge!  give yourself the whole day
we did... 
and we still walked away feeling like we didn't see everything
(i'm sure we didn't!) 

walk over the brooklyn bridge
i have a slight fear of heights 
and it was a little overwhelming walking over the bridge
(it was only a few pieces of wood between me and a couple of hundred speeding cars!)
but most definitely worth it!

once you have crossed the brooklyn bridge, you will be in brooklyn (duh!)
walk towards the water
the view of manhattan from across the east river is simply 

and if you are lucky enough to be in brooklyn
(and a lover of all things vintage)
while the brooklyn flea is still on
it's most definitely worth the visit

husband and i walked around with heavy hearts 
because there were so many beautiful items
that we would have loved to bring home with us
but i'm pretty sure that two sidetables
and a coffee table would not have fit in our luggage

another definite must-do 
is a bike ride through central park (weather permitting)
there are bike rentals places all over the place
and they are all really reasonably priced
i personally think it's the best way
to see the entire park 
since it's huge

and last but not least
you must be thinking.. really the library?
but if you love books like me
it's another slice of book heaven
and the building, the actual building
is simply stunning!

of course i can't do a must do list of nyc without mentioning
shopping and eating
shopping can be done pretty much anywhere and everywhere in the city!
fifth avenue, soho, maddison avenue
but the eats... oh, the eats
that deserves a post of it's own
stay tuned for that


cham said...

You got me at 18 miles worth of books... Wish I could go there... :)

Eleni said...

I went to New York when I was 20, with three friends from uni, and the whole thing was governed by how little money we had and how few places would allow our under-age asses in. I enjoyed it but I would love to go back now, as an adult, with more of a plan! Can't wait to see the food pictures!

megan lane said...

Looks like such a fun trip! So great that you were able to get away to celebrate. I've been to NyC a couple of times but never Brooklyn.. Hubby is actually applying to a teaching position there, kind of crazy!

Joanne said...

Thanks for sharing your list of touristy things to do. I haven't been to NY but want to go soon! Looks like a lot of fun.

Elisse said...

NYC holds a very special place in my heart, and no matter how few or many times you've been there, you can't shake the energy the city exudes.

I loved seeing you and your hubby's adventure through this city!