Sunday, December 19, 2010


I'm sitting on a plane on the way back from New York.  They now have planes with Wi-Fi right on board....HOW COOL IS THAT???  My fantastic, wonderful, too-good-to-be-true husband took me to New York so I could see what she looks like all dressed up for Christmas.  He needed to visit a property for business and took me along for the ride.  It was truly a magical sight.  We arrived Thursday afternoon and after depositing the bags at the hotel, we headed off to Rockefeller Center to see the tree.  It was gorgeous!  I don't have photos of it, (they are on G's phone, I'll try to post those later).  We watched the skaters, went in a GIANT Lego store, saw where the Today Show is broadcast and then headed off to a wonderful Italian meal at Il Vagabondo.  All I have to say is..... Yum!  I had a chicken dish in a white wine butter sauce with sautéed spinach and G had Osso Bucco.  It is the tiniest little restaurant with a Bocce Ball dirt court right down the middle of the place.  The crowning glory of the meal was the Bocce Ball desert!  O.M.G.  Chocolate and vanilla gelato around a cherry and nuts, formed into a ball and then the whole thing dipped in dark chocolate.  I want another one right now!  If you are in New York, I would highly recommend checking this little place out.

The next morning it was off to the subway so we could go see Wall Street.  Riding the subway is surprisingly easy and the people watching is fantastic!

It was really, really cold!  I mean really cold!  We walked down to the NY Stock Exchange and G. took some awesome pictures.  (By the way, all of the pics in this post were taken by G.)
Next stop was Battery Park and after that we debated whether or not to ride the ferry out to see The Statue of Liberty.  We finally decided to wait since it was so bitterly cold and the tickets to go inside her were sold out.  Next trip....
This sculpture was in Battery Park.  It used to be at the World Trade Center and was damaged in the explosion.  It's been moved to the park and in front of the statue is an "eternal flame" as a tribute to all who lost their lives that day.  They moved the statue and lit the flame on the one year anniversary of the attack.  It's really hard to believe that it has been ten years since 9/11.  
We went by to see "Ground Zero" and it's a buzz of activity these days.  There were some pretty cool drawings of what they plan to do.  G made the comment that it felt to him as if they were saying, "we will never forget what happened here, but it's time to stop being sad and show that we are moving on to new and exciting things".   He had been before, not long after it happened and told me it was a somber and eerie sight.  I had been to the city one other time and the towers were still there.  I could not help but notice the huge amount of empty space in the skyline since the last time I was there.  It was quite odd.

Well, there is much more to tell.  But lest I bore you with too long a post, I'll follow in a day or so with more of the adventure.  I SO enjoyed myself and NY in the winter is amazing.  But, I have to say it will be very good to be back home and to be in my own bed tonight.  And to see and hug Rex the Wonderdog and Max the kitty!


  1. Wow! What a great thing to do for Christmas! I've always wanted to see Rockefeller Plaza! That G man, he's something else!! Tell him his sis is proud of him! Anyway, I'm glad you two had such a wonderful weekend!


  2. Thanks so much for the great descriptions! It's been a while since I have been to NYC; and your tour took me right back to such a wonderful place.

  3. oh i love NYC this time of year!!
    so glad you got to tag along with the man!!!