Thursday, June 19, 2014

{New York City} Flashback: Day 3, 4, and 5

Monday was considered a travel day for Tim so we had one more full day of playing together. And the first thing on our list for today was good food of course! The famous Grimaldi's was on both of our lists. (An actual first for Tim!) We again arrived at perfect time. No waiting. And our vote... best pizza hands down. Way better than Lombardi's! Even thinking about it makes me salivate.

NYC is full of culture and I have come to find out through walking that there is also a lot of unique street art. On our walk toward the metro we came across this colorful wall! How cool!

I'm not sure why the Flat Iron Building was another sight on my list, other than the fact that I think it looks cool and that I wanted to see it in person. Unique architecture is another thing I love about big cities.

I'm going to admit. I had a list of foodie places in NYC just as long as my list of sights. Maybe even longer. Now, Doughnut Plant. People. You MUST try this place if you are visiting the city. Not only was this place the cutest place on the block inside and out, their choices for donuts were unreal! Just reading the choices had my mind blown.
I couldn't decide which one I wanted so I did the most logical thing. I got them all. {Tres Leches, Blackout, Coconut Lime, Wild Blueberry, Cinnamon Sugar, and Raspberry} And yes, I ate more than Tim.

I have seen a couple theater shows in London but not in NYC so Broadway was another thing on my list. We decided to wait in line for the discounted tickets for the show we wanted for today. We arrived at exactly 3 p.m. when the lines open up and to our astonishment the line was a lot longer than we imagined! We reluctantly yet willing got at the end of the line thinking we were going to have to wait for a couple of hours or so when at that very same second a gentleman who works for the discount ticket booth taps my shoulder and with no words signals for me to follow him. I instantly knew why and I couldn't believe it. Yup, because I was visibly preggo he literally led us to THE very front of the line. We skipped everyone who had been waiting for hours and only waited for 5 minutes total before we had our tickets in hand!! Tim's face was one of triumph as we stood right at the front. I mean, he is the one who got me pregnant after all and he seemed to be happily benefiting from his wife being so pregnant! ;)
So what did we do with all this extra time we now had? We went back to the hotel and I took a nap! Heaven. I got to relax and freshen up for our evening out.

For dinner, we met up with the Blanchards again, Rachel and Bryant, for an amazing Indian cuisine at Darbar. Just as good as London. My taste buds were jumping for joy to get their craving filled again.

We sadly had to rush out of there to catch our show. We saw the Phantom of the Opera. It was a really nice date out with my love. And as much as I really don't like Times Square I loved walking through it hand in hand with my handsome guy afterwards. The lights and the city walk just suits us.

The next two days Tim had to work so I got to explore the city by myself! I was less hesitant to get out and about than before because I felt more confident using public transportation after doing so for two years in a foreign land. (Although can I just say that the metro is so disgustingly dirty and so much more confusing and less accessible than the tube!)

I wanted to find something like the Borough Market in London. My mistake. There is nothing like the Borough Market but Chelsea Market was kinda cute to explore. I got to enjoy a nice artisan lunch by myself and do a lot of window shopping.

I spent the rest of the afternoon with Rachel and Jono at the park. Chatting with a good friend is very good for the soul.

After some more window shopping I decided to head back. My hernia from this pregnant was really starting to get to me after so many days of walking. I can't believe at 33 weeks pregnant in London I was cruising the cities with two kids in tow with zero problems. I am a serious suburban wimp now. I don't like it.

Tim took me to a steak house for dinner at Wolfgang. I prefer Maestros, a local steakhouse here in Orange County but steak when pregnant for this girl is always greatly appreciated!

On my final day in NY I didn't really want to do too much. I took a short simple stroll through Rockefeller Center. I have been keeping my eye out for some souvenirs for the girls and I came across the American Girl Doll store! Bingo! I bought them a couple of outfits that say New York on it for their dolls and a cute Statue of Liberty outfit for their stuffed animal. It was a huge hit!

I am so grateful for these small opportunities to travel. Tim and I really love to travel and hopefully we can have some amazing adventures in the states with the kids as life calms down a little more as the newborn baby phase phases out. I'm sure we will visit this great city soon as the girls were sad that we got to go. They want to see the Statue of Liberty really badly. Gotta help them cross off their bucket list too!

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