We took our trip this past weekend and stayed three nights at the Martha Washington Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Friday, we started off with a bus tour that took us south past Ground Zero and the new One World tower and then north past Grant's tomb, St. Patricks Cathedral and Harlem. Early evening, we stopped for a light dinner and hot drink in Bryant Park which has been turned into a Winter Village for the season, complete with ice skating rink and restaurant.
|One of the holiday display windows of Lord & Taylor|
|View of Times Square from the Empire State Bldg|
|The view from our carriage|
|Trying to stay warm|
|Upper West side with other carriages in foreground|
|First NYC subway ride|
|The Set of "You Can't Take It with You"|
I assumed James Earl Jones would be a long-shot and I was right. After waiting some time, old man winter was nipping at our toes so we decided to forego Darth Vader's autograph and console ourselves with a slice of cheesecake from Junior's. This meant a midnight return to our room, and a much later repose.
After a very full two days, both my mom and I were tuckered out come Sunday morning. We managed to stir and go get some New York Pizza for lunch. Then, we decided to limit our ambitions for the day and just go back to the room for more R&R. I did manage to get up enough energy to go explore by myself for a couple of hours in the afternoon and ended up walking the Highline - a cutting edge rails-to-trails project on the west side of Manhattan.
|On the Highline|
Monday, we packed up our suitcases and checked out of the hotel. They were kind enough to hold our bags while we made the best of our last day. We decided to breakfast at the Murray Hill Diner once again. Then, we rode a crowded subway train to 83rd Street and walked a few blocks to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We enjoyed several hours there while a winter front dumped rain outside. There is more than one eatery at the MET, so it makes for a perfect place of refuge on a rainy day in the city. While this was my second visit to the MET, it was nice to be there with my mom - someone who could truly share in the wonder of it all. We strolled through the Egyptian exhibit and perused the walls in the American and European galleries. Before departing, we made a point of seeing the restored Lombardi sculpture of Adam and Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.
|Tullio Lombardi's Adam|
I, for one, had an awesome time, and I know for a fact that my mom checked several things off her bucket list. I'm so glad we got to have this once in a lifetime experience together. There were more than a few unforgettable moments that would not have happened with anyone else. We are both still recovering and trying to get back to normal life, but that's to be expected after a trip like this - especially one that involves New York City. There is so much to do that you go, go, go trying to see and do it all. Perhaps that is where the term "Take a bite out of the Big Apple" comes from, because who could possibly take it all in. Instead, take one big bite at a time. I'll be savoring this trip for a while yet, but I'll eventually be ready for another piece.
Once again, Happy Birthday Mom! I so enjoyed our Big Apple Birthday Bash. We may just have to do it again sometime.