Honeymoon Revisit NYC

12 years ago, Dan and I were married on Dec 27th and a couple days later we took off for a NYC adventure.  We spent our time roaming museums, exploring corners of the city and reading in Central Park.   We stayed in a hostel for one night that had a big hole in the door and I could reach across with my body and after that we splurged for an overly priced cheap hotel for the rest of the holiday.  We spent New Years' Eve at a musical, then walking through the crazy busy Times' Square just to get back to Central Park in time to watch the fireworks and the crazy marathonners.





A lot has changed since that first trip together as a Mr & Mrs.  So when Dan asked me on Thursday night of last week if I wanted to go to NYC ON SATURDAY, I was quick to drop all responsibilities and run.  Luckily, both our parents and my sister were able to step up and help take over our life and run our ship as smoothly as they could.  As a planner, a last minute trip is not my ideal, but it was kinda fun to cancel everything and just take off. Kinda made me feel like the young, exuberant and fun-loving newlywed that I was 12 years ago.

Like the trip 12 years ago, I didn't take many pictures this go around....so here are some of my favourite things of this last minute vacation:

  1. Traveling with Dan.  We needed this time away, together.  It was good to just hold hands and walk around and take leisurely suppers with copious glasses of wine.  We got in Saturday around supper time, just in time to walk down to Restaurant Row (we were staying at the Westin on 43rd in Times Square) and we settled on a cute Thai place.  I had a mango and shrimp salad with Pad Thai and Dan had a duck salad with pineapple fried rice.  Quite delicious.  My favourite part of going away is sleeping in, so we were quick to get to bed, anticipating a sleep in the next day.  We had an awesome view of the Empire State building from our room.

  2. Sunday we slept and then leisurely made our way to 5th Ave for a stroll, plus Dan needed a couple new shirts and chocolate.  He's a sucker for pretty chocolates, my man.  We stopped at Banana Republic (of all places) and he found some comfy, nice shirts and I gazed at the beautiful architecture of St. Patrick's.  We also made a stop at Uniqlo and I fell in love with all the clothes.  The end.







[caption id="attachment_8082" align="aligncenter" width="450"] My new outfit from Uniqlo- plaid ankle pants and the comfiest button up I've ever touched.[/caption]

After our little excursion, we made it back to the hotel in time to change and head out to see Avenue Q.  I gave Dan 3 options and that's what he picked (I saw it when we were in NYC in 2009 and loved it) but he didn't like it. Ah well. At least he giggled here and there.  After the show we went to a fantastic French restaurant, Le Rivage for a really good meal.  We had Soupe à l'oignon to start and Crèpes aux fruits de mer and then I had Boeuf Bourguignon and Dan had Cordon Bleu.  Our meal ended with coffees and crème brûlée.  I want to perfect French cooking this winter...totally was inspired for my winter cooking goal while at this restaurant.  It was fantasmagorique.

[caption id="attachment_8084" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Yup, that's a heart in the beer foam.[/caption]

3.  Monday was my adventure day.  I decided that I wanted to explore the Upper West Side and made my way up there with a bagel and OJ in hand via Subway.  I gazed at pretty buildings, smiled at strangers (cause that's how I roll) and then accidentally found the Bloomingdale's Outlet. Le oops.  I could have stayed there all day but I had a train to catch.  I picked up a great pair of Frye shooties and a fur vest for a fraction of the price, and they both put a hop in my step as I continued on my adventure.  I strolled down to the Century 21 on 66th and then got a coffee and adventured in Central Park before hopping on the subway back to the hotel so I could shower (man, it's hard to regulate body temperature there) and hop on a train to Long Island.


Luckily for me, my blogger friend, Katie was available for a meetup and I was super excited to see a new area and visit her town of Patchogue.   Katie met me at the train and then we walked over to her house and had a glass of wine. I loved being in her home that I've seen so many pictures of. It smelled like fall in there and her decor was perfection.  The wine and the chatter was great too! We then walked over to a local sushi restaurant and talked away, like we had been friends forever and hadn't really just met for the first time.   I had the most delicious pumpkin ale, rimmed with cinnamon which I am now officially obsessed with finding here. I had also never seen sushi wrapped in soy paper.  I was sad to only have a couple hours with Katie and will definitely be adding "explore Long Island, especially the Hamptons and drink all the beer" onto my list of things to do next time I come to NYC.







I got home in time to head out for supper for one last time with hubby- we went for burgers at 5 Napkins and enjoyed our last night in the big city.  It was a perfectly impromptu getaway and put a little hop in my step and more love in my heart for my dear hubby and for that, I am grateful.

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Comments

  1. Love, love, love your recap and loved meeting you most of all!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  2. What a fun, fun trip!!! Love nyc! And century 21!!!!

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  3. LOVE THIS!! I'm going first weekend in November and now I'm gonna check out your hotel :) Looks like you had fun. Glad you met Katie!

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  4. So fun! I love NY. My anniversary is Dec. 26!

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  5. Dan didn't like avenue Q???

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  6. Yay for impromptu trips, time with the hubby, adorable new clothes (I just found out we have a Uniglo 30 minutes away - how did I not know that?), yummy food, and meeting Katie. Sounds like the perfect weekend. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. I really wanted a Louis Vuitton from Century 21 but had just bought the shoes....dang. Next time.

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  8. Thanks for opening up your world to me!

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  9. hmmmm...maybe you and I should adventure to the Uniqlo......

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  10. Yay for Cmas weddings! The day we got married was -37 degrees....eek.

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  11. YAya for a trip for you! The hotel is clean and new-ish and on a busy corner, so close to everything..I've stayed there twice.

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  12. First off, I'm super jealous that you met up with Katie! I just love her! Since I started reading her blog I have always thought we would definitely meet up in NYC one day and bond over wine & sushi! She's just adorable!
    I love your Frye shooties, too!! Great find!

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  13. So exciting!! I can't wait to tell everyone where we are moving because maybe one day you and I will meet up!! Xo

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  14. Mmmm, five napkins, love that place

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  15. What a perfect getaway weekend! And how fun that you got to meet Katie AND GO TO HER HOUSE!! That outfit is adorable. Is that heart in the beer an accident or for real? Reading in central park in Dec?!? Seriously?

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  16. Good for Dan to sweep you away on short notice! (brownie point for him) Sometimes it's important to remember to take a few days off of real life just as a couple. Logan and I really came to that conclusion on our trip this summer. Having date nights is very different than have 5-7 days to just be together, walk, talk, sleep, laugh, without a timer that's about to go off. Love all the things you got to do but I especially like that you had a chance to connect with a blogger friend. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  17. I love every minute of this. The view, the French dinner, the plaid pants...darling! Hurray for comfiest shirt ever. Those boots, peep-toes to show off pedis. Walking hand-in-hand. Family who can step in. Hearts in beer foam. Pretty chocolate. A train ride. Meeting Katie - you two lucky girls!! You did so much, lived so much life in such a short time. Well done, my friend!!!

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  18. What a perfect way to spend your anniversary and I love that it was spontaneous! This makes me want to pack and go to NY next weekend! Love your Frye boots and so fun that you got to meet Katie!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  19. You crazy kids running away and having so much fun. I love it!

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  20. What an awesome trip - and a great idea from your hubby, it sounds like you had a really fun time! :) Really nice you got to squeeze in a catch up with a blogger friend too :)


    Away From The Blue Blog

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  21. What a fantastic last minute trip! So much fun that you go to meet up with Katie too! :)

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  22. Blogger meetups are my new favourite thing

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  23. I want to go to NYC every weekend.

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  24. Aw, thanks. It was a special getaway

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  25. I totally agree...having more than just a night is so essential

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  26. The heart was accidental yet so serendipitous, no?

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  27. You? Finding shopping? I don't believe it :) also I want your plaid pants.

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  28. I know I missed this post along the way but I so wanted to read it. Made my day to see you and Katie together smiling.

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