Thursday, May 20, 2010

Making memories can be exhausting....

right?  We had such a fun time in NYC, but we came  home exhausted, or at least I did.  Allison hit the ground running.....with projects to finish, and social things to attend to as we approach the last two weeks of, where did the first half of 2010 go?  I'll tell you a little about NYC, and perhaps a pic or camera's batteries died about an hour into Monday; the fresh batteries I had were back in the room and I just started using my phone camera...not bad, but not truly great.
We went to Serendipity, which was loads of fun, and had appetizers and dessert...they are famous for their frozen hot chocolate...and let me just say, if you like Peanut butter and chocolate, pick that one, because it was delicious!!! Check out the website, it's even fun to look at!
We saw Mamma Mia on Broadway, which was loads of fun, too.......the music is good, the actors were great.

We started out Monday with a subway ride to find breakfast.....there are just people everywhere!  Then we headed to Chinatown and Little Italy to experience shopping in NYC, and the street shops.  What an adventure, and I know I saw a million pair of sunglasses and purses.  Whoa!  The girls (my two nieces and my Allison) enjoyed shopping to the hilt! {This picture is from a google search and the words captured so well what you find there, that I copied them from the site........}

Then there are the touts who hang around street corners and subway entrances uttering 3-4 magic words to every passing woman, "Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Coach?" They show you pictures of the handbags they have, and if interested, you follow them to semi-secret locations to buy these so-called better quality fakes. Most of these people carry cellphones and are constantly looking back for police and private investigators.

After that adventure, we found a little deli for lunch (we obviously never were hungry!)
and then went on to more shopping and to find the famous Magnolia Bakery. 

All they had to offer that day was a limited selection as there power had gone out and melted all the cakes!  We did go in search of cupcakes, though, and that we found.  We were mostly impressed with the icing, so light and fluffy!  They had chocolate, vanilla and red velvet......we sampled each one!!
We enjoyed them in a lovely park across the street.
More shopping was on our agenda, and then we left Greenwich Village and headed to the subway to go to FAO Schwartz.  The subway is amazing to be able to get all the way across town in less than an hour!   With a grandbaby in mind, I could have shopped for hours in the toy store, but I kept thinking about the luggage space available!!

That just makes another trip a necessity, right?  We had dinner in a lovely little Italian restaurant, and then headed back to Times Square.......oh the people!!!  And three whole floors of M&M merchandise???? Wow........we must have walked 100 miles in our two and half days there.  {I would have never made it in Jesus' day!!!} On Tuesday, we added some rain to those miles, too. We experienced Bloomingdale's and some other uptown shops.....just so much fun to have nothing else to do but window shop and sight see.  This trip was with three girls and their moms, not exactly a trip focused on doing a lot of touristy things.  Since it was a senior trip of sorts, I just decided to see what we saw and let Allison shop as long as she wanted and dollars would permit!  She is a wise shopper!  Our time ran out too quickly and the whole story about our getting home is a post for another day.......hopefully more pictures and more info to come.....I think I need a nap!!! My legs and feet are still sore.....but my brain is full of fun memories!!


Diana said...

Oh my. Your post brought back great memories for me----Magnolia Bakery, the shows, the busyness, and even the "secret" places for purses!

Have a great Thursday.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Sounds like a great time and beautiful memories that you can cherish always. Hope you have your feet propped up today for a well deserved rest.

Stacey said...

That sounds like so much fun! I've heard the tales about buying those purses in hidden back allies. My best friends husband was chased out because they somehow decided that he looked like a police officer. :) I'm so glad y'all had that girl time. I'm jealous!

Andrea said...

Glad you had a great trip. I have never been to NY, but hope to go, one day.

Debbie said...

How fun!!! I have heard from friends about the knock off sellers spiriting women off to their clandestine corners. How adventurous.

This whole thing just sounds like a WONDERFUL mother/daughter time!

Robin said...

It sounds like y'all had so much fun! I've always wanted to try one of those frozen hot chocolates....YUMMY! Now you have me wanting to go to New York!


Robin :o)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Yay!!! Sounds like you had a blast. :)

Lisa said...

What a dream senior trip! Sounds like you gals made the rounds.:)

Southern Lady said...

What a wonderful trip for you and Allison, Suzanne. I know she will remember it the rest of her life.

I've only been to New York City once, but loved every minute of it. I was so impressed by how friendly the people were and how clean the areas we visited were.

I enjoyed hearing about your shopping adventures, and I know you will always cherish the memories of that special time with Allison.

Darlene said...

I would LOVE to go for a visit there one day. I bet y'all had TONS of fun!

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh my gracious! This sounds like sooo much fun!!! I have always wanted to go to Serendipity! I think I would've been there for every meal. Well, that and Dylan's Candy Bar. I'm a bit of a chocoholic. I, like y'all, would've shopped all day!!!! I've never been on a subway either. Sooo much fun!!! I'm glad y'all had a good time!