I don't recall much of New York City since it was a very short visit plus I was just a little kid back then. That trip was also my first time in the US of A. Since then I have been traveling to the states every so often but never had the chance to go back to New York until recently.
I had just retired from the corporate world and decided to take a trip visiting with friends and family particularly my siblings who are now living in the US. Too bad the big K couldn't come with me since he had to do extra work to support me now *wink*. Kidding aside, we were going on a trip to Europe later in the year so his vacation days were all tied up for that trip.
View of Central Park from the view deck of the Rockefeller Center also known as the Top of the Rock.
So, it was my sister, the gorgeous H, who was to be my travel buddy. Here's the thing, traveling with the big K has taught me to travel light. I had to! Try carrying a bursting suitcase up and down the stairs of metro stations that don't know the the existence of elevators nor escalators. You'll be wanting to travel light after an episode or two of that. Now, my petite and lovely sister despite her size has the propensity to travel with suitcases bigger than herself, packing everything except the kitchen sink.
Taking the plane and paying for excess baggage fees was out of the question and so was driving 8 hours and having to worry about traffic and parking when we finally got to New York City. Solution? A long and leisurely train ride (which also happens to be my sister's favorite mode of travel).
|Meals are served at the dining car where you share a table with other diners or doggy bag it and have a picnic in your room which the gorgeous H and I did for lunch after having to suffer listening to a fellow rider drone about himself at breakfast.|
Having been somewhat used to the quiet, laid-back suburbs of Cleveland the gorgeous H's reaction when we finally arrived at busy New York-Penn Station was priceless.
|No doubt about it, we were in New York City!|
|The ever busy Times Square.|
The Theater District
When we were planning this trip we decided that we were going to stay in Manhattan where most of the famous landmarks and tourist attractions were. We wanted to maximize our time sightseeing plus we didn't want to be bothered with the commute specially late at night. Understandably the hotels in the area were a little bit pricier as compared to staying say in Brooklyn or New Jersey.
Good thing we found a deal at a hotel in the Theater District. The hotel was relatively new, clean (bathroom was spotless!) and was just two blocks away from Times Square so it didn't get to be busy or noisy. It was also a few minutes walk to the nearest subway station. So getting around the city was no problem. And because of its close proximity to busy Times Square there were still a lot of people in the subway even late at night. Quite a relief really. I think I've been watching too much of CSI:NY.
|View from our bedroom window.|
|This was to be our neighborhood for the next 5 days.|
|Nothing compares to watching The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. If you want to get good seats be prepared to spend a little and buy the tickets way in advance. It is a pretty popular show.|
|The iconic chandelier.|
|It had been a very long day for us so the gorgeous H and I decided to turn in early and do a take-away from the nearby pizza place.|
Be sure to visit my blog for more of New York City on my next blog post.