Things were decidedly quiet on the blog over Christmas because Neil and I were in New York!
With no Disney marathon on the schedule in January 2014 we figured this would be a great opportunity to go somewhere exciting for Christmas. We pounced on super cheap airfare way back in March, plus we got a discount on our hotel by paying in full early (also way back in March). That made our trip to New York during an expensive time of year a little more budget friendly.
We flew to New York on December 25th. Along with every other tourist in New York we attempted to see the tree at Rockefeller Center that night.We then feasted on Peking duck at Peking Duck House. It was a pretty great way to spend Christmas Day!On December 26th we visited the Top of the Rock at night for a beautiful view around New York City. It was busy, windy and cold, but I loved seeing the Empire State Building all lit up at night.We wanted to do one really fancy dinner on our vacation. Neil and I are huge Top Chef fans and it is always a highlight when Chef Eric Ripert is on the show. Neil managed to snag a reservation at Chef Riper’s restaurant, Le Bernadin…at 10:15 pm! This had to be one of the best experiences we had in New York.
On December 27th we spent a big chunk of our day at the Natural History Museum. I loved the origami Christmas tree!We then went back to the Top of the Rock (thanks to a Sun and Stars ticket) shortly before sunset to enjoy the amazing views.The next day we made our way to Brooklyn to visit the New York Transit Museum. It was amazing to read about how the subway was constructed and to see all of the old trains. It was only $7 to visit the museum and was well worth it!We also visited the Brooklyn Brewery. There was a fairly long line to get in, but it moved swiftly. Beers were $5 each and we were able to get on a free tour of the facility. All the beers we tested were delicious and the tour was a lot of fun. This was our first trip to Brooklyn and there was so much to see!We crammed so much into our visit to New York! Near Times Square on December 30th…because we wouldn’t be getting near it on December 31st!The police gathering outside our hotel on December 31st to help control the crowds that would grow north of Times Square (at 53rd and 7th).At 3 pm the crowds were all the way to 50th Street.Gussied up for our New Year’s dinner out!So that’s all the fun stuff we did in New York! Coming up I’ll talk about how I kept up my workouts while we were on vacation…including a race report for my first race in 2014!
What did you get up to this holiday season? I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s!