Travel recap The show must go on!
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Up until now, our vacation had been somewhat of a bargain. My husband had collected several hotel nights from business travel he had done over the past few years and we were cashing them in. Our rooms in Niagara Falls, New Jersey and the first two nights in Manhattan were all at no cost to us. Well, except for the $42 per night for our car to sit somewhere far underground. But the free nights had just run out. And the hotel we had been staying at was well out of our normal vacation budget. So my husband had found a bit more reasonable place, still in Manhattan and actually very close to Times Square. So today was moving day. But first, breakfast. So far we had eaten Chinese, Italian, Spanish and Korean food. This morning my husband wanted some good old fashioned New York City food. And to him that meant a bagel at a traditional deli. We fired up the iPhone and took a Yelp around the area. Just a short walk from the hotel we found a well rated place and headed out. Although it was already well after the normal breakfast rush the place was still pretty packed. The line was long and there weren’t many seats so we decided to divide and conquer. I waited for a table to vacate while my husband jumped into the queue. This place had two sizes of bagels, mini and regular. Which when we actually saw them turned out to be more like huge and monstrous! He ordered one of each, added smoked salmon and one of the many flavors of cream cheese they blended. A bottle of juice and a couple cappuccinos and we soon had a traditional NYC breakfast sandwich, and all for only about $40! Welcome to Manhattan! Again. But it was delicious and we were on vacation so we decided to concentrate on the taste and not the price!
We now had enough energy to finish packing and check out. My husband walked the short block to the parking garage to pay the ransom on our car. We loaded up and headed towards midtown. It was the middle of the day and we were only going a mile or so but it took almost an hour with the traffic and red lights. Although at several of the intersections it didn’t really help when the light was green anyway. We just sat there unmoving while the signals cycled through their 3 color palette. We finally got to our next hotel and quickly unloaded the suitcases onto the sidewalk. Then my husband ran inside to ask where to take the car this time. Around the block and then around the corner he went and our car again disappeared for another day spent well below street level. Our room wasn’t going to be ready for a few hours yet so we left our bags and went to explore our new neighborhood. We were now in the theater district and only a block from Times Square so we walked over to Broadway and looked at all the lights and marquees. Our plan was to see a show that evening but the discount ticket window didn’t open for those shows until mid-afternoon. We had some time on our hands so walked up 6th Avenue. Now this was New York: Rockefeller Plaza, Radio City Music Hall and then Central Park. We had planned to walk the park at least to the halfway point but when we saw just how really long that walk would be, we decided enough was enough. I was hot, tired, hungry and grumpy: NOT a good combination. So we went with “Plan B”. You know, that’s the one where we bought some ice-cream and sat in the shade. A little bit rested and refreshed we headed back towards our hotel. It was check in time and also ticket time for the Broadway show that night.
Now that we were paying for the room it shrunk accordingly. We had enough space to walk around without bumping into each other but not by much. And the bathroom was definitely one person at a time. Oh well, it was just one night and we were only going to shower and sleep there. Off to Times Square where my husband got in his second long line of the day to get those show tickets. The great thing about New York’s theater district is that there are so many plays and musicals you can always have a good choice. I found a place to sit while he wound around and up and down the ropes until he got two tickets for a musical comedy that had recently won several awards. And the best thing was the theater was literally across the street from our hotel. Now that we knew to what, when and where we were going, all we had to do was shop and eat until show time. Having had plenty of experience in both, it was only natural that I now took charge. We checked out a couple nearby souvenir stores and just generally chilled the afternoon away. Let’s review. We’d had an even split between Asia and Europe for our dining themes so now we needed a tie-breaker. French I thought. That would do it. Just because I’m Asian doesn’t mean I play favorites. And the fact that I love French food helped keep me fair and impartial. We found a little place just a couple blocks away and made a reservation. When my husband and I had actually been in Lyon, France we went to a great restaurant our hotel concierge told us about. He got the duck while I went with fish. The duck won easily. So this time I knew what I was going to order before we even saw the menu. My husband went with the seafood this time. Duh, the duck won. Again. Wasn’t even close. It just goes to show, some people learn from history and others are married to those intelligent women! Our delicious meal was followed by a great show and we settled into our tiny bed in our tiny room for our last night’s sleep in the Big Apple. In the morning, if all went as planned, we’d be leaving the city and starting the return part of our road trip, all without incident. If you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all, you will have seen that things very rarely go as planned! Come back to see if it does this time!
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Below are more photos from this trip! Have a great weekend!
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