Sunday, June 26, 2011

Our Big Apple Adventure, June 15-19

Day one...After a very uncomfy overnight bus trip, our first stop was the Millennium Theater in Lancaster Co., PA to see Joseph.
We ate supper at the Amish home located by this lovely Amish farm...Notice that there are no electrical poles! It was a beautiful area, but I don't think I could give up my modern-day conveniences.
Day two...Taking the ferry to Ellis and Liberty Islands
JJ had an awesome time despite the long days of touring and the late nights.
He and Mamaw Teina were buddies through the whole trip!
Ellis Island registration floor...My dad, JJ and I represent the current three generations of descendants who came to America by way of this check in point to become free Americans.
The baggage room...What you see when you first arrive at the memorial and museum at Ellis Island.
JJ and "Lovely Lady Liberty with her book of recipes..." (My ode to School House Rock)
Ending day two with Wicked on Broadway!!! (I was beside myself with happiness!)
Well, almost ending the day...We made a quick stop on the way back to the hotel at Hershey World.
JJ and his big bucket of Kisses. We will be eating these until Christmas!!!
Day three...The Today show and our shout-out to Tori back home with her Mamaw Sandy and Paw Estel. We didn't get on T.V. because of the large crowd gathered for the concert series. Kenny Chesney was there, so that's why we all were dressed in orange, for our hometown boy.
JJ could have spent his whole vacation here.

And I could have spent mine here...all three stories of an American Girl fan's dream world!
An evening with the Blue Man Group...What an unusual and awesome show!!!
Ending the day atop the Empire State Building...
Day four...Starting the day with a movie locations tour (at Washington Arch Park)
A stop in Harlem at Ladder 14 Station to see the Freedom Engine that the people of East Tennessee donated in 2002 after the 9-11 attacks. . . This is most of our travel group, by the way.
An afternoon with my parents at Serendipity 3 (and a little shopping at the cute boutiques and Bloomingdale's close by). Just look at those massive and heavenly frozen hot chocolate was divine!
We met my cousin John and his family for dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant before heading to see Phantom of the Opera. My mom was thrilled to finally see it!
Day five...Heading home, but not before stopping in Hershey, PA for a glimpse into the world of Hershey chocolates.

This was our quick, but enjoyable trip to NYC. JJ liked visiting and would like to go back, but he said he preferred ET more. Chris and I also got our fill of city life for awhile. But there is something vibrant and magical about NYC that keeps us going back again and again. We look forward to the next time because Tori will be old enough to enjoy what NYC has to offer.

Check back soon for a couple more catch-up posts.

Hope you are having an enjoyable and restful Sunday!


Heather said...

Cindy, I enjoyed my sneak peak of NYC! Our trip will be at the end of July. After reading your blog post I am so excited! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Hi Cindy -- I'm so jealous! I would love to go to NYC to see all those shows. I saw "Wicked" for the first time a few months ago and loved it, and I can literally sing along with the entire show of "Joseph!" But you missed seeing Daniel Radcliffe in "How To Succeed in Business..."?!? I would give anything to see that!

See you SOON!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

What an amazing holiday!!! My girls want to see Joseph so bad. It was scheduled twice to come to Toronto, but something went wrong.

I have never been to Ellis Island it looks so interesting. Loved this post!

Mahmee said...

Looks like some serious fun. Very nice.

Kim K. said...

I'm still getting caught up. What a fun trip. I love NYC. I definitely want to go back. How nice that your extended family could join you as well. I'm green with envy over your opportunity to see Wicked. Isn't Serendipity's amazing? Remember, I have the original recipe from the restaurant cookbook in case you want to make frozen hot chocolate again.