Two weeks ago, my husband and I took a much deserved holiday to New York, Washington D.C. and Virginia. Since it was my first time to each of those states, it was a real treat, and I brought back some wonderful memories…in addition to a wicked flu bug! Since I’m resting up this weekend, now is a good time to share with you our adventures from our first stop, NYC.
We left on May 21st on a red eye that departed at 9:45pm and arrived in NYC at 5:30am. First off, remind me to never take the red eye again! I thought we could sleep our way through the night after some pre-flight vino and arrive refreshed and awake…oh well…it was a nice thought!
Visions of our hotel room were very inviting as we touched down in NYC. We looked forward to resting up that morning so we would be rejuvenated for our 6 hour walking tour which started at 10:00am. Now I know what you’re thinking…are they completely mad? Not really…but due to very limited holiday time that I have at work, we had to cram as much of each city into each day as possible, and in NYC, that started promptly at 10:00am.
Well it turns out our room wouldn’t be ready until 3:30pm, and they didn’t have any public bathrooms that we could freshen up in. Luckily the Starbucks across the street did have a bathroom, and so we changed into some fresh clothes, splashed water on our faces, got some coffee and headed out on a morning stroll that took us directly to Times Square!
Before our trip, I checked the weather, and it stated that there would be scattered thunder showers and humidity in all 3 states, so I wasn’t really sure how to pack because the humidity I heard can be quite dreadful! (And fyi…I totally failed in my philosophy of packing light!) Lucky for us though, the rain was more like a light mist, and it helped balance out the humidity…so it was quite pleasant!
We spent some time soaking in the awe of Times Square. Every year I would watch Dick Clark as he hosted “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”, and I would count down the seconds as the ball dropped. What I envisioned was everything I hoped for! The pulse of the city, the people, the lights, the billboards, the food, the excitement…it’s all there! I had a hard time breaking away from Times Square, but it was time to head to our 6 hour walking tour.
We decided to go with Real New York Tours because what better way is there to experience New York than with an real New Yorker! Our guide’s name was Jimmy, and what a character he was! Born and raised in New York, he had quite a few stories to share with us and a wealth of knowledge on the city’s history…and some jokes to keep us on our toes!
Our guide Jimmy from Real New York Tours
When you sign up with Real New York Tours, be sure to strap on your most comfortable walking shoes and get ready to walk…quickly…all over the city and up and down stairs going to & from the subways. This is a no-nonsense walking tour. If you’re new to New York or want a more in depth look at the city and get some interesting stories & facts from a local, this is a tour to look into. I’ve learned so much about this great city thanks to Jimmy.
For $70.00, you really get your money’s worth!
Here is a brief itinerary of what we covered in those 6 hours:
Washington Square Park
Ground Zero (surrounding area)
St. Paul’s Chapel
Here are just a few photos from the afternoon:
It was a fun afternoon of sights and sounds, but the day was still young. After the tour, we headed back to the hotel, showered, took a brief nap and headed out for the evening…stay tuned for: Visions of New York, Day 1 (Part 2).
Have you ever been to New York? If so, what’s your favorite memory?