Happy Friday y’all! Can you believe this is the last weekend in April!?! That’s a third of the year already gone! I say this every month, but I don’t know how this happens—time just flies by. I am excited that it is Friday though. I’m looking forward to a low-key weekend. However, today is all about the holiday hustle and bustle of New York City. I’m going to share some of my favorite holiday store windows and store fronts in New York during December.
Strolling around the city during the holidays, you are sure to spot some amazing, over the top holiday windows. In fact, it is what many stores are known for in New York during the holiday season. Our hotel gave us this cute little guide to some of the most popular store fronts along 5th Avenue, among other areas. Following the guide, we enjoyed experiencing an Enchanted Winter Forest at Lord & Taylor, a spectacular light show at Saks Fifth Avenue, and the Aurora Borealis at Bloomingdale’s.
Our last holiday store stop was at Macy’s Herald Square where we were greeted by Virginia and her story depicted in the store’s front windows. Yes, Virginia is a sweet story of a girl’s faith in Santa Claus. If you have little ones, it is a great book and movie to look into. Anyway, after checking out the windows, we had to venture inside. For me, the neatest thing at Macy’s Herald Square is the incredible wooden escalator. Quite amazing that it is still functioning today! The holiday area of Macy’s is always a treat to visit, and I can’t help but go a little overboard with ornaments. :)
There are so many beautifully decorated holiday store windows in New York. You’ll definitely want to watch for them while you are walking around the city.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a great weekend
Welcome back y’all! Hope your week is going well. Mine has been crazy as usual, so I’m excited tomorrow is Friday. Today I’m back to share our stroll around Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan in NYC.
Our stop in the famous park was after a long day exploring many, many neighborhoods around the city. Washington Square Park was our last stop of the day, and it was a great addition to our itinerary! We explored the park enjoying listening to a talented man play on a baby grand piano (seriously, how did he get the piano there??), hand feeding the squirrels, and seeing views of the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center. There is something about sitting on a park bench in New York City, and people watch. I talked about this before, but I always wonder are they travelers like me, are they unwinding after work, or enjoying time with their family.
For us, our time in Washington Square Park was sort of all of the above. A vacation as an escape from work and enjoying time together. Aside from sitting and relaxing, we enjoyed hand feeding the squirrels most. We picked up a couple of packages of nuts from vendors in the park, and enjoyed feeding the friendly critters. They are so well acquainted to people, they even ate right out of our hands! It was really quite funny, because we joked the night before that Lovely’s mom looked just like the bird lady from Home Alone: Lost in New York. She had the perfect hat and bundled up to look just like her! We all had a great laugh!
Washington Square Park is really a neat spot to visit, and, of course, the arch is one of most famous landmarks in the city. I hope you enjoyed my quick account of our visit.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with a little Christmas in April. :)
Hey y’all! Another Friday is here! Whoop, whoop!! Do you have any great plans for the weekend? I’m looking forward to relaxing and enjoying time with my family. In the meantime, I’m back to share my favorite place in New York City, Top of the Rock!
When people ask me what are musts in New York City, Top of the Rock is always at the top of my list! No pun intended! Top of the Rock is the observation deck at Rockefeller Center in Rockefeller Plaza. You know? The place with the famous Christmas tree! So not only can you ice skate, shop, and dine at Rockefeller Plaza, but you can catch the best views of the city from Rockefeller Center! Top of the Rock, in my opinion, has better views than the Empire State Building. I love that there aren’t crazy lines, at least the several times I have visited, and that you can see views of the Empire State Building on one side and Central Park on the other.
I also recommend visiting twice, once during the day and once after dark. It is incredible to see the difference. During the day, you see a concrete jungle. At night, you see an incredible light show. Both have their own beauty. Another bit I love is you can see the stunning St. Patrick’s Cathedral, along with other buildings, from a whole new angle. But there is just something about the beautiful of St. Patrick’s from above and below.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed our visit to Top of the Rock, and I hope you’ll take my advice and add it to your NYC itinerary. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great weekend!
Make Note of Photos to Take
When I travel somewhere new, I like to make mental, and sometimes even physical note, of photographs I want to take. Perhaps it is of something simple like my watch at the time we land or of a menu at a special restaurant. Other times it is something major that I don't want to forget about in the moment. My list may look something like this:
Live in the Moment
My number one rule/tip that I follow when photographing our travels is to live in the moment! Don't get so caught up trying to get the perfect photograph that you forget to enjoy the moment, really take in what you are looking at, and experience it!
Perfect example? When whale watching, it was easy to get keep my sights behind my camera lens waiting for whales to pop up so I could get the perfect shot and proof that I saw whales in the wild! Problem with that? You don't see them with your own eyes!! You just experience it through a camera, a photo. Meaning, you might as well had stayed home and searched the internet for whale photos. Put your camera down, and see it with your own eyes! So how did I get this blurry photo? I just held the camera in the general vicinity of the water, clicked away, and hoped for the best without ever looking at the camera itself. This way, if I got photos, great! If not, I had the experience! I lived seeing these beautiful creatures with my very own eyes!
I know these are very simple tips and tricks, but these are my go-to rules to follow. I hope these will help you remember what's important when photographing your adventures.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. See you back later this week for more on NYC.
Happy Friday y’all! I hope you’ve had a great week. I’m looking forward to the weekend, and hope you are too. Although, weekends always go by way too quickly don’t they? Anyway, today I’m back to share more from our trip to New York City. During this visit, we ventured to the far end of Manhattan Island to explore South Street Seaport located on the East River.
South Street Seaport was recommended for my first trip to the city by a friend who lived in NYC. However, we never made it there. I’m so glad we made the effort to get down there during my last trip. It is a fabulous area with rich history, shopping, delicious restaurants, and world-class views. We enjoyed an early morning stroll through the area before many shops were even open. But that didn’t keep us from enjoying a meal, or two, and window shopping. We walked around the beautiful cobblestone, taking in the Christmas tree (Christmas trees are everywhere in NYC in December; one of my favorite things about the city), and enjoying a stop in a coffee shop. One of the highlights for me? Seeing the Titanic Memorial. Yup, such a treat! The lighthouse is a memorial to the star-crossed ship that should have reached New York Harbor back in 1912, but, as we know, never made it across the Atlantic.
After strolling around the shops, we walked closer to the river, and explored the pier. From here, you can see ship museums, incredible views of the East River, and the many bridges that connect the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. This brought us to Paris Café. The café has been famous among celebrities and politicians, and is in the most beautiful location on the river. It is said to be the oldest pub in New York having opened in the late 1800s. We enjoyed a delicious brunch here, and I definitely recommend it! I’ll share more about it on my NYC restaurants post later.
South Street Seaport is really a neat area to explore and enjoy a great meal and view! You will definitely want to include this on your NYC itinerary.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope your Friday the 13th isn't crazy! ;) Have a great weekend!