Welcome back friends! I hope your week is going well. I’m back to continue with our journey around New York. Today is about our visit to the celebrated Radio City Music Hall! Radio City is a truly stunning theatre with so many incredible aspects in an Art Deco Era design. We enjoyed a visit to not only see the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, but also to get a behind the scenes look at the world-famous theatre.
Though we passed by the music hall several times during our trip, we didn't venture inside until our last full day in the city. Around mid-day, we enjoyed the Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour. On the tour, we enjoyed getting a behind the scenes look at the theatre. This took us to the practice stage & costume room, gave us a peek at the sunset-like theatre without patrons, and to meet a Rockette. It was super neat to learn the history of the theatre, and how it has thrived through out the years.
Later that day, we ended our trip to New York City with a high-kick, seeing the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular! The show mixes Santa Claus with the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus' birth, which is truly refreshing to see in these ultra-modern times. The show marries the famous Rockettes dancing, including my favorite the Rockettes Toy Soldier routine, with 3D effects and fabulous story-telling, ending the show with a live nativity to depict the night of Christ's birth.
Visiting Radio City and seeing the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular is truly a Christmas-time must while you are in New York.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I'll be back Friday with our visit to South Street Seaport.
Hey y'all! Hope you had a great weekend. I'm back today to share more from our trip to New York. During my first visit to the city, we never even set foot into a subway station. However, this go round, we took full advantage of this incredible transportation system.
I highly recommend using the subway for getting to and fro within New York City. It is super-fast, no traffic, and just about anywhere in the city is quickly accessible by train. For us, with no direction or tips for navigating the massive subway system, we were just winging it. Therefore, it took a bit of trial and error to get things straight. Once I got the hang of things, it was smooth sailing, err riding, from there. To save you my headache, I'll share what made all of the difference for us.
My number one tip for using the subway system in New York City? Use the maps app on iPhone or Android. Enter your current location & desired destination, and your map will tell you EXACTLY where to enter the subway station from the street, which train to take, and give you walking directions to/from the subway from your starting point and to your end destination. It is important to enter the station from the street as the directions say, because it takes you to the correct side of the platform that way you are at the train going the right direction.
It sounds silly, telling you to just follow directions. But it is super important for you to follow them exactly as the app says, or you'll likely end up on the wrong side of the tracks, literally!
Along with enjoying the fast transport here and there, the subway system is truly a modern marvel! To see maps of the many subway lines and stations and to realize how smoothly it all runs is a remarkable thought! It is clear that incredible care and thought went into the design and building of the New York City Subway System, and still goes into it to make it run smoothly today. Not only that, the beauty of the stations is stunning. Notice the meticulous mosaic tile work and beautiful entrance signs. Lucky for us, these elements are still well maintained today.
I know there are a thousand other tips to give you to get through the subway, but I'm no expert. So I stuck with what I know to be our number one life saver during our visit to New York. In the hustle and bustle, don't forget to look around at the beauty of the subway system. Like I said, it truly is remarkable. Also, don't be alarmed if you see a few rats. #notajoke
Thanks for much for stopping by today. Go make it a great day!
Happy Friday friends! I hope your week has gone well, and that you have a fun and/or relaxing weekend planned. I'm back today to share our visit to the new One World Trade Center Observatory in New York City.
We visited One World after our time at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. The new tower is a beautiful addition to the once destroyed area of the World Trade Center Site. It is another beautiful reminder of how far New York City, and our country, has come since the attacks on 9/11. Since being built, it is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, so taking a visit to the top is a real treat.
So, we purchased tickets in advance for our ride up to the top, getting the option to visit anytime. We went in, and were escorted through security before our trip up. The observatory starts out giving a super fun overview of New York City over the course of thousands of years. Then took us on a 47 second trip to the top! We ended our journey on the 102nd story to explore impeccable views of the city.
Though Top of the Rock will always be my favorite, the One World Observatory gives beautiful views on New York Harbor, and, because of its location at the end of the island, the entire borough of Manhattan, which can't be seen quite that way from atop other observation decks in the city. It is truly remarkable to see the island in its entirety, as you can see just how massive and populated the city is. You can also see glimpses of Lady Liberty, the Empire State Building, and neighboring New Jersey.
One World Observatory really is a neat spot to see the city from new vantage points, and learn more about the city. Will you add it to your NYC itinerary?
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a great weekend! See you back next week for more on New York City.
If you follow along with me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that we are in the midst of a brand new, grand adventure! Our sweet twins were born in mid-February, and are nearly two months old now. Life has sure changed in such a short time, and, as hard as it is, we couldn't be happier. We are getting in the groove little by little, and I'm doing my best to keep up with it all. Who am I kidding, I fail everyday! But our babies are so loved, and that's what matters most! I'm already telling them all about this great big world, and am plotting for their first adventure.
I'm excited to share more on how and where to travel with children now that I'll have my own first hand experience. So stay tuned in the coming years for more. ;)
I can't wait to show you the world sweet babies!
Hey y’all! I hope you had a great weekend, and a wonderful Easter holiday. Can you believe we are already in to the month of April. Before we know it, it will be Christmas. I’ve already been working with several clients to book and plan New York City trips for this December. We’ll start working on their itineraries soon, but for now we are gathering ideas for the places they want to see. I do keep itinerary ideas on hand, one I shared last week, and today I’ll share my go-to NYC itinerary for a 7-day trip in December. This can be easily tweaked for any time of year, but December seems to be the main time my clients like to go. And I don’t blame them! It is wonderful in December!
Below is a photo of our itinerary that we used for our trip. I include every little detail so it is all kept in once place, and do the same when I’m helping my clients prepare theirs. But here is a condensed version for you to use to plan your own. Again, these attractions are listed in location order, as well as taking into consideration the times places open/close.