Welcome back y'all. I hope your Friday is going well, and I hope you enjoyed yesterday's post about the 9/11 Memorial in New York. Today, I am back to share more. This time more in depth about the National September 11 Memorial Museum. The memorial I shared about yesterday and the museum I'm touching on today are located in the same area of New York City, where the original twin towers stood.
During my first visit to New York, we actually didn't realize there was a museum, so we completely missed out on that experience. I hate that my mom didn't get to see it, but I know we'll go back again for her to visit. However, I am truly grateful I was able to experience this humble place during my second visit to the city.
The 9/11 Museum is located under and around the original twin towers, and gives us a closer look of the events that transpired that fateful day and the days, weeks, months, and even years to follow. The museum, along with the memorial commemorating the names of those who perished, also gives us a look at the 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center.
The museum is undoubtedly the most difficult place to visit in regards to the 9/11 sites as we hear voicemails from those who were on the plane calling their loved once for what would be the last time, learn more about the individuals who perished, see crumbled steel beams & fire trucks, unimaginable photographs, and artifacts that were on the persons of those lost. There is so much more to the museum that what I've pictured here, as in some places I didn't want to take photos, instead just focusing on the tragic events, and in some parts of the museum photography is not, rightfully & respectfully, allowed.
If you plan to visit the museum, which I highly encourage you to, allow yourself 2-4 hours to really take it all in. And know that it will be difficult and mentally draining, but it will be worth it. You'll learn more first hand knowledge here, and really get a better grasp of the magnitude of the events than you will from any other source, aside from personal, first hand accounts.
There is so much to learn and understand and fathom, which we cannot, at the 9/11 Museum, and I honestly cannot put into words my true feelings as a whole about experiencing the museum & memorial for myself. It is that of anger, astonishment, bitterness, solemness, beauty, love, pride, and so much more all wrapped into one very messy package. Unfortunately, these events are a very large part of our current world and country's history, but fortunately we live in a country of love, sacrifice, and determination to make it a better place each & everyday. I believe that is what is shown here at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and those characteristics cannot be taken away with attacks of terror & hatred.
I truly hope you feel inspired to add the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to your New York City itinerary. I know that you will not regret it. Thank you for allowing me to share such a special piece of New York and my heart with you. I will see you back next week for more of this beautiful city!
Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed Tuesday's very important safety tips. Today, I'm back to dive into sharing the real details of our trip, my 2nd trip, to New York City. To start out, I want to share about our experience at the 9/11 Memorial, and tomorrow I'll share in depth about the 9/11 Museum.
In my opinion, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum are absolute musts while visiting New York City. This was at the top of my husband's must do/see list, and we spent quite a bit of time there taking it all in.
The bronze leaves of the trees really set the tone for the memorial at the time we visited, and were really quite a beautiful site. The beautiful swamp white oak trees cover the grounds and surround the memorial pools to really bring peace to the area. You can read more about the carefully selected trees here. I even a Christmas ornament of a bronze leaf I purchased on my first visit to the memorial in 2013.
Speaking of my first visit, you might wonder why I made a point to take a photo with Peter L. Freund. On my first visit, his name stood out to me. A white rose was placed in his engraved name, which I later learned meant that day was his birthday. Though we were about a week early to visit on the same day, I couldn't help but visit him again as his name and story touched me so much. This go round, I was also able to learn more about him at the 9/11 Museum which I'll share about tomorrow. The museum really brings the names on the memorial pools, and helps us remember these are more than just names. They are people, once living, thriving people with families and livelihoods that were taken far too soon. Other names that really stand out on the memorial are those with unborn children. I am so glad that these precious babies are acknowledged, remembered, and memorialized along with their mothers on the memorial. It is a tough pill to swallow, but it is the reality of that fateful day. The terrorists took no regard for human lives, not even their own.
Though the 9/11 Memorial is a difficult place to visit, it is also a beautiful one. I believe the designers have done an incredible job of creating a space that is warm & welcoming all while paying due respects to those who are gone. The architecture of the two memorial pools, which are exactly where the twin towers once stood, is impeccable. The waters begin flowing at the names, and flow to the center into the earth.
It is also quite difficult to imagine the massiveness of these pools until you see them in person. It is almost overwhelming to grasp the thought that two once strong buildings crumbled in this very place that is now a beautiful homage to those lost. The 9/11 Museum really puts it all into perspective, making it an essential place to visit during your time around the memorial.
Though it is a sad, solemn place, I hope you can appreciate its beauty as well. Beauty in eternal life and in the future.
If you are traveling to New York, please consider making this a stop during your visit. You won't regret it.
Thank you for stopping in. I'll see you back tomorrow for more on the 9/11 Museum.
Hey there! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Since I wrapped up sharing my Memphis trip a couple of weeks ago, I'm excited to start a new trip series today. New York City is so near & dear to my heart, as it was the first place I ever flew to, so anytime I get to visit there is so special. Going back there again was wonderful, and turned out even better than the first trip since I knew the way of the land better. So this go round my New York City Travel Guide will be much more in depth, involve more photos, and better tips for planning your own New York City trip.
To start things off, I just want to do a quick recap of our trip, and everything that we covered during our 7 night/8 day stay. You might be thinking that is a long time, but it truly is a great trip length to get a good in depth experience of the city without non-stop rushing.
So what all were we able to see & do?
Top of the Rock + Rockefeller Plaza
Central Park + Carriage Ride
State of Liberty
9/11 Museum + Memorial
Radio City Musical Hall Tour
The Intrepid Museum
Museum of Modern Art
American Museum of Natural History
Empire State Building
4 Broadway Shows + The Rockettes
and so much more!
It was truly an amazing trip! Though I missed my mom, since her and I went together the first time, I really enjoyed experiencing the city with my husband & a couple of other family members. We covered so much ground, had many laughs, and learned so much!
In the coming weeks, I'll be sharing more in detail about each of our experiences in New York, including some special holiday posts, as we went in the month of December.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. Can't wait to see you back for more New York City goodness!
Good morning! I am on a plane bound for New York City by way of Newark, New Jersey! This time 3 years ago, I got on a plane for the very, very first time! My mom & I flew to New York City, and it changed my life forever. I was immediately in love with New York, flying, and traveling! The rest, they say, is history! I am so excited to be heading back to where it all started! I'd planned to share about our trip to Seattle while we are gone, but I've decided to take a week off & just enjoy the week! In the meantime you can follow along on our trip on my Instagram & Facebook page (follow buttons to the right), and enjoy the photos from our last trip below.. I hope you have a great week! See you in a jiff NYC!
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Views of Lower Manhattan from the Empire State Building
Grand Central Station
Radio City Music Hall
Do you recognize this bridge from the movie Elf?
Views of Central Park & Upper Manhattan from Rockefeller Center
Welcome to New York City, it's been waiting for you! I can't believe I've already shared so much from our New York City trip with you! It's been so fun to relive the memories, and talk a walk down those city streets again. To wrap things up, I thought I would share a few things to help you plan a trip to THE big city, mostly focusing on Manhattan. I've put together a list of places to stay, restaurant spots, shopping, attractions and more.
Millennium Broadway Hotel: This was our hotel choice, and it was perfect! The location was right in Times Square, within walking distance to so many places, and the fab Art Deco facade and lobby were picturesque.
Waldorf Astoria New York: Yes, one of the most famous hotels in NYC is atop my list. Before you strike it out, do some research, price checking, and bargain hunting. You can often find amazing deals for this amazing hotel!
Holiday Inn NYC Midtown: This hotel is in an amazing location, and perfect for a budget! It's close to Central Park and Times Square, and it's roof top has a Sex & the City vibe.
Serendipity: You can't miss out on the famous Frozen Hot Chocolate! The meatloaf is also worth the wait! In a hurry? Grab a package of the hot chocolate to take home for later.
Red Rooster Harlem: This down home, comfort food cafe is perfect for Sunday brunch. Best part, no reservation required!
Most of our shopping was big box. Next go 'round, I plan to shop quaint little spots & markets.
Bloomingdale's: I loved it for it's Art Deco vibes, amazing store windows, and variety of shopping. It's a great stop on your walk to Serendipity, which is just a few blocks away. They happen to house a Magnolia Bakery as well!
Forever 21 Times Square: Need great little not-so-kitschy souvenirs or an outfit for a night on the town, this is your spot! They sell men's & plus sizes as well.
Macy's Herald Square: Besides amazing sales, you have to check out the original to the building escalator. One of my favorite "historical bit" from our trip. Head in at Christmas time to catch a glimpse of Santa.
9/11 Memorial: Take your time here, even walk around the area outside the memorial, reflect. Make the time to go. You won’t regret it.
Top of the Rock: Skip the lines at the Empire State Building, and head to Rockefeller Center for amazing views of Manhattan and beyond. In my opinion, the views here trump the ESB, because you'll see the Empire State Building & Central Park from above.
Central Park: One of my biggest regrets from our time in NYC, not seeing more of Central Park! It's sheer size is incredible to me, and there's so much history here. Take a morning, an afternoon, or even a whole day to explore!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: This world famous museum is chock full of world history. We enjoyed the Egyptian exhibit, but hate we missed The Costume Institute's collection. Plan your visit ahead to decide what your must sees are, or you could find yourself wandering around here for days!
Empire State Building: I said before, I loved the views at Rockefeller Center best, but the ESB is booming with history! Learn historical facts, see famous photographs, and watch videos of it's history on your journey up.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine: This Gothic Revival cathedral has been around since the late 1800s, and is full of some of the most incredible architecture I've ever seen. Take a tour to learn about it's conception, along with it's years long wedding waiting list!
Rockefeller Center: Take a stroll through one of New York City's most famous areas along 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Plaza. Sight see, catch an airing of The Today Show, or swipe that credit card at some amazing shops. From there, take a walk Uptown to see The Plaza Hotel, Tiffany's, and Central Park.
Statue of Liberty: Whether you catch views of Lady Liberty from shore or ride out to her island, you won't want to miss seeing this icon piece of American history.
Good Morning America: Wake up early, and try your hand a being seen on TV! Get there around 6 to get a top spot. Be sure to bring a sign so your friends & family can easily spot you on air.
Of course there are so many other places too see and things to do in New York City, but these are some great highlights I hope you'll enjoy. Thank you again for taking this ride with me! I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. Take a look at all the details of my NYC posts and enjoy a few more photos below. Thank you again for exploring with me!
Trip Wrap Up
Bus Tour & City Pass
Planning a NYC Itinerary
Sweets & Shopping
Empire State Building
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Radio City Music Hall + The Rockettes