Hello, lonely blog. Summer used to be a slow, lazy time for families. No more. Between working overtime, kids choosing to continue sports camps, family obligations, volunteering, and blistering hot weather, it feels only like a slow-motion of the school year. Since we did not have a long summer trip planned, I took my girls with me to New York for a business trip and play weekend. It was wonderful to spend time with them when there was no sports tournament, no college visits, no homework.
Here are 8 highlights (non-work-related) from our recent trip:
8. The only perfect-summer-weather for 6 consecutive days this year. Fantastic for walking the Highline or taking photos on the final day of the year to take pics between the buildings.
7. Friendly, sometimes unusual people sparking up conversations in taxis, hotels, shops, the park, coffee shops.
6. Eating a different ethnic food daily–Greek, Thai, Italian, Mexican. Some our own finds, some recommendations from friends.
5. Friends sharing our hotel for a night, with a day walking from Central Park to Rockefeller Plaza and beyond, sharing appetizers and drink at the lively Eataly before dinner.
4. A day of sight seeing at Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and WTC Memorial. A ferry ride, lots of walking, a bit of learning, no teenage complaints.
3. Shopping, shopping, shopping at familiar stores, one-of-a-kind places, in So-Ho, Chelsea, Times Square, Fifth Ave and everywhere in between.
2. Seeing the fantastic Tony-award winning play “Once” on Broadway , then watching the girls’ faces as we exited the theatre, walking into Times Square the first time nearing midnight. The masses, the lights, the chaos. Then seeing Steve Kazee, the “Once” lead several days later by the theater, chatting and taking photos with him.
1. Spending unhurried, explorative days with my two daughters in such a phenomenal city as New York. It’s a trip we will always remember taking together. one day off work felt a week to me. C