Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Here we come, NYC!


My mom and I leave for New York TOMORROW.

My excitement is off the charts, and I can practically taste the Magnolia cupcakes already.

I have had to really resist the urge to schedule out our activities by the minute.  I ended up feeling pressured to plan out our Paris trip that way, and I think we probably missed out on some of the magic of the city because of it.  

My last trip to New York with my college roommate and my trip to London were so magical partly because I sort of just explored both cities without an itinerary.  I want to try and recreate that magic for my mom because she has never been to New York before, and I remember how incredible I felt standing in the middle of Times Square for the first time, marveling at the lights and the people.  I want that for her.

But there are a few things we won't leave without doing.

First, we obviously have to stroll through Central Park since a repeat visit is on my 30 Before 30 list.

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We're also seeing Wicked because... well, it's Wicked.

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We're also definitely squeezing in, at some point, the 9/11 memorial and museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grand Central Station, tea at the Plaza, strolling down 5th (and through the financial district), Little Italy, the High Line, going to the top of Rockefeller Center, and St. Patrick's Cathedral.  Among (many) other things.

Just looking at our list of must-sees is making me tired, but we're going to have a blast.  And mostly I'm just excited to spend some much-needed quality time with my sweet mom.

As always, I'll be Instagramming our adventures.  You can follow along at @mrshargrave.

See you soon, Manhattan!


Jessica Cook said...

My heart belongs to NYC. There is nothing like strolling through Central Park. If you get a chance, check out the Alice in Wonderland statues, they're so beautiful and fun to climb on if you're bringing your daughter. I'm so jealous you're getting to see Wicked- that was on my 30 before 30 list and it didn't happen. Oh well, there's always 35 before 35, right? haha Have a great time!

Kate said...

So jealous you get to see Wicked! I've wanted to see that for sooo long, so badly! I just finished re-reading all of the books in the Wicked series, which makes me extra jealous.

nicole said...

Good call on the Highline! I work right near there, and definitely agree it's a "must do". When you're in the area, if you have some spare time you should take a walk through Chelsea Market (75 9th Avenue, between 15th-16th Streets). They have some wonderful bakery, homemade ice cream and other great shops in there, but even if you don't buy anything the walk through the floor alone is very "New Yorky". Have a great time!

~ Nicole from

Emily said...

I hope you and your Mom have a wonderful time!!! Enjoy!!! Can't wait to see pictures!

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