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Monday, July 7, 2014

Let's Hear it for New York

After driving from Boston, we finally arrived in New York! 
Our hotel was just a couple blocks from the Empire State Building, so we grabbed our tennis shoes and headed over. 
This is the view from the top of the building (which is open until 2 am). 
That saying, "the city never sleeps" is so true!

Afterward, we wandered on over to Times Square. It was bustling. The restaurants were packed and the streets were filled with people, at midnight! New York is a night owl's dream. 

Visiting Hershey's Chocolate World in Times Square. We love chocolate!

The next day we sailed around Manhattan

And then we visited the royals. 
Prince William, Princess Kate, and mini me. They're wax, but don't they look real?

Getting some air on the Top of the Rock. 

His picture is way cooler than mine.

More city views. 
Buildings upon buildings for miles and miles. 
Central park (it's huge!).

We got to watch the Yankees. If a ballpark were ever to be described as extravagant, this one would be it. There's a museum and a memorial park within the stadium. But the real kicker? When you buy hotdogs, they aren't wrapped in plain old foil, they come in pinstriped boxes stamped with the Yankees logo. Ok, ok, maybe that's only glamorous to me.

 So many yellow cabs.

Lady liberty. We got up early in the morning and chased after a bus to see her. 

9/11 memorial. This is the largest man-made fountain and sits where the Twin Towers once stood. Walking through the memorial and reading their stories was a powerful reminder that each day is a gift. I desperately hope that my days glorify Him, because when all is said and done, that's what truly matters in this life. 

The newly constructed Freedom building.

Art of the Brick exhibit at the Discovery museum. Every piece is made entirely of legos. 
My eyes looked like this after visiting the exhibit. I was impressed!

There's something so intriguing about New York. It's full of energy and movement and activity. The buildings are tall and close. There's certainly no lack of things to do and people to meet. And thank you, New York, for making me walk everywhere. My calves have never been so fit! 

We enjoyed our time in the concrete jungle, but were ready to get back to quieter lands. 

Bye NYC, hello Philly. 

Things we did in New York:
Times Square
Empire State Building Observation
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum 
Top of the Rock Observation 
Yankee Baseball @ Yankee Stadium
Evening Bus Tour
Statue of Liberty
Ellis Island
9/11 Memorial & Museum
Madison Square Garden Tour
Discovery Times Square Museum

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