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Our Trip to New York City : the First Two Days

Our crazy, adventurous spirits compelled us to make a trip cross-country last weekend to New York City with our girls to attend the wedding of one of Stephen’s law school friends. Originally, we were just bringing Lucie as she’s still nursing, but we couldn’t stand to leave our little Love Bug, Evey, at home, and I’m sure glad we decided to bring her along too. 🙂

traveling by plane

riding on the plane

We rented an apartment through HomeAway in Union City, New Jersey to avoid the high prices of NYC hotels and have a little, quiet space all to ourselves. It was a good move with the girls. Despite being just on the other side of the Lincoln Tunnel, the only downside was the extra time it took traveling into the city each day. Sometimes the traffic made for a long commute.

Almost immediately after touching down on New York soil, we made our way to the bus stop to head south to Hoboken where we could pick up the PATH train into NYC.

On that day, we managed to ride a plane, bus, train and taxi!  The only thing missing was a ferry.

dinner at Les Halles

The PATH dropped us at the train station just outside of the World Trade Center, a few blocks from the restaurant we were meeting friends, Les Halles Brasserie. {This is the restaurant where Anthony Bourdain was head chef for a time.} They feature some fantastic French dishes, including the leg of lamb both Stephen and I enjoyed, and our girls couldn’t get enough of.

study abroad friends

Shortly after graduation from college, I studied for a summer in Paris. A couple of the friends I made while studying there now live in NYC, so a French dinner together was a perfect reunion. A longtime friend, Justin, also works and lives in NYC {for the same company, coincidentally, as one of my friend’s from Paris — Warby Parker}. He met up with us too. 

daddy and E strawberry pastry

After catching up on Zzzzs a bit, we made our way into the city with our first stop at a French pastry shop. Stephen and Evelyn shared a strawberry puff pastry filled with cream. Cuties. 😉

pigeon watching

Lucie enjoyed watching the pigeons in the park.

Bryant Park children's area

Bryant Park has a seating area with all sorts of board games to play. It was a bit difficult to take part with the little ones in tow, however. The park is lacking in a playground but they have a beautiful carousel to make up for it. Both girls had a blast riding.

carousel Bryant Park

Evelyn chose the ‘kitty cat’ immediately. Girl knows what she wants.

riding the kitty cat

carousel Bryant Park

Lucie was thrilled to take part in the action. Up and down, up and down….hold on tight!

carousel Bryant Park

Those high-rises!

Bryant Park

The city parks were covered in blooming flowers. NYC’s springtime is just beginning and it certainly is gorgeous to behold!

spring in NYC

smelling the flowers

Adjacent to the park is a branch of the New York City library.

NYC library

But not just any branch — it’s the one that houses WINNIE THE POOH!

the REAL winnie the pooh!

She was in awe of her favorite friend. 🙂

meeting Pooh Bear

We took some downtime to read a few good books with Daddy.

reading with daddy

Lucie was happy to get down and explore. Opportunities for this were few and far between in the city, but she was a good sport.

hanging in the library

Ready, set….GO!

taking off

The girls nodded off for a nap while Stephen and I explored the halls, some of the other rooms of the library, and made a few purchases in the gift shop.

nyc library halls

The architecture was stunning!

nyc library halls

The periodical room was my favorite. The only sound: the swish of newspapers as they were being turned by readers. Kind of magical.

periodical room nyc library

Good ol’ Thomas Jefferson promoting the library. 😉

nyc library dedication

Next stop: St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

st patrick's golden light

Bathed in the gorgeous golden light.

candles st patrick's nyc

Daddy and Evey lit a candle, praying for friends and family back at home.

baby in st patrick's

Lucie got to explore from her ‘chariot’.

scaffolding st patrick's

Much of the altar and nave area are covered in scaffolding while they do some cleaning and repairing. {Stephen and I were in awe of the whiteness of the exterior as the last time the both of us had been there it was about 20 shades darker. They recently completed that project.}

st rose chapel st. patrick's

Evey and I lighting a candle at the altar dedicated to St. Rose for all those we know who claim her as a patroness.

st patrick's architecture

Love me some Gothic architecture!

st patrick's architecture

And a trip to NYC with kids would’t be complete without a stop by FAO Schwarz!

fun mirrors fao schwarz

She was lovin’ on the pandas. {Get’s that from my mom. ;)}

panda hugs  fao schwarz

Dancing with my daughter on the BIG piano. So fun!

big piano fao schwarz

big piano fao schwarz

Natural musician.

big piano fao schwarz

big piano fao schwarz

We picked up a few souvenirs, then headed to the rehearsal, followed by the rehearsal dinner at Angelo’s Pizza with some of the tastiest wood-fired pizza we’ve ever had. {Sorry for the lack of photographic evidence.}

Stay tuned for the rest of the trip!

One Thought on “Our Trip to New York City : the First Two Days

  1. Nancy on April 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm said:

    What a fun trip! I love the Evey and tulips pics!

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