This January I got to take a weekend trip to New York City with a coworker and a friend. This was half-business, half-pleasure, although it actually was entirely pleasurable!
Because I wanted to pack light, I didn’t take a camera. I fit all my belongings for three nights in one tote bag, which I’m still pretty proud of! All photos below were taken with my iPhone. Technology has come a long way since I started this lil ole blog back in 2008, at which time I didn’t even own a cell phone.
We were very lucky to spend our nights in a beautiful home outside of the city, and I woke up every morning to a spectacular view of the Hudson River.
I’ve only been two NYC once before, on a long layover where we got out of the airport for a few hours to explore. We weren’t quite sure what our weekend was going to look like, so we didn’t make any plans and didn’t have any goals. We had a few things we needed to do and few people to visit, but we spent the rest of our days wandering around.
I normally plan all vacations to a tee, so this weekend was a good lesson in appreciating an actual relaxing vacation. No hurrying between museums and dinner reservations, no sore feet because I made the group walk miles further than they wanted, no nighttime nausea after going all out at every restaurant because I’d read too many reviews of good dishes…
An unexpected highlight of my weekend: Italian food! We have missed authentic Italian food so much here in Fort Worth. I try to replicate it myself (just this weekend I spend 4 hours making a lasagna – every piece from scratch), but it’s just not quite the same!
And French cafes on the Upper East Side. More food I’ve tried to replicate at home without total success (but not total failure, so that’s something right?)
I got to hang around some really beautiful places. The city is full of little gems!
Agenda-less with a central base in the Upper East Side, we walked into the Met our first afternoon… and subsequently returned every day. And we didn’t see nearly everything. What an incredible place!
Of course I was also like, “ohmygod this is where the Gossip Girls ate” when I saw the front steps. #millennial
This room reminded me of the tiny cathedral Joseph and I stumbled onto when hiking in Italy one day.
We’ve all got our things right? Byzantine art is one of mine. Don’t ask me the appeal. I really don’t know.
Lesson learned this trip: I really want to go back, and I especially really want to take Joseph with me! It’s weird traveling without your typical travel companion! We’ve been touristing together for over a decade now, and I want to force him to look at more Byzantine art with me.