The Big New York City Blog // Personal

As most of you know, I went to New York City last weekend! I had been wanting to go for years (I've never actually visited the city), but a few weeks ago, I got the urge to just GO. When Nathan said he was game, I immediately started planning out all the details. Since it was my first time, I wanted to see absolutely everything I could. I would say...mission accomplished! There were only a couple things we didn't get to, and considering we spent only two full days there, I would say that's a big accomplishment.

We visited by way of Megabus, mostly because we already took a vacation this year (see pictures here and here) and wanted to save some money. I also have no desire to drive in New York. We headed out on Thursday night, and got to the city on Friday at 5am. The first thing we did, after a quick breakfast, was head over to Good Morning America. That was probably the coldest I got for our entire trip...and after almost an hour, they didn't even show us on TV! But you can see below...that little face right there? Yep, that's Barbara Walters. We're best friends now.

A sighting of Barbara Walters at Good Morning America in New York City

The rest of the morning was spent walking all around the city, including a stop for tea and a visit to Rockefeller Center and the big tree! I loved it...and all the decorations around the city in general. New York is beautiful in December!

Breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien in New York City
Christmastime in New York City
Giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City

A stop for a pizza lunch at Don Antonio's brought authentic Italian pizza, people, and language swirling around us. I love that New York is such a huge melting pot for every culture imaginable! We also took a pit stop over at the New York Public Library, which is gigantic. We probably could've spent the whole day there.

Don Antonio's pizza in New York City
New York City Public Library

The 9/11 memorial was absolutely fantastic. I was overseas when the twin towers were hit, and having never been to the city, I don't think the magnitude of what happened really sunk in at the time. Over the years, as I've learned more, I've really wanted to go and see where it all happened. At the memorial I took a minute and just prayed for our country. After that, we walked about 3 miles up the Hudson River to our apartment that we rented through AirBnB. And after walking 12 miles and getting lost in Brooklyn halfway through the day, we didn't have energy for much else other than dinner and a little more sightseeing!

Fountain at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City
The rebuilt World Trade Center in New York City

The next day, we enjoyed a slower morning, strolling through Central Park to The Met. Central Park was amazing! I had no idea how huge it would be, or how beautiful. It was definitely one of the highlights.

Central Park in New York City in December

The Met was equally amazing, in a totally different way. I have grown to appreciate art museums so much over the last few years. During my senior year of college, I spent a semester studying the life and art of Salvador Dali. I'd never gotten to see one of his works of art in person before, and I got to see two while I was there (forgive the iPhone picture)! 

Salvador Dali painting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

That afternoon, we took the Staten Island Ferry just to see the skyline and the Statue of Liberty, even though we didn't stop. After dinner in Tribeca, we unfortunately encountered a ton of protesters, who decided to try and block traffic right where we needed to get on the metro. That was the scariest part of the whole trip - not knowing what to do, we had to be escorted by police through barriers and wait anxiously for the metro to arrive, with sirens screeching around us and notices that certain cars on the metro were shut down due to an 'investigation.' Thankfully we got out safely, even though it seemed like we were there for an eternity. Just a few minutes after we left, the protests turned violent, so I'm grateful for the timing on that!

The New York skyline from the Staten Island Ferry

Finally, that night, we got to see the hugeness of Times Square. There were SO many people there, and so much going on! We stayed until almost one in the morning, and there were still thousands of people around and shops open. It truly is a one-of-a-kind place. Exhausted after two long days, and almost 30 miles walking, we jumped back on the Megabus and went home. New York City is a place I've fallen in love with, and I know I'll go visit again in the future! But for now...I think I'll go sleep :)

New York Yankees vintage baseball jerseys

And this is Nathan's face after walking an absurd amount of miles, staying up way too late, and being surrounded by thousands of people 24/7! He is a good sport :)

Forever 21 in New York City
Times Square in New York City
Times Square in New York City

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My name is Maria, and I am a wedding and family photographer based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, but I am always excited about traveling. I love families who truly enjoy spending time with each other and living life together. I love couples that are looking forward to their wedding day because they are so excited to finally be married to.