The Empire State Building

PJ and I had a great time in New York City this week. This was our fourth trip to the city. I guess we’re getting used to it now, because this time everything felt so easy and simple. We could just sit back and relax, so to speak.

Our flight out of LaGuardia left this morning at about 10, which was just about the time that the airport started canceling flights due to the wintry weather on its way into the area. So even our escape from the storm was pretty easy and simple. As much as we loved visiting NYC again, we didn’t want to get stuck there, so we were glad to make it home ok.

But we did have loads of fun! We walked around Manhattan’s shopping district, including Macy’s. We wanted to buy a lot of clothes but ended up talking ourselves out of it because we didn’t want to carry it all home. (I’m hoping the Macy’s in Columbus has similar stuff!) We also visited Borders and two different Barnes & Nobles. (I finished a book while we were there, Regina Jeffers’s Vampire Darcy’s Desire, which made me want to read Jeffers’s rewriting of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view.

In addition to walking around Manhattan, we ate incredibly well — Turkish, Indian, Mexican, Italian, Korean, and Chinese cuisine. We ate at some of the restaurants we’d eaten at before and we tried some new ones. We also ate at a couple of good diners for breakfast.

We saw four shows, two musicals and two plays: Finian’s Rainbow, South Pacific, The Understudy, and God of Carnage. South Pacific was the one I was most looking forward to, and I wasn’t disappointed. We saw Finian’s Rainbow on a whim — neither of us knew nothing about it except that it starred Cheyenne Jackson, who I now love! Both of the plays were thought-provoking, which is what you want in a play, I think. In addition to Jackson, we saw Paulo Szot, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Julie White, Justin Kirk, Christine Lahti, Annie Potts, and Jimmy Smits. We also saw Ariana Huffington in the audience at God of Carnage and CNN’s Rick Sanchez in the airport.

We always see one movie while we’re in New York, something that isn’t likely to come to Athens soon. This year we saw A Single Man starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Matthew Goode. I’ll write a review of it (and most of the other things we saw and did) sometime soon.

And finally, we visited the United Nations building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which we visited last year and loved. This time we went on a different tour, which was also interesting. The U.N. was inspiring, and the Met was overwhelming and exhausting.

All in all, it was a great trip. I can’t wait to go back!

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