It was my first trip to “The City That Never Sleeps”, and it was every bit as impressive as I had imagined. The skyline, the history…. the references from all those Simon & Garfunkel songs that finally made sense. It really is a beautiful city—And a lot cleaner than I had expected. There was only one time I had to direct my wife to avoid a pile of (what I can only assume was human) excrement while we were getting off of the subway. Unfortunately, the guy behind us had his head in his cell phone. But don’t feel too bad…. His shoes weren’t that great to start with.
We flew into LaGuardia International Airport. Words to the wise: If you’re flying into LaGuardia, sit on the left-hand side of the plane (the driver’s side) if you want to have a better view of the city—as well as the Statue of Liberty (photo to come). My sister-in-law says that LaGuardia is the Walmart of airports. I disagree. It is the Dollar General of Airports. Within minutes of landing, we had our first contact with a real, live New Yorker! She was a spunky young lady with a great deal of face tattoos, who spat a giant loogie (I believe in New York they call them “Lou Gehrigs”) within inches of my wife’s shoes…. Followed by a very polite, “My bad.”
The city is filled to the brim with memorable landmarks, and over the course of our 4-day weekend, we got pictures of them all. I know that there are some other folks out there (like my wife and I before this adventure) who have never taken a trip to The Big Apple before, so I decided to let you all live vicariously through me. And because I know you all love seeing other peoples’ vacation pictures, I’ve decided to share them with you here. This photo tour of the greatest city on earth begins on the bus leaving the airport….
We took a trip to The Cloisters. It is a beautiful old monastery that was converted to a museum and is now part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is me looking at a 500 year old tapestry that is about 15’ tall and 30’ wide. So intricately designed…. Breathtaking.
The Cloisters were at the north end of the island, but a brief subway trip to the southern end of the island brings you to the magnificent newly built World Trade Center—A towering and inspiring monument to the freedom that makes this country so great.
Later that night, we stumbled by the home of Fox”News.” I decided to say hello.
If there’s one thing NYC is known for, it is its world famous cuisine. Not far from the place we stayed was a shop that is widely regarded as the finest bagel place in all of New York. We weren’t the only ones who knew about it….
Later that day, we made a trip to the New York Public Library. My wife follows them on Instagram and says they do a really good job—You should probably follow them too. Here I am riding one of the beautifully sculpted, iconic lions that guard the front entrance.
None of this trip would have been possible without the kindness of our generous hosts. Such gracious and giving people—friends we had never met in person, but met through Facebook—who let us stay with them at their apartment in Manhattan. Such amazing and beautiful people…. Two awesome people who are as good-looking as they are kind (as you can tell). Truly grateful.
Welp, that does it…. I hope this pictorial tour of New York City helps you to feel like you were there with us. I definitely recommend it…. My only regret is that I didn’t eat more street food.
It is important to mention that the whole idea for this self-centered pictorial tour was my wife’s. She is hella funny.