16 August 2008

Big Apple Escape

Sorry for the delay in sharing my fabulous vacation to New York to visit my best friend, Jill. (I know you were all dying to read about it!) Mark bruised my ego recently when he threatened to ban me from our blog for my cheesy entries. Of course I have to remind him that while he might reign supreme as the No. 1 firefighter in the family, I did once get paid to write. All bitterness aside, our Big Apple excursion was everything I expected and more. However, I don’t see myself packing up and heading north anytime soon. After five days of dodging rude New Yorkers and tourists in the crowded city streets, it is good to be back in the South where complete strangers greet you with a smile. The goal of the trip was to act as natives while visiting the typical tourist sites. Brooke was a pro at this game. About five minutes in, she decided I would be the chief photographer, and she would just take it all in. We dined in Little Italy, took a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, drank the famous frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity and stood in the pouring rain for a half hour to purchase cheap Phantom tickets. (Looking back, it was well worth the wait and brush with the aggravated lady who was distraught because we were not moving fast enough for her.) My favorite parts were attending the Broadway show, strolling across the Brooklyn Bridge, napping in Central Park and taking in an oldie but goody movie in Bryant Park.

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