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New York, New York!

on May 1, 2012

OK folks- get ready for lots of pictures and lots of rambling from me! This past weekend my wonderful husband once again did the amazing and took me to New York for my birthday.  Granted we would never had been able to do this if we weren’t already so close, found a bus ticket for around 30 bucks, and had free hotel night stays.  However, we were able to go and we had a blast!!! We did so much that it will be better for me to just post bunches of pictures and discuss them as I go.  Over the course of three days Justin took me to every borough in New York City, except the Bronx because of safety and time issues.  Justin loves New York and I was able to simply follow him to places he knew well.  So here we go-

On Friday we decided to do the not so touristy things.  First was Ground Zero where they are building the new Freedom Tower.  It’s not done yet but it was pretty spectacular.

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We also got a chance to visit the church where everyone ran to on the day of the attacks.  It’s a fairly old church and is quite beautiful. 

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Afterwards we had to go get tickets for our next days Broadway show so we went down to South Street Seaport.  Its basically a hopping place right on the water where you can get cruises and boat tours of the city as well as get some seafood and entertainment.  We waited in line for half off tickets and got to see this.

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The ships were really neat and we enjoyed wandering around and looking at them.

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We wandered down to Wall street and saw some of our current events.  The occupy people were everywhere and as a result there were NYC policemen EVERYWHERE!! They have the stock exchange blocked off, the famous bull blocked off, and the protesters blocked into a certain area to try to prevent too many problems.  Because of that you cant get too close to many of these places but we did manage to see them from afar.

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Having been to New York several times before, Justin has some favorite haunts that he likes to visit, one of which is Little Italy/Chinatown.  We went there for dinner and it was wonderful! The atmosphere was truly unique and I think we were the only people in our restaurant not speaking Italian. In Chinatown, We saw this cool little park where all of the locals were hanging out and playing games at little stone tables, just like see in the movies. It was neat.  Once again we were the only people speaking English as most of the locals were in the park. 

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The place where we ate some of the best Italian food I have ever had!

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Sign welcoming you to Little Italy

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Little Italy

Being that Justin is a sports fanatic, the one other place we visited on Friday was of course, Radio City Music Hall.  Unbeknownst to me the NFL draft was going on and he wanted to try to get in. Thankfully, the line was too long and we had to settle for looking at the Hall and all of the crazily dressed people trying to get in.

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Saturday was an absolutely awesome day! I think I spent the whole day on the high of life, simply enjoying being with my husband and going to a Broadway show! We hung around Times Square, took pictures, and went to a matinee of the Phantom of the Opera. It was absolutely incredible, not that I would expect anything less of a Broadway show. We got to sit in the orchestra, near the back, but still close enough to experience everything.

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Justin snapped this pic while we were waiting in line to get into the show- Excited much?

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Standing in front of a picture of my favorite scene, “Masquerade”

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The stage

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The chandelier

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The theatre

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The Marquee

Needless to say I loved the show.  Since we went to a matinee we had to the opportunity to go a few  other places on Saturday as well.  One of which was Central Park.  It’s hard to believe you are still in a huge city when you are in Central Park. It’s beautiful and huge. 

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We also had fun roaming around the shops in Times Square, going to the more famous ones, like M and M’s, Hershey’s, Disney, and many others. Of course, my favorite was . . . .

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We acted like kids and roamed around the store playing with all of the toys. We didn’t dance on the big piano but we did watch these adorable little kids dance on it for awhile.

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Its Lego Johnny Depp!

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Times Square by day . . .

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Times Square by night!

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The New Years Eve ball

SO after an extremely wonderful and long day on Saturday we headed out again for another one on Sunday.  We decided to go to none other than Coney Island.  We ate at the famous Nathans Hot Dogs where they have the hot dog eating contest every year, walked the pier out to the Atlantic Ocean, and rode the Wonder Wheel (see Facebook for the video of our ride). 

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He’s thinking ” My beach and gulf are way better than this.”

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The Wonder Wheel, one of the oldest attractions at Coney Island.

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Coney Island in the background.

After a relaxing and fun morning at Coney Island we rode to the complete opposite side of the city to end our trip on the Staten Island Ferry.  We thought it fitting to ride out and see the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty.  It was cold, but fun, and we are now both coming down with colds because of our detour, but it was totally worth it.

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Lady Liberty

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The Brooklyn Bridge

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I hate this picture, but it the only one of the both of us on the ferry, so there ya go.

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The Skyline- the mirrored looking building with the black cloth at the top is the new Freedom Tower.

Well folks, that’s our trip in a nutshell. I am sure there are other things I could say about it, but all in all it was an amazing trip. a wonderful adventure and one of the coolest things I have ever done.  I cannot help but thank God for a wonderful husband who has these impulses to do fun things like go on this trip.  Who knows when our little family is going to grow by one, and we are enjoying our last adventures as a childless couple immensely.  We miss you all and look forward to seeing you soon.  Just one more month till we return!  Continue to keep our adoption efforts in your prayers and remember that we love and pray for you all daily!  Justin and Sarah


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