My summer fling with New York City was unfortunately short-lived. It really was love at first sight on that taxi ride to our hotel, and to think I merely had a glimpse on this trip. What can I say, there’s just something about the hustle and bustle that makes you feel excited, adventurous, and inspired.

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

– Tom Wolfe

Day 1- NYC

 

Chrystler Building
First view outside the hotel window with the Chrysler Building peeking through the background.
Yankee Stadium
Athletics vs Yankees: Our first stop was Yankee Stadium; I’m no baseball fan, but it’s not so bad with a hot dog and drink in hand!
Ellen's Startdust Diner
This lovely diner brought a little excitement during our meal, as a waitress or waiter would intermittently break out into song and sometimes dance!
Empire State Building: Tall buildings surrounding you always; you can’t help but look up and be awestruck at every corner.
Empire State Building
A long way down!
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NYC skyline on a foggy day.
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center: During the evening, we found ourselves caught in the rain without an umbrella. We figured what the heck, let’s go explore! It was moments like this that were my favorite.❤️
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Atlas
Atlas
The Helmsley Building
NYC pizza
D. Napoli Pizza: Decided to escape the rain for a bit to enjoy a slice of pizza! I ordered the spinach and ricotta!

 


Day 2-NYC

 

Started off our morning at 5am to catch the Subway and head to Central Park. Decided to check out Walk the Moon at Rumsey Playfield for the GMA Summer Concert Series!

 

After the show, we had to of course go running in Central Park! The views were incredible though, so we stopped at every corner! ::sigh:: This was one of our views with a glimpse of Victorian Gardens.

 

Bethesda Terrace: When we were standing at the Bethesda Terrace, I turned around to take a picture, and didn’t realize the couple I captured beyond the terrace. 💕

 

Subway: Our metro card definitely came in handy! We got lost sometimes, but it always gave us an opportunity to see something new.

 



 

Talk about perfect timing! We were in town when Manhattan held a ticker-tape parade for the United States women’s national soccer team! So amazing to be apart of history! ⚽️

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We had been walking around all morning, and then we were blocked in after the parade. I was sooo excited to try a hot dog from a street vendor! Not sure if I was just starving, but it was delicious!

 



 

It’s hard to describe the feeling that engulfs you the moment you walk on the 9/11 memorial grounds. It’s overwhelming to say the least. In a city that is so loud, there’s a stillness that surrounds this area. We stopped in silence with those around us to witness this beautiful tribute.  The memorial museum gave me a greater perspective on this horrible tragedy. Definitely an important and emotional experience. Never Forget. 💙

 

Freedom Tower
9/11 Memorial Plaza
9/11 Memorial Museum

 



 

Unfortunately, we didn’t make it onto Ellis Island, but now we have yet another excuse to go back. This is the closest I got to the Statue of Liberty.
Grand Central Terminal
Time Square

 

There was so much we didn’t get to see! It was hard to say goodbye to the city.  I can understand how New York City is not for everyone, and although it’s not somewhere I truly believe I can stay long-term, I can’t wait to catch some more glimpses in the future. On that note, I will definitely be back!

 


Day 3 NYC → Boston

 

The next morning we took a taxi to our Megabus stop. Buh-bye NYC, hello Boston! What we thought would be an easy morning commute turned into us stranded on I-84 half-way to Boston! Ugh. In turn, we missed out on half a day including our Duck Tour. Everyone was getting restless.
Our first stop was China Town, which at the time was filled with a large crowd. Next thing we know, a motorcade arrived, and body guards escorted a couple of men in suits. Among the crowd, some people held signs that said “Keep Taiwan Free”. Later, I read that it was Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou visiting.
Boston Public Library
Yankees vs Red Sox: Fortunately, our day quickly turned around, and we met up with family/friends to watch the Red Sox at Fenway Park!

 


Day 4 Boston

 

In the morning, we went to the South End Open Market in SoWa. I was so excited to find minus THE MOO; it’s real dairy ice cream that’s lactose free! I tried the expresso, and it was delicious. So sad this is only local, or I would have this ALL the time!

 

And these amazing delicatessens came from Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese Food Truck. I tried the Green Muenster (Muenster cheese, guacamole, and bacon), and J tried the Mighty Rib (Fontina cheese, BBQ-braised beef, caramelized onions). Yes, they were as delicious as they look!
Boston Marathon Finish Line
Boston Common
Make Way for Ducklings statue
Massachusetts State House
Bunker Hill Monument: We wanted to climb the 294 steps to the top, but they closed for the day due to the heat. Don’t they know we’re from Texas, and 85 degrees is nothing to us!
So many beautiful buildings. We did so much walking this day, walked about 13.5 miles!
The Paul Revere House. I loved all the history in Boston! Especially since 5th grade history was the most memorable for me thanks to my teacher Mrs. Dewey.
Faneuil Hall Square: Stopped at The Boston Chowda Co. to try their Lobster roll and Clam Chowder special! Mmmm
The New England Holocaust Memorial
The Old State House
Site of the Boston Massacre
The USS Constitution
East Boston Piers Park
Boston City Skyline: Another special night to close out our trip. ❤️

 

Day 5 Boston

 

Started off our morning at Mike’s City Diner. J and I watch Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives all the time!
Next stop, Fenway Park tour!
Made a quick stop at Harvard University.
Had to make one last stop before the airport at Flour Bakery + Cafe to enjoy this delicious sticky bun!

 



 

Overall, such an amazing trip with awesome company!! I had so much fun! Everyday I count my blessings; I am so grateful for the opportunity to have these wonderful experiences. Can’t wait till the next adventure!!