I came across this article the other day on MSNBC about things you should and shouldn't do in New York. Wish I had thought of it.
Here's how I'm doing on a few things the list: (Done it/Haven't done it)
Tourist trap things you should definitely do (according to the article): Metropolitan Museum of Art - pretty cool, lots of walking. Wear comfy shoes Statue of Liberty - Went there but didn't get to go up. Plan to go back. Go when it's warm. Ellis Island - not my cup of tea, but neat if you're into that.
Article says, don't: Eat at Tavern on the Green.
Article says, do: Eat at River Cafe or some other places I haven't been.
Don't: Take a pedicab.
Do: Take the subway.
Don't: Eat a hot dog from a cart.
Do: Eat at some other places I haven't been to.
Don't: Go to the top of the Empire State Building. (I still plan to do this anyway at some point.)
Do: Go to the Rainbow Room or Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Center. Top of the Rock is first on my list.
Don't: Get cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery.
Do: Get cupcakes and or a cannoli from other places I haven't been to. I also highly recommend Crumbs.
Don't: Take a Central Park carriage ride.
Do: Go early and walk. I have walked in Central Park. But not early. I don't do early.
Don't: Eat in Times Square. We knew it would be a zoo, but we did it anyway.
Do: Eat in Hell's Kitchen. (This sounds counterintuitive to me.)
The photos of our trip that I posted online I didn't Photoshop, although some of them would probably benefit from a little cropping and whatnot. But I chose a few and practiced some of the techniques I've learned at work, and others that I've taught myself. Just thought I'd share.
We're back! We had a wonderful trip to the West Coast, and I've posted a bunch of pictures. I'm just posting a link because I'm estimating it'd take me 239487 hours to upload them to Blogger. We spent three days in San Francisco, then rented a car and headed down the Pacific Coast Highway, which is absolutely amazing. If you haven't been there, I highly recommend it. We also got upgraded at our hotel in Carmel, so we had a 1 bed/2 bath "town house" with a full ocean view. I really could've lived there quite happily. Unfortunately, I checked house prices on Craigslist in that area, and I'd say you'd better be prepared to spend at least a couple million to live there. (Did you know that Clint Eastwood was a former resident and MAYOR of Carmel?) We did a whale-watching tour in Monterey on Wednesday, and on Thursday we headed down the PCH in our convertible, and the views are absolutely fantastic. Anyway, enough talking. Time for photos! Enjoy.
*Beep* Hi, Stephanie's answering machine again. She and her husband have gone off for a week in California to celebrate their five-year anniversary. She wanted me to let you know she may or may not post while they're exploring San Francisco, Big Sur, Monterey and Carmel. Please feel free to leave a message after the beep, and have a great week! *Beep*