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Monday morning was the first time we had seen the city in the daylight, and we headed out early. We got breakfast from a street vendor, which was the cheapest thing we had the entire trip. 2 large hot cocoas, a bagel with cream cheese, and a donut…all for 5 bucks. And let me tell you, with as cold as it was, the hot cocoa was a life saver. We walked up 5th Ave, and saw all there was to see.
Farther up 5th Ave was one of the least decorated stores…on the outside…
But inside was sparkly enough for the outside too. It was Tiffany’s. THE Tiffany’s. And I bought something. Probably the cheapest thing in the entire store, but it still came wrapped in a blue box with a white ribbon.
Tiffany’s was probably my favorite store on 5th. My husband’s favorite store was the Apple Store. If he were typing, he would say THE Apple Store.
We didn’t have time to explore any of the museums, that’ll be next trip, but somebody told me to visit the gift shop for the MoMA.
Great suggestion. Neat place.
See how I’m just whizzing through this?
We only went into a handful of stores, but FAO Schwartz was one we hit. I think they had every toy ever made, from every movie and TV show. Ever. Lots of neat stuff. This was my favorite aisle, however…
If I had been about 20 years younger, or if they had had anything in my size, I would have brought home lots of pink and purple frilly things. Lots of them. Tiffany’s doesn’t hold a candle to the dress-up aisle.
Another cool thing in the store was the “Muppet WhatNot Workshop”. Like Build-A-Bear, but only with muppet puppets. We also, of course, saw the ‘Big Piano’ from the movie Big. It’s the biggest draw of the store, and it was at the very back corner of the second story. You had to drag your kids past every single toy in the entire place to get to the Big Piano…marketing genius.
We wanted to eat at Serendipity and get a famous Frozen Hot Chocolate, but there was a 2 hour wait, so we ate at a great little pizzeria across the street. We browsed through Dylan’s Candy Bar for dessert afterwards.
Once our bellies were full, we wandered to Central Park. With all the fresh snow, it really was a Winter Wonderland. People sledding, carriages, snowball fights. It was perfect. Possibly my favorite part of the trip.
I love the contrast of the quaint ice skating rink, with the skyline in the background. Very New York.
We stopped back by our hotel for a quick break before heading out for dinner.
The Algonquin was really nice, and I recommend it. Although I don’t know that we’ll get to stay there next time, as prices in May are twice as much as what we paid. I guess we caught a really good sale.
Dinner at the Carnegie Deli was quite an experience in itself. Quite different from anywhere I’d ever eaten before. We rubbed elbows with all kinds of people, literally. If you’ve eaten there, you’ll know what I mean.
After dinner, as I was wondering around very innocently, I happened upon this site…
Having only seen the website, and drooled over other blogs of people who had actually shopped there, I had to go in. I was drawn to it. Like a tractor beam. Yes, I said tractor beam. I am that nerdy. That store is as wonderful as I had thought it would be. Another place I could spend a fortune, if I had one to spend.
So how was that? That was only 15 pics out of 144. What could I possibly have taken 144 pictures of? I’m not sure, exactly, but I just didn’t want to miss anything. We took a journal with us, and wrote at the end of each day. I’m so glad we did because there’s so many neat little memories we would have forgotten, that would have gotten lost in everything that we did.