A New York State of Mind: Part 1

I can’t believe that this time last week I was in New York City with my husband! We were there to celebrate my birthday which was on the 14th, but the joke was on him. I decided to do a reverse surprise and I planned this weekend getaway without him having a clue!!!

I’d been to New York prior to this trip, but my last visit was about 10 years ago. This was my hubby’s first time!!!

Our trip was wonderful in so many ways. Not only do I want to share some photos from our first day there, I also want to link up with Aleigh Moore’sA Thankful Heart’ series because I’m truly grateful for the time we had. I missed last week’s linkup because of the trip, but you can see my first entry here. Visit Aleigh’s blog if you want to join the fun, and I hope you enjoy part 1 of our experience! 

We wanted to hit the ground running on our first day. We took the subway to Times Square, and there the adventure began!


We walked around and took in all the sights. We passed so many famous and iconic places, and before too long we were ready for some New York pizza!


We gave Abitino’s two thumbs up, and while the pizza was delicious of course, we really wanted to  stuff our pockets full of those garlic knots! 

After lunch we headed in the direction of the Empire State Building, and popped into Macy’s on the way. 

We were loving the Christmas spirit, and can’t wait for the 90th annual Thanskgiving Day Parade this week!


From there we headed down 5th Avenue and we began to hear chanting from afar.

As it turns out we were on the same route as protesters who were, peacefully, making their voices heard. 


There were likely several thousand participants as the long lines of people seemed to stretch on forever. It was a sight to behold and I’m glad I was there to witness it.  

While some may disagree, this is right in keeping with the civil liberties we are supposed to be afforded here in this great land of ours.

And of course the soundtrack of Hamilton was running through my mind. In particular the line of ‘Aaron Burr, Sir’ when Hamilton sings, “If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for?”.

We all have something to stand for don’t we?

The sea of protesters was still going strong as we headed towards Madison Square Garden.  


You should have seen my husband’s face light up as we saw the UFC press junket and even ran into a couple fighters.

UFC fighter Sage Northcutt
UFC fighter Sage Northcutt

After that we walked and walked and walked some more. We saw some amazing sites and covered a lot of ground.


The New York Public Library
St. Patrick's Cathedral...a very small portion of it.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral…a very small portion of it.


Ice skating at Rockefeller Center
Ice skating at Rockefeller Center
The Empire State Building

We also did something I’ve always wanted to do, and had this fun caricature drawn of us! What do you think of it?!



Our last stop of the night was at Dave and Busters in Times Square. We met up with some friends and staked out a booth so we could watch the big UFC fight that night. Our friends left fairly early but we stayed ’til the very end. I was delirious by this time (almost 2AM!!!), but I had the best item on their menu holding me over. Trust me when I say, try it! 

Banana Foster's Creme Pie
Banana Foster’s Creme Pie

Needless to say, we fell into bed that night, exhausted and eager for Day 2! 

Stay tuned for the second part of our journey, and tell me, what do you love about New York?


37 thoughts on “A New York State of Mind: Part 1

  1. I love NYC so much and I too always make the pizza one of my first stops! The last time we were there in April we stayed just a block away from that amazing library. I’m so glad you had a nice time and a fun birthday with your hubby. 🙂

    xo, Nicole

  2. Looks so fun! Full and busy, but fun!! ;). I have always wanted to go ice skating there! Especially this time of the year! So festive!!

    Emily Lindsey | happilylindsey.com

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