Friday, December 28th of last year was a very rainy day in New York City. Normally I love rainy days but this one was a pain. It made the most popular attractions in the city more crowded than ever, which was inconvenient because the most popular attractions were what was on our agenda along with that of many thousands of other people!
This was the view from our hotel room. We were right in midtown, not far from Rockefeller Center. I loved the buildings and being in the center of it all. I think I would do well with city living.
We tried going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The line was extremely long, stretching around the side of the building in the pouring rain. So that was a no. We also tried the American Museum of Natural History. Same thing, only worse! So then we went all the way downtown to the 9/11 Memorial, where there were also very long lines and we weren't going to be able to get in for hours, so we ditched that too. We did get to look at the outside memorial in the footsteps of the Twin Towers, which was neat. That tragedy still touches my heart.
Lunch in the Financial District not far from the 9/11 Memorial.
We went back to Rockefeller Center to go to the Lego Store for Sam. The ice rink wasn't nearly as crowded as it would otherwise be because of the rain.
We tried to get a good picture of me and the boys but didn't really succeed...
Then we had the brilliant idea to go on a narrated boat ride tour around the city. However, we found out once it got underway that it was too cloudy to see almost anything! They shouldn't have even been running them!
You can see how "great" the view was and how interested Peter was in seeing it (especially since there wasn't much to see!). 😂 Naptime!
I was able to get some cool shots of the Statue of Liberty in the fog.
This one's my fave.
The Freedom Tower
In the evening we walked over to Rockefeller Center again for what turned out to be my favorite thing about the whole trip: we went to Radio City Music Hall to see the Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes! And it really was spectacular. I'd always wanted to see it and I absolutely loved it. That show gets a five star rating from me and I want to go again!
These pictures are from the walk over to Radio City Music Hall...
I love the blend of old and new buildings in cities.
There's that big sparkly tree again!
I took these pictures on the walk back to the hotel after the show.
Crossing Park Avenue
We stayed at The Lexington Hotel, where Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio lived when they were married.
The beautiful Chrysler Building was just a few blocks south.
Christmas tree in the lobby.
It was a very wet day that wasn't the most fun but ended really well thanks to the Rockettes!