The end of our holiday has been so busy I haven’t been able to get online. I love to look back on holidays and remember all the fun that was had, so I hope that by getting some of the details down in my blog I will be less likely to forget. This WILL be a running blog again soon…
Our final day in NYC was THANKSGIVING, and what a stunning day it was. We were blessed with good weather all week and this day was absolutely perfect; crisp and sunny, barely a cloud in the sky.
We started the morning at a leisurely pace and headed into the city to see some of the Macy’s parade. We weren’t in a rush so didn’t expect to get a great spot, but we found a side street with a good view of the balloons as well as the bands. The atmosphere wasn’t quite what we had expected, but that may be because of where we were on the route.
After watching for a while we went on a mission to find a Starbucks…and then with coffees in hand we headed to Central Park where we spent a few hours walking, talking and enjoying the great weather and festive atmosphere.
Us girls convinced the boys to let us ice skate in the park, which was truly magical!! So much fun. I loved skating as a child and it was great to do it in such a famous spot on a special day with fantastic friends.
After skating up an appetite we headed to the Porterhouse restaurant in the Time Warner center where we had a dinner reservation. The food and company was great, we had a traditional dinner of turkey and all the trimmings; it was exactly how I expected thanksgiving dinner to be. I still can’t get over the portion sizes here though…even in the fancy restaurants. In the UK the rule seems to be the more you pay the less you get in terms of portion sizing (obviously not quality) so we all laughed when each person was served three different desserts. I guess the idea was that you get a taste of each traditional dessert – pumpkin pie, apple pie and chocolate pudding…but really each mini-portion would have been adequate on its own.
Yes, I am probably too old to watch Gossip Girl, but I just can’t help myself! Throughout the week the we dragged the boys to a number of GG locations and thanksgiving was no exception. We headed to The Empire for post-dinner drinks. We were planning on heading to the rooftop bar but it was closed for the day so we settled in at the lobby bar for a few GG-themed cocktails. I opted for the “S” a champagne cocktail with vodka and lemon. Yum!
We thought it would be rude not to pop into The Palace Hotel for a glass of wine or two after our Empire Visit, so we headed to the Gilt bar at Bart Bass’ hotel and the Van Der Woodsen’s residence! It was a stunning hotel, I would love to stay there but if the drink prices are anything to go by, I can’t afford to!
The morning after thanksgiving we got up early and headed to the airport for the final leg of our adventure…destination: Lansing, Michigan. I’ll have to blog about that later. For now, I’m getting organised for my return to work tomorrow. England may be wet and windy today, but there really is no place like home!