Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Spring Break: New York City!

First off...huge congrats to our lovely Stephanie Hale for the release of her book, SPRING BREAKUP! You know you want to read it and find out what's going on with Aspen!



I remember how awesome spring break was when I was in school. The planning. The anticipating. The day the trip finally arrived!

One the most memorable trips for me was a sophomore year trip with my church choir on the train from Atlanta all the way up to Stowe, Vermont, where we skiied (okay, a couple times down the bunny hill doesn't really qualify as skiing, but still...) and enjoyed the mountains and a cool lodge. We had a stop in Washington, DC, and Baltimore, but, by far, the highlight of the trip was staying in New York City.

Wow!!

I think everyone needs to go to New York City once in their life. And don't just be shy about it. Don't be a wallflower or scared to go out and do things. Attack the city with wide spread arms. Absorb everything it has to offer! That's what we did back then.

We did a tour around the city on a bus that took us through Chinatown and Little Italy and all over the place, starting at Rockafeller Plaza where we watched this video about the city.







A visit to New York City wouldn't be complete without the forever line wait to get to the top of the Empire State Building...with views to die for!



And, although, when I visited NYC, Times Square was a bit of a rough part of town, it's now a neon adult Disney that never sleeps.



It's also a must to see the Statue of Liberty. We went right after she had been refurbished and we were so proud that our school money we collected helped restore her for many years to come.



Aside from all of the touristy things the city has to offer, there's so much culture to absorb. The city is rich with museums, galleries, and diplays ranging from art history to ancient artifacts. I highly recommend visiting the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art. You could spend a day at each.





And, of course, New York City is all about the food! If you go hungry in this city, it's your own fault! There's everything...from every culture, every walk of life, from the $1.50 sandwich that will change your life to the expensive dining experience that you'll always remember.

My favorite cheap eat...the many souvlaki stands. Mmmm...my mouth waters just thinking about it...



When my choir went, we sat at Benihaba and were entertained by our chef. Back then, it was the only restaurant...now you can see them everywhere...but it was a time!



And of course...there's nothing wrong with simply strolling through Central Park.



Hope you've enjoyed this tour of one of the most awesome cities on the planet - New York City! If you get to go, you'll have the time of your life!

Congrats again to Stephanie!!! So proud of you, hon!!!

Hugs,
Marley = )

GHOST HUNTRESS: THE AWAKENING (Coming May 2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
GHOST HUNTRESS: THE GUIDANCE (Coming October 2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
GHOST HUNTRESS: The REASON (Coming May 2010, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
CHRISTMAS MIRACLES (Coming October 2009, St. Martin's Press)

SORORITY 101: Zeta or Omega? (Available from Puffin Books)
SORORITY 101: The New Sisters (Available from Puffin Books)

7 comments:

TinaFerraro said...

I love New York. (Oh, wait, I think that's patented. :)) Anyway, among the fantastic food is the pizza...I miss it so!

sweetmelissa818 said...

Sadly, I have never been! I will go someday though! I vow it so!

Stephanie Hale said...

Oh, I want to go to NYC so bad. Thanks for the amazing tour, Marley, and for helping me celebrate my new release! ;)

Jessica Burkhart said...

Yay, Steph! And I heart NYC! :)

Iserr said...

Loved NYC when my 8th grade class took a trip to the East Coast. I got to see my first broadway show "Wicked", and the experience was awsome.

Thao said...

NYC<3333 I wanna go there real soon.

Heather Davis said...

I love NYC! It's one of my favorite places on the planet, Marley. Thanks for showing us some awesome pictures of your trip!!

And congrats to Steph!!