Tuesday, April 27, 2010

my top ten new york highlights

10. foods of ny's chinatown food & culture tour (not just for the food...but wow...the food was GoOOoooOOoD!) i learned more about the history of chinatown in 3 hours with our guide rajim than i have in 20 years of (sporadic) visiting on my own!

9. visiting the american folk art museum for the women only exhibition, and finding we'd serendipitously landed at henry darger headquarters ...a month after seeing the film "in the realms of the unreal".

8. the victorian collage display, playing with pictures, at the metropolitan museum of art. (my favorite museum in the world...maybe my favorite place in the world?!)

7. the view from the rather glorious top of the rock observation deck at rockefeller center...the sheer awesomeness of being there at night...the fact that we went on the spur of the moment and somehow avoided all the crowds & lines...the nice girl who took our photo...the guy with the i-phone who showed us mars and venus and some of the constellations.

6. staten island bryan ferry! it's easy...it's efficient...you cannot BEAT the views of the harbor...and wouldja believe: it's FREE!!!

5. the holy trinity of divine sticky toffee pudding experiences in 3 different modalities (warm with custard, takeaway cupcake, and a tin for home) at tea and sympathy. yum. (YUM!!!)

4. the 1920's paris photographs at international center for photography... (where, ironically, visitor photography is prohibited) ...and the 1920's paris paintings at the guggenheim...and the fact that we saw them--with no knowledge or pre-planning--on consecutive days.

3. the "scavenger hunt" for menus and postcards and brochures and cool packaging to make a travel book...and watching it come together a bit more every night

2. sitting outside the hotel on our last night, just hanging out and watching new york happen before us, in the cool air and the fading sunshine of yet another beautiful spring day.

1. spending 5 days with someone who doesn't think it's weird that fine art, sushi menus and manhole covers...amongst other randomness... make me think of cards!!! (PRICELESS!!!)


eta tuesday morning: i was so tired when i set this up last night that i forgot to mention my eleventh favorite nyc thing: the awesome summaries the divine stephanie has been posting for each day of our trip! not only are they MUCH more logical than my ramblings, she has more--and better--photos, as well! (check out day 1, day 2, day 3) thanks, stef! ♥ (i did get my pics, such as they are, uploaded into a webshots album, finally.)


  1. Sounds like a fabulous girly trip!!!! Thanks for sharing the fun, I've really enjoyed being along for the ride! Jo x

  2. It looks like you had such a wonderful time, it was great to see the photos and read what you did and where you went. Good that you got a little getaway and nice weather too!

  3. sooooooo stinkin' FUN...I'm starving now:)

  4. Thank you for the vicarious vacation!!!! What a great experience!!!

  5. sounds like you had a super trip! hope one day i could experience all those myself! thanks for sharing!

  6. Sounds and looks like you girls really had a wonderfull time. Thankyou for sharing pictures and stories. Maybe one day I will make my way to NY. Hugs

  7. What a divine trip! #8 & 9 look so Lauren-y...I thought it was your own art when I scrolled thru before reading :)

  8. Awesome re-cap ...Love seeing that travel book come together.

  9. I am turning green with envy. It looks like it was an amazing trip. And of course your travel album is FABULOUS.

  10. I love these pictures. YOu guys look like you had such a great time!!! I'm so jealous. I wanna go next time! I totally want to go to the museum first!! Without kids..ooh that would be lovely.

  11. What a great summary of your trip! I "see" you in #8 & 9. Totally. Oh, look - June agrees with me. Or i agree with her, cuz she posted first. :/

    And you MADE YOUR BOOK WHILE YOU WERE THERE?!?!?!?!?!? Show-off. ;-)


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