Monday, July 10, 2017
And it's Monday morning again. How does that happen so quick EVERY time? :) Had a really nice weekend in NYC and of course the time just flew by. Our American wedding anniversary is next week (July 12th) so we decided to spend a weekend in NYC to celebrate.
Stayed at the Andaz Hotel near Wall Street (a boutique Hyatt hotel). Really nice hotel with lots of amenities (free wi-fi, free non-alcoholic drinks and snacks in the room etc). We took the train down and then from Grand Central the subway. Short walk from the subway. Were able to check in and then decided to go walk and explore for a bit. The weather wasn't even that crazy hot but god so humid. We walked over to Wall Street, the Stock Exchange, etc. then over to the Battery. From there we made our way up into Tribeca. It's always fun walking around NYC but the humidity was definitely killing me. Eventually we ended up at a place called AOA Bar & Grill. Really neat place with yummy food. We hung out there for a bit before heading back to the hotel. On the way back we stopped at the 9/11 Memorial. Then refreshed at the hotel for a bit before heading back out for a light dinner. Went to wine bar we had been before called Terroir. Really cool place. Lots of different Rieslings among other stuff. Had some light dinner and eventually headed back to the hotel for a couple more drinks at the hotel bar.
Sunday the humidity was a bit less thankfully. We checked out from the hotel, left our bag there and then headed over to the ferry terminal to take the ferry over to Staten Island. The weather was beautiful and it was a really nice day for a ferry ride. You get great views of the lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. So many tourists around as well. On Staten Island we made our way to the Staten Island Museum. I thought it was still close to the ferry terminal but apparently part of it relocated about 1 1/2 miles so we made our way to that location. It's now inside a neat older building inside a park so pretty cool. Checked out the museum before walking back to the ferry.
The original plan had been to eat dinner at a restaurant near the ferry building as it has nice views of Manhattan. But the restaurant ended up being closed due to a power outage so instead we took the ferry back to Manhattan and wandered over to the Open Door Gastropub. Yummy food and a nice spot sitting inside but near the open front of the building. Hung out there for a while before making it back to the hotel, the subway, up to Grand Central and back to CT eventually.
And well here we are and now it's Monday.
Letter/Mail Update: Received letters from/owe replies to: Kimber/Canada and Nina/WA.
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