Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Our NYC trip on Memorial Day Weekend...

Alrighty, here's the lowdown on NYC. We got to New York on Friday night. Our stay was planned such that we would stay with Ami, a friend of ours who's the fiance of Smita, another friend of ours !! How convenient. Anyway, as a bonus, his parents were also there. That meant an unexpected windfall of delicious home cooked breakfast everyday. Our lunch and dinner were in the city and we never actually made it back home in time for dinner. Another couple from Dayton who are good friends of ours also planned to go to NYC. They were staying with someone else but we decided to meet up in the city.

Saturday was exploration time. Even though I had been here once before, for the first couple of hours, I was running around like a headless chicken trying to figure out which way to go. Eventually we went to see the Statue of Liberty (SOL!!) in drive-by mode. What that means is we never actually visited the island on which the SOL is located. We got into a boat that breezed past the SOL so you could take touristy pictures and brag about it to folks back in India. We then went to Wall Street and took pictures with the legendary Wall St. Bull. Also visited the WTC memorial. If you take the politics out of it, you will be extremely moved by how that many lives got wiped out and there's nothing but a gaping hole left. After that our friends headed off to Altantic City which is about a three hour ride from NYC and has beautiful casinos etc. We decided to take it light and headed off to Broadway, the mecca of the world's best performances for musicals and non-musical plays. Last time I was here I saw Phantom of the Opera. Noddy isn't much into musicals but we eventually ended up going to see Fiddler on the Roof ..another musical. Absolutely NO regrets. It is one amazing play with outstanding performances. In all, Saturday was fairly packed with Broadway, downtown NYC, SOL, WTC and Wall St all bunched into one. We got back around 1 am and Ami had to pick us up from the train station at that unearthly hour!! We really exploited his hospitality to the fullest, didn't we?

Sunday was much lighter. After another great breakfast with Ami and his parents, we headed off to the city via the railroad. We had decided we just wanted to walk around and see the city. So we did just that. We boughtsome clothes and then walked around 42nd Street / Times Square area. The city is full of life and people like us who are from other bustling cities such as Bombay, will feel very much at home. Dinner on Sunday evening was with my brother-in-law's sister who lives about 45 minutes from downtown NYC. Once again a great feast which was really a four course meal. Trust me, on this trip we were spoiled with food we couldn't have bought and eaten anywhere in the city.

Monday was time to head back home. Ami and his mom dropped us off to the airport where we hooked up with Noddy's longtime friend from Bombay. They've been really good friends for years and I've known her for quite a while too. She's now married and it was great to see the couple. We spent a couple of hours just talking and catching up in the airport lounge which definitely beats dragging our poor feet desperately sight-seeing in the city.

We've basically firmly entrenched a base in NYC with all these people we met up with after so many years. It was a great feeling to re-establish those friendships. That plus Broadway was what made the trip well worth it. Other touristy things could not be done as we had originally planned but we've fairly laid back tourists and that just wasn't fitting into our schedule. I might post more about NYC later but just wanted to get the recap done. If you haven't seen the pictures, check out the previous post for a link to the pictures.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a point of a vacation. You relax a little, have a lot of food and look around places that you are intrested in.

If you just try to rush around you come back from vacation feeling more tired and hassled than relaxed.

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Blogger Archana said...

Two dreams on New York.....Times Square and Broadway!!

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh - Fun trip! What did you guys get for me??

Missed the French beard super-shave this time around... ;)
Fiddler on the Roof is an awesome production - while I saw it in less-than-Broadway ishtyle, the story and music was still awesome.


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