So one week ago I was in the Big Apple with my wonderful Mom and fantastic Sister. I almost screwed up our flight when I checked in and accidentally said that we were traveling with minors in the exit row. Luckily, we were able to get seats on a very full flight but had to be all split up on the plane. At least we all got there on time!
Upon landing in NYC, we went to the hotel and tried to check in, but couldn't because the room wasn't quite ready, so we checked our luggage and went to find some lunch. A GREAT Pizza place named John's Pizza near Times Square. Hit the spot and we thoroughly loved the wonderful Italian Sausage. After checking into hotel, we decided to venture out and see some sites. We walked along Broadway, and down near Rockefeller Center...got a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery and enjoyed the sites during a less busy time (Sunday).
|Our hotel...great location 48th and 8th Ave!|
|Time's Square in action!|
Just had a little soup and sandwich for dinner because we had gotten tickets to Billy Elliott that night and since we had eaten a late lunch, we just needed a little snack. Made it to the theater and watched the 2009 Tony Award Winning show. It was wonderful! The children in the show were amazing, the set was phenomenal, and the dancing was excellent! It was a true Broadway show and we could see why it had won some awards! The kids talents were simply breathtaking! It was an incredible show!
On Monday, we made our way via subway to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It was quite cold near that water, so we were very happy to have had reservations so we didn't have to wait in line too long! Near the boat is a statue that stood in front of the World Trade Center and reflects that although we've been a little beaten, we still have hope and optimism in this country and in our resilience against terror. It was quite moving to see this and know all that it went through on that dreadful day almost 10 years ago! We took and audio tour at both the Statue and Ellis Island...so wonderful to hear about our history and makes you feel so patriotic and proud to be an American!
|Statue that once stood at World Trade Center|
|My sweet family!|
|Sweet Land of LIberty!|
|The place that makes the world go 'round...literally|
|A tribute to the fireman and policemen that lost their lives that fateful day!|
After we finished down at Battery Park, we made our way up to the Stock Exchange and Ground Zero. I can't imagine what people went through on 9/11 as we walked through the streets and took the subway, I can only imagine how scary and sad that event was. So horrific! They are in the process of building a memorial but there still is quite an erie feeling when on that sacred ground in which so many lost their lives in such a senseless situation!
We spent some time in the financial district then made our way to Soho and Greenwich Village. Didn't venture to much of these areas, but at least got to show Tracy the different "looks" of NYC.
|The actual stage used for New Year's Eve|
|For the film New Year's Eve...wow, this year went by quickly!|
We then made our way back to Times Square to take a nap and figure out what we were doing for dinner that night. Upon arriving back uptown, we found that they were filming a movie called "New Year's Eve," which explained why they had a stage set up in the area and the place where the Ball is dropped with 2012 posted. Some other tourists told us that there were some trailers along the side streets near Rockefeller Center, so Tracy and I dropped of Mom at the hotel and decided to venture out and see what we could see...and that's when we found out some good scoop! Once we confirmed the name of the movie, we searched our Iphone for information and found a list of stars and their stage names. This movie has a great ensemble cast, so the odd of seeing some famous people were quite good! We first saw Hillary Swank filming...
|Hillary Swank on set of "New Years Eve"|
|Tony the Trailer Driver...and scoop giver!|
|Jon Bon Jovi's Trailer.....*sigh*|
We went to Pasta Lovers on 49th street, got a table closest to the door and commenced the stalking adventure. When we came out we saw a few people standing outside his door holding up pics for him to sign and this man...who looks like Robin Williams but had a "boom box" around his neck. I'm thinking he was going to play "living on a prayer" when he opened the door. Poor Jon! I can't imagine having to put up with all these freaks (personal company certainly excluded!!!)
|Not Robin Williams (I don't think), but fan going to play|
Livin' on a Prayer upon seeing HRH JBJ
|Pasta Lovers, our restaurant and the infamous trailer!|
|Mom and I on the set of New Year's Eve|
|HRH and Ryan|
|Love that Smile!|
|This man is 49 years old! WOW!|
On Tuesday, we ventured to the Today Show and tried to get stand by tickets to Jimmy Fallon. We knew they were filming "30 Rock" that day cause we saw signs stating "no parking" outside Rockefeller Center. As we were milling around, we ran into Ted Danson, and Kenny Rogers and then Tracy almost literally ran into Tina Fey and Jane Karkouski! We then took the NBC tour and while we didn't get on Jimmy Fallon that night, we had a lovely time seeing all the stars and watching the filming of the show in action! I've been to NYC several times, but never saw as much filming or as many stars as we were able to do in this trip! Was so fun!
|on the set of "30 Rock"|
|St. Patrick's Cathedral|
|Luckily we didn't hear "your fired" from the Donald today!|
|Oh...the infamous Tiffany's!|
That night we got tickets to see Memphis and I have to say hands down, this was one of the best musicals I've ever seen! It won the 2010 Tony Awards and I can see how it did! I've never seen a show on Broadway with the original cast before, so this was a treat! We all loved the show...singing and dancing was incredible! Was a great treat! A must see for anyone!
|Lea Michelle and Bradley Cooper|
I hear he's now single...once again missed opportunity!
Happy New Year!!!
|Happy New Year|
|Happy New Year|
|Confetti..wonder how long it will take them to clean up?|
On Wednesday, we ventured to Grand Central Station, the NY Public Library, Brooklyn Bridge and Chinatown. Was a great way to end the trip before having to head out to the airport and fly away from this great city! Was a wonderful trip! So very thankful that I was able to finally have this experience with my mom and sister. Don't know that we will be able to do that too much longer, so was a great memory! I'm thankful that we were all healthy and able to walk all the miles we did and that we were able to enjoy this trip together...just a mom and her daughters! Was a very special time that I will cherish for a long time! I have a wonderful family and I'm so grateful that we are so close and so supportive of one another! I'm a very lucky girl!
We got home on Wednesday night, enjoyed a nice evening in my own bed then got up the next day to drive to San Antonio for the Bon Jovi concert! Had a great time, even though the show was a little shorter than normal and they sang all the normal things. We had great seats behind the Mayor of San Antonio and I sang and danced my heart out! Was a great way to spend St. Patrick's Day! Boys were on fire (literally, was quite hot in the AT&T Center)! Crowd was ok...have seen better, but all in all, was a great night! Enjoy the pics!
|And i love Bon Jovi|
|Started with Lost Highway|
|David Bryan--writer of Memphis|
|The Dynamic Duo|
|I'm pretty sure he's looking right at me in this pic|
|He's gotta be proud of himself...28 years and counting|
|End of "working man" song...powerful|
|wonder what they are saying to each other here|
|I'm sure this moment made someone's day!|
|I didn't mean to take this picture, but, since I have it...|
May as well enjoy the view! What a great shot!
|Bye Boys...see you in Milwaukee!|
yes, I'm going for one last trip before they end touring!
Now...I've got to get back to work!