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In mid-March we took a trip to New York City to visit some of our best friends that live there. It was an amazing trip, more about not only in the fact that I hung out with awesome people, ate awesome food and saw awesome art, but I also got some new scenery for a week which was much needed!

Chinatown Bus

The first night we were there, we took the Chinatown bus to Boston. It is 1) very popular and 2) very cheap. The ride takes about 3.5-4 hours and really isn’t too bad at all.

Old North Church

We were only in Boston for about 36 hours to visit some people, but we did see some neat places in the city. This is the Old North Church from your 4th grade history class. Remember?

Boston Street

The church is in a historic district of Boston where the streets are narrow and the buildings are OLD.

St. Patrick’s Day

We were in Boston the day before St. Patrick’s day and the town was already celebrating.

Holocaust Memorial

We also saw the New England Holocaust Memorial which was really something to see in person. There are six million numbers like these etched in 6 pillars of glass and are reminiscent of the tattoos that the Nazi’s gave their victims. It was powerful to see them up close…

Holocaust Museum

But even MORE powerful to look up. Definitely a somber moment of the trip.

NYC Saint Patrick’s parade

On a lighter note . . . returning back to New York the next day, we were able to catch the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade! Made me want to listen to some Dropkick Murphys.

St. Patrick’s Hat

Everyone was decked out in their finest green.

St. Patrick’s Hat

Staten Island ferry

We took the Staten Island Ferry which gave us a great view of the NY skyline. Last time I took the ferry in 1998, there was a very different view.

Statue of Liberty

Saw this old bird who looks great for 122 years old! A French tourist I met later on mentioned how tight the security is to get onto the island. I’d recommend the Staten Island Ferry; it’s free and low stress.

We did a ton of stuff on this trip that I didn’t get photos of. Remember, I was trying to get AWAY from work!! Some of those things included trip to Central Park, the Guggenheim, The MoMA, and Brooklyn. If you have the chance, check out Cai Guo-Qiang’s exhibition “I Want to Believe” at the Guggenheim. It is absolutely amazing.

Chinatown, NYC

We took a nice walk around SOHO and Chinatown one afternoon and saw the sights, sounds and smells.

Chinatown, NYC


Colored Scarves

Beans and produce

They also had a TON of food for sale on the streets all over Manhattan. While I’m here, let me talk about food for just one minute . . . one of the highlights of the trip was the amazing food that we ate. For reference for my future self as well as others going to NYC soon, here’s a partial list:

  1. Veggie Planet (Boston)
  2. Curry Leaf – Indian
  3. Quintessence – all vegan and raw food
  4. Ozu – this place is AMAZING
  5. Mama Mexico
  6. Hampton Chutney – quick Indian
  7. Kanoyama (sushi)
  8. Yum Yum Bangkok – Thai
  9. Failte Irish Whiskey Bar – beer
  10. Verlaine – drink specials


Our good friend Allen took us to Ozu for lunch and then we went over with him and his son to the American Natural History Museum. Lots of dinos . . .


Ancient Turtle
. . . and smiley turtles . . .

Dino fish
. . . and scary fish . . .

. . . and pretty rocks . . .

Coral pigs
. . . and, of course, small pigs made out of coral, because in New York City, they have EVERYTHING. Thanks to Jane, John, Jason, Ryan, Jamie, Amir, Ann, Allen, Heather and Jenna for showing us the BEST time!!!

  • JhawkJane

    Come BACK!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JhawkJane

    Come BACK!!!!!!!!!!!

  • theony angel

    thanks for taking the time tp make this blog-enjoed it