Only 2 more weeks left of school! But, that is 3 weeks past Memorial Day -- school should be over at Memorial Day, right??? It is especially hard to go back after having a fabulous Memorial Day weekend as we did this year. We were visiting --- wait for it -- New York. I know, it seems like we are there all of the time, but when one of the most amazing places in the world is 4.5 hours from your home, it's hard NOT to go when you can.
This year, we were up to visit good friends who moved to Long Island a few years ago. They have an annual Memorial Day weekend barbeque, so it was the perfect time to visit. It was so great to see them again and catch up. They recently moved into the most gorgeous 1924 colonial in one of the prettiest towns that you can imagine. And, my friend has such amazing style so I was practically drooling in every room.
We spent Saturday and Sunday morning with them and then headed into Manhattan. This time we stayed on the Upper West Side, which we really liked. It's less chaotic, un-touristy, and more neighborhoody than when we've stayed in mid-town. I feel like when I'm in NYC, I prefer to sort of explore and enjoy the city's vibe which is easier in the residential areas. Bonus: we were just a few blocks from the park, where we spent a lot of time walking.
Everyone was out because it was such a beautiful day on a holiday weekend, after a really yicky spring. It was so amazing to finally be out and be in such a gorgeous place.
While in the city, we did a lot of clothes shopping for this girl. She is growing so fast -- I think faster than she has since she was a baby! When I told my dad, he was laughing that we went to Manhattan and ended up shopping at The Gap. But, the selection is so much better at the NY location than ours! And, who has time to shop during regular life?
On Monday, we went to visit this lady and Ellis Island. Neither Glenn nor Hope had been to the Statue and none of us had been to Ellis Island. I've wanted to go to the Island since I was in elementary school and did a project on it and my ancestry. There is so much to see at both places that I felt like we could have spent more time in all of the exhibits. But, we did get a good feel for all of it.
Looking back on these photos, it strikes me how much detail was put into the design of even the most utilitarian buildings back then. Ellis Island was certainly not intended to be a showplace -- it was a processing center essentially -- but look at the tilework! I'm going to be an old lady before my time and say, those were the days.
The Statue of Liberty was far more impressive than I'd remembered. When I was previously there in the mid 80s, it was under restoration and I was 11 or 12. As an adult, it was very inspiring. And, interesting! It may be because I was visiting with an engineer this time, but I learned a lot about how innovative the design was when it was built. In fact, Glenn mentioned to a guide inside of the Statue that he is an engineer and is really interested in the construction. The man said, "Well, follow me!" and took him up into the structure, to see it up close. So amazing.
It was such a great weekend and got me in the mindset of vacation. Only 10 more school days to push through!!!