If you’re new here, or don’t follow us on Instagram, we’ve started reminiscing over all the fun adventures we’ve been on together over the years and giving them a permanent place on our feed. With COVID, Lew’s shoulder recovery, and the rainy weather here in BC, we’ve been spending a lot more time inside just chilling. I started going through all our old photos that just sit on our hard drive at the back of my desk that we never look back on and enjoy. It’s such a shame to have hundreds of photos and fond memories that just sit there collecting dust. I’ve always loved taking pictures, but I always find an excuse to never print them, make a photo book, and (especially) post them online. So, I’m not overthinking it!
Our trip to New York in 2012 to ring in the new year was our first ever trip together! When I look at these photos I’m transported right back to those moments and that’s why I take them. I can remember walking the streets of New York, standing in Times Square to watch the ball drop, our first pretzel from a street cart, our bike ride around a snow covered Central Park. It was such an amazing trip and we both can’t wait to visit this city again! I’ve listed a few of the things we did (that I can remember!) and enjoyed on our trip below.
Times Square for New Year’s Eve
We knew when we booked our trip to New York that we wanted to be in Times Square for the ball drop, but we didn’t look into ANYTHING! On New Year’s Eve day we decided to walk by Times Square in the morning to see how busy it was, scope out where we can stand later… Well, we arrived and it was already getting busy and before we knew it we were standing inside one of the pens waiting for midnight! It all happened so fast we didn’t even get any snacks, water, and neither of us went to the bathroom before our 11 hour wait! It was crazy but so worth it. I remember people trying to sell pizza to those of us waiting inside the pens and running around after the ball drop trying to desperately find somewhere to pee!
Red Steps & Mary Poppins
The plan was to head to the TKTS booth at the red steps in Times Square to see what broadway shows were available and the prices. Turns out every single person visiting New York had the same idea. Instead we ventured up the red steps, took some photos and continued on with our day. A day or so later I was still thinking about broadway. I grew up watching musicals, going to see plays and musicals in Vancouver, took musical theatre in high school, I HAD to see something on BROADWAY! It would be crazy not to. We went back to broadway and spotted Mary Poppins and I just knew that was the show for us. Disney classic, fun music, who doesn’t love Mary? Lewis was such a good sport as I hummed and hawed over seat selections and prices and we ended up getting tickets for that night! It was incredible to say the least. The sets were amazing, think of a giant dollhouse, the music and dance numbers were perfect and watching Lew take it all in was worth every penny. He honestly couldn’t believe that Mary flew over the audience, it was perfect.
Empire State Building at Night
We decided we want to see the city from above at night and it was breathtaking, although I was NOT a fan of the elevator ride up :/ When we go back one day we are definitely going to do this again, except this time during the day!
Brooklyn Bridge & Architecture
We spent a lot of our time wandering the streets. It’s free and the best way to experience the city and all it has to offer. We walked around Battery Park, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Pier 1, saw the Christmas decorations near Radio City and along 5th avenue, it was beautiful.
Dylan’s Candy Bar & M&M Store
I don’t know why this was on my list and I don’t remember how I even heard about it. We got lost trying to find Dylan’s Candy bar and had asked a few people along the way and no one knew of it (good sign, eh)! This candy shop was cool to see and it was massive! Every flavour of chocolate you could think of they had! I mean, bacon chocolate bar… would you try it?? We also went into the M & M store in Times Square, there seems to be a chocolate them here… and what I remember most from that is taking photos in the photo booth. We were having so much fun, making silly faces, acting like idiots and little did we know that every one waiting in line could see us!
I can’t remember where this Christmas market was, but it was beautiful! They had an ice rink, hot chocolate and little stalls with Christmas decorations. We get a Christmas ornament for our ‘one day’ tree during every holiday and we got our very first Christmas ornament here at this market.
Lots and Lots of Walking!
This was the best. Walking around the city, stopping to warm up with a coffee as the snow falls, seeing all the beautiful Christmas decorations and just spending time together.