Yesterday was my first day off (finally!) Myself and two of the girls I work with decided to take the bus to New York Citaaay.
Now I will be honest…I wasn’t too excited. I’ve been to NYC a few times and had my fair share of ups and downs there and I didn’t feel any need to visit again (I know…I am probably one of the few people that would say that.) It just sounded expensive and difficult to navigate.
Well I was wrong. The day ended up going almost too smoothly and it was packed with things I hadn’t done before and it was quite refreshing to go into the city (which I know makes no sense…I am living in the mountains…that is where you go to be refreshed…)
We took the bus at 8am and got into the city at about 10:30 and the bus station dropped us out right around the corner from times square…perfect. I had been craving a smoothie and it was on my list of to dos, but then we got to the city and it was overcast and on the verge of raining so that craving quickly started to fade. BUT..thank you hersheys…we went into the candy store and they were handing out samples of the new SMOOTHIE Jolly Ranchers. So I got my peach smoothie ;).
Next we headed over toward Rockerfeller Center where a farmers market was happening. SCORE! Samples galore, love it. The samples fueled us for our long walk to a Chinese Restaurant where the girls knew the owner. I got some lettuce wraps which were delish.
After that we headed to Central Park to rent bikes ($10 dollars on Groupon for 2 hrs) It was the perfect way to see the whole park and it was nice to go on a little bike ride.
After the park we headed back to the famous Magnolia Bakery (which we happened to pass by quite conveniently!) I grabbed a cappuccino which was perfect in the cool weather and the girls each got mini cheesecakes. They both said they were life changing-ly good.
Next we hopped on the subway and took it to the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. We walked across the bridge and I loved it. It was fun being surrounded by city and the water. I also love seeing the places your feet can take you.
We headed into Brooklyn for one reason, and one reason only…PIZZA. The original plan was to go to Grimaldi’s which is supposed to be the oldest pizza place in the nation with an incredible wood fired oven. We were short on time and knew we couldn’t miss our bus and the line was out the door. So instead we went next door to Julianne’s which was supposed to be the original building. It was perfect. We also got a table right next to an outlet which was much needed (we all had dead phones after using them constantly for navigation) The pizza was WONDERFUL and so was the waitress, so sweet and helpful with the directions to the subway which were much needed. We got the tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto and arugula pizza.
We grabbed the subway and headed back to the bus station with about 5 minutes to spare.