Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

  • Christmas in New York City

    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 01:47 | 1 comment
    Categories: Travel

    This year, we did a quick jump to New York City for Christmas. This was a short trip to enjoy a few Broadway shows. It all started with a 4am alarm to head to the airport. We thought we had plenty of time to get to the airport and relax. Instead, we barely made it in time through airport security.

    Arriving through JFK, we were happy to get early check-in at the Renaissance New York Time Square. Then, it’s off to enjoy the Times Square area. For lunch, we shared an italian sausage and roasted chestnuts. We were either very hungry from the travel or that was one amazing sausage. Maybe both.

    Later that evening, we enjoyed dinner at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain. Dai is a big fan of the Food Channel. Unfortunately, Bobby was no where to be seen that day. Fortunately, his menu rocked!

    Then it was off to see Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden Theatre. Having seen the movie, I was afraid I might not enjoy it. But it was an amazing show.

    Surprisingly, we frequent the nearby Saigon 48 for a few meals. It was Vietnamese/Chinese/Thai food all in one restaurant. The Pad Thai was pretty good, but the $1 Thai Ice Tea was a favorite.

    We took a quick subway ride down to the Ground Zero area. There was a certain souvenir that we were looking for, one of the Wall Street Bull. I thought the following photo was neat as I caught the American flag flying by.

    For our final broadway show, we saw The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Radio City Music Hall. Having seen the Rockettes before, we still thoroughly enjoy the show.

    Our last stop before heading back home was to have dinner at Tao.

  • New England Vacation

    Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 00:35 | 0 comments
    Categories: Travel

    This year, we took a two-family trek to New England. That’s four adults vs six kids through Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston in a 12-passenger van. It wasn’t as bad as it sounded at all. The weather was probably the worse part of it all.

    We woke up early at 5am trying to get to Philly by lunchtime.

    Here’s the Liberty Bell.

    And a view of Philadelphia from the top steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This is the famous “Rocky” steps.

    In New York City, our first stop was B&H Photo. I’m impressed with its size and how packed it is with customers.

    Later that day, we arrived at the Apple Store on 5th Ave. Here’s a view of it from the elevator going down.

    And here’s Times Square, the location of the New Years Big Apple drop.

    The next day, we visited the Statue of Liberty.

    And Ellis Island.

    Here’s a view of New York City coming back from Ellis Island.

    And Walls Street where it’s blocked off from tourists.

    We ended the day eating at Big Wong. Not bad, except the portion size was kinda small.

    Then, we’re off to Boston. First off was the tour of Harvard University. This was one of the best campus tours I’ve ever had. Here’s a view inside the Memorial Hall.

    Then, we walked The Freedom Trail. Boston is such a walk-able city, and this is a great walk.

    The location of the Boston Massacre.

    Paul Revere’s house.

    And the Bunker Hill Monument. I just want to note that Amber climbed up and down this monument twice. That’s 1,176 steps in all.