I’m behind on emails, replies to blog comments, visiting other blogs, Facebook, Twitter – you name it. This post was also tossed together pretty quickly because I had to buy groceries and do laundry to get youngest son ready to leave today for his second European tour. But I digress.
As I mentioned on Friday, all of it was for a good reason – we took a long weekend trip to NYC! I hadn’t been in over 20 years, and was so excited to return. The primary reason for going this time was the youngest son. He’s a music major, and I kid you not, he fell in love with Phantom of the Opera music and the movie when he was in kindergarten. When he asked to watch it at the age of 5, I explained it wasn’t a Scooby-Doo-type of phantom. He rolled his eyes and replied he already knew that (I’m telling you, this kid was born an old soul). Guess we should have known even then his path would lead toward music.
Anyway – on with the activities and pictures. Youngest son had absolutely no interest in doing the regular touristy things. As a foodie, he researched food tours and chose a fantastic one – No Passport Required, by In Food We Trust. We sampled authentic flavors from Turkey, India, Japan, Israel, Cuba, and Italy. I realized I’d found my purpose in life upon my first bite of chocolate babka – flaky, delicious heaven laced with chocolate. Our fabulous tour guide was Angelis Nannos, wearing the hat in the pic above. He was such fun, and his knowledge of food and its history was quite impressive. We made a new friend that day.
Mostly at hubby’s urging we went to the top of Rockefeller Center – the pic of the Empire State Building above was taken from there. Our hotel was perfectly situated in Times Square, where we walked to the Book of Mormon show on Thursday night. With our room being on the 46th floor, do I really need to tell you how beautiful the view was at night?
On Saturday, foodie son wanted to visit Little Italy and Chinatown, where we drooled over all the fresh seafood, produce, and Italian delis. Lunch was at an Italian bistro – I’m convinced I was Italian in a previous life. We then traveled to Central Park, and if you hear about some crazy tourist family having a standoff in the middle of a subway station arguing about how to get to their destination – yeah, that was us.
Saturday night was pretty touristy. Dinner was at Sardi’s – and we were soooo lucky to get in with no reservation – then on to Phantom of the Opera, where we had fantastic seats. I’d already seen it on Broadway twice, but seeing it with my son was priceless. He said it was the first time music gave him chills. During intermission, he was able to go up to the stage and see the orchestra below – to a music major, this was a rare treat. He was fascinated by all the instruments and equipment packed into such a small space.
It was a rushed, busy, fun-filled weekend, but we were thrilled to experience NYC again through my son’s eyes before he leaves today for three weeks – to visit Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Lichtenstein, and France on a music tour. This kid’s having one hell of a summer!