A babymoon! I know the word sounds silly to some, but it was really fun for us to plan and go on a big vacation while I've had some extra energy during this pregnancy. We really hoped to be able to go somewhere like Cancun or somewhere in the Carribean, so we could just relax and eat good food. But then we pretty much opted for the opposite of that, thanks to Zika.
Greg had never been to New York and it's been years since he'd been to New England. My sister has lived in Boston for several years and she recently moved to New York City. I figured our life is just going to get trickier to go and visit her so we might as well seize the day while it's just the two of us.
My favorite thing about planning the trip was that I got to spend lots of time researching where we should stay, what we should do, and what we should eat. We started planning things around the same time as I started getting crazy about baby planning. So it ended up being a nice thing to keep me occupied so I didn't go baby crazy. I found myself only wanting to talk about baby prep with all of my free time and I was driving myself and probably Greg crazy. Focusing on something fun and soon and just for us was a good break.
We flew into New York City and stayed at an AirBNB near Columbia University and stopped by campus on our first night to see Emily and go to dinner.
The next day we went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We walked around Wall Street and got to see the new World Trade Center memorial. For lunch, we grabbed an amazing lobster roll which satisfied all of my pregnancy cravings, so I was pretty happy about that. We walked around Brooklyn and got pizza at Juliana's and shakes at Shake Shack. We took our pizza to the Brooklyn Bridge and watched all the harbor traffic. Later in the evening, we walked for far too long to Chelsea and the High Line. We got stuck in a crowd traveling back from Comic Con onto the subway. After 23,00 steps that day, I was ready to be done walking!
The next day we ventured into Soho. Greg pre-ordered authentic croissants at Dominque Ansel Bakery weeks in advance for our breakfast. They were delightful. We explored a bunch of shops, including a pilgrimage to a shop called Purl Soho that was overwhelmingly wonderful. The food this day was incredible. We went to Momofoku Noodle Bar, David Chang's ramen restaurant. We got to sit at the bar and watch the chefs make everything. I could have stayed there for hours watching. After lunch, we talked to the Milk Bar and got David Chang's famous flavor of ice cream: cereal.
For our wedding, a friend of my dad's gifted us the entire Seinfeld series on DVD. We've been watching it consistently since we got married and we're now finishing up season 8. It was fun to go find the restaurant together! Emily's apartment is close by, so we headed to her house next and got to enjoy her lovely rooftop apartment.
The next day we saw some fun things, my favorite being Riverside Park. I'm a big fan of You've Got Mail and so seeing where they filmed the final scene of the movie was very fun for me. Greg was king of the day and did a fabulous re-enactment. Major points there, Greg!
For dinner, we grabbed Emily and went to Cafe Lalo. It's where Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox were supposed to meet for the first time with Pride and Prejudice and a rose. I love the windows at this place. It was so nice that the weather was warm enough to keep them open. The food was less than ideal, but the ambiance was great.
On our last day in New York, it rained. We went to the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. We got delicious banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery in Grand Central Station and bought some new shirts at Muji. I also had a delicious sandwich that I need to recreate: soft wheat bread, lemon aioli, avocado, fresh mozzarella, and arugula on top. My feet were really sore at this point. I'm not sure if it was a combination of my shoes, more walking than my usual routine, or pregnancy swelling. Either way, I was in a lot of pain. So we ended up having to take lots of breaks and finding chairs wherever we could. We had planned to take the subway for the rest of our day's adventures but there wasn't a real direct way to use the subway with the routes we had planned.
So we sat around in the rain scheming about what to do while I rested my feet. I decided to tough it out and Emily kindly traded her shoes with me so I could change things up. We ended up seeing a lot of New York this way. We walked through Times Square and Rockefeller Center (got to hit up the huge Lego store), until we finally made it to MOOD Fabrics! The place was utter chaos but I found some beautiful linen, scrap leather, and wooden buttons. I could have stayed for hours but my feet couldn't really handle it. Major props to Emily and Greg for walking all around NYC in the rain to get me some new fabric!
At this point, I was pretty far spent. So we headed back to our rental and took some naps and got to meet up for pizza near our rental a little later. We had a nice meal and had some sad goodbyes with Emily. But we headed to bed early, ready for the next portion of our adventure!