New York City
New York City has been on mine and Mitchell's bucket list for a long time. Mitchell had been to the city before, and I had been upstate (oh the beauty), but I craved the hustle and bustle of downtown + Brooklynn. This trip measured up to my highest expectations, and although I came home with the sorest feet (is that a thing?), it was worth every blister and every knot.
The day that we got there was crazy, to say the least. We arrived at 5 pm on a Friday night and forgot to account for weekend traffic. We were stuck in our Uber for nearly an hour, and once we finally got to our air bnb, my stress levels went through the roof. Long story short, we were under the impression that we had a whole apartment/flat to rent, but realized that this wasn't the case shortly after arriving in someone else's home, with other guests, with only one small bedroom and a toilet full of poop. I kid you not. So, my irrational, hangry, nauseous, and tired self told my sweet, patient husband to look for another place for us to stay. Once we did that and made it to our hotel, we were good to go. We ate Thai for dinner and then took a train to Times Square where we ended a crazy day of travel.
The next morning we woke up, eager to hit the ground running and begin our adventures. Mitchell and I set out to see Central Park, take some photos, and wait for our friends, Bri and Kyril to meet up with us at the MET. The MET was one of my favorite things we did while in New York. I loved the simplicity of the architecture, the ancient exhibits, and walking through with friends. A perfect tourist stop! After the MET, we trained down to Washington Square Park where we had dinner at Sweet Greens, and where my feet finally, literally gave out.
We woke up on day two to rain clouds and chilly weather. It was a Sunday, so we knew we wanted to take it a little slower and be a little more reverent (if that's possible while in New York). We started of at the One World Trade Center, then went into the Oculus for some window shopping. Afterward, we went to Chelsea Market for lunch (I had a mediocre burger), walked the High Line, then I headed back to Central Park for a little family session. I knew I didn't want to "work" this trip, so I just planned one shoot. I'm glad I took advantage of the beautiful city! After this shoot, we went to the Manhattan temple, then went to the Smith for dinner-- 10/10. We LOVED this meal (we were actually so full off of the potato chip/cheese fondue. GET THIS HOLY POO. So good).
Day three rolled around and I woke up tired, but excited for another day. The first thing that Mitchell said to me while getting dressed was, "hey! It's raining and cold. Think functionality over cuteness!" Which is exactly what I did. We spent the morning walking from Brooklynn to Manhattan on the Brooklynn Bridge. This was also very fun for us and was a good way to get moving on a chillier day. After that, we hung around a bit waiting for Bri and Kyril, and met them to ride a ferry over to see Lady Liberty. Again, this is one thing that I would recommend if you've never been to New York!
By this point, it was nearly 1 pm and the sun had made its way through the clouds. Mitchell and I were SO hot and sweaty, and so sad that we had worn our warmest outfit. I was in a TURTLENECK, jeans, and a coat. Hello, I'm an idiot. After we made our way around Liberty Island, we headed back to the city, went straight to ZARA to buy new, cooler outfits, and then met back up with Bri and Kyril for canoeing in Central Park. THIS WAS MY FAVORITE-- as cliche as it may sound. I loved spending time with Mitchell in a boat. I loved taking photos of this event. And I loved that Mitchell took some of me! I love these images.
After we canoed for an hour, we went to take some more photographs around the city, and then ended the day with dinner at Bear Burger. This is a definite must too. It's in a cool location, and is a great meal. Big! We ordered the onion rings + sweet potato fries to share, and then each got our own hamburgers. I don't remember exactly what mine was called, but it had a turkey burger, avocado, lettuce, and tomato on a sprouted whole wheat bun. YES. I never eat buns, but this one was too good to pass up! 10/10.
We went home that night so sad, but also so ready to pack up and come home. I told Mitchell that I wished that we could have had a few more days in the city, just so that we could have taken it a little slower and spent more time at the places we stopped, instead of feeling rushed and tired and worn out every day. We got everything that we wanted to see crossed off our list and we will definitely be going back. Maybe next time I'll focus more on the food that we ate... But clearly we aren't huge foodies (we ate a Whole Foods salad bar one day. BASIC AF, hello).
New York, I love you! Can't wait to go back!