Three Days in NYC

Judging from how completely wiped out I’ve been for the last couple of days, I would say we had a pretty great time in NY. We should have, since we really didn’t slow down the whole time we were there. We showered, slept and changed clothes in our hotel room and that was the extent of time spent there.  Traveling like that sure tires me out more than it used to.

I’m not 40 anymore! 🙂

I sincerely hope you like lots of pics too.  I couldn’t seem to stop taking them and since this might be my only time there, I made the most of it. When I arrived in from the airport, I gave my friend, Kate, a call to see where they (Cristin with Simplified Bee was with her and such a sweet gal) were and they had just arrived at Rue 57 for an early dinner, so I took off on foot with directions and met up with them for a bite to eat.  I had some burger sliders and fries, not anything really out of the ordinary, but they were very tasty.

One of my biggest regrets is not having more time to try out more restaurants and taste some things that I don’t normally get to try.  I didn’t even get a whole slice of cheesecake, darn it, but what I tasted sure was good. After dinner, the 3 of us took off walking.  I knew that my feet would never make it in high heels, so I opted for flat boots and flats while walking the streets. I saved the only heels I took for the Nate show taping.  You know you just feel cuter when you’re in heels, right? Kate insisted we go in some of the places I had never been, like Tiffany’s.

So, that’s where those little blue boxes come from? 🙂 Never having owned anything from Tiffany’s, it was a treat to browse. Beautiful jewelry was displayed gorgeously in glass cases. Like this little piece.  And this lovely yellow diamond bird piece.  Wowza! Down the street we went, seeing a bride and groom on the way, waiting for their ride.  Amazing place, you never know what you will see.  And see, the bride is carrying those Tiffany blue bags too.  Lucky girl. Next stop, Trump Tower.  Heard about it all my life.  We took the escalator up, there’s Cristin and Kate (being funny!).  We did a quick little peek and came down again.  Beautiful building for sure. Of course, NYC is a pretty old city, with lots of old architecture in the buildings. Harry Winston and DeBeers were all in the same area as Tiffany’s.  Jewels for miles! A pretty black frock in one window display.

A stately old church. More architectural details on an old building. The flavor of the city.  Lots of street vendors selling all sorts of food to eat.  The sights, smells, and sensory appeal of NY is everywhere.  New York’s finest.  Cristin and I couldn’t resist a Pashmina sold on the street.  $5 people!  I mean, why didn’t I buy more than one?What was I thinking?!  I bought a pretty turquoise blue with lime accents and they really feel good to the touch. Another beautiful window display.  Pizza cafes are everywhere, beckoning you inside to smell and taste these treats.  I could eat pizza everyday, given the chance.

There are plenty of Starbucks around town too to get your java fix.  For all the scoop on the Rue party, click over here for who we met and saw that that fun event. 

Back out bright and early the next morning, we strolled into Central Park, near Columbus Circle. Lots of interesting things to see. Like this pretty fountain. Sidewalk cafe along the way. Horse drawn carriage that NY is known for. Overlooking Columbus Circle from inside a bakery we met up at. Love the architecture.  I think this is what is known as a Brownstone, so stately and elegant. A beautiful red church door.Paninis in the window.  I didn’t get to have my share of these either. After the show, we headed down to Times Square, just as dusk was falling.  Wow, this place is larger than life. All the billboards and neon lights are pretty impressive.  You can tell this is #1 on the tourist attraction list, from all the people. Just amazing. So, I had to document actually being there. The hustle and bustle is incredible.  The Lion King is still playing.  Would love to have had time for a show too.  Alas, we just ran out of it.  Time, that is. We did take the subway one time.  Sarah and Kate are pros at all of this, so we followed suit. Sarah and me waiting for the train. She warned us we might see some rats.  We didn’t.  By the way, Sarah and I shared a Queen sized bed, so we’re like sisters now. 🙂 And we were color coordinated too.  Had dinner in Little Italy, so I can say I went there too. Ate here.  Had cheese ravioli that was good, but not exceptionally so.  Radio City Music Hall. Versace store. I think this is St. Patrick’s cathedral.  Correct me if you know better. After dinner, we headed over to Rockefeller Center to go to the Top of the Rock.  So glad we had time for that. Here is that impressive building. Front of it. Cristin, Sarah, Kate, me, and Janell, from Isabella & Max.  Janell was chosen to tape a segment with Nate on the morning of our taping. Can’t wait to see that too!

And we posed for a pic to remember our visit.  Lovely sight! NBC Studios were very quiet at night. So up to the top we went. And when we got to the very top and came out and saw this, I gasped!  What a beautiful sight it was. You can see the magnitude of NYC from this vantage point. Ahhh, so pretty. Glad I took some shots to remember it by.

Thanks for coming along with me to NY!  It was a memorable time that I will never forget, hanging out with old and new friends and making new memories with them.  What a treat it was!

I’ll be back next week with a few more pics from ABC Home, where we went on our last morning before heading to the airport.  That was fun and I got lots of good inspiring shots from the showroom floor!

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- Rhoda


  1. I have really enjoyed hearing about the trip from all of you. I think meeting you all would have been the best part. Of all the trips I’ve made to NY, I’ve never been to Tiffany’s – lucky you.

  2. So fun to see NYC through your eyes. Glad you had a great time!

  3. Oh Rhoda it was so fun seeing NY through your eyes! I have been there several times and know it IS awesome…you want to take it all in…the city has it’s own vibe for sure.
    Hope you get to go again and visit china town. Lots of interesting sights there!
    My g’son is in college in Brooklyn and is a pro subway rider, so I feel comfortable riding with him…..the musicians in the subway are amazing at night!
    There’s just so much so I really hope you can go again!

  4. Your trip to NY sounds wonderful. The first time, as I remember, is jaw dropping and overwhelming. There so much to do there and I’m sure you’ll want to go back time and time again.

  5. Oh how I envy you girls! Last November my friend and I went to San Francisco for 4 days and I definitely know what you mean about these fast trips…I am not 50 anymore! We have planned to visit New York this November, but, lighting struck our shop and with the repairs that needed to be made and the appliance we replaced, all our trip money is gone! Maybe next year! Thank you for all the pics, now my mouth is watering to go as soon as we can get the funds together!!!

  6. Rhoda,
    This looks like a fabulous trip! I loved seeing all of your photos and hearing about all the places you went. It’s great that you have connected with so many blogger friends.

    LOVED your pictures! Nice job!


  7. Thanks for sharing your trip to NYC. Looks and sounds like everyone had a great time. Get some rest. 😀
    Enjoy your weekend.

  8. Wow, you really managed to pack a lot into your trip! I can’t believe the photos I’ve been seeing from the Rue party, amazingly beautiful attire…Janell

  9. Okay, Rhoda, I think you covered alot more territory in your time there than we did. I wish we could’ve stayed a whole week! So much more I would liked to have seen.

  10. Now that’s what I’m talking about seeing NEW YORK! Fabulous pictures, after seeing your pictures it felt like I was there too! I’m happy that you had great fun.

  11. Yup, that’s definitely St. Pat’s! Nice shot! I love all your pictures, Rhoda! I can’t wait to see your pics from ABC Carpet and Home. I’ve been dying to go there. I’m only 2.5 hrs away–I really don’t have a good excuse for NOT going! I love all the people pics too–looks like you really had a fun time. Thanks for sharing! I just watched Nate’s show the other day after you mentioned it. I NEVER watch TV during the day, so it was a treat! Thanks for the heads up!

  12. Wow Rhoda, I see you went to so many more places than I got around to seeing. Your pictures really captured NYC! Just great images. Can I ask if I can use the one with my hubs and me talking to Dan Faires? I will credit you of course. Funny cuz your caption says, do you recognize the guy on the right, but all I could do was stare at the guy on the left! I had told my hubs, sorry honey we didn’t get you in any of the RUE party pics! Funny!
    Nice post!

  13. Rhoda- just thrilled to see all the good times and funplaces …. you deserved it , girl! thanks for sharing these great pictures…. i still have a Tiffany box from a wedding party gift from over 20 years ago …… wouldn’t throw it away for anything!

    I think there’ll be a next time for you…..and now you’ve given me another fun thing to do in Birmingham next time we visit …. go to eat where your step son is now a chef! WOW!

  14. New York’s finest ~~ FOR SURE! all of your photos and the hunky cop too.

  15. I can’t believe how many gorgeous shots you took, my goodness girl, I felt like I was walking the streets with you again! *Sigh* I think I’ll be downloading several of them, just stunning.

    Truly, NYC is such an amazing place, and it was absolutely delightful sharing just those few days with you. I miss you so much already!


  16. So enjoyed reading about and seeing pictures of your wonderful trip to NYC. Looks like you had a great time!

  17. I looove NYC but only to visit and get the heck outta dodge, too busy for me and so expensive lol. Be safe!

  18. Hi Rhoda, your trip looks like soooo much fun! I love that you took so many pictures and shared them with us. I was lucky enough to visit NYC a few years back with my family and it really is amazing and nothing like it. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Love your photos. I am interested in seeing the rest of the pics on your staircase remodel. Did you post them? I can’t find them. I am considering taking the carpet off our stairs. I hate it. It is hard to keep clean. Looks like you had fun in New York. 🙂

  20. Oh my gosh, I’m tired just reading! It looks like you had a WONDERFUL time. Thank you for the pictures. I really did feel like I was following you all.

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