The first stop on my tour around the United States: NYC, NY.
Adam surprised me with a plane ticket, reservations for dinner, and an amazing room at The Standard. I have never been more excited for a surprise trip before (I’ve been surprised with a Palos Verdes weekend trip and the weekend trip to San Juan that ended in an engagement).
Adam and I love boutique hotels and he’s had his eye on The Standard for some time.
Our amazing, 14th floor, corner room was the stuff of dreams.
I swear, each time I look at the picture of The Standard, it looks like cardboard – but it might be the fact that I need new glasses/contacts.
Anyway, Adam and I met up with some friends, who took us around the city. Our first stop: brunch at Boucherie.
I grabbed some avo toast (YUM!) with a glass of Rosè while Adam chose a delicious burger and a beer. Boucherie has some delicious food, and I was obsessed with the whole feel of the place.
Those subway tiles had me giving major love eyes.
After our delicious brunch, we explored some, stopping at a few local spots on our walk. I saw Washington Square Park, Little Italy, and – obvi! – some amazing city streets, lined with amazing graffiti.
Oh – and I got to ride my first subway. Woohoo!
When we made it to our final destination, One World Trade Center and their observatory, I was too excited for words. This was a place I have always wanted to visit.
I still remember where I was when I first heard about and saw the attacks. Freshman year of high school.
Ever since that day, I knew that I would visit the sight of the attacks. And I did.
The One World Observatory had the most amazing views of the city. I could have stayed up there for hours, looking out at the little spot of the world that I’d been waiting to see for (almost) thirty years.
I almost couldn’t believe I was there, staring down at the city streets, snapping photos while I pretended the little edge of this “seating area” didn’t stab into my thigh with the force of what felt like a good punch.
And when we were done, we headed back down the fastest elevator and into the bustling streets.
Before I went to NYC, I never thought two days would be satisfying enough for me.
But, even just a little taste of the city was enough for me. Of course, I’ve made mental plans to go back – and Adam and I already know which hotel we’d stay at – and I can’t wait to explore more places, eat more food (talking about you, Ivan Ramen!), and experience more beauty and amazement.
For all those NYC frequenters, where should I visit next time?
And for those that have never been, what do you want to see first?