This is our first vacation since Dave got sick, back in 2007. While Dave and I would have preferred a week (or two) on the sand somewhere tropical; the kids wanted action and so we decided on New York City!
Dave and I used to come out to NYC every year, mostly for Dave to work and to catch first run B'way shows (because I used to actually be a drama geek...) Many times we'd drive up to the New England states to experience fall in all its beauty!
Obviously in the last 12 years, times have changed. New York has changed, too!! Like, what's with all the trees and planters? Urban renewal, I suppose. It's lovely but the city is unrecognizable to me in many ways.
The last time we were scheduled to come out to NYC together was September 8, 2001. Dave was called to town for a meeting and the three of us were going to stay at our usual hotel, The Marriott World Trade 3.
For some reason (I'm going with God on this) that particular trip was cancelled two weeks prior to us leaving. That hotel fell between the Twin Towers on 9-11. I remember that morning so vividly. To think Davey, who was 3 years old at the time, and I would've been asleep just floors away from what happened that fateful morning... No words.
Today was the first time I have seen Ground Zero since the terrorist attacks of 9-11. At first glance, I couldn't breathe. Then I cried. Again, no words...
Traveling with a child who loves to see everything and one who tires easily because of over-stimulation, can be tricky. We take turns going back to the room with Joey and hanging out for a few hours, while the other explores the sites with Davey. It's our "normal".
New York is proving to be as exciting as always, and we're looking forward to seeing as much as possible with the kids. The usual touristy stuff, and well as some local hang outs that we got to know about during our travels out here years ago. Nothing better than having dessert in Little Italy al fresco! Or sitting in Central Park in just that perfect location, sipping coffee and watching all the people walking by mid-day.
And yes... some B'way shows are definitely on the agenda!
More to come...Stay tuned!