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Beautiful Pics of NYC

26 Mar

Not all of these pics are mine, but I sure felt like they captured the spirit of NYC.

Nice pic of NYC from TripAdvisor (my fave site in the world)

New York City courtesy of TripAdvisor

The boyfriend indulged my somewhat stalker like desire to go to NYC to see the NKOTB.  We had front row tickets of the first mezzanine – slightly left of stage.  Life is great!!

Radio City Music Hall - For a few nights home of the New Kids on the Block (NKOTB)

Radio City Music Hall - For a few nights home of the New Kids

NKOTB Radio City Music Hall

NKOTB Radio City Music Hall

Chelsea Highline and the 18 Bridges Tour

20 Jun

We had quite an action packed day for our vacation that included the Chelsea Highline and a really unique cruise around the island of Manhattan.  We had a lot of fun walking on the Highline, but I’m not certain it would have been as exciting if we didn’t have plans to go to Chelsea Pier afterward.  Maybe I’m spoiled because Austin has such nice parks and all of the fun times we have had in Central Park, but I didn’t see the need or have the desire to stay at the Highline for that long of a time. It was okay for a quick walk, but for me the main draw was the architectural feat of creating a park on an abandoned rail line.

Chelsea Highline NYC 18 Bridges Tour NYC

The 18 Bridges tour was really cool.  The description on Zerve was “Step aboard the luxurious yacht Manhattan for a full round-Manhattan cruise that takes an in depth look at the engineering marvels of New York City’s fantastic, historic and wildly different bridges, tunnelsinfrastructure and mass transit feats! Tour includes content on city planning, Robert Moses, housing and architecture as well!

John Kriskiewicz, professor of Architecture and City Planning at Parsons and FIT is your host, on this relaxing afternoon cruise.”

This was the best cruises that I have been on except for my bout of seasickness.  Mr. Kriskiewicz was highly engaging and some of the times I miss school  for the great minds and entertainers (yes, I think learning is entertaining and fun when done right). Unfortunately I passed out for awhile after closing my eyes trying to make my stomach stop jumping.  I would however put up with this feeling again for 3 hours on such a beautiful yacht touring my favorite city in the world New York!  We got a double surprise when the Red Bull Air Race was going on.  I think my squirming around to see the race caused my seasickness, but it was cool to see all the same.

Last – it was cool to see Samantha Bee from The Daily Show with John Stewart on the Cruise.  We actually sat across from her for over an hour while I stared out the windows all around and devoured the provided food on the cruise.  Samantha Bee was there with her husband and with her two children and I’m sure she wouldn’t want me to bother her, but I did sneak this pic:Samantha Bee of the John Stewart Show in NYC on 18 Bridges Tour

Uh yeah, there’s some lady in front of her, but I was trying to be incognito and not weird her or her kids out.  Plus, my boyfriend didn’t see her at all so when we got off the boat, I needed my ‘proof’.  Celebs aside, I was impressed by the diversity of those on the trip and the range of information shared and the questions the professor/tour guide answered.

-XOXO 18 Bridges Girl

La Holllllla!

19 Apr

San Bernardo Winery - CaliforniaI had a great time  in La Jolla with all of the ladies who showed up for my pal Ting Tangs Bachelerotte Party.  We spent one afternoon touring wineries and my favorite was Bernardino Winery.  It is an urban winery, which means they do not neccesarily grow the grapes on the land they make the wine.  Just imagine you drive through a city where the Golden Girls live (yes, Blanche, Sophia, Dorothy, etc) and up pops a winery.  Pretty cool and getting to meet the owner/wine maker was a major plus.  He wasn’t all hoity toity and obliged my request to tell me how people test a wine.  I like to joke with one of my pals when we go out – I’ll call her Baby Gorilla, and tell her to check the wine.  It’s interesting the 5 steps, but I prefer the answer the wine maker gave – If you like the wine, drink the wine, if you don’t like it – don’t drink it.  All pretentiousness removed.


San Bernado Winery Tour - La Jolla