10.28.2012

{Travel} NYC Part 3

Day three of our anniversary trip started with a 'breakfast' at Laduree, which specializes in French macaroons. This was a must-stop on our Upper East Side list.




 Our favorites were the violet/black current:
 and the Orange Blossom {because it tasted like spring}.
Ladurée on Urbanspoon
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 After our sugar fest, we walked up to the Guggenheim Museum
 What an incredible museum. I'm sad I couldn't take photos, but the current exhibit at that time on Reinke Dijkstra's work in photography and video was interesting and very real. 
 It goes without saying, but the architecture was fantastic.
 It was by far my favorite museum in NYC.
 Later, we took a walk and had lunch at a cafe before swinging back by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was astonished by the size of this museum - we spent more than 3 hours there, and only saw maybe 40% of it. 
 The section on Egypt was second to none. I think there were more than 100,000 artifacts in that wing alone.



Look at the walls of tapestries and papyrus!
 A somewhat life-size pyramid opening welcomed you to the exhibit. 
 Here's a smattering of our Met travels:




One of my favorite Monets.
After what we thought was more than half of the museum under our belts, we headed to the rooftop to check out the view. 
Sculpture on the top of the Met.
The view: 


We got lazy and took a cab to the Museum of Modern Art, which was a hop, skip & a jump away from our hotel. Thank goodness, because my dogs were howling. 
We spent about an hour at MoMA, but saw everything. The exhibit feature Alighiero Boetti's work, which I thought was unique because of his use of construction material for art. Wonderful.
 A few other shots I managed to snap:

 Afterwards, we stopped by FAO Schwarz for handfuls of candy. Like we needed it.
 We headed back to the hotel briefly so we could take a shower to wash the sweat off freshen up before we embarked on our harbor lights evening cruise.  We left the dock near the entrance to the High Line, and cruised for a few hours near so many landmarks.
 If you like boats, this is a great way to see a ton of landmarks in NYC.
 Of course, we couldn't have a riverboat cruise {read in your best Southern accent} without some cold booze and a salty snack. Enter dos equis and boiled peanuts. 
 We met up with Lady Liberty as the sun was setting. 




 After the cruise we ate some pizza at a small family-owned trattoria, then walked around Times Square {per Husband's request} and stopped in for a late-night drink and sweet at Junior's.  Because of a two-hour wait, we opted to sit at the bar.
 Husband had a Tom Collins and I ordered a Dr; Brown's cream soda. This is vacation, people.
 We couldn't come to Juniors without having cheesecake. 
Yes, this happened.

 Creamy, smooth, with a little bit of yellow cake at the bottom. Different, but we still appreciated it's texture/flavor.
 Husband also had an egg cream.  Eww.  It was definitely a nostalgic item to order for him, and he somehow fit most of the drink in his very full stomach.
 The service at Juniors was FANTASTIC. Our bartender was bubbly, sassy and super fun. 
Junior's Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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How much can we pack into our last day? If you know how we travel, you already know.  Day 4 is on it's way!

6 comments:

  1. I still have yet to try a macaroon but I just love looking at them! What great photos. I really miss NYC!

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  2. I'm sure I can find you a place in PGH that makes macaroons, Sarah! :)

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  3. I've never had cheesecake with yellow cake, but it sounds amazing. I really like traditional cheesecake with just a little something extra. Not that I'm opposed to flavored cheesecakes, but they're just not as satisfying as the original cream cheese flavor.

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  4. It was different, but that didn't stop us from horking it down in 2 minutes. This is not an exaggeration.

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  5. Dana @ Simply RomanescoOctober 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Hi Ashley! Aren’t those Ladurée macarons something special? I miss them so
    much. I had them in Paris but I have yet to try their NYC store. It does look amazing, though! :)

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  6. I think Laduree has the best macaroons on the planet. They're perfect! I've never been to Paris, but I'm sure I'd make a stop by when I do!

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