I’m back from New York City! What an awesome trip it was, too. I’m totally worn out from walking thousands of steps around the city and staying up past 10 PM (I was forced to endure being called an old lady by my mother and the three high school girls staying in our room), but it was definitely worth it.
My mom owns a theater in Richmond and every three years we take her high school and adult students to NYC to see shows and take theater classes. I tag along to help chaperone and make sure my mom doesn’t get lost. We left Thursday morning and came back Sunday evening and managed to pack a lot into that short amount of time! I have a ton of pictures, so here’s a breakdown of some of the highlights for me.
We saw three shows while we were in NYC. The first one we saw was In Transit and I loved every second of it! It was created by a producer of Pitch Perfect, so all the songs were sung a cappella and everyone sounded amazing.
Our second show was Something Rotten, which was nominated for Tony awards. It was hilarious and super entertaining.
Our third show was Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, starring Josh Groban.
They were all amazing and I have to say my mom picked some great options!
Catching up with friends
My friend Kate, who I’ve mentioned a bunch on the blog, and I got to hang out a lot on this trip. Kate lives in LA, but was subletting a place in NYC for a couple months, so timing was perfect.
We spent all day together on Friday, visiting the World Trade Center, walking the high line, and exploring lower Manhattan.
I also got to see my friend Morgan from college, who I hadn’t seen since last time we took this trip three years ago (old picture).
I failed to get any pictures of us all from the last night, but we went out for a few drinks to catch up, which I’m so glad I got to do.
Plus, I got to hang with my mom a lot, which doesn’t happen that often. Last time we took this trip, other family came with us, but this time around it was just the two of us, so we got plenty of quality time together.
Running in Central Park
Definitely a highlight for me! Central Park is one of my all-time favorite places and the weather was perfect for squeezing in a few runs. The leaves were gorgeous, the breeze wasn’t too cold, and I ventured out two different times to explore the park and capture some gorgeous views.
I want to live in Central Park……
A lot of our meals were on the go, but a couple places stood out as being worth mentioning.
Our first night, we ate at a teeny tiny hole-in-the-wall Italian place called Piccolo, where I had the most delicious penne with truffle sauce.
During my day with Kate, she took me to one of her favorite spots, Mother’s Ruin, where I had a (wait for it…) French onion soup grilled cheese.
Yes, they turned French onion soup into a grilled cheese you could dip into broth. It’s as amazing as it sounds and if you’re ever in Soho, you must go there and get it.
It’s one of the few places that manages to have a massive menu where everything is delicious. They got used to people in our group coming in multiple times a day and treated us really well.
And just like that, Sunday morning came and we all piled on the bus to come back home. Until next time, New York!
What’s your favorite spot in NYC?
What’s your favorite big city to visit?