After spending the night in Connecticut, we arrived in New York City at lunchtime on Monday.
There truly is no place like Manhattan: the energy, the pace, the endlessly fascinating people watching.
Our first stop was checking in at our hotel, the Waldorf Astoria. The lobby is beautiful.
Next was a visit to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree…
On the way to Times Square, we stopped in at St. Patrick’s church. It was a strange mix of worshipers, tourists, and a heavy police presence, but it is absolutely beautiful.
I loved watching my kids’ reactions to Times Square. It is such a feast for the senses.
Minnie Mouse was our first (and so far only) celebrity sighting:
Julia had no trouble acclimating and was soon hailing taxis like a native…
It was soon time to head over to Radio City Music Hall to experience the Christmas Spectacular.
The show did not disappoint. It was amazing, fun, and very uplifting. No cameras were allowed inside the theater but I was able to take some photos of the lobby. It is delightfully garish.
After the show we walked to Del Frisco’s Steakhouse for dinner. There was a lot to see on the way…
Our dinner at Del Frisco’s was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I had heard Neil Patrick Harris tell Kelly Ripa on “Live With Kelly” last week that he had recently enjoyed a meal there and it was the best steak he had ever had. I would have to agree.
We made a nighttime stop at Rockefeller Center before heading back to the hotel. The tree is even more stunning in person than it looks on TV…
You will probably notice that I have a lot of photos of Doug and Julia. I would like to have photos of my son but he has developed an acute case of camera shyness. I hope this phase passes quickly.
Several hours, a million calories, and about six taxi cab rides after leaving the hotel that afternoon we were ready to call it a night.
This may be the city that never sleeps but we need to.
Tomorrow, the New York Philharmonic and Broadway!