had a very swell adventure in NYC with some very good friends. i have been compiling a NYC bucket list of sorts ... and i gave said list to my friends N&M who live in Manhattan and in 3 days time we managed to check all but one thing off my list. and we still had time for lots and lots of conversation mingled in with plenty of eating & drinking
so here are my 3 things from my trip
1) the 9/11 memorial at the world trade center is simply stunning. none of the pictures i took managed to do the memorial pools the least bit of justice. they sit in the footprint of the 2 towers and the water flows down a 30 foot drop ... it's peaceful and quiet at the top, where all the names are inscribed, but then it's loud and almost intense as it flows down the drop to the bottom where it becomes peaceful again. the way that whole area is designed is for one of respect and memorial. it's something to behold. and it was touching to see people there crying and hugging and still remembering those events now almost 11 years ago
2) walking the Brooklyn Bridge is an entirely different experience than the movie Kate & Leopold would lead you to believe. or even the stupid geico gecko dude. however, the views of manhattan, brooklyn, the statue of liberty, all the other bridges and the hudson river were worth the trek up to the bridge and then across it. it was pretty spectacular when you see the inscription that it was built in 1875 and it is still standing and functional to this day
3) can anything honestly replace good conversation with great friends?? i mean, we laughed and made fun of each other, we talked seriously about politics, religion, the church, our beliefs, we discussed our love for harry potter, the hunger games and even twilight ... (maybe not ALL of us joined in on that discussion), they asked me about my dad and we had so many conversations about our families. as great as all the site seeing was, and as much as i love the adventures that NYC brings, i will even more treasure and remember fondly the time i got to spend with my friends. so thank you N & M for your wonderful hospitality and thank you B for making the trek in for NJ to hang with me for 1/2 a day. i love you all so much!!!
i posted some pics of FB so check them out if you'd like