Thursday, October 11, 2012

New York City... and Montreal

 Taylor had a business trip in Montreal Monday through Wednesday, so we left the kids at Grammy's (thank you Grammy!) and took a quick trip to NYC.  Taylor bought me the Tiffany's necklace I've been wanting.  We went up to the customer service lounge on the 6th floor of their 5th Avenue store, waited for our names to be called, and then they presented us with the necklace and this sweet note from Taylor.  I feel so overwhelmingly blessed to be married to this guy.

With the help of Priceline's "name your own price" gig, we got a great deal at the Intercontinental Hotel.  It wasn't as nice as the New York Palace (where Gossip Girls is filmed and my mom and sister stayed earlier this year), but it was nice and situated in the heart of the lower east side.
Upon arrival, we checked into our hotel, and went to Grand Central Station for lunch.  Taylor took a beautiful panoramic picture, which I still need to get off his phone.  Our tour continued to 30 Rockefeller Center.  The area for the ice skating rink and famous Christmas tree is much smaller than I expected.  Here's a shot of 30 Rock from the other side.
On Sunday morning, we walked to Bryant Park (right next to the NY Public Library).  On the walk from our hotel, I took a few pics of the beautiful Chrysler Building.  I definitely think it's the most beautiful tower in NYC.

We planned to eat Sunday brunch at Bryant Park Grill, but they were closed for a wedding.  The only people in the park (besides us) were a pair of New York's finest.  
For brunch, we ended up going to the New York Palace.  The food and service were great.  I took these photos from the famous patio / entry way of the Palace, looking out on St. Patrick's cathedral.  I would have liked to take pictures of the Palace patio (which is very recognizable), but it was rather unrecognizable because it was covered in scaffolding.

 By 10:30 AM, it began to rain.  We took shelter in Bergdorf Goodman's and FAO Schwartz.  We stayed for story time in the Barefoot books section and I bought quite a few of these darling children's books.  

We were very close to the American Girl store, so we decided to walk around.  Like most of New York, it was vibrant, beautiful, crowded, chaotic and generally larger than life.
Outside the opulent shopping and tourist magnets, this seems to be what NYC really looks like.
On Monday, we took a tour with our business group.  This photo is in the heart of Old Montreal.
These were taken inside Montreal's Notre Dame.
This was a modern chapel housed inside the same building at the grand cathedral.  The use of huge stained glass windows on the ceilings gave a lot of really beautiful light in the building.  
 We were really happy to reunite with Brady and Anna Belle again last night.  Anna Belle has suddenly decided she's afraid of our dogs.  Grammy spoiled them with lots of new toys, which they were excited to show us.  We really enjoyed our trip, but there's no place like home.

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