Gather round, and I shall tell you a tale

Dudes!

I’m back.

First, I would like to apologize for being completely MIA for the past little while. But let’s be honest here – blogging and any semblance of a writing schedule must be completely thrown by the wayside when visiting the coolest city on earth, to celebrate the marriage of two people you love like mad, right?

I mean, let’s not beat around the bush here.

NEW YORK IS THE BEST.

And that’s coming from a pretty seasoned traveller here. I’m been to London, and Paris, and Athens, and St. Petersburg, and a whack of other amazing and tantalizing places, but none of them quite feel the same as the Big Apple.

There is just something to the city that I absolutely love.

I love the complete lack of insecurity and judgement. I love how everyone is just doing their own thing, and owning it – whatever “it” happens to be.

I love the activity, the buzz. The electricity that seems to run throughout your veins, and itches your fingertips.

I love the crazy humidity, and freak thunder showers.

I love seeing how far Marc and I can walk in the rain without stopping to buy an umbrella.

I love the museums, and the fashion, and the men and women scampering about in business suits, and the other men and woman scampering about in little (to nothing!) at all.

I love the food.

I love Central Park, and the city’s clever, (and never wasted) use of green space.

I love the theatre.

I love the firemen who yell at me when I run past, letting them know they are looking for fit, strong women to join the force.

I love Brooklyn and its beautiful brownstones, and bustling young families.

I love getting dressed every morning, picking out the perfect outfit in which to walk the miles, and miles, and miles of sidewalk.

I love meeting up with other fabulous, funny, and completely endearing blogger friends.

I love riding the subway.

I love the friendliness of New Yorkers.

I love that my sister has found the love of her life, and that they make their home in a place where we can all gather, and congregate, and have the times of our lives.

It’s just like the t-shirt says:

I HEART NY.

Day 1.

Lots of napping upon arrival (red eyes will knacker you but good!)

Then it was time for some exploration, the Brooklyn flea market, and an absolutely delicious sushi dinner.

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The night capped off with wine and stories with good family friends, and the most mind-blowingly delicious biscotti I have ever eaten.

Day 2.

RUN IT BABY!

Next, time for a little NY City Pride!

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Then, more adventuring about Soho. Marc bought some snaztastic shorts, and we refreshed ourselves with some tapas and Prosecco.

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Then, more window shopping and WEDDING PLANNING.

Day 3.

Brooklyn Bridge walking extravaganza!

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Only of course to be met by a literal wall of water upon our arrival on the other side. Good thing we had the wonderful Ms. Java of Ambling and Rambling to spend time with for the next two hours.

After which, it was off to Wall Street, the Museum of the Native American, then Times Square, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Centre, NBC, CBS, and Radio City Music Hall!

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Day 4.

Get lost out on a run (I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque, er, Dekalb.)

Planning, planning, planning!

Then a trek to the East Village for walking, walking, walking, sushi eating and sake drinking, cannoli eating, and cannoli buying.

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More wedding planning!

Then off to the bar to drink rose. (Too much rose.)

Day 5.

WEDDING!

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We made sure the day went off without a hitch.

And it was perfect.

And this makes my little heart smile.

Day 6.

Solo trip downtown for Union Square, Empire State Building, and more Fifth Avenue.

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Met Marc at MoMA, and then set off to Chelsea to watch the most amazing play I have ever seen.

I will be talking about Sleep No More for the end of my days.

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Day 7.

Convene with the newlyweds, and then set out for Central Park with mum.

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Walk all about, and then one final crack at Fifth Avenue.

Enjoy wonderful food, drinks, friends, and conversation at Habana Restaurant.

Hold back my tears saying goodbye to the most important people in my life.

Know that we will be together before too long.

Say goodbye to New York.

Know that we will be together before too long.

26 thoughts on “Gather round, and I shall tell you a tale

  1. Great photos, great recap, great recap, and HAWT shoes you wore at the wedding. Where are they from??!

    And yes, Wednesday-so excited! :D

  2. Wowza! That was one incredibly jam packed week! I love all of the photos especially the mural on the side of the building, “I’m quiet. I don’t really say nuttin'” Awesome stuff! That’s so amazing that you got to hook up with Jackie too! And I’m trying to figure out if this can be true…you didn’t buy any clothes on this trip but Marc bought a pair of shorts. This can’t possibly be right??!

    • Isn’t that an amazing mural? It took my breath away!

      It was SUCH a bonkers week, filled with such magic. I also cannot tell a lie – I managed to wrangle three dresses whilst there. :)

  3. Greemo says:

    OMG Vanessa, I completely adored your review of NYC and the joy of the marital bliss that made it all happen. I am so with you on all things NYC. I could live there tomorrow. Next time you and Marc head off to the city, PLEASE invite me along. I am still recovering from the glory of it when I was there for a week or so in September doing my literary pilgrimage. We must dine soon (or meet for lunch) and get caught up so I can hear more fascinating tales of the greatest city in the world! Love Greeeemo x

    PS. Promise me we can walk around The Village together when we get there :-)

    I TOO HEART NYC.

    • Greemo! What a fantastic comment. Thank you so much for this. :)

      Next time we go, you for sure are invited! We will do all the walking around the village!

      And lunch sounds absolutely fab. I will set it up FORTHWITH! xx

  4. Loving your post, Great Captures – killer shoes you were wearing for the Wedding too – the Wedding and Wedding space look AMAZING too:) Thanks so much for sharing – How Exciting to Travel and then attend a Wedding too!!! Happy Tuesday

  5. javaj240 says:

    I thought about you all the day on Wednesday — I’m so glad your sister’s wedding was all that she wanted and more! Meeting with you guys was amazing! You were exactly who I knew you would be! Getting to meet Marc and Mom? Bonus! (I have a post in the hopper about our meeting— I won’t do it justice, but I’ll be publishing it just the same! — I just need to finish the whirlwind college tour first!) This feels like the busiest Summer ever!

    • It was such a highlight! Oh my goodness, you are just the bees knees. Both Marc and mum thought you were hilarious! And you teaching him about American history…priceless!

      I cannot wait to read it – and I’m enjoying the photos from the Tour de Campuses 2013! x

  6. So glad you enjoyed your adventure, and I must say, I missed receiving my Rant and Roll notifications whilst you were gone. Prosciutto and pears?? Looks fab. In fact, it ALL looks fab. I’ve never been to NYC, for fear I couldn’t tackle something so enormous…but you make it seem possible.

  7. “betty” would agree with everything. after all, really, she’s “from there.” i like it there,too. fun to get away afrom “here” (’cause we always, so far, leave, you know, come back)

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