The long Memorial Day weekend always seems to mark the beginning of summer for me. I'm excited for warm weather, picnics and late sunsets. :)
Sunday we had tickets to see Coldplay in Hershey. Baby's first concert. :) It was a great time with friends and the rain cleared up early enough to not put a damper on the night. The set list and seats were perfect. From the butterfly confetti to the big balloons during Yellow it was an amazing show. Such a great time.
Monday we used the extra day off to take a day trip to NYC. We got to Port Imperial in Weehawken, NJ around 8:30AM. We took the ferry over to the city and spent a little time walking around before heading down to Soho to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex. We got discounted tickets from goldstar.com (which was flawless and I do recommend). My main reason for visiting was to see the John Lennon NYC exhibit put together by Yoko Ono. It was amazing and I highly recommend it to any Lennon or Beatles. It was great seeing some of his well known outfits (the famous New York City shirt to his military jacket) and the many pages of hand written lyrics up close. It was extremely saddening to see the unopened bag of belonging the coroner gave Yoko though but at the same time it also opens your eyes to the gun violence people experience everyday. There was also a wall people could leave notes on and reading some of the messages about others who have experienced something similarly as tragic in their lives made me emotional. I left the exhibit tearful that it even existed in his absence. So sad.
After leaving the Rock and Roll half of fame, about 2 hours later, we headed East towards Little Italy and grabbed some awesome pizza at a little pizza shop for lunch. We took a little stroll around and then took the subway up to Union Square for a bathroom break and a little shopping. Afterward we made our way up to the south end of Central Park. We walked up past the carousel to Sheep Meadow. There was an amazing amount of people on the lawn just sun bathing and enjoying the beautiful weather and a day off.
Sunbathing in Sheep Meadow. I love this picture.
After taking a little break we made our way up to the bow bridge.
After a quick stop at Strawberry Fields to see the Imagine Mural we made our way towards Midtown to one of my absolute favorite restaurant in the world, Basilica. I discovered this little Italian restaurant in the heart of hells kitchen with two great friends about two years ago and it has yet to disappoint any of us. I had my usual yummy Chicken Romano (a grilled chicken breast sauteed in a garlic butter sauce with a side of al dente pasta) and Joe had the Penne ala Vodka with chicken. Both were delicious as usual. It was nice to get a different experience here in the day light and open window front. I can't wait to go back again.
Basilica on 9th between 46th and 47th.
After a tiring 2 days Joe and I were both ready to call it a day and headed back to Times Square to catch the ferry bus back to the Port and head home. It was a great day and a trip I'm glad we made together before the baby arrives. I did realize this past weekend that I can't push myself the way I'm used to pushing. Little sleep, lots of walking, long car rides and heat are even less fun now than they were when I wasn't 5 and a half months pregnant.
Below are some more pics from our trip. :)
Waiting for the ferry this sweet little boy, there
with his grandfather - a veteran, offered to take our picture.
He told us "I own a camera of my own and everything."
Joe's first ferry ride.
Yes I realize I look huge here.
The obligatory shot near times square.
In the midst of people watching in Central Park.
Joe wishing I'd just put the camera away for a bit.