Behind The Blog Mini Series: New York City #Travel “The Arrival”

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Today I thought I’d share a  Behind The Blog post and begin sharing some of our adventures in New York City. When booking the tickets we decided to take a red eye flight which would land us there in the morning. We left San Jose airport at 10:30 pm and arrived the next day at 7:30am. We watched tv for a bit, got settle in and slept here and there throughout the flight. It wasn’t the smoothest flight ever. We actually hit turbulence, could see lightening strikes in the distance but, arrived safe and sound in New York JFK airport. I’ll recap our trip in this NYC travel series sharing our personal adventures. I hope as the series goes on it helps you when planning your trip to the Big Apple.

Now onto our first days in New York City,

After rustling up our bags at the airport that we checked we made our way out to the exit to meet our driver and car. Through the streets of New York to Brooklyn we wove in and out of local am commuter traffic. It was pretty humid as storms had been passing through. The sky with high clouds and sunshine. I had never been to my daughter’s new place. I can’t believe it’s been eight years since our last trip to NYC! Although, they have come to visit us every year or so.

newborn baby feet and a soft gauze blanket_

We were greeted with big hugs! We made it. After meeting our new little family member, we literally just dropped the bags and headed out to coffee and brunch. We stopped at a nearby cafe about five blocks away. You walk everywhere in New York or take the subways and walk!! Next time I’ll be sure to bring better trekking shoes. (it didn’t catch up to me until the last days)

cat looking at Brooklyn New York view_

One of the first things after our greeting was taking a peek at the amazing views from their apt. windows. Not even Max the cat could resist staring at the beautiful views from their 25 floor apt. I managed to stay up and go to sleep getting on New York time straight away. Sammie fell asleep in the late afternoon and couldn’t even wake up for dinner. She just slept on the couch until the next morning. Then she was on New York time.

Brooklyn City Views

I can’t wait to share what we crammed into those few weeks. For us this was a working trip. I wanted to share all the things you can do in NYC in case you have a chance to make plans and go! I’ll give you some tips on budgeting, ticket purchasing, hotels, where to get great show tickets cheap and must see places. There is no way in two weeks you can see it all! Especially if you travel with smaller kids. The city is big! It makes San Francisco seem small. It makes our town seem even more rural  and  country like. But, with good planning and making a list of must see’s you’ll leave happy until your next visit!

View of New York City from Brooklyn Pier_

Sammie a girl that can run a mile each day but, couldn’t believe how much walking we could or would do to see things everywhere. One of the first days we popped the baby in the stroller and walked the streets of Brooklyn. We headed down to Brooklyn pier to photographs of the Manhattan views. Laura got back into shape by taking little Theo on long walks so he was use to stroller riding and slept pretty much the whole time.

Brooklyn Bridge

You can walk the Brooklyn Bridge but, we didn’t. This was a view looking up from standing at the pier area close by. It is so beautiful! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on Boat Tours, Shows, Natural History Museum, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and more! As I’m going to be sharing tips for your travels to NYC. Plus you’ll get to see a bit more from our lovely trip!

Have you ever had the chance to travel to New York? Are you planning a trip to New York in the future?

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  1. My husband and I regularly visit NYC and I love it almost as much Washington D.C. The shows are awesome and there is a place you can go right in time square that sells cheaper tickets the day of. Glad you had a great time.

    1. Hi Crystal, I haven’t been to Washington D.C. yet but, only as far as Philadelphia.But, I hope to make my way up the East Coast. Yes, I’ll be sharing more about discount tickets and the show we later. Thanks, we sure did have a great time.

    1. I hope you do make it back to NYC. And if you bring your kids there’s plenty to do. I’ve been in the spring, summer and winter (I don’t like the cold lol) but, I’d love to visit in fall.

  2. This looks like such fun! I’ve never been to New York before but it looks like I should make sure to have a guide when I do. 🙂

    1. Hi Cajun, I don’t know that you need a guide but, knowing someone there or who has been there helps. Just be sure to do your homework planning your trip. Safe area to stay, list of places to go and places to eat. You also need to have money set aside for expenses like cab rides or subway, food and tips…

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