We went over the 9/11 weekend and it was so much fun! We packed so much into a couple of days and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
We started out our trip by heading over to the 9/11 Monument and Museum. You were hungry and didn't have time to stop at a special restaurant so we stopped at McDonald's. We were shocked when we looked up to find a DJ! Only in New York City do you have a DJ at McDonald's!
We heard stories told from those who have survived and stories that have been recorded on voicemails from those who died in both the crash and the towers. We learned all about the hijackers the experiences of those on the airplanes. We cried, we learned, we cried some more. I was so humbled by those helped and served that day.
We headed out for dinner that first night to a very quaint restaurant called Bianca's. I loved it! I thought the food was very unique, and delicious. It was still raining on us so we were soaking wet by the time we got there. After that we headed on over to another restaurant for dessert. Max Brenner's chocolate! It was really good. But then again I always have room for dessert and chocolate!
The ferry took us over to Ellis Island where we learned about where all the immigrants came through. This was super interesting to learn about and really need to pass the Statue of Liberty after learning how they felt so many years ago when they came over from all the different countries of the world. That's one thing Brian and I have learned is that we love to learn about history together and specifically history of the cities we visit.
It was September 11 and our hotel was down by ground zero. Everywhere we went there were police officers, at least four or five in every single intersection. Some there were more than a dozen. There were bagpipes and drums that went through the city which was really neat to see. There were memorials and all sorts of tributes in chalk and graffiti all around.
I think this was the day we ended up walking 23,000 steps. We walked all the way down to the Brooklyn Bridge for a little photo op. It's a good thing Celeste brought blister Band-Aids because we all needed them!
Then we were off to the temple for ceilings, the temple is right across the street from Centrepark so that of course is where we went next. We rented bikes and rode around Central Park for about an hour. It was so beautiful and I wish we had more time to just get off and enjoy the scenery.
We were exhausted after all the walking and loading everything in but it was such a fun trip and well worth it! Such a fun unique city and I can't wait to go again! Took off Sunday morning and headed back to our Littles who we missed so much!