I wrote this blog post back in June 2013 and somehow it got lost in the list of drafts that I have failed to publish. Please forgive me. I promise the photos will make it all better!

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New York City is a place that I have wanted to visit since I was a child. The portrayal of the  hustle and bustle of the city in movies and on television intrigued me. I always said that one day I would stand in the middle of Times Square and revel in all the city had to offer. Well, after 28 years, I finally was blessed to be able to make the journey to NYC!

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I was super excited when we arrived. I’m sure I was smiling from ear to ear. Did I mention that the Cookie Monster and Elmo were there to greet me with open arms (and smelly armpits)?  My dream of walking the streets of NYC was finally coming to pass!

Unfortunately that excitement quickly turned to disappointment. The weather apparently did not get the memo that I was coming to town. To our dismay, it rained about 75% of the time we were there. We tried to grin and bear it as much as we could but it really put a damper on our weekend. We were only able to do a few things that I outlined in my itinerary. But on the bright side, we now have the perfect excuse to return in the future. Hopefully next time the concrete jungle will welcome us with clear sunny skies. I wasn’t able to get many photos but I would like to share some of the highlights with all of you.

Apparently we looked lost so the nice lady at the airport gave us several maps of NYC

Apparently we looked lost so the nice lady at the airport gave us several maps of NYC

First glimpse of Times Square

First glimpse of Times Square

Central Park. Such a peaceful retreat in a city stuck in fast forward mode!

Central Park. Such a peaceful retreat in a city stuck in fast forward mode!

And then the rain started pouring.

And then the rain started pouring.

 

I just had to try some "street meat" in Central Park. I think I will pass the next time!

I just had to try some “street meat” in Central Park. I think I will pass the next time!

Selfie in the park with Manhattan in the distance

Selfie in the park with Manhattan in the distance. 

 

Window lusting!

Walking 5th avenue, window lusting! I loved that Union Jack clutch from Alexander McQueen. The price tag…not so much.

Standing in front of the historic Plaza hotel

Standing in front of the historic Plaza hotel

Finally got the chance to visit one of my favorite flagship stores Henri Bendel!

Finally got the chance to visit one of my favorite flagship stores Henri Bendel!

Loved this chandelier in Henri Bendel. So chic!

Loved this chandelier in Henri Bendel. So chic!

I would be remised if I didn't hit up the worlds most awesome toy store FAO Schwartz!  I think I had more fun roaming the candy section .

I would be remissed if I didn’t hit up the worlds most awesome toy store FAO Schwartz! I think I had more fun roaming the candy section .

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We ate dinner at a beautiful bistro called Bistro Milano in Midtown.

We ate dinner at a beautiful bistro called Bistro Milano in Midtown.

The presentation was beautiful. Unfortunately the taste of the food left A LOT to be desired!!

The presentation was beautiful. Unfortunately the taste of the food left A LOT to be desired!!

Elevator Selfie :)

Elevator Selfie 🙂

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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Skyscraper Skyscraper

Skyscraper Skyscraper

Took a trip to the Top of the Rock

Took a trip to the Top of the Rock

Just being able to capture these amazing images made the entire trip worthwhile.

Just being able to capture these amazing images of the city made the entire trip worthwhile!

The only thing that could possibly top the views was this...

The only thing that could possibly top the views was this…

We stood outside in the rain and watched as a scene from Anchorman 2 was being shot! How cool is that?

Standing outside in the rain watching as a scene from Anchorman 2 was being shot! How cool is that?

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Then after freezing for an hour we walked several blocks to find NY style pizza. Just for the record, I think Chicago has a better pie. Don't come for me New Yorkers!

Then after freezing for an hour we walked several blocks in the rain to find NY style pizza. Just for the record, I think Chicago has a better pie. Don’t come for me New Yorkers!

After braving the weather for 2 dreary days we decided to give in. We headed back to the hotel, changed into some dry clothing, climbed into bed and watched TV for the remainder of our trip.

 

One last look at NYC before we departed.

One last look at NYC before we departed.

 

Being able to share this moment with the love of my life was just the cherry on top.

 

Although NYC was kind of a bust, being able to enjoy this moment with the love of my life was well…priceless!

Have you ever experienced a vacation plagued by bad weather? Have you visited NYC before? Let me know in the comments below!

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