For my birthday, I was treated to a surprise trip to New York City for the weekend by my wife, Sabrina. It was a great weekend spent exploring the city and doing fun tourist things. We took in a show (Spamalot), rode in cabs, walked the streets, and ate great food. The weekend even had a great finish with cake, ice cream and swimming with my family on Sunday.
We took the Amtrak train up from Penn Station (in Baltimore) to Penn Station (in New York) which took about 3 hours or so. The train ride was great. I have to say, I think I prefer it to flying. The seats were more comfortable with more room and electrical outlets for my laptop and other gadgets. The ride wasn’t quite as smooth but I didn’t mind with the extra leg room.
We took a cab to the hotel and walked the streets a little before we headed up to the roof-top pool at the hotel. After the pool and a nap, I was in the mood for sushi so we went to dinner at a trendy little place called Blue Chili. The food was okay, the sake was very good and very good quality, but the entertaining diners is what set this place apart. One one side of us, we had Doogie Howser MD, aka an Indian doctor who couldn’t stop telling his date that he had 3 degrees by the time he was 23 and has been performing history making covert operations in the military and will one day become the youngest General. I felt so sorry for the girl he was with, I was sure that (and I think the guy knew too which is why he never went) that the first time the guy went to the bathroom, this girl was going to run out screaming. On the other side of us, we had another guy trying to impress his date by ordering things that were not on the menu. It was very New York 🙂
On Saturday, we did had our tourist fun. We went to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. That was probably the highlight of the trip for me. We had so much fun posing with all of the fake celebrities, lots of pictures here.
After the wax museum, we walked around Times Square a little and went to the massive Toys ‘R Us and had lunch at Planet Hollywood. After a walk back to the hotel and another nap, we went to Tavern on the Green for dinner in Central Park. The food there was amazing (the service left a little to be desired though).
After dinner, we went to see Spamalot at the Shubert theatre. As a long time Monty Python fan, I loved the show. It was great to see how they could mix in several different bits into the Broadway show and I just couldn’t get over the fact that I was watching Monty Python on Broadway! Sure beats my parents’ basement.
We went to the Empire State Building after the show and enjoyed a great view of the city at night from the 86th floor. It was a great time to be up there, you could see just how massive the city is and how busy the streets still are late at night.
On Sunday, Sabrina’s dad picked us up from the train station to take us home. Unfortunately, the car broke down about 3 miles from our house so while they waited for the tow truck, I walked to get our car to meet them at the shop. It was a good walk and good practice for my trip to Philmont. We went to my parents house that evening for cake and ice cream with the rest of my family and some swimming of course. I had a great weekend despite being a year closer to 30.