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NYC Vacation Crew – 2016

Kelly, Kevin and Sandra at the Flatiron Building

Kelly, Kevin and Sandra at the Flatiron Building

We’ve made it to New York City, every year, for the past six years, except for 2015.

It was way past time to visit again so we grabbed some great flight and hotel deals and headed up at the end of February.

Our friend Sandra, came from DC, to spend four days in the city with us, and my friend Kelly also came for the day, on Saturday, from Pennsylvania.

Saturday was probably the coldest day we had during our visit but on Sunday and Monday, the temps almost hit 60 degrees! So, we were in down coats on Saturday and in flip flops on Monday.

Here’s a pic of Kelly, Kevin and Sandra in front of the Flatiron Building. I had always wanted to see the Flatiron building up close, but it was by chance that we ended up here! We had actually taken a cab from Chinatown to Flying Tiger Copenhagen, only to find that the store was closed due to flooding.

So, we headed back out into the blustery day to find another adventure.

Sandra showed me how to take better photos with my iPhone, so, thanks to her you can actually see their faces in this photo!

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Sandra and her ubiquitous modeling pose!

Sandra is also the “Queen of posed photos!” There isn’t a photo that she looks bad in, and the back story on that is…she practices her poses! We had several good laughs over that!

Here is another good photo of Sandra by some flowers. I cut myself out of the photo, because I looked so ridiculous! Sandra, of course, looks perfect!

Sandra also showed up on our doorstep with cupcakes, to celebrate my Birthday! Thank God she did that otherwise we would have missed out on cupcakes entirely, this trip!

On Friday, Sandra, Kevin and I tried in vain to find wholesale bead shops along Broadway. Twenty years ago there were so many stores to choose from. Now most of the bead stores are in the tourist area, near Macy’s, and that means really high retail prices.

pomegranate-mash-webWe did visit an awesome crystal store on Friday, called Rock Star Crystals on 26th Street. I didn’t take any photos but they had a great selection of natural stones and crystals and are definitely worth a visit.

It seems that every time we are in New York, I find a new kind of flavored water to drink, and this time was no exception. I found this great product called “Mash”. The flavor I tried was Pomegranate/Blueberry and it was delicious.

Of course it isn’t available yet in Florida, but I did find it on Amazon.com!

More stories on our NYC adventures to follow!

 

So Many Shops…So Little Time

Sandra Johnson & Mj Wilson Photobooth PhotosHit NYC running. In less than six hours Sandra and I hit Chanel, Prada, Miu Miu, and Bergdorf Goodman. I’ve now been awake for 32 hours straight.

Tomorrow the designer outlets get attacked! That’s if I can still walk!

Sandra also needs to STOP shooting these “Photobooth” photos with her iPhone! Thank God she went to bed!

The Rogue Suitcase

So – we arrive in NYC about 11 am today (and I’ve already been awake for 23 hours straight) and Sandra “MAKES” me take the train and subway into Manhattan, even though I am pushing one 50 pound suitcase and dragging my laptop, camera and zoom lens in another rolling bag. We get on the subway to the city and I’m telling her a story about how strangers always “talk” to me. All of a sudden, this guy across from us starts saying: “Miss – Oh Miss…” I turn and ask what he wants and he points to my large suitcase that is rolling OUT the doorway of the subway onto the platform! I go “WTF” and go chasing after it! Sandra and I collapse into hysterics about how fricking funny it was to see my bag rolling on its own, out the door. That was just the “start” of the day there… AND, I’m sure that guy thought we were crazy.

Then we arrive at Columbus Circle and we need to get out onto the street. Problem is, there is NO elevator and NO escalator. Sandra says: “Just carry your suitcase – it’s only a “few” steps!” Well, it was more like two FLIGHTS of stairs so I drag up my laptop bag to the first landing and collapse with laughter because there is no way I can carry a 50 pound bag even up one step!

The nicest, Irish man came up and said he would help carry my bag for me, I thanked him profusely and he said: “I won’t carry it myself, you can help me!” So, I try to help him up but then I collapse into hysterics again, so the poor man had to take it to the top for me! Many, many thanks to that kind stranger!!!

What a start to this NY trip!