Thankfully, our travels went without a hitch. Our flight was so early, we saw the sunrise as we were climbing to our cruising altitude - so pretty! We made a quick stop in St. Louis, and had a layover in Chicago, before finally getting to New York at 2:45. We braved a NYC taxi to the hotel (the Sheraton in Times Square!), and finally, we were there!
First stop after checking into the hotel was Times Square. So bright, so colorful, loud, so busy, so COLD!!! Wow! There's just nothing like it. From there we headed over to Rockefeller Center, by way of Radio City Music Hall. Lots of people were enjoying the ice at the Rockefeller Skating Rink, but we decided not to join them this time.
A Valentine's Day ice-sculpture in Times Square
The three of us have all been to New York before, and we've all been up in the Empire State Building. So we decided that this time, we'd do the Top of the Rock Observation Deck instead. That way, we could have views OF the Empire State Building, instead of FROM it. It was so incredibly beautiful from the top (70 stories high), with a myriad of lights from the city, the snow covering the roofs below, and the tail-end of what must have been a gorgeous sunset. But MAN was it cold up there! Two levels of the observation deck had safety glass blocking some of the wind, but the top story is completely open. I thought the wind was going to blow my hat off!
We headed back over to Times Square for a quick dinner, and then explored some of the shops and sights around it. We spent a good bit of time in the M&M Store, and had to visit Hershey's as well. I much preferred M&M. It was so colorful and fun!
Stay tuned for our Day 2 adventures - The Brooklyn Tabernacle, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, Ground Zero, Broadway, and Ellen's Stardust Diner...