Monday, April 23, 2007

Travel is a tonic for the soul

Harrod and Funck had it right . . . travel is indeed a tonic for the soul . . . and just what my soul needed !

Jack and I spent the last few days in New York City on a mini-vacation. . . and what a jam-packed few days it was !!

We stayed in Jersey City with a good friend of Jack's, and became very familiar with the PATH train and A train as a result !

Just a short walk from his apartment led us to these great views ! And the weather was PERFECT !!

We spent time on Friday with my favorite writer and maker of lentil soup, who I had just learned the night before would be in town the same time as Jack & I !!

We thoroughly explored Manhattan from Rockefeller Center to St. Patrick's Cathedral to 5th Avenue to Central Park . . . my legs haven't been that sore in years !! Such a blessing to spend time with a great friend in such a great place !

We saw one of our all-time favorite bands perform Saturday night . . . Over the Rhine !!! Amazing as always, their music is truly comfort food for the soul !

And on our way back to Jersey City that night, we took in the craziness that is Times Square . . . not exactly my favorite part of NYC, but cool to experience at night, just once !

We explored Greenwich Village before the concert on Saturday . . . it was definitely my favorite area of the trip. My head couldn't stop rotating, trying to take in the beautiful brownstone buildings and tree-lined streets, the cafes, the quirky stores and markets, and just the general vibe. When we walked through Washington Square Park, we happened to catch what must have been a festival of wiener dogs . . . owners and dogs everywhere, crowding the park . . . there was even a table selling dachshund t-shirts and bookmarks and pins !!

I guess you really do see a little bit of everything in New York City !!!

Before leaving to come home yesterday, we were able to see the Broadway play "Talk Radio", in which one of Jack's high school buddies is a cast member !! He took us backstage to see the set and all . . . very exciting ! And while we didn't meet any other cast members, we did see the stunning Stephanie March pretty up-close. A very full and wonderful trip !!

It's nice to be back to our home sweet home today. As much as I enjoy visiting big cities, I'm always happy to return to our country abode and our daily scenes (like our friend above !). . . I am definitely a country girl at heart !!


Jennifer said...

Ohmygosh I'm so bummed I missed the weiner dogs! They always make me laugh. How can you take them seriously?

And I'm so glad we had a chance to hang out, too!

Allyson said...

Ooh, I'm so jealous! Looks like you all had a great time!