New York, New York!

My favorite city in the world!

My husband and I took a long weekend to visit the city. We do this at least once a year, sometimes several. I think last year I went three times: once with him, once with my daughter and my mom, and once alone. One day, I tell myself, I will live there – just not any time soon. My husband and I could easily consolidate everything and move into a studio apartment if it was just the two of us, but that’s just not feasible for a family of four. Once those kids are off to college, though, moving to New York is fair game.

I’ll just have to plan more trips in the meantime. Oh darn.

Here are some of the highlights of the trip. We visited the 9/11 memorial and I have to say that it is beautiful. No matter how many times I’ve seen coverage of the falling of the World Trade Center, nothing can replace actually standing there and seeing just how massive these buildings were.  I am so glad that they decided to not build anything over the site. The waterfall monuments are stunning – simple and beautiful.  As I walked around them, running my hands over the names immortalized in stone, it was hard not to get emotional. I can’t wait to see it again when the trees are all in bloom and the museum is open.

You could see rainbows in the falling water at times, but none would show up through the camera.

We saw two shows while we were there. My husband’s choice was Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He loved the movie and wanted to see how they decided to interpret it onstage. It was a lot of fun – lots of singing and dancing and, oh heavens, the costumes! They won the Tony Award for Costume Design, and it’s easy to see why. It was a party from the get-go. My choice of show was the play Seminar by Theresa Rebeck. I wanted to see it for two reasons. Reason #1 – the play is about four young writers attending a writer’s workshop under a very . . . let’s say interesting mentor. Seriously, how many plays are there about writers writing??? That alone made me very curious. Reason #2 – the mentor in question was played by Alan Rickman, who is one of my all-time favorite actors. I’ve seen him in several movies, but never saw any of his stage work before. He was hilarious! The entire cast was great and the play was absolutely brilliant.

The Palace Theater in Times Square

Getting back to reality this week has been a bit of a struggle, but in many ways it has been good. The trip to New York almost extended the holiday season for me, since last week I only worked three days, so now everything will be officially back to normal. Until I plan my next trip that is . . .

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