Same time last year, DH and I went to the U.S. to meet the principals of our new business. After a few days in Texas, we went on a side trip to New York (a side trip that lasted longer than the official trip). Our trip coincidentally fell on Thanksgiving week. We were so lucky because the Thanksgiving parade changed routes last year and it ended up passing right in front of our hotel on 57th and 7th. Upon check-in, the Filipina at the front desk upgraded us to the floor below the penthouse. We were so excited because we wouldn’t have to brave the crowds at street level to view the parade. Apparently, you don’t want to be on the higher floors for the parade. You’d want to be on the 3rd and 4th floor to see the balloons faces. Nevertheless, we were still lucky because we just went down and got good spots instantly.
It was my first time in NY. I was excited and at the same time intimidated. In every scary situation, though, an O.C. person comes to the rescue and in NY, that would be our friend, Francine (the most O.C. person in the world — the organized O.C. kind). She made a very detailed 9-day itinerary for us, split into sections of NY, complete with recommendations on sights, shopping, restaurants plus actual food items AND some notes on what shows and movies were shot in that location. She put Yelp and even Google to shame.
Here’s our 9-day first-time NY tourist itinerary (if you’re looking for bars or clubs, you won’t find them here. we’d rather sleep).
Ahhh, I miss New York. Happy Thanksgiving Francine! We’ll see you next Fall.