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Bright Lights, Big City

macys1 400We just had one of the best date nights in recent memory. It was our annual winter trip to NYC. Every year for the past ten years we take a trip to New York City around late November. We love to see the city all dressed up in her Christmas attire. As the kids have gotten older, our trips have lasted longer into the day, allowing us to enjoy more of the city each time.

When visiting NYC it can be easy to get caught up in its lightspeed hustle so as to not become road kill. To the credit of my husband, we managed not to be sucked into the vortex of it all. We wandered around as though the city were ours. It was spectacular. We drank in the bright lights and seasonal decorations! Macy's, Toys-R-Us, Rockefeller Center, and Fifth Avenue were amazing. We went into many stores. Trying on clothes and scarves, my husband decided to model the many ways a scarf could be warn.  This seemed to scare the sales associate away. People are way to serious! 

 

La Maison du Chocolat - macarons and lattes

Arrica at La Maison du Chocolat

Being a closet Francophile, caused by a romantic trip we took to Paris, I have become enamored with many things French. French macarons being one of them. After hitting some of our regular stops, my husband surprised me with a trip to La Maison du Chocolat for some top rated French macarons and a latte. It was very formal and proper for cookies and coffee, but remember these were not just cookies they were French "macarons" and it was not just coffee they were French lattes. Decked out in chocolate colored coats with their names embroidered on they served our lattes and macarons with a rum soaked raisin dark chocolate piece. With our sugar cubes, both raw and refined, there were chocolate pearls to add to our lattes. The dark chocolate was so decadent I was sure I needed to repent after eating it.

I suggested buying a few macarons to take home for the kids, mothers guilt and all, but was over ruled.

We continued our day walking toward The Plaza and Central Park. We love exploring buildings we have no business being in. So in we went, wandering the halls. Did you know they have a "mall" of sorts on the lower level? It is more like a mini couture plaza for those who CAN. They also have an Eloise room dedicated in honor of the character. We found ourselves taking mental notes for a possible trip for one Eloise admirer, as well as trying to blend in.

Having explored as much of the Plaza has possible without having a room, we decided to meander through Central Park. Eventually we found a nice bench near the water and sat there for over an hour just relaxing. Sitting there watching the various people was nice and calming. It slowed the pace of the day down. Having rested long enough without getting in trouble for stalking, we decided it was time to find a restaurant for dinner. iPhone to the rescue. After a couple quick searches and reviews, Remi NYC it was.

Remi NYC empty before the dinner rushDining before 6PM is beneficial to guaranteeing you will get a table. Actually we were the only couple there for the first half hour. Being unfamiliar with Remi’s, we weren’t sure what we were getting into. It was a pleasant surprise. We took out time with our meal and the staff did not rush us. The food was delicious and the service was great. We definitely would recommend.

After dinner we decided to head back to the train to go home. On our way we bumped into a large crowd at Times Square. We wondered what it could be and discovered there was an event on one of the billboards high above the stores. Still not too sure what the event happened to be we moved into a better position. We found out that the crowd we were standing in was being recorded and broadcast live onto the billboard screen. So of course we became part of the narcissists posing and having themselves broadcast to the all of Times Square. It was a fun way to close out our NYC visit. It was really late when we finally made it to Penn Station and got on our train home.

 

Do you enjoy an annual trip together?

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