Mother: I planned this blog for around Christmas but too much happened for me to get that done. Daughter has wanted to take the girls to New York for awhile, and we decided New York for Christmas would be perfect. We started looking for hotels and airfare in Oct. Daughter, and I had gone to New York a couple of years ago and stayed half of a block from Times Square. This location was cost prohibitive for the six of us. Back in Sept., I had read a blog post where the writer and her friend had stayed at an Airbnb when they went to New York, so daughter started checking this option. When daughter starts checking something out it gets checked thoroughly. She made a list of all of the different areas in New York and New Jersey we might want to stay. She then checked the size of apartments along with parking, restaurants and train schedules.
We decided that Queens would work very well for us and we were right. By now we had decided we would drive since none of us pack lightly and we all like to sleep with our pillows. The only problems we ran into with driving was a snowstorm in Pa. and New Jersey and SantaCon, starting in the city. The snow along with the Santa’s, people and fire trucks all slowed our arrival. It was nerve-wracking trying to maneuver through all of the confusion in New York city, but daughter did a fine job with lots of instructions from the granddaughters. If I could have loosened my death grip on my seat belt and the door, I could have taken pictures, but that didn’t happen.
Daughter had researched parking so we knew we could park on the street the apartment was on. It took a couple of turns around the block, but we found a parking spot across the street from our place and didn’t move the car the five days we were there. The apartment was perfect for us three bedrooms and two bathrooms with small living area and kitchen. The owner of the apartment lived upstairs with her husband, but we never saw them after we arrived. If you are heading to NYC for any reason, I highly recommend an Airbnb.
We did it all we shopped, ate and visited all of the sights. We used the train for everywhere we wanted to go. My Apple watch showed one day we walked 29,000 steps this was the day we made sure we missed nothing. We were in NYC when the guy tried to blow himself up in the subway by Times Square. Two of the granddaughters got interviewed by a T.V station about how they felt knowing that there had been a bombing. And the group of us got photographed for Instagram by Chase. Chase had a display set up in the shopping area at the Memorial. The girls had a great time, but there is talk next year of going to Las Vegas if we are going in the winter. We got cold a bunch of times and our feet were tired every day.
Until next time.