Last ice cream.


My youngest and I loved these ice cream trucks! Soft-serve with sprinkles… yum! Since it was the last day, and I had never seen a double ice cream cone like this before, we convinced her to get a crazy double with all the toppings! She didn’t need much persuasion.


Farewell to our room. We are heading home today. It was a super busy week with lots of great memories… but I am a bit happy to be heading home. We all miss our space, the tiny apartment was great, for a week! 🙂

Fireworks in New York City.


You can see that it was crazy crowded! But the fireworks were amazing. Some of them exploded in the shapes of stars, or hearts, or even smiley faces! I really like the smiley faced ones! 🙂

Subway… again… and again…


Today we took the subway again to go shopping. I have to say, I’m won’t miss the subway.


After shopping we ended up near Time’s Square looking for an Italian restaurant. (It was so mobbed with tourists! It made me really appreciate our location which isn’t so crowded.) We had a restaurant all picked out with the help of our best friend Yelp… but of course it was closed for the holiday so we went to Scarlatto because it was nearby. It was raining and we messed up and took two subway trains to get there so by the time we arrived we just wanted food. I got the Vitello Saltimbocca which was pretty tasty.

Frick Collection and then more Luke’s!


Because we apparently can’t sit still… we went to another museum this afternoon. The Frick Collection wasn’t too far from our room. We couldn’t take photos inside but it had paintings by Rembrandt, Degas, Monet, Vermeer, Velazquez, and Renoir just to name a few. It was a great exhibit because it was mostly the personal collection of Henry Frick in the house as he had it when he lived there. Pretty nice digs!


After the museum we had to go and get some dinner. Finally we hit up Luke’s Lobster again… sooooo good. 🙂

Dim sum error.


We went to this little hole in the wall store earlier in the week to get some Kawaii items and apparently we had to return for more.


After the girls shopped for a bit we went to Dim sum for lunch. You know, where they bring around the carts and you make your choices from what you see…


We were doing fine until my oldest demanded what turned out to be chicken feet. Not really a winner for us…


Bookstore after dinner.


After dinner we went back to Kinokuniya, a very cool bookstore that my oldest found on day one. The girls and I made our way to Bryant Park (which is across the street from the bookstore) on the Subway without Dude. Girl power! Then we stopped for a little treat and this huge band of guys playing drums stood right behind us. It was sooo annoying as I think my daughter’s expression demonstrates.


It was clearly a day full of many steps!

Turkish food for lunch.


Selfie stick strikes again… It was Turkish food that was good, but not as good as the lobster roll. They have promised me lobster rolls for lunch tomorrow!

Long day at the Met.


Today we went to the Met. The girls each had a very strong idea of what they wanted to look at and none of it overlapped so we split up. I went off with my oldest and I think that this this was my favorite painting. Clearly Renoir knew his stuff.


There were many Van Gogh paintings as well and I liked many of them. He was another fella who knew how to use a paintbrush!


I think that this was my favorite quirky painting. Who doesn’t like a painting of kids torturing a cat with a crayfish?!


We pulled the old let’s stare at this piece of art to make it look interesting and tah-dah… the guy behind Dude is checking it out. Two minutes ago this poor vase couldn’t get a second glance! It was a repeat of the Louvre. 🙂

Central Park


After lunch we walked home through Central Park. Of course I pulled out the selfie stick which I think should be called the Mom stick because without it I wouldn’t be in any of the photos. Finally a vacation where there is proof that I exist.


NYC Natural History Museum


Today we started off with the Natural History Museum which is huge!


The dinosaurs were pretty amazing. Here we are under some huge extinct turtle.


Apparently it was build in 1874 which explains some of the exhibits… like the poor carnivores above. Not all of it was politically correct by today’s standards.


The last exhibit we saw were the gems and minerals. Lots of sparkle. Then we headed over to Luke’s Lobster for the best lobster roll ever! I really wanted a second… but I decided to wait and it turns out one is near our room! Woot! I’m trying to control myself from running over there right now… 🙂