We woke up bright and early, ready to spend our first full day in NYC exploring. We familiarized ourselves with the subway (we are serious pros at the subway now) and headed out for our first stop, Central Park. Every parent who visits NYC with their kids must take them to ride the carousel. It was a beautiful day, a little drizzly in the morning and warm in the afternoon.
Amelia loved that she could see Eloise's house (aka The Plaza Hotel) from Central Park. We walked through a good portion of the park and then headed toward Rockefeller Center. It was getting to be a really hot day so we stopped at the Starbuck's there and got a drink.
One place I fell in love with while on my two prior trips to NYC was St. Patrick's Cathedral. I love that place and dream of going to mass there one day. The architecture and detail is breathtaking. Even with people walking through constantly, it's such a peaceful place. They were doing some major work on the cathedral so I'm glad we were still able to go inside and see it. It's one of those places you can visit over and over again and still be in awe of it.
After our visit to St. Patrick's we decided to wander 5th Avenue. I could probably spend an entire week just on 5th Avenue alone, but we had a toy store to visit...
The entire time we were planning our trip we had told Amelia that we were going to take her to the most amazing toy store she had ever been to. Of course once she knew we were in New York City she kept asking when we would visit this magical place. She had saved up her money and brought it along to spend there. The look in her eyes when we walked in was awesome. She had excitement all over her face.
We had cart food for lunch, but decided to head back toward our hotel for dinner in Little Italy. Let me just say, if you are ever in New York City you must head to Little Italy for a meal. It was the best Italian food I have ever eaten. It was dark by the time we had gotten to the restaurant, but we enjoyed sitting by the open window; there was an older Italian man playing music, strings of big light bulbs lining the sidewalk and a cool breeze.
I knew where we were going for dessert. We stopped in at our hotel room to change and hopped on the subway again.
Frozen hot chocolate... it is even more delicious than I imagined and the perfect end to a 12 hour day spent walking New York City.