Whirlwind in New York City // Part II

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Welcome back to part two of my adventures in New York City! I promise – the influx of all the NYC pictures is almost over! But first, I want to share with all of you what the second half of our 12-hour trip consisted of. If you missed part one, you can read all about what we did up until noon here. After wandering around Soho, I was ready to sit and eat something yummy. I had seen countless photos on Instagram of Jack’s Wife Freda, and had made sure to add that to our list of must-go places.

We headed over for lunch – I have never been so impressed with service as I was there! Seriously so accommodating, nice, and the inside is way too cute. We sat at a cozy little round marble table right by the window and I indulged in their chopped salad and another coffee. As you may have noticed from the photo above, we also went on a bit of a fry binge. What can I say? We had done a lot of walking.

The only other definite on my list of things I wanted to do for the day was to go to Ladurée in Soho. I had planned on just going in and getting a box of macarons, but once we got inside and I saw how charming it was, I instantly knew I needed to stay a little bit longer. We grabbed our macarons to go, but then sat in the back room that was flooded with sunlight, and had the yummiest tea and pastries. It was heaven, and everything I had ever imagined it to be. Spending a perfect, sunny afternoon inside Ladurée has been on my list for quite some time, so needless to say, I was happy as a clam the whole time.

After our Parisian indulgence, the shopping in Soho continued, and then we hopped back on the metro and headed up to the Upper East Side. We didn’t really have any particular plans, but it made for for the most relaxing and spontaneous rest of the afternoon. We wandered up and down Park Avenue and Madison until we came to Central Park. I’ve never been in Central Park before, and had expectations of it being dirty, crowded, and really nothing too special.

We got about halfway through the park, and walked up over the hill right to where you can first see the boathouse. The sun was starting to set, glimmering through the trees onto the lake, and the NYC skyline was in the background. I remember a very distinct moment coming over the crest of the hill and seeing it for the first time – it was everything I had seen in the movies. It really was something special, and instantly captured my heart. Ryan and I stood by the lake for quite some time just taking it all in, and that’s when it really hit me that we had just had the most perfect day. New York definitely stole a little bit of my heart after that walk through Central Park.

As the night came to a close, we grabbed dinner on the go from Wok to Walk (seriously so good) and headed back to the train station. We took the nine o’clock train out, doing just over 12 hours in the city. It was such a whirlwind, and there are still so many people to see and things to do there, but it was such a dream of a day. I felt like the luckiest girl checking so many things off my list in just a short span of time!

Photos by Ryan Sides

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