Travel Adventures: New York City

I ❤ NY, also known as the Big Apple!

When my friend, Suzanne, got an internship at the Smithsonian back in 2003, my friend Vicki and I jumped at the opportunity to go visit her on the East coast! We did a whirlwind trip of not only Washington, DC, but also spent a couple of days in New York! Most of the photos below were taken in New York City by me.


Times Square is as busy and hurried and amazing as you would imagine it to be! It’s a crowded, colorful, hectic mix of people, sounds, signs, lights, cars, and commerce.

FB_IMG_1528482726398__01.jpgSo this guy playing the guitar in his underwear here on the corner of 45th and Broadway is the “Naked Cowboy.” I’d never heard of him before, but apparently he is somewhat famous in New York.

58670007My friends and I would have loved seeing David Letterman, but unfortunately, we didn’t plan our trip well enough to include a viewing of the Late Show. So this is as close as we got.

photo of high rise building

Photo by Bruce Mars on

My friends and I made sure to go to the top of the Empire State building and it was at night, just like in the movie Sleepless in Seattle.  What a breathtaking view of the Big Apple! It was beautiful, so quiet and serene, and I felt like all the world below was twinkling like diamonds. (Unfortunately, all of my photos came out too dark, so the one above is not mine.)


Here’s Manhattan! This photo was taken on the ferry heading toward the Statue of Liberty. It always reminds me of the episode of Sex and the City where Miranda says, “Who would’ve thought an island that tiny would be big enough to hold all our old boyfriends.” (Season 3, episode “Where There’s Smoke”)

As the Statue of Liberty started coming closer into view, I got tears in my eyes, thinking about the millions of hopeful immigrants who’ve come to America with earnest dreams for a better life. They saw this statue as a beacon of hope, with her torch held high to guide the way. Some history and cool, old photos about the statue can be found here on this website.

58670027Here I am standing in front of the Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. I absolutely love how tiny I look compared to that statue. It somehow seems symbolic of Lincoln’s greatness and the magnitude of his presidency.

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

One thought on “Travel Adventures: New York City

  1. Love these photos!! I’ve been to both places, as well! The Naked Cowboy is still there playing today, probably. Haha How did you end up taking that photo in front of Lincoln with no other people around, it was swarming with people when we were there, I had about 50 people in my photo with him. Haha

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