It was near the Flatiron Building, so we headed that way first. I have to say, I was expecting it to be taller! Not that it's lame or anything, but it was shorter in person. Like a celebrity, I guess.
During that morning meandering, we also realized we were in this guy's neighborhood:
One of the highlights of the day was a place called Eataly. It's a combination Italian market/restaurant/snack bar. And it's huge. Basically, if it's somehow related to food in Italy, you can get it there. We didn't eat anything because we got there right after breakfast (whoops), but we did take pictures of the furniture:
|Seriously, how cool is this table?|
We also did some shopping. On the way to a different store we popped into Zara on a whim... and I found a blazer! The clouds parted and the angels sang! Unicorns flew across the sky! I did an impromptu photo shoot back at the hotel!
Our original destination was Pippin Vintage Jewelry, which did not disappoint. I'm slowly building a collection and specifically wanted a piece from this trip. This is my newest diamond decoy, a sneaky lab-created stone from the 1940s that's set in silver instead of gold:
|Guess what? Only $32.|
Did you know the buildings in New York don't have alleys between them? I'd heard that, but dismissed it until I got there and looked out the window. Everything really IS jammed together:
Anyway, aside from the no alley situation (which means everybody has to put their garbage on the sidewalk), being in NYC felt a lot like being in Chicago. The similar architecture, the distinct neighborhoods, the traffic, the crowds... It was just a bigger version of my favorite city! Chicago on steroids, if you will.
We're definitely going back. Have you done any traveling lately? Or have any trips coming up? Is there anywhere you're dying to go but haven't yet?