Following breakfast, Prince Charming and I strolled toward Central Park... where one could get lost for hours. It really is like another land stuck in the middle of the greatest metropolis on the face of the earth (actually, second to Chicago of course!).
After exploring many facets of Central Park, we found ourselves staring into the cold stone of an unbelievable castle! Prince Charming and I found our way to the entrance of the castle and began to poke around.
Erected in 1869, Belvedere Tower served as a lookout for many years, but now houses the city's Meteorological Observatory and served us as a window into the wildlife that may be found in the Park. It is also important to note that the view of the city from this spot is unbelievable!
After a quick nap for Michele, it was time to decide our plans for the evening. Being the foodies that we are, Prince Charming and I had a list a mile long of restaurants we would like to visit. That evening, Prince Charming was in the mood for steak. We prefer 'off the beaten path' types of restaurants (aka Not Chain Food) and found a wonderful place called BLT Steak. You'll never guess what dinner rolls were served prior to our fantastic meal... go ahead guess... you'll never get it right... Popovers! Unbelievable, I know - but true! I highly recommend this great spot for all of you meat-eaters.
Once dinner was concluded, we jumped in a cab and headed for my choice spot of the evening, the Bubble Lounge. A self-proclaimed champagne lover, I was feeling warm and fuzzy upon entering this rough space softened up with an old-world feel... and once enjoying my beverage of choice.
After our day of exploration, we were planning on making a stop for pizza and then conclude with the most important aspect of the day.... to pay our respects at the site of the World Trade Center. The emotion surrounding the crowd of tourists as we collectively gaze into the enlarged photographs is astounding! It is bizarre to me the amount of 'realness' you feel when standing there, looking into this large whole in ground in the middle of Manhattan. How it has been so long, and yet we still have this gaping whole with no progress.
While we were walking around the site, a mini-demonstration was in play: a group of individuals hell-bent on showcasing reasons they believe that 9-11 was an "inside job." I prefer not to discuss my views on this matter within this blog, but feel it necessary to share each aspect of my trip with you.
Also: Did you know that directly across the street from the WTC stands a tiny little church? St. Paul's was built in 1766 and has withstood all of the history NYC has to offer!
After this active day, it was back to the hotel for a nap and then on to dinner! We dined at NERO in the meat-packing district and LOVED LOVED LOVED it! You must check out their website for a menu and review of the ambiance! If anyone attends this restaurant and is not completely satisfied or is not dying to return ASAP, they are from another planet! The lack of a delicious breakfast was definitely made-up for in the terms of an amazing dinner! After dinner, we headed to Blue Water Grill for jazz music, warm molten chocolate cake, and some bubbly. A sweet end to a fantastic trip!
One disappointment about the trip:
Neither Prince Charming nor I took any photos at any of the restaurants. Very peculiar and unlike us! I promise to deliver scrumptious photos after our next trip!