The gala was Thursday evening and so Thursday morning around 9:30, we packed up our car and said one more good-bye to the girls. Emily was very upset when she heard the news and it was so hard seeing her standing at the window crying as we pulled out of the driveway.
I've driven into NYC four times in my life but there has always been a specific reason for my visit and I've never really experienced any of the tourist attractions. Rich and I had planned on squeezing in some sightseeing but of course it was raining. And COLD.
We missed a turn and ended up driving over the Brooklyn Bridge.
With a bit of city traffic, we didn't reach our hotel until almost 2:00 and we had not yet eaten lunch. I was STARVING. After checking in, we took off in search of food and ended up at Adrienne's Pizza Bar.
Yes, it was delicious. Although, I wish we had ordered the pizza that came to the table next to us. Based on their conversations, those folks worked in the area so I assume that they were regular customers. Their pizza had a slice of tomato, mozzarella and basil on top of each piece of pizza. Rich and I double checked the menu and there was no such pizza so they must have known to ask for it.
Our hotel was right near the Hudson River so we attempted to walk over there after lunch. Unfortunately, it started pouring rain, the temperature was maybe 50 degrees and the wind was whipping off of the river. We decided to go back to the hotel and watch television instead.
We stayed at the Andaz Hotel on Wall Street because of the group rate offered through First Candle. By NYC standards, the room was very big and the our rate was almost 50% less than if we had booked without a group rate.
Our check in experience was a bit disappointing. The first room we were sent to had a towel on the bathroom floor along with unidentified stuff on the floor. We had to trek back down to the lobby for another room. We were told that the sink had been leaking and apparently fixed. Also, when we checked in, we were told that there was a table of complimentary snacks in the lobby. While we waited for our second room, I checked out the complimentary snacks. Oranges and pears. I was starving and not impressed.
Rich and I renamed the hotel The Full Disclosure. For a married couple, it was fine but do you see the bathtub in the above picture. There was a room with a shower and a tub and clear glass doors and windows. So no privacy. There really was no bathroom. The sink area was out in the open and the toilet closet had a frosted glass swinging door.
When I was in college, I imagined myself living in a loft with modern furnishings in the city. Seventeen years later, I was able to experience that and it's not me. I like my quiet street in the suburbs.
**To be continued.**
Rich decided to watch The Fighter and I've been completely distracted. Did I ever tell you that my friend, Jen, and I met Mark Wahlberg a looooong time ago in a book store?