Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Road Trip - New York City

Double decker tour bus!

The last couple weeks in the district have been marked by the ever increasing volume of tourists. What's the best way to get away from tourists? Go to the biggest tourist destination on the east coast during the first holiday weekend of the year! This past weekend I exercised my first flex day off and took an additional earned time off so Kathryn and I could spend four nights in beautiful New York City. My sister was in town with her husband and their three boys for family vacation.

Here's what we did:
  • Took the cheap bus from DC to New York. Complete mess for about 3 hours and then a real charm.
  • Ate a big slice of New York pizza at Famiglia Pizza, two nights in a row.
  • Ate a big meal of Italian food at Carmine's, two nights in a row.
  • Didn't coordinate meal plans with my sister and her family.
  • Walked about 8 miles around the city looking at stuff.
  • Saw the Broadway production of the musical Chicago.
  • Did the typical double decker bus tour. Highly recommended. Admittedly cheesy.
  • Went to the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island, the highlight of the trip.
Here's some pictures in no particular order, literally.

This is a really great picture of the Brooklyn Bridge and a decent photo of how weird Europeans dress.

Walking around Central Park.

Kathryn's one requirement of the trip. The girl loves fine chocolates.

Kathryn actually spotted this one. We're huge Law and Order fans.

We discovered this weekend that we actually prefer DC to New York. Here's one of the reason why.

Finally, if you've ever needed a reason to visit New York City. If only I had a time machine to go back and tell 7th grade Todd that Green Day would some day have a Broadway musical. I don't know how he would take it.

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