Christmas in NYC.

In my continued effort to feel happier and more holiday-like this December, I went with a friend on the bus to New York last Friday. Overall, my diabetes played nice this day.

If you live in my part of the world, you have countless tour bus companies at your disposal who will ferry you back and forth to NYC for the day. In fact, there are two that leave less than five minutes from my house. We take off early in the morning, hit the Big Apple around 10:00, and do and see everything we can until we leave around 6:30 in the evening.

Here are a few photos from that trip. For those of you who haven’t made it to New York before, I’ll try to describe each one. If you live in New York, I know… this is all the touristy stuff. But it’s fun to do during the holiday season. However, I’ll be happy to take your recommendation for a good restaurant in Manhattan next time I visit:)

Here we go:

Ground floor at Macy's Herald Square.  This floor had been done up in red for the holidays for a number of years.  Now it's decked out in white.

Ground floor at Macy’s Herald Square. This floor had been done up in red for the holidays for a number of years. Now it’s decked out in white. Note the figurines in the glass ball hanging from the ceiling. These are all over the ground floor.

Ice skating in Bryant Park.  That's the New York Public Library in the background.  Surrounding all this are scores of gift kiosks and places to grab a quick bite to eat.  No wonder it's such a gathering place.

Ice skating in Bryant Park. That’s the New York Public Library in the background. Surrounding all this are scores of gift kiosks and places to grab a quick bite to eat. No wonder it’s such a gathering place.

The Christmas tree in Bryant Park.

The Christmas tree in Bryant Park.

The Christmas tree at the front of the New York Public Library.  The NYPL is a good place to go any time of year.  In addition to their amazing collection, it's one of the few free places in the city that is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

The Christmas tree at the front of the New York Public Library. The NYPL is a good place to go any time of year. In addition to their amazing collection, it’s one of the few free places in the city that is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

One of the famous lion statues in front of the library, dressed in a wreath.

One of the famous lion statues in front of the library, dressed in a wreath.

The outside of Saks Fifth Avenue.  In the background (look for the yellow & white flag) you can just make out the front of St. Patrick's cathedral, which is in the middle of extensive renovations.

The outside of Saks Fifth Avenue. In the background (look for the yellow & white flag) you can just make out the front of St. Patrick’s cathedral, which is in the middle of extensive renovations.

More ice skaters!  Oh, and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

More ice skaters! Oh, and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

I've walked past Radio City Music Hall countless times, but I've never been inside.

I’ve walked past Radio City Music Hall countless times, but I’ve never been inside.

Looking down toward Times Square from 49th Street.  If you look up, you can see the crystal ball that will drop on New Year's (where it now says 2014).

Looking down toward Times Square from 49th Street. If you look up, you can see the crystal ball that will drop on New Year’s (where it now says 2014).

This trip did make me feel a little better, for a little while anyway. I hope these photos do the same for you.

Enjoy the weekend!
 
 
 

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  • Karen  On December 19, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Thank you for sharing these pictures – it’s been a long time since I went into the city at Christmas time because I don’t deal well with crowds. I liked your comment about how you’ve walked past Radio City but never been inside. I have, however I can same the same thing about the Library!! Been past it a million times but have never gone it.

    Also, sending you a big hug and hope you are feeling much much better soon!!

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    • StephenS  On December 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks… I am a little better than I was at the beginning of the week.

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  • Allison Nimlos  On December 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    We always did the touristy stuff at Christmas, even though we lived there! I think it’s a lot of fun and there’s a lot to do. I miss NYC during the holidays, although like Karen, I don’t love the crowds. What kind of food do you like? I have favorite restaurants in about every neighborhood… just let me know next time you’re going!

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    • StephenS  On December 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Oh, now that I know, I’ll definitely let you know next time I’m going. I love nearly everything, but when I go to NYC I try to eat something I don’t get much at home. Thanks!

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  • Colleen  On December 23, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Enjoyed it!

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