It’s been a month since I last posted, and I can’t believe we’re already into Fall… at least it felt like Fall here in Atlanta this weekend, and I’ve already made two batches of apple muffins and a batch of pumpkin muffins. John jokes that “fall” foods keep getting extended earlier in September and later into winter each year because I love them so much.
However, before we dive into the new season, here is an update on the remainder of our summer travels:
New York City
The past two summers I have spent a week in Boston for a residency program as a part of my doctorate. Last summer I met up with a friend and explored Boston since I’d never been there. This year, John and I flew into NYC on the Wednesday before my program started and enjoyed a long weekend together. My parents were on their annual boat trip up the East Coast and happened to be in Greenwich, CT at the same time, so we stayed on the boat with them and took the train into the city each day.
Here are the highlights from our trip (and you can click any photo to view it larger):
- U2 concert: We spent Thursday morning and early afternoon exploring Greenwich before heading into the city for the U2 concert, which was John’s Christmas gift to me. We checked into our hotel and headed to Madison Square Garden after a quick dinner. We had seen U2 when we were in Chicago in college, and we’ve wanted to see them again ever since. The entire experience with the graphics on the screen, the lights, etc. (not to mention the music!) were incredible… and they played All I Want Is You, our first dance song at our wedding!
- 9/11 Memorial and Museum: The museum had been recommended to us before our trip, so we bought tickets for an hour-long tour in advance, and I’m so glad we did. The museum is located on the World Trade Tower site, and it tells the story of the day through archaeological artifacts, pictures, artwork, news stories etc. The tour was so helpful to put stories and context behind the artifacts, especially remnants like staircases, and it was extremely well done. Although the tour was certainly sobering, it also did a good job of presenting themes like hope and strength. One of the most touching parts of the museum was the interactive wall where you could explore stories and pictures of the victims.
- One World Trade Center Observatory: After the 9/11 museum, we headed to the One World Trade Center to view the observatory, which had just opened before our trip. Even the elevator ride up to the observatory was well done — The walls of the elevator were digital screens that showed the building of NYC from 1900’s to present day, which was very cool to see the transformation. Then at the top (which is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere), the observatory opens up to a 360 view of the city. We had lunch at the restaurant at the top too, which was fun for the amazing view and the good food (…the service was extremely slow but it felt good to rest my legs after all of our walking with my growing pregnant belly!)
- Chelsea Market and the High Line: After our late lunch, we headed to Chelsea Market and had fun exploring all of the quirky shops and fun food stalls. (As a side note, John did an awesome job navigating us everywhere in NYC!) We then walked the High Line back to our hotel. The High Line is a walking path built on an unused, old railroad track. We thought it was cool to explore because Atlanta is in the process of finishing the Beltline, which is a similar concept. We then changed and headed to a nice dinner at a great seafood restaurant, Milos, before heading back to Greenwich.
- The Met: On Saturday morning, we headed back into the city to see the Met. Although I’ve visited NYC before, it was my first time at the Met, and I loved it. The classics were obviously highlights, but I also enjoyed seeing all of the Tiffany glass.
- Brooklyn: Afterwards, we met up with John’s sister Amy for a tour of Brooklyn, where she lives. It was a beautiful day and so fun to walk around and see her favorite parks. We had a great lunch at a local sandwich shop too. It became a joke that we spent the most money on coffee because throughout our time in NYC, I was constantly scoping out coffeeshops where I could use their restroom — the joys of pregnancy, ha!
About a month ago, my best friend Alex flew up for a long weekend in Atlanta to visit us. We had a blast exploring my local hangouts (including getting ice cream at Jeni’s!), enjoying Friday Night Jazz at the High Museum before heading out for cocktails (or “mocktails” for me), and eating at John’s and my favorite restaurants. It was such fun having her in town and experiencing life in Atlanta with us.
After my summer semester ended, I have off until Sept. 21st – a much needed break! My friend Anna and I were supposed to go to the beach for a week, but the tropical storm hitting FL sent us to North Carolina instead. We had a relaxing week, enjoying time with my in-laws and their friends before my sister-in-law Emma and both of our husbands joined us for Labor Day weekend. We went on 5 mile walks every day, took lots of naps, ate great meals, read at the lake, and enjoyed the time together. A great getaway before our busy Fall!