Tuesday, November 9, 2010

These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you

New York, New York.  As with most big cities, I relax considerably once it's my second, third, etc... trip.  Also, once I gave up on the subway and started taking taxis everywhere.  With a group of people it ends up cheaper than taking the subway sometimes.  I dislike the NYC subway greatly.  It is confusing, ugly, and smelly at times.  Anways so to start with the trip up, I high-tailed it from class, to my apartment, to the bus stop on campus to find two classmates there, who said one of the Art History professors was driving into Montreal and had offered us all a ride.  Only downside to this was we got to the Mtl bus station ridiculously early, and had to wait like four hours before we could catch the bus to NYC.  There was an earlier bus but we would have gotten into the city at like 4am.  Nooo thanks.  I think overnight greyhounds have to be the worst things on the planet.  Seriously next time I go to NYC I'm flying, I don't care how much it costs.  We got to the hotel, put out bags up in our prof's room because we couldn't check in yet, and set off.  Friday we went to the MoMa, which was really not my cup of tea.  Contemporary and Modern Art makes my brain hurt.  Kathleen and I spend all of 10 minutes in the MoMA before we escaped to hunt down Central Park.  We walked around there for a bit before heading back to meet back up with the group.    
For dinner the English girls (the French ones split off and did their own thing.  Whatever).  went out to this delicious asian restaurant.  Those sneaky museum girls told them it was my birthday and out came a delicious chocolate cake and ice cream.  Mmm so good! Saturday we did the Museum of Natural History, which we ripped to shreds, and the Guggenheim.  MNA=major disappointment.  Most boring museum ever, not to mention racist and blatantly colonialist at times.  Ew.  We moved on to the Guggenheim, which was spectacular.  The current temporary exhibit is called "Chaos and Classicism" and featured art from Germany, France, and Italy during the interwar period.  Fantastic artwork, and the architecture of the building itself is spectacular.  After we were done there we were let loose.  Kathleen, Alaina, and I had one store on our minds: Tiffany's! We decided it would be easier to take a cab than try and figure out the subway (a correct assumption).  *Sigh*...Tiffany's on 5th Ave really is the most beautiful place ever. They have an engagement FLOOR! I bought a pair of pearl earrings, Alaina bought a charm for the Tiffany's key necklace she already had, and Kathleen bought a necklace that has an outline of a dove.  I <3 my little blue box <3  Met up with Corey at 5th and 50th as he had become separated from Suzanne and Merran on the subway (cursed subway!) and neither of their phones were working! Suuuper.  Anyways eventually we all met up, and took a taxi to the Lion King Theatre.  Corey and Merran were late additions to the party, so they didn't have tickets.  Unfortunately there was only one ticket left, so Corey graciously let Merran have it.  He wandered around Times Square while we were at the show, which was INCREDIBLE.  Literally from the moment the curtain went up I was speechless.  Everything, from the set, to the lighting, to the singing and dancing, was spectacular.  I might have cried a little, during one of the songs they added in for the show ("He lives in you, He lives in me") aaaand during the "Can you feel the love tonight' Pas de Deux between Simba and Nala.  It was pure beauty.  Check the number out here:

"He lives in you, He lives in me" performance

The New Museum was also in there somewhere, and it was...a little strange.  There was a performance piece that none of us really got, and truthfully it made us a little uncomfortable.  Strangeness.  But there was a great view of the city from the 7th floor, and when the elevator doors opened everyone sang happy birthday to me : )

I must remember there was an adorable French patisserie on Lexington.  Note To Self...

Sunday we got up and left for the bus station at 7:30...and didn't get back to Sherbrooke until close to midnight.  The bus driver from NYC to Mtl got lost...for almost 2 hours.  Not impressed.  Anyways, pictures:

Yes, I take pictures of Sephora stores everywhere I go :P

Me, Laura, Noémi, and Alli on the 7th floor of the New Museum

The Guggenheim

Tiffany's = LOVE

Times Square 
Merran and Suzanne in Times Square

Our show!

Suzanne, Merran, and me after seeing the Lion King ON BROADWAY!!!!!

Corey and I after the show


  1. happy birthday lady! i have to say i'm pretty jealous. i would love to go to new york, pretend i'm audrey hepburn, and buy something from tiffanys

  2. Thanks ma'am! Tiffany's is seriously the loveliest place to people watch. I think that was the best part : )

  3. Im sure you will remember turning 25 in NYC.

  4. Oh my gosh I am so jealous! I want to go to New York!

  5. It looks like you had an amazing trip! I'm so jealous of the tiffany's bag! LOL

  6. Ladies, you must. More than once. It's a little overwhelming at first!

    And Mel, Christmas IS coming up ; ) Maybe you should just happen to leave the tiffany's web page open while your hubby is around... hehe.