So, I gotta say, I had a spectacular time. Even though my time was short, I made the most of it! So here’s a quickie summary of my trip to the Big Apple and the Long Island. 🙂
I arrived on Friday in the late afternoon, enjoying my trip to the hotel which granted me spectacular views of the city. I got a kick out of being driven along 5th Avenue and Park Avenue–I mean, this is classic stuff. I arrived at my hotel with time to freshen up and meet my agent for dinner. My hotel was located right across from Central Park and next to 5th Avenue, and a quick walk brought me to dinner at Mon Petite Cafe.
My agent was shocked to see me–I’ve lost a lot of weight since she last saw me and she couldn’t believe it. “You look great! I swear you are growing younger!”
…Did I mention I love my agent? 🙂
Got to catch up with her and we had a lovely dinner (I had the special paella and she had the Coq au Vin, we washed it down with a lovely savignon blanc), discussed some trends in the biz, and in general had a blast. Walked back to my hotel room and spent the evening figuring out how I would spend my one big day in the big Apple.
I r gud planner. Here is what I did!
Started my day at F.A.O. Schwarz, where I saw a Lego Chewbacca and a giant dragon stuffed toy which I covet desperately. Got myself some of the freshest gummy bears I have ever had and munched on them as I walked south down Fifth Avenue to the Trump Tower, which I poked my head into, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which I stopped in to visit. It is a beautiful place, serene feeling even with the milling of (too loud) tourists.
I went on, hung a right, and stopped in at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop, where I picked up a business card holder with a Leonardo da Vinci notebook design. How cool is that? And I’d been looking for a card holder forever.
On to Rockefeller Plaza and Radio City Music Hall. By now I had been walking for some time, and I thought a trip on the subway would be cool. Consulting my map, I was suddenly seized with a desire to go to Ground Zero. Everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001; I was actually visiting family in Washington DC who live very close to the Pentagon. So I decided I would go do that.
On my way I passed several stores down in the subway area and one offered…threading.
Threading is an ancient technique for hair removal that originated in Persia. It consists of twisting threads around the hair, sometimes as much as an entire line of hair at once.
I, being me, thought this was Way Cool. I am an Experience Junkie, and the chance to try something that was so ancient couldn’t be missed.
And for eight bucks–EIGHT BUCKS, almost as much as I paid for coffee and a muffin–my brows look great. It was fairly painless and took like three minutes. A definite positive.
Next…Ground Zero, the Russian Tea Room, and my signing and reading at Book Revue!