I don’t know about you, but I have “that one place” which I hope to visit with each of my children. It’s the destination we’ve dreamed about exploring together, drawn by common interests and the desire to learn together. For my daughter and myself, that destination is New York City. With Samantha out of the house now, married and living in another state, I hope to make her childhood dream come true before she starts her own family.
Samantha is an artist in her innermost being, creativity springing forth since she was tiny. She loves to sing, dance, and perform, a fan of musicals new and old. It is this love for the theater that first drew her to the Big Apple. So, of course, we will have to take in a show on Broadway, her choice. I will be thrilled at no matter what she chooses, as seeing her enjoy herself will be enough for me.
New York called to us even more loudly when “Cake Boss” and “The Next Great Baker” became regular viewing in our home. In fact, I think they contributed heavily to Samantha’s love of all things baking. This led her to pursue her passion as a baking and pastry specialist in culinary school. Therefore, a visit to the original Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken (while technically in New Jersey) is a must.
We have traveled enough for Samantha to know that history is what beckons to me. Yes, I appreciate the arts, but if I had to choose, I would almost always go with the historical tour. The stories of people who have gone before, escaping their past or struggling for triumph, are what speak to MY heart. As such, there are a few sites that are must-sees when in New York.
First and foremost is the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. I can still play out the scenes from that day in my mind, receiving a phone call from a friend, telling me to turn on the TV. Watching as the second tower fell, I was full of disbelief that this was happening in my beloved country. It will be hard, oh so hard, to go there. To have the numbers be names of people with their own stories ending in tragedy. However, no matter how difficult, it is important to remember, and to honor, those lost. Their memories are more important than my comfort.
Additionally, Ellis Island is a must-do for me. It is easy to forget the stories of those who left everything to seek a home in a new country. What dream were they striving for? Who were they fleeing from? What were the circumstances that caused them to make that brave move to cross the sea to a completely new and different life? By visiting this central place in the history of our country’s immigration, I hope to gain a little more insight in to the minds and experience of those who came before.
In addition to the above, I’d love to stroll or bike in Central park, shop in Times Square, and sample the tasty street food NYC is famous for. Most likely, we will only have 4 days to fit in all of our must-sees, so it will be busy. But, it’s New York, so hustle and bustle is part of the experience, right?
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I can’t wait to be singing, “Start spreadin’ the news…”
Lisa is the owner of Dreams Delivered Travel. She loves animals, reading, and exploring new destinations. When not on vacation, she helps others turn their vacation dreams in to reality (and her services are always free).