Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

NYC / / Day One

Visiting New York City In an alternate universe maybe I could manage blogging while on vacation, but that is really hard to do! I honestly don't know how people do it. After a full day of walking all over the city the last thing I had energy to do was edit photos. So, in an effort to remember our week in New York City, be prepared for several vacation posts!

Day 1 / / Lower Manhattan/Flat Iron District

Jordan and I had the pleasure of staying with my aunt and uncle in New Jersey for most of the week. Our time together was wonderful and I wish we didn't live so far away.

To optimize our city time more efficiently, we broke the metropolis into sections.

Our goal this day was to reach Battery Park, so we could view the Statue of Liberty. From Penn Station, we crossed eastward until we reached Broadway and walked south to SoHo, visiting shops along the way. I discovered only the day before that NY doesn't have a clothing tax for purchases under $50! Chicago needs to get on that! After finding a couple of pieces at Uniqlo, we visited Felicity's old stopping ground aka, Dean & Deluca. This place was hopping! It is part grocery store, part cafe; a smaller, more accessible Eataly. We weren't planning on staying for lunch, but after browsing for a bit and seeing all of the great options, we found a little nook and enjoyed our meals (Jordan had Sushi and I had chicken salad).  After lunch we continued on towards Battery Park, where we got a great glimpse of her ladyship.

We both decided to forgo visiting the new 911 museum. I had heard The Slate Culture Gabfest recap their visit and while it seems that great care has been put into curating the space, I knew it wasn't for me (a little too somber for our vacation). The actual memorial is breathtaking though. The fountain flowing into the seeming endless abyss below was extremely moving.

I have this affinity towards triangle-shaped buildings. They are remnants of the past that seem to be confused by the modern, right angle streets built around them. Chicago has a few and we saw several in London, but one of the most famous ones of course is the Flat Iron building in New York. Right across the street is Madison Square Park, a beautiful tree-lined park with lots of seating, a ping-pong table, space for street performers, and Shake Shack! We ended our day sitting in the park, enjoying our dinner, as the sun began to set.

I'm still dreaming of another black & white shake!

Dean & Deluca

^ About halfway through day one, I realized a tote bag is extremely useful. It held our umbrella, water bottles/snacks, and purchases we made throughout the week.

Freedom Tower in New York City

^  One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower).

World Trader Center Memorial

911 Memorial

^ The 911 Memorial is extremely moving with its simplistic design.

New York City Parks

Shake Shack

^ I've been on record saying that In-N-Out is my favorite "fast food" burger, but Shake Shack has become the winner! Something about the way the actual meat is seasoned makes it different from your typical quick burger. I heard rumblings that Chicago maybe getting a location, I hope that is true!

Visiting New York City

^ I've discovered that people seem to either love NYC or hate it. You can tell by both of our faces that we loved it. ;-)

Jordan was the photographer for our trip. Photos were edited with photoshop by yours truly (which actually involves me starting and Jordan finishing with his magic photoshop skills).

NYC / / Day Two

The Big Apple