Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Engaged!! - or - Our trip to NYC... : )

Well, it happened.

Karl asked, Signe answered (yes, of course!), and now we're engaged.

No, we don't have a date yet. (edit: yes we do! 5/10/2008)

Sure, we'll tell you a little about the weekend...

Friday, September 29:
We left Milwaukee for New York via Midwest Airlines... got to LaGuardia about 1pm. Caught a cab to the apartment, 51st St. at 7th Ave (near Times Square and Rockefeller Center). Dropped our bags off and walked down to Times Square to catch a subway to Chelsea. Walked to Chelsea Market, a really neat food market housed in the old Nabisco plant. Food Network has their studios and offices there. We stopped at Fat Witch for some brownies and checked out the stores.

After the Market, we headed over to Chelsea Piers to grab a bite at the brew pub. The burgers were great, and the weather was awesome, with the sun bright and high over the Hudson River. We walked the piers after dinner, took some pictures, and waited for the cruise to start.

We boarded the Manhattan, one of the boats run by Classic Harbor Lines. It's a new boat, but was built to look like a 20's vintage luxury yacht . We were one of 3 couples that boarded the boat for the Sunset Cruise, which took us from Chelsea Piers down the Hudson to the Statue of Liberty, and up the East River to the Brooklyn Bridge, and back to the Piers. The trip was about an hour and a half. The sun was setting as we departed, and it got dark fairly quickly. The city lights came up, and the stage was set for a romantic cruise. We figure it was somewhere near the bridge that Karl "popped the question". Signe was caught quite by surprise, but thankfully she was able to gather herself together long enough to answer. We enjoyed the rest of the cruise, and Signe made some phone calls to let some friends and family know what had happened.

Once we had landed, we caught a cab back to Rockefeller Center, where we spent some time wandering the Channel Gardens, the Rink (no ice yet...!), and some of 5th Avenue. We stopped in at Top of the Rock and picked up our tickets for Saturday night. On the way back to the apartment, we stopped at Heartland Brewery and had a snack and a drink. It had been a long day, and we were ready for a good nights' sleep.

Saturday, September 30
We got up Saturday morning, and headed over to Europa Cafe for breakfast. Not the greatest, but sufficient. From there, we headed back to the subway to catch the train to Grand Central to do some touring there and catch another train to Canal Street on the way to South Street Seaport. Did some shopping, had some lunch, and took a few daytime pics of the Brooklyn Bridge. From there, we caught a cab to Battery Park to check into tickets for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There were no tickets available to get into the statue (they sell out well in advance), so we bought ferry tickets with the anticipation of going out Sunday morning.

Because of all the subway station construction in the area, we wound up walking up Broadway to City Hall to catch a train. Along the way, we stopped to see the bull at Wall Street, and Signe found herself a Prada purse from one of the street vendors. We made our way up to the World Trade Center, and spent some time walking the area. We spent time at Saint Paul's Chapel, and looked at the exhibits detailing the role the church played after 9/11/01.

We were both pretty beat by that point (about 2:30pm), and we decided to head to the apartment to take a load off and get a quick nap. Around 6:00, we decided it would be a good idea to find some dinner. We walked up 7th Avenue, and it started to drizzle a little. We ducked into a Christmas shop at Signe's suggestion, and picked up an ornament for the tree to commemorate the weekend. We wound up back near the apartment at Ted's Montana Grill, and had a nice steak dinner. We headed to Serendipity for dessert, but with a 90 minute wait at 8:30, we decided our time could be better spent elsewhere. On the way to catch a cab back to midtown, we stopped at Dylan's Candy Bar, and picked up some gifts for Gil and Freya. We went back to Top of the Rock and took an elevator to the observation deck. This was a really great experience, as there is no fence but a large sheet of glass between you and the city. We got back to the apartment around 11:30, and turned in to get ready for Sunday.

Sunday, October 1
Sunday morning, we woke to grey skies and rain. While we were expecting this, it was not what we were looking forward to, since we were going on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We went to Ellen's Stardust Diner for breakfast, and were entertained by the singing waitstaff.

From Ellen's we caught a cab back to Battery Park to catch the ferry. Since we didn't have tickets for the Statue, we decided to save the time and stay on the boat to Ellis Island. We spent a couple hours there looking at the displays and the building that's currently open. While there, the clouds cleared and the sun came out. The rest of the day was beautiful.

We headed back to Battery Park, and caught the subway back to Times Square. We had lunch at Dave and Buster's, and made our way across the street to pick up some souvenirs. We dropped the gifts off at the apartment, and caught another subway to 5th Avenue and 59th Street to do some window shopping. We stopped at the World of Disney store and picked up some things for us and the kids. A couple more stops at the street vendors and we were back at the apartment. We walked down to Times Square for dinner, and ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. The food was good, and the waitstaff was very friendly. We stopped at the Hershey's store in search of some chocolate covered pretzels, but were unsuccessful. Back to the apartment to pack for the trip to the airport in the morning, and off to bed.

Monday, October 2
We were up at 4:00am to catch a cab to the airport for our 6:45 flight back to Milwaukee. A 2 hour flight/nap and a short car ride, and we were back at home... a little tired, but well worth it. We had a great time, and are looking forward to our next trip to "The City".

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