The One on The Jersey Shore

700 miles, $40 in road tolls, and one sinus infection later, we returned from a whirlwind weekend in New Jersey with the family.

Thursday evening, we made the trek to New Jersey, only to hit the road to Philly early the next morning to catch the Duke-Albany and Creighton-Cincinnati games. We had a lot of fun at the games, and I am proud to say that I made it through four hours of basketball with only minimal texting. At the crack of dawn on Saturday, we ventured into Manhattan for a day of sights. Since we will be coming back to the city in a few months, I didn’t drag everyone around art museums all day. Instead, we chose to hit a few highlights – FAO Schwartz, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Grand Central, Madison Square Garden, Shake Shack, Carlo’s Bakery, the Seagram Building, and the Citigroup Center. We arrived in the city around 8AM, and quickly realized that Manhattan likes to sleep in on Saturdays. So, we found a bakery to warm up in before hiking dozens of blocks.

The city resonated with me, which I didn’t really expect. I had only been once before, and I was thirteen and only really remember thinking H&M was the coolest thing since sliced bread. The city is an encapsulation of the evolution of modern architecture, and I really could wander around for weeks craning my neck up to the sky. And not to mention the shopping… boy, oh boy, I could do some serious damage in that city. New York, I’m coming back for you soon, and with a more thorough game plan. I’m thinking the Frick Collection, the Guggenheim, Bloomingdales, and another trip to the Shake Shack. Best chocolate milkshake I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot of chocolate milkshakes).

It’s also worth mentioning that I’ve caved to Downton Abbey. My sinus infection has made me weak, and I couldn’t stand it anymore, I just had to see what the hype was about. I’m officially hooked. The Dowager Countess is my hero – her ability to belittle in so few words has me literally laughing out loud. So there’s that, and here are some pictures of our weekend.

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