Anniversary celebration in New York City

With Ms. LibertyThe husband and I made a pact two years ago to put expensive gifts aside and celebrate our wedding anniversary with a trip. Last year our trip was to Dubai where we spent three "eventful" days exploring the wonders of the ambitious emirate. This year, though, our anniversary coincided with the weekend making an opportunity to visit the city that never sleeps: New York.

What can I say? We had a blast. Although this was not my first time in New York, I still could not get over how vibrant and lively this city is, not to mention its beauty. The skyline itself is simply breathtaking. I could stare at it for hours and never tire.

Our schedule allowed us to spend one full day in this great city, so we set our clocks for 12 hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 PM. It was a stretch but we did it and enjoyed it to the utmost. The day began with a trip to the Statue of the Liberty where we got the chance to venture inside the statue and not merely gaze upon it outside. Post-9/11 procedures stipulate booking tickets in advance (either online or by the phone) in order to get inside Lady Liberty. Otherwise, enjoying the statue from the grounds below is all you get.

Ellis Island Immigration MuseumBeing inside the statue and listening to the park ranger’s historical briefing was engaging. It was fascinating to get acquainted with the history and architectural make-up of this world famous monument — a mini Eiffel Tower is inside her.

Leaving Liberty Island, we took the ferry on to Ellis Island where we toured the Immigration Museum and enjoyed it tremendously. We heard compelling stories of various immigrants that made it to the US in the early 1900’s seeking a better life. It was fascinating to see some of the belongings they brought with them from their home countries. One amusing item that drew my attention was a set of tweezers left by a Syrian couple. I also enjoyed seeing currency dating back to the Ottoman Empire. The exhibition is truly top-notch and definitely worth a visit.

Central Park pondAfter spending over two hours learning about the lives of early immigrants, we made our way to Central Park where we took a trip aboard one of NYC’s famous horse carriages that provided a beautiful tour inside the mammoth, lush park. It was so much fun. The park was buzzing with life; packed with joggers, bikers, lovers and writers. No wonder this location is a favorite spot for a myriad of movie makers.

After Central Park, we went to Times Square, where I got overwhelmed with the sights and the sounds of the place. One unusual scene was a performer right in the heart of Times Square: A topless (wearing pasties) young woman calling herself the "Naked Cowgirl"!

We closed out our day with a fabulous dinner at a Cuban restaurant in Times Square called Havana Central where we enjoyed ribs and of course … mojitos! I ā™„ New York.

10 Comments

  1. jameed October 18, 2005 at 2:11 am

    Eh! Kol Saneh wo Into Salmeen…When are you going to have children?

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  2. Sabri October 18, 2005 at 5:01 am

    Happy anniversary, the first photo is amazing.

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  3. Sinan October 18, 2005 at 7:31 am

    Happy anniversary šŸ™‚

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  4. basbooos October 18, 2005 at 1:00 pm

    Happy anniversary…glad u guys had fun…fata7ty nefsy 3ala NY…its been a while…

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  5. Craig Turner October 18, 2005 at 4:03 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Hope you both have many more fulfilling travels.
    I also love the vibe that NYC emanates. When you first arrive and walk from the Port Authority terminal into Times Square, the feeling is surreal. Great pictures too. Take care.

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  6. jameed October 18, 2005 at 6:22 pm

    basboos, i thought you said fa7atili nifsi 3al jwazeh (funny ana mish heik?)

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  7. Dalia October 19, 2005 at 12:14 am

    Happy anniversary šŸ™‚
    I hope you both have many more wonderful years to come…
    thankfully your trip wasn’t as ‘eventful’ as last years!! (Has it been a year already??!! – WOW!)
    Love,
    Dalia

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  8. Linda October 19, 2005 at 2:47 am

    hey my parents ann. was yesterday: 30 years! cant wait to come back to this site in 30 years and see where you guys went for your ann.
    mabrook meet elf mabrook!

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  9. natasha October 19, 2005 at 8:22 am

    Thank you guys for your kind words and your wonderful wishes:)

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  10. basbooos October 19, 2005 at 10:38 am

    kteer kteer funny jameed:)…i dont think u will hear that coming out of my mouth anytime soon šŸ˜‰

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