My mom and I headed south to New York City two weeks ago for a whirlwind day of family visits, a museum stop, and of course, French macarons.
I spent the night at my parents' house, then my mom and I drove to New Haven in the morning. We took the train to Grand Central, and then walked all the way to my sister's apartment on the Upper East Side (40+ blocks!).
After the scarf photo shoot with my sister, my mom got behind the camera. Then we had a fun (and delicious) lunch with our cousin Shay, delivered flowers to our great-aunt, and picked up a few macarons at Ladureée.
We walked to the Metropolitan Museum of Art specifically to see the Garry Winogrand exhibit, but it was such a beautiful day, we headed up to the rooftop garden first. Can you believe it was our first time up there?
The view was amazing. It really felt like an oasis in the middle of the city. I wish we'd had more time to relax in the sun and maybe share a drink (they have a bar up there!), but the museum was closing soon and we headed back downstairs just in time to see all the Winogrand photographs.
In the train on the way home, my mom and I accidentally ended up in the "quiet car." I had (again, accidentally) sat in one going from Denmark to Sweden once, but I never know they happened in MetroNorth trains as well. If the train hadn't been so crowded, we would have relocated post haste, but instead endured an uncomfortable interaction or two. Once there was finally room in another car and we'd moved, we looked up the rules of quiet cars, and came up with the perfect retorts to use, should we ever find ourselves in a similar situation -- specifically, it is the quiet car, not the silent car. Have you ever accidentally sat in a quiet car?
It was a fantastic, hilarious, exhausting, special, fabulous day. The only thing missing was my Aunt Carol, who was a big part of last year's late-summer tradition, and who had to abstain from this year's trip after breaking her arm the weekend before. Luckily she'll be right as rain soon, and we can start daydreaming about next year's NYC visit!