Two weeks ago today, my husband and I boarded a jet plane for New York City. I have ALWAYS wanted to go, but kind of thought it may not happen. Trips to a far away city like that cost money - plane tickets, hotels, taxis, restaurants, etc. But because of the kindness of my husband and our church family, this dream was realized! It was our big trip for our 25th wedding anniversary.
I'm still excited about it!!!!!
A few days before we left, I thought to myself that maybe, just maybe, I had blown this trip up too big in my mind. Could any trip live up to my very high expectations?
Yes! Yes, it could!
I believe we walked (and rode through) just about every place in NYC that you would want to see. We saw two Broadway shows (by the way, Aladdin was amazing!), ate gelato and pizza in Little Italy, walked around Rockefeller Center, strolled through Central Park, and so much more. I loved it from beginning to end and hope to return there one day.
I even looked into seeing some locations from a movie I particularly like - You've Got Mail starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
Who does that?
Well, apparently quite a few people. If you look on the internet, there are "walking tours' of the locations where they shot the movie.
We found a couple of the places while walking near Central Park on the Upper West Side.
|This scene was at Zabars.|
Inside Zabars, I half expected to see Meg Ryan pushing her cart around.
The other place we found that day was Cafe Lalo. If you are a fan of the movie, this is where Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) first discovers that Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) is the lady he has been emailing.
|Inside- where Meg Ryan waited at the table (on the right).|
|Tom Hanks outside Cafe Lalo|
We went inside (of course) and had dessert and coffee. It was so fun! I asked our waitress if other people come there because of the movie. She said it happens all the time.
I don't exactly know why that movie has captured me.I suppose it has to do with the chemistry between Hanks and Ryan and my love for New York. But every fall, we always sit down and watch that movie together.
We looked around for Riverside Park (last scene of the movie), but couldn't quite find it. There were other locations we could have went to, but finding these two took up one afternoon and we had other places we wanted to see.
But it was all magical.
Have you ever done a movie tour like that?
Have a great week!
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This trip couldn't be under the category of favorite things for under $10, but the movie itself costs about that. If you have never seen it, this is a great time of year to watch it!
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I visited NYC with my best friend for her 40th over NYE last year and it was the best trip EVER! We actually took a movie tour one day on a bus and it was so much fun. I think we stopped at 4 different locations and they pointed so many things out along the way. Really fun...but your post pointed out a few they did not so I will add those to the list for the future! Glad you had a fun trip!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much! It's a trip I will never forget. I did see movie tours advertised while researching places to see in NYC, but we didn't actually go on one of those. Maybe next time - we found a couple of places from Home Alone 2 also:)Delete
We just watched YGM last week--it's like my all-time favorite movie!ReplyDelete
What a great trip! :)
Thanks so much, Rachel! It was a trip Ill never forget. Isn't it a great movie? Thanks so much for stopping by!Delete
My husband and I took a TV and Movie tour in 2007 during our trip to NYC. We had our picture taken in front of the Friends apartment and the Huxtables' house from the Cosby Show!! We also visited several movie spots like the rice pudding restaurant from the movie Hitch. So fun!! Glad you enjoyed your tour!ReplyDelete
Hi Anita! How fun is that! I hadn't thought of those places. What a memorable trip that must have been:)Delete
Thanks so much for stopping by! I really enjoy hearing what other people have done in New York:)
Oh, Kathy--I've been away from home for most of the last two weeks, so I've hardly done any blog-reading. . . but I just saw a post on Instagram about your trip and came right over! I am SO GLAD you got to go!! How fun to be in NYC in October--it's the perfect time of year to visit. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself! And yes, I have movies that are just that important to me--it's amazing how a good movie can become part of the fabric of our lives, isn't it? Bless you!!ReplyDelete
It was very pretty-the leaves were just starting to turn and it was still nice out. I can still hardly believe that we went! It truly was magical...there just isn't any other word to describe it:)
Thanks for stopping by. It's so good to hear from you! Hope your son is doing well. Love to you and your family!
That sounds like so much fun, Kathy! We've never done the movie theme trip but when I was a kid my parents were hooked on James Herriot's, All Things Great and Small. They went to Europe and visited all the spots in the books. :)ReplyDelete
My husband was a good sport to fit those spots in. I don't think they have a lot of meaning to him personally - he just knew I would love seeing them:)
We saw so many things over those days, but seeing those places were so fun to me!
Thanks so much for writing. Hope you are doing well! - Love, Kathy
My hubby and I love love love this movie too. We usually watch it every Valentines day..........We have the movie and aReplyDelete
the music soundtrack CD........lol
We just love Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, and it is just a very sweet movie and I love Meg Ryans perkiness.
She is just so cute, and love the ending........and we are always sorry when it is over.......
So neat you got to see all those places. Enjoyed your pics............how fun for you guys.
Glad you had such a neat time in New York, and Happy 25th Anniversary..........what a lovely getaway to
Hi Nellie! Thank you so much!Delete
Valentine's Day would be a good time to watch it, too. For some reason, we usually watch it around this time of year.
You're right - Meg Ryan is just so cute!
I appreciate your stopping by! We had such a good time:)
Love that movie & the walking tour idea! I'm just a few hours from NYC & will have to check that out in future. Thanks for sharing this at the blog link up. Blessings!ReplyDelete
You are so lucky to live closer to NY! I hope you get to do that. It was such a fun afternoon. Thanks for stopping by, Renee!Delete
I have been waiting for a post about your trip. I am so happy for you. We did go to Zabar's but not to the cafe. Oh, I enjoy reliving our trip through your blog. What a once in a lifetime adventure NYC !! MelissaReplyDelete
Thank you so much Melissa! We had the most wonderful visit and I hope one day to go back.Delete
I have never done a movie tour of a city but what a great idea. I do have high expectations sometimes when we travel and then we get there and we look at each other and say what to do next! What a fun idea and experience!ReplyDelete
Hi Chrissi! We saw all the NYC sites that we could. I had the addresses of the movie sites with me - just in case! We figured out that they were close to Central Park and found them pretty easily! It's a trip we will remember forever. Thanks for stopping by:)ReplyDelete
you are too funny. first of all happy anniversary and what a great trip. my friend and i love YGM (i watch it almost every time it's on tv) and one year we took a diy tour. we ate hot dogs at the place where they do (where they are discussing who it could be) and then we went to cafe lalo for dessert. we both held onto the railings and said some lines (where tom hanks goes she had to beeee, in regards to meg ryan being cute). i think i just made myself sound a little crazy, but it was fun and i'm glad you got to do this, too.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much! That made me laugh. I may have thought some of those lines to myself, too:)Delete
Thanks again and I appreciate your stopping by!
I watch it every time it's on TV and then Netflix it too. I think the message of hope and the ability to change your life at any age strikes a balance in the movie. I've never gone to movie places, but we stayed at The Heartbreak Hotel and toured Elvis' house Graceland, and it was fabulous. Well worth the trip to Memphis.ReplyDelete
Sounds fun! Thanks so much for stopping by!ReplyDelete
What a neat idea! I've never even thought about doing something like that before! What fun! It's my favorite movie and I watch it all the time. Never gets old. :)ReplyDelete
Hi Jenny! It was a lot of fun. I wish we could have seen a few more of the locations, but those two places were the main ones I wanted to see. We saw a couple of places from Home Alone 2 also. We packed a lot of sightseeing into that trip.Delete
Thanks so much for writing!