New York Weekend


Friday October 16, 2015 comments   

A couple of weekends ago it was my wedding anniversary and I was surprised with a roadtrip to New York! I never got a chance to post photos (the few I have) but I wanted to do that now. It was probably one of the best trips to NYC I’ve had over the years. Maybe because I didn’t have to plan it? Maybe because it was a total surprise? Maybe because my phone was dead 80% of the time so I wasn’t always shoving a lens in my face? Probably a bit of everything.

The first place we stopped was Catbird in Brooklyn because I had a gift certificate. I picked up quite a few things with my main purchase being one of their Mermaid’s Treasure rings. The other planned stop was the Empire State Building at Midnight. He had pre-purchased tickets online so there was no waiting in line. Of all the times I’ve been in town I never visited the building. It was wonderful. Touristy but wonderful. The view was breathtaking. It was a bit chilly, dark, mood lighting, and they had a jazz player in the main hall. It wasn’t too crowded and we could just stand around until we were ready to leave on our own.

Stationary from the Ace Hotel in NYC
New York skyline and caffe bene
Ace Hotel in New York
One of the MUJI storefronts in New York City
View from the Empire State Building
View from the Empire State Building

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Ottawa and Montreal


Sunday July 12, 2015 comments   

Last weekend I was in Canada for the Fourth of July. Second time I’ve gone there during “America’s Birthday” and the irony is not lost on the various Canadians I meet. The Fourth is so crowded here in DC. If you’re not heading out to actually see the fireworks then you still have to deal with the extra traffic of tourism.

The road trip was also the first vacation I’ve had since 2013. I didn’t realize it had been so long, but it had. I didn’t get many pictures because 1) I’m out of practice, and 2) I was always just walking. Walking walking walking.

photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa

The Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel where we stayed. I stayed at the Fairmont in Quebec City and really enjoyed it. This Fairmont was even more comfortable. The breakfast and room service were never disappointing!

photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa

The view from one of the windows in our room. I love when a hotel room has large swing open windows! I left them open at night to enjoy the cool breeze.

photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa

Ottawa’s ByWard Market area. This was just a block from the hotel. Ended up sitting next to a table of Players for the Senators here.

photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Montreal
photo from around Montreal

Stopped by the Bell Centre in Montreal and was surprised there are Canadien-themed residences next door. I hadn’t heard anything about these and the marketing strategy fascinated me. I checked out the website. This is apparently phase two going up.

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