Saturday, August 20, 2011

Philly Phamily and New York City

Every Thursday evening my sister, Tina has dinner at her house for all her kids and grandkids and whoever else can make it.  That’s A LOT of people in her house but what a GREAT idea to be able to see your family at least once a week.  Everybody is always so busy with work and kids activities it can be hard to make time for the rest of your family.  This way the meal is prepared and cooked so all you have to do is show up.  I’ve seen this “happening” on Facebook for quite sometime now and was always jealous of the family time.  This time I got to participate!!  THREE TIMES!!!

It really does get crowded but everybody just picks a spot and doesn’t move!  Clockwise from me, Rick, Joyce, Josh, Jim, Janel, Tina, Rod, Megan, Colleen, Andrew, and Shannon.  There are more in the house but it was much cooler outside on the porch.

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Bridget

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Johnny and Abby

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GG is learning how to use Aunt Joyce’s camera

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The next day we drove over to Tina’s early in the morning and piled into the van for the drive to New York City.  Jim had taken the day off so he got to go with us too!  We were planning on taking the double decker bus around and then getting off where we wanted afterwards.  Well, with that famous New York City traffic it took us almost 2 hours just to get to our first stop.  Needless to say, we didn’t get off anywhere.  That’s okay though.  We still got to see most of the city from the top of the bus.

Going into the city through the Holland Tunnel

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Times Square

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Empire State Building

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Rebuilding the Twin Towers

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Lady Liberty

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Ellis Island

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Sad place to be…

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Rockefeller Plaza (much smaller than I thought)

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Radio City Music Hall

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Apollo Theater in Harlem

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United Nations

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The Dakota building where John Lennon was shot

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Carnegie Hall

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Brooklyn

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I love the Brownstones

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Dinner!

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They brought Tina’s van back from somewhere in the parking garage

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Then it was time to fight that famous New York traffic back to Philadelphia

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Where did all these people come from???

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Tina did a fantastic job of driving and got us safely home.

5 comments:

Chris said...

I loved the photos of NYC, someday maybe I'll get there. You took some of the best famous places.

squawmama said...

Great photos and wow you saw alot in just one day!!! I love NYC but don't drive in it! LOL That's just crazy ~ Glad you had a GREAT time
Have fun & Travel safe
Donna

Sandra said...

Seeing NYC from the top of the bus is waaay better than seeing it from a car. You can lose your car in some of those potholes. Hope that's been fixed since the last time we were there.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

That is a big gathering, so to must be fun! Nice pictures of NYC. I spent four years there in the Bronx going to college- a long long time ago:(

Speedy said...

We too love our trip to the Big Apple. We were there a few months before the Twinn Towers went down. I hope we can return there someday. Really enjoying your post

Joe and Sherri