Thursday morning (11/1/12). No hot water in the hotel. Another invigorating start to the day, although not necessarily a welcomed one!! Brrrrrrrrr.
Cory and I checked the TV news first thing, and all systems were go: LaGuardia was open, and our flight was still scheduled. Yahoo! News reports showed major traffic jams for those trying to get into the city. But it looked like it was fine if you were leaving the city; that was good news for us. So, we packed and started the process for checking out, having breakfast, etc.
We decided it would be a good idea to get to the airport early, JUST IN CASE. The cab ride to LaGuardia was fast and uneventful. I watched out the window. I wanted to mentally record the last images of the city streets, the billboards, the buildings, and finally, the NYC skyline, as we drove away. It was a beautiful day, and I saw no signs of the disastrous storm. I guess we were inland just enough.
Thankfully, our flight was on time, and by late afternoon, we were flying west , back to wide open spaces and big blue skies.
I liked this billboard, advertising the new production of Cinderella. For me, this trip was wonderful. It was like putting on the glass slipper and going to the ball. I must say that nothing compares to the first time I saw this city with all its huge skyscrapers, blinking and animated billboards, crazy traffic, and tight crowds of people crossing streets. But it is so exciting to experience it all again. I’m so glad I was able to see a few new sights: the 9/11 Memorial, the Museum of Modern Art, and a little of Central Park. Of course, the Broadway shows were top-notch and are at the top of the list!
I’m so thankful for Cory’s knowledge and ability to navigate us on our walking tours. And she had great suggestions for places to dine. It was all a glass slipper experience. If you have to be stranded for a couple of days, this was not a bad place to be!