Wow. Where do I begin. This is the city that certainly never sleeps! It is so overwhelming and BIG in more ways than one. The lights, noise, traffic, volume of people, food, police, shops, buildings, volume of people, are all never ending. It can be intimidating, yet magnetic. I feel like I've been buzzing since we arrived 4 days ago- which explains my restless sleep. It's hard to switch off. I can't imagine how the New Yorkers live like this-so wired up all the time. I do love it. However, am pleased I'm a small town girl from a small town world-don't think I'd make it being an uptown girl. Yes Kelly, the streets look amazing with Christmas decorations! Americans know how to decorate. It really gets you in the mood when everywhere you go, there are Christmas decorations done to the nines, lights and all. We were waiting in line last night to have dinner at Stardust diner and some local college girls behind us started singing Christmas carols so loudly and beautifully! It was one of many "only in America" moments. The weather has been amazing too-record highs of warm weather. Today and tomorrow are apparently real winter weather - around 0-6. At least we are getting a couple of days wear out of the thermals. Ha! This morning we walked to Grand central terminal and did the self guided tour. We then hunted down Toby's estate coffee (yum) and lunch at the markets-we have visited all Christmas markets in Chicago, Washington and the few in NYC and they have not disappointed with the delicious food-curried chicken empanadas today! This afternoon we did a 2 hr tv/movie show bus tour around upper east and west side which was terrific. After that we had the best soup ever at Seinfeld's "soup nazi" kitchen. I had lobster bisque, the kids had clam chowder and Paul had jambalaya. Delicious! Yes, it is like the show-you must know what you wish to order before you get to the counter. When you have ordered and paid, you move to the left! We were quietly nervous doing this. Isabelle and I ventured home on the subway by ourselves for an early night. Paul and Jack were treated to basketball tickets (thanks Megan). They saw NY Knick's vs Chicago Bulls.