Christmas Eve I woke early and left for some last minute shopping. I was on the subway and at 34th street by 7:30am. The crowds started arriving by 9am so I decided to head back the apartment, 2 stops downtown to meet Paul for a coffee. We have finally discovered a good American cappuccino just outside the flatiron building, one block from the apartment. Paul woke Jack and Isabelle to start getting ready for the day while we people watched and enjoyed the sun and 2 cups of coffee. We all walked down to union square - a couple blocks south, to take in the Christmas spirit and markets we can't get enough of! While Issy and I perused the markets for trinkets and gifts, Paul watched Jack head over to an old Greek man playing chess. Jack paid the guy $3 for a game and got beaten. However, the guy was kind enough to offer Jack some advice and tips for next time. The square was bustling with Christmas shoppers, buskers, Christmas lights/decorations and delicious food stalls. Yet again we tried something different for lunch-empanadas, aranchini balls and mac n cheese. We decided to stock the fridge with some gourmet produce for Christmas dinner (in case we are hungry after the Boathouse lunch). The afternoon was spent taking a nap and getting prepared for the evening and tomorrow. We met The Kensitts at 6pm for Christmas carols in Gramercy Park which is only opened one day a year to the public for carolling. 383 people in NYC own keys to this beautiful park. After carols, we caught the subway to Little Italy for a delicious pasta dinner. It was a late night as we walked around this neighbourhood eating gelato and browsing the Christmas shops. We can't believe restaurants and shops are still open at 10:30pm the night before Christmas! It was so nice to talk to the family back at home enjoying their Christmas Day. We do miss everyone, especially this day.
Merry Christmas Everyone! Jack and I woke this morning to find that Santa found us in this HUGE city! We got ready into our best clothes and headed for the subway to Central Park for lunch. We were early so we just walked around when my and I saw the carousel! We went on and it went surprisingly fast! By that time, it was time to go in. We started off with an appetiser- I had a beautiful chicken noodle soup! Mum and Jack had a crab cake and Dad had lobster bisque soup! YUM! We had a beautiful view of the lake! Then we had our main. I had steak and beautiful baked potato fries and carrot. It was amazing! Then...... For desert I had a brownie with whipped creme and shortbread. Mmmmmm! The ice skating in Central Park was absolutely packed. There were so many people so we decided to do it another day. We strolled down to the Rockerfeller centre as we had tickets to go up to Top of the Rock. It was a great view. There were huge crowds of people out being Christmas, so we decided to head home. We were back by 7pm for a relaxing night at home. Issy