Due to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade being free of charge and the Jolly Hotel on 38th Street accepting our Priceline bid for a room, a miracle happened a few days ago.  We visited New York City!  Okay, so I’m a week or so late with publishing this post.  Our hotel was only a few blocks from the Empire State Building, which we still did not go inside.  It was also about a ten minute walk to Times Square, where we dined on giant pizza slices.  Here’s a picture blog of our latest Urban Adventure, filled with many beautiful moments!

This place is HUGE.
This place is HUGE.

Times Square boasts a three-story M&M store, with lots of toys, clothing, gifts, and of course, chocolates!  The employees dance to music playing throughout the place, and I even joined in.  I proclaimed, “I have a master’s degree in counseling and want to work at the M&M store!”  I stood in the “mood scanner” that claims it can predict what color M&M matched our moods.  I was disappointed to be labeled “silver,” something about being lucky and winning (pffffff…I haven’t won the Powerball yet!).  I so wanted to be Miss Green M&M.  I left with a large bag full of pink, silver, black, maroon, and electric green candies.  And to top this all off, the store was across the street from a Hershey’s Store!  But I did not dare go in that place, I would not have come out.

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It's the Holy Grail of Candy!!!!
It’s the Holy Grail of Candy!!!!

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By the time we reached Rockefeller Center, the Lego Store was closed. But the Mister did snap a few shots of the massive buildings the staff assembled by the windows.  Definitely want to go in here next time we visit the Big Apple.

Lego Skyscraper

Here are a few other awesome sites we checked out the night before Thanksgiving:

Yours truly with David Letterman.
Yours truly with David Letterman.

Sites

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After sleeping in our tiny, but clean New York hotel room, we walked to the corner of 38th Street and 6th avenue to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  But, a NYPD officer announced that we were in a “quiet zone,” meaning we were so close to the broadcasters that the marching bands and floats had to stop playing music once they reached our block.  Aaaaarrrrrrr!  Some marching bands, including the one from Arcadia, Louisiana, did not follow this rule.  Woo-hoo! Go band!  So now we know to walk a few blocks down from the Jolly Hotel to enjoy the festivities.

Here it comes!
Here it comes!

Hm? What? I say as the Mister snaps a pic of me and the Boy in the crowd.
Hm? What? I say as the Mister snaps a pic of me and the Boy in the crowd.

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Oh, Yeah!!!
Oh, Yeah!!!

 

Papa Smurf always says....
Papa Smurf always says….

We finished off our NYC trip with lunch at Grand Central Station.  Although there are many tantalizing restaurants in the Station, we ate packed sandwiches to save a bit of funds.  We went because I really wanted to see the place.  We sat by a few members of a Texas marching band that participated in the parade.  Also, a nice older couple chatted with us about their city life.  The next time we go, think we’ll try some of the Chinese food. I waited in the longest ladies’ room line evaaaaahhhh.  I wonder if it’s the powder room’s lines are like that on regular commuter days.

This was the family’s second trip to NYC for Macy’s Parade, but our first official stay.  Now that we know what hotel is in the perfect spot in the City and is decently priced for sleeping and showering in, we’ll definitely make a Thanksgiving Day trip a holiday tradition.  Thanks, New York.

New York has big balls.
New York has big balls.

 

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