"Step right up to Treasure Isle, every inch of it a sky-high mile. Fairytale land - only in New York."
If you all didn't know, I love New York. I went last January and was up in the clouds for several weeks (months?) afterwards, and so when I had an opportunity to go again, I jumped on it! :)
But this trip wasn't solely to see the city. The main purpose of this trip was to attend a voice class with Sierra Boggess and a voice lesson with Laura Osnes.
you read that right.
I'm still in awe that it actually happened.
Anyway, mom and I flew out on Monday morning and got there in time for a late lunch (we were starving! Hadn't eaten all day!), so we tried a mediterranean place called Ilili which was amazing!! Lamb sandwiches, brussel sprouts with grapes and walnuts drizzled with mint yogurt and maple syrup dressing, pita breads that looked like pillows, hummus, and feta cheese spread. YUM!
(apologies for the phone photos - I didn't have my sister with me, so this is all you get!)
yes, I took a photo of the bathroom. They were cool.
But kind of felt like you were in solitary confinement. (inside joke...)
After that we walked down to SoHo, and passed the Washington Memorial Park.
And then, it was time for Sierra's master class. Um. Amazing. There were 20 singers, and several more observers for the class. We each sang part of a music theater piece for her and she then gave us a new thing to bring out in the song, and we sang it again. Amazing how her talking to you for a few minutes can bring such a change in your performance! And can we just take a moment and freak out over the fact that I got to sing for Sierra Boggess?! Wwwwwwhhhhaaaat?! :)
Here's a short clip of me singing for the class:
After the class, Mom and I went for coffee up at The View on top of the Marriott. It's a restaurant that turns in a circle so you get the entire view of the city! So neat!
Oooh, look! It's a beautiful library!
Grand Central Station. It's gorgeous.
And they have the old ticket booths!! EEEP!
We walked the highline, which was neat, but nothing impressive enough to photograph, and that got us close to the water taxi stop, where we could hop on and go visit Brooklyn! We stopped for lunch in Brooklyn at a crepe shop, and then walked up to the bridge. I was singing Newsies in my head the whole way!
"We're from Brooklyn, we are Newsies, we are Brooklyn Newsies!"
Rodney Ingram! You were fabulous as Aladdin! :)
James Monroe Iglehart. You blew me away.
Our last day we walked through Central Park, and shopped along 5th avenue, and saw Times Square again. I could get used to this kind of life.
Back at home after that dream-come-true vacation, we repacked our bags, turned around, and hit another city - Chicago. My grandpa knows someone with an apartment up at the Trump Tower, and he graciously decided to let our family spend a couple days there. The view was breathtaking!
When the clouds roll in, you can't see anything at all - this was right after it began to clear.
2 big cities, 6 famous people, 1 Broadway show, several iconic sights. Yep, I don't know how I'll ever return to common life.