Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The GEMS Arrive in The Big Apple: Part 1

This past July, seven of my very best friends headed to New York City for a week of sightseeing, shopping, and of course, eating.  We call ourselves the GEMS, which is an acronym for Girls Embellishing Memories through Scrapbooking. Our group of GEMS began as a group of swim moms who found a common interest in creating memories for our children through scrapbooks. All of our children are grown now, most with families of their own, shifting the focus of our group.  We waited many years for this "Girl's Get-a-Way", but it was well worth it. Little did we know that July would be one of the hottest summers New York City would experience in decades.  Despite the sweltering temperatures, we still managed to have a great time!
Our first view of "The Big Apple"

First "official photo" at LaGuardia Airport 
Our hotel at Times Square
Getting ready for our first subway ride
We bought a Metro card with a week's worth of rides  
Grand Central Station celebrating 100 years

Rockefeller Center at night
The 8 of us overlooking the ice rink at Rockefeller Center but in the summer it is an outdoor cafe

View of Manhattan from "Top of the Rock" 
(Empire State Building and One World Trade Center 
in the background)
The Brooklyn Bridge at sunset
Arriving in style in Times Square

No visit to Times Square is complete without a trip to
 M&M World!
Macy's at Herald Square at night
Times Square
Electrified Old Glory at Times Square
42nd Street with the Chrysler Building in the background
Cupcakes at the famed Magnolia Bakery were heavenly!
The Naked Cowboy in Times Square
 (2 of the GEMS are on the right not sure about his outfit)
World's largest ferris wheel inside the Toys R Us store located in Times Square
Last stop of the evening, Radio City Music Hall
We had a 2 day pass for the City Sights tour bus for a
hop-on hop-off city experience

After a long day, we were ready to walk back to our hotel and call it a night. We had a full agenda for the next 4 days!


  1. Mmm, Magnolia Bakery. So good. Reading this post makes me want to go back to NYC!

    1. The cupcakes were fantastic! We also ate at Pie Face which had great pastries too. Writing this post brought back so many good memories that I feel like I'm back in NYC!

  2. That looks like such a fun thing to do with your friends! I've never been to NYC but it's on my list...

  3. I love NYC! I have been there many times and always find something new to discover. I was the tour guide for our trip so I made all the reservations and gave each one of my GEMS an itinerary. Our week went by quickly. This Christmas I made each one of them a photo book from our trip so they can look back on our time together. This summer we will be heading to Nashville, Tennessee to visit the Grand Ole Opry!