A weekend in the city with my cousin. Just what I needed and long overdue, I might add. I wish I could remember the last time I saw Melissa and her gorg family but I can say…this trip is the start of regular visits in the future (and clearly an open invitation to Florida).
Two flights, a Florida storm and a longer-than-predicted layover landed me in NYC. Even at midnight, we still hit traffic during our journey to Brooklyn on the BQE (Brooklyn Queens Expressway). Gotta love it.
Friday was the first full day. Relaxing breakfast with baby Christiano and JP and then the giant task of getting everyone situated before lunch at Ponte Vecchio and a mini tour of Brooklyn. Mussels, salads and a glass of wine for Melissa and I, while baby C was a trooper as our cute lunch date. Then we walked off our meals with a jaunt through Prospect Park. We were blessed with beautiful weather all weekend. I couldn’t have planned it better if I tried.
Later JP and Guido came home where we all enjoyed the crazy chaos, before bed for the kiddos and sushi takeout for the adults. Relaxing on the upstairs porch with great conversation, wine in hand and a light breeze topped off a great day.
Saturday. Much of the same morning routine with babies and bottles and relaxing before we headed into the city. In the afternoon, the adults drove into town and first on the list was Little Italy
where Melissa and I pretended we’re Italian. Guido is not only a great tour guide (as he grew up there), he is a pro driving in the city. With M and I being directionally challenged, it was even more helpful- and we lucked out with primo parking in two places. Espresso and cannolis were had at Ferrara before we wandered into the Meatpacking District for a walk on the High Line and watched some lively people on the street below. Dinner at STK was yummy and entertaining with even more people watching. Oh NYC, you do not disappoint.
And before I knew it, I’m back at the airport to fly home to Florida. A short but very good trip. Thank you to Melissa, Guido, JP and Christiano for your hospitality and love. I know I’ll see you soon! Maybe for the F1 race in Austin… hehe