Wednesday, September 13, 2006

New York City, here we come! (Day 5 of vacation)

Day 4 was simply, or not so simply, packing and driving down to visit my mom in NY. On day 5, Grandma, Adam and I drove into NY to see Tarzan on Broadway. This was his first trip to Manhattan and he just took it all in. So much so, that he was very quiet most of the time and just kept looking around.  We first stopped at the box office to buy some "obstructed seats" tickets which were the only ones available. I had guessed they would be OK, but in reality, productions nowadays (especially ones with swinging apes), take up the WHOLE stage top to bottom.

We went to Planet Hollywood after being handed some $10 coupons on the street. Adam was quite impressed with this restaurant as well and we spent lots of time perusing the exhibits especially the Star Wars ones. I was somehow really drawn to the 12 Monkeys exhibits.  We got him a cool T-shirt and a little planet keychain to take home. We stopped in at another souvenir shop and picked up a snow globe of NY for Dova.  Adam also picked out a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle of the NY skyline with the Statue of Liberty at night.  Alas, it was a recent picture without the World Trade Center.  Lastly, we stopped at the Hershey's Times Square store and got goodies for Dad and Dova back at Grandma's house.

Tarzan was great of course and had touching moments when both Grandma and I were crying like babies.  During intermission, Adam said, "I don't want to watch this movie anymore."  I think he was getting a bit of sensory overload at this point.  I walked him all over the theater to look at the orchestra section and stage and then up to the balcony so see all the lights.

Lucky for us, we hit rush hour traffic trying to get back through the midtown tunnel, but the HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lane saved us on the LIE (Long Island Expressway).
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