I’ve already filled you in on the BlogHer ’10 conference-y parts of my trip to New York, now it’s time to hear the rest of the story!
I got to the Oakland airport to fly to New York way too early. This was the first time I’ve flown without kids in years and I forgot how much less complicated everything is when you’re an adult traveling alone. Check-in at the airport goes quickly. Security goes lightning fast. Even buying a coffee and a magazine is easier.
At the gate, I met up with Lisa from Help a Mother Out (though she wisely arrived more than an hour after I did). We knew we were on the same flight so that part wasn’t a surprise, but we were psyched to find out we were sitting right next to each other on the plane. Good omen!
After flying by myself with both kids just a few weeks ago, the flight to New York was like a relaxing trip to the spa. I had time to read magazines, play games on my iPhone, goof around with photos on my laptop and even draw a mediocre picture of my pencil case.
And the best part was that I had multiple drinks on my tray table with no fear that they were going to get dumped on my lap. Very soothing.
Lisa and I shared a cab to the hotel and I oooooh-ed and ahhhh-ed over the bridges and the tall buildings the whole way there. You’d think after living in San Francisco for 20 years I would be immune to the effects of the the big city, but compared to New York, the Bay Area feels like a quaint little town.
When I checked into the Hilton, I was pleased to find that I was up on the 32nd floor. This was my view:
And this is what I saw when I looked down. If you look in the lower right corner, you’ll see a shwarma stand with a line of people queuing up for sandwiches. This stand is considered to be one of the best in all of New York, but unfortunately I never managed to get a plate of take-out while I was visiting.
After settling into our rooms, Lisa and I met up again to wander around the city a little and dig up some dinner. We were pleased to find that the Carnegie Deli was just a couple blocks away. We settled into our table and I was pleased to see we were seated next to Big Pussy:
After eyeing the plates on the tables adjacent to ours, we decided we’d better split a sandwich. The people to our left had plates with huge, delicious looking Reubens piled on them. Though they looked fantastic, neither of us thought it was possible to make a dent in one by ourselves. It wasn’t until we’d ordered one to split — along with a side of fries — that we found out they had were eating one sandwich divided into two servings! Yowza! Here’s a picture of our sandwich before we cut it up. Needless to say, we didn’t even come close to finishing it.
When I got back to my room after dinner the view out my window had transformed into this loveliness!
I spent all of the next day at the BlogHer conference, but in the evening Lisa and I met up again for dinner. We decided to walk by the park and just eat at whichever restaurant we passed that looked good. The park was lovely in the twilight:
And even the entrance to the subway was picturesque:
When we passed by the Plaza, we decided we needed to go in and check it out. So pretty!
We ended up eating a wonderful meal at a French bistro called Le Bonne Soupe. I didn’t take any pictures of my food, but I had a prix fixe menu with salad, mulligatawny soup, bread, creme caramel and a glass of wine. The food was yummy and the cozy atmosphere of the restaurant was the perfect antidote to the overwhelm I was feeling from the conference and New York in general.
After dinner, I met up with Whitney and Heather and we finished the evening with hot chocolate and blog talk.
The next day was more conferencey goodness. Keynote, sessions, expo hall, more sessions. Then it was off to dinner at The Aspen Social Club with old friends and new.
Dinner was fine, but the conversation was better. After we ate, we hit the official parties in the hotel.
Next…Shopping and relaxing in SoHo!