Hey all! I’ve been having a swell summer so far and I thought I’d share some snapshots of my extended vacation, and share some travel tips as well. My time off this year has been more of a stay-cation, because I can’t truly afford a trip anywhere. Instead, when my family and I took time off, we made day trips to places around Manhattan and Brooklyn, and it was a great opportunity for me to be a tourist in my own city. Here are a few photos of what I’ve been up to lately!
My sister and I went to Smorgasburg this past month, a food festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with dozens of local food places setting up booths. It’s an incredible place to try so many new kinds of food, and this particular festival was right near the water, with amazing views of the Manhattan skyline. I would absolutely recommend visiting Smorgasburg, although on the day I went, the heat of the day made it a little more difficult to eat my weight in food. I’d recommend going on a cooler day in September. Still—that view!
We went to Coney Island Beach and later on walked the boardwalk. Coney Island is such a beautiful place, even if it is only a shadow of what it used to be. We didn’t go on any of the rides, but we did get Nathan’s hot dogs and soaked in the history and quirkiness of the place!
South Street Seaport
Another little pocket of Old Manhattan is South Street Seaport, full as it is with remnants of the past. I loved strolling along the old streets, and I even ducked into a printing press and shop and bought a print of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, which had been printed by the press earlier that day! Amazing. I also loved this Herman Melville quote engraved on the facade of a building.
Upstate New York
There’s nothing like the beauty of the Catskills. I spent a week there like I do every year, at a place called Glen Brook Farm. Waking up to the beauty of the mountains every morning was the ultimate panacea.
Paul McCartney concert
My family and I went to a Paul McCartney concert this past week at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. We go as a family for every tour Paul does, and this time was extra special because we were able to get free tickets to the floor seats! Strangely, this is the second time we’ve been able to get floor seats, so we were bouncing off the walls in excitement! He was so close, I could almost touch him!