By Eliza

Boston was cool. In 8th grade social studies, you really learn a lot about the Revolution and so it was fascinating to see all the famous sites of historical events that helped shape our country.  We saw the Boston Harbor where they dumped the tea and the site of the Boston Massacre. The cemeteries were amazing in that the dates of death were from the 1700s!  It was really hot and humid though.

At Cape Cod, we got to see a few beautiful sunsets and being at the beach is always a good time.

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New York City has definitely been my favorite part of the trip. I planned out the whole week (: Although before we got there, I didn’t really know what to expect and I didn’t have high expectations. Seeing the skyline at night was incredible!

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The first thing we did when we got off the ferry was walk to the Empire State Building. It was an amazing view and a great way to start out the week. We ate lunch at a deli and had the best sandwiches ever, way better than Subway, haha. Then we did a little bit of shopping before taking the Circle Line Cruise. It was kind of cold, but it was another great view of the city from a different perspective.

On Saturday, I got to see Haley at Grand Central Station for lunch. It was so nice to see her; it had been almost 7 months since I got to see others in Arizona. Then we walked Fifth Avenue and through Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I found that art quite boring though…

On Sunday, we met Mommy’s friend Nancy and her family and walked around the city and went to lunch. Then we went to the Museum of Modern Art, which I liked much more than the Met.

On Monday, we not only got to tour  the Statue of Liberty but we were able to go up in the crown. It was super cool to look out, although it was very cramped with so many people up there at the same time. We learned about the significance of the statue and the history of Ellis Island. For lunch, we had authentic New York style pizza; it was huge, thin, and so greasy but not “gross”. I’m never going to have better pizza in my life. Then we went to the Museum of Natural History briefly.

On Tuesday, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and rode the subway to Coney Island, it wasn’t as cool as I thought it would be, but it was a really nice, sunny day.

Only Mommy and I went into the city on Wednesday. It was my favorite day (: First we went to Rockefeller Plaza to go up to the Top of The Rock. The view wasn’t as good as the Empire State, but still was wonderful. Next we walked almost a mile to get to an authentic New York City bagel shop. I had the best bagel ever, even better than the ones from Costco or Tim Horton’s, haha. Then we got to go to one of my favorite stores, Forever 21. After that, we walked back to the Gershwin Theater. Wicked was fantastic! I wish I knew the backstory of Elphaba before I watched last seasons of Once Upon A Time. Their voices were amazing! We got to do a little more shopping at Macys, too, and apparently I’m short enough that I cannot be seen over the top of the racks… Then we spent the rest of the time just sitting in Times Square, just taking everything in before we had to leave. While walking back, I had the best ice cream of my life from one of the many ice cream trucks; it was a big vanilla soft serve ice cream on a weird double cone thing coated in a hard cherry topping, topped with rainbow sprinkles! It was a perfect ending to a perfect week.

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In Philadelphia, we got to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Both are smaller than I thought they would be. It’s hard to believe that the Declaration of Independence was signed there. We got sandwiches from a food truck which were really good, too.

About sallyljacobson

I live in paradise again, Bend Oregon, after a 19 month RV trip around North America with our 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. It was the adventure of a lifetime, and now I'm on to my next one - selling real estate to those lucky enough to move to Bend. The trip blog is www.gojacobsons.com and my current blog is sallysbendblog.com. Follow along, I'd love to be in touch with you!

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