Poetry Friday ~ My NYC Vacation

7 Jun

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I’m back from my vacation in New York City and I think I need a vacation from my vacation––phew! Ha, ha! NYC is a great place to visit, there’s always lots to do and when you’re there you want to do it all. The weather, for the most part, was beautiful which was conducive to walking and exploring. One of my sisters, Kathy lives in Brooklyn (Bayridge) which is one of the boroughs of New York City, so we stayed two days with her and the rest of the time in a hotel in Manhattan. We still saw Kathy almost every day because she would take a train and meet us.

We had some unforgettable moments in NYC, from exploring my sister’s neighborhood, cruising the New York Bay to walking the streets of Manhattan it was an amazing trip. Here are some of the highlights.


New York Public Library (this is no ordinary public library)

Yacht Sunset Cruise on the Bay

Arts & Craft Fair at Bryant Park

King Kong on Broadway

Godzilla in 4D

St Patrick’s Cathedral

I’ll share pictures in later posts. In the meantime, I do have some up on Instagram if you’d like to check them out.

And don’t get me started on the food! Italian food is my favorite and you can find the best Italian cuisine in NYC. Angelo’s Italian Restaurant on Broadway right next to The Late Show has traditional NY style Coal-Oven Pizza and a full menu of Italian cuisine––mamma mìa! (This is a shoutout, not an ad)

Now you know why we chose to walk so much. The truth is that my favorite part of the trip was the unforgettable moments I spent with my husband, sister and I got together with one of my cousins too. Making these wonderful lasting memories with my loved ones was everything.


The best things in life

are not things, they are moments

we share with loved ones

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Have you been to NYC? What was your favorite part of the trip?

72 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ My NYC Vacation”

  1. fallingleaves197988517 June 7, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

    Nice post. I went to NYC in 2004. I would like to go back again.

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 6:40 pm #

      Hi! NYC is so unique and there’s so much to see and do that one trip just isn’t enough. What did you do in 2004? I hope you get to go back soon. 🙂


      • fallingleaves197988517 June 8, 2019 at 6:56 pm #

        Hi…I only had 24 hours so I went to the top of the Empire State and wandered a bit mid town, rode the subway. I did the stereotype gay thing and stayed at the Y. The customs official who admitted to the country from Canada was like judge Judy and warned me to stay out of trouble spots! Yeah I’d like to go back this year because I need to go to Vegas but I’m worried a layover will complicate my trip when I am not recently used to travelling so much.

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm #

      Oh, yeah. You definitely need to return there’s so much more to do. Take your time planning it, those layovers can be tricky. 🙂


  2. olganm June 7, 2019 at 3:50 pm #

    It sounds fabulous, Vashti. Welcome back!

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    • Vashti Q June 7, 2019 at 8:08 pm #

      Thank you, Olga❣️Have a great weekend!


  3. Priscilla Bettis June 7, 2019 at 4:07 pm #

    I have been to NYC, but I didn’t do half the things you did! You are totally right about the best things in life aren’t things but moments with loved ones.:-)

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    • Vashti Q June 7, 2019 at 8:11 pm #

      Hi, Priscilla! I did do a lot on this trip that’s why I’m so exhausted.😩 I’m happy you agree. Enjoy the weekend!


  4. John W. Howell June 7, 2019 at 4:38 pm #

    I love New York. I lived in Connecticut for four years and could take advantage of the city every week. Glad you had a good time, Vashti.

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    • Vashti Q June 7, 2019 at 8:30 pm #

      That’s probably the best way to live in NY on the outskirts with easy access to the city. I did have a great time but I couldn’t live in the city, there’s too much traffic, crowds, noise, garbage, and unpleasant smells. Like the saying goes, New York City is a great place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. 😘 Have a great weekend, my friend!

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  5. Annette Rochelle Aben June 7, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

    Glad you had a good time! Welcome back. I have yet to get to New York, so when I get there, I shall check out where you visited (warn Kathy)

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    • Vashti Q June 7, 2019 at 8:35 pm #

      Ah, ha, ha! I will definitely give her warning!😂
      I’m sure the two of you will get along great but don’t forget to invite me! New York City is definitely an exciting place to visit there’s nonstop action day and night. Thank you and have a great weekend❣️

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  6. Miriam Hurdle June 7, 2019 at 6:18 pm #

    I agree with you, the precious things in life are those moments we shared with our loved ones. It’s wonderful that you spent time with your husband, your sister and cousins. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q June 7, 2019 at 8:38 pm #

      Hi, Miriam! Thank you. I’m happy you agree. I hadn’t seen my sister in a while so the trip was extra special.😊💕

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      • Miriam Hurdle June 7, 2019 at 11:43 pm #

        I know how it goes, Vashti. I was so happy to see my family in Hong Kong back in January. I was close to one sister but we didn’t spend too much time together because she was busy with her son’s wedding. I’d like to go back soon to see her.

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 11:04 am #

      I don’t blame you for wanting to return. I hope you can soon. It was a wonderful occasion but I could imagine how hectic it must have been for your sister. I’m sure she would be ecstatic if you returned.
      Next time take me with you.😘

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  7. Frank J. Tassone June 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm #

    I live in New York City’s “backyard,” work for the Big Apple’s schools, and lost count of how many times I visited. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

      Hi, Frank! Oh wow! Sounds like you’ve got a tough job. If I had a choice I would live in the “backyard” rather than in the city. It’s such a different lifestyle from what I’m used to but it’s fun to visit the city from time to time. Did you go to the BookCon?

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 11:33 pm #

      Crowded. Ha, ha. It was okay. There was more merchandise than books though. That was a bummer. :/

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  8. Linda Mims June 7, 2019 at 8:02 pm #

    I look forward to going one day. Thanks for the list of things you did. Glad you had an awesome time.🤗

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    • Vashti Q June 7, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

      Hi, Linda! There’s so much to do every day that there’re things I didn’t have time to do. I was ready to go home after 7 days though. The noise, crowds, and smells get to you after a while.😘 Have a great weekend!

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 11:05 am #

      Thank you❣️


  9. Soooz June 7, 2019 at 10:14 pm #

    How marvelous to share your NYC experience with your loved ones. It sounds as if you had an amazing time in a city I have longed to visit.

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

      Hi, Soooz! We had a great time. NYC is definitely a unique place to visit. There’s so much to see and do that you’ll wear yourself out trying to see and do it all. I was definitely done after day six––I just wanted to go home. I had had enough of all the noise and crowds at all hours. NYC is a great place to visit but you have to do it in doses. I hope you’re able to go someday. ❤ xo

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      • Soooz June 9, 2019 at 6:44 pm #

        ❤I understand completely about the need to return home. Living in the country has made me realize just how frantic it was living back in Sydney. I have learned to love the quiet serenity of living in a country town.

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  10. balroop2013 June 7, 2019 at 10:44 pm #

    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip Vashti. I have visited New York twice, once to see around when my daughter was doing her residency at Buffalo, just 18 miles from Niagara Falls. Then to attend my niece’s graduation, four years ago. We have lovely memories of the city.

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

      That’s wonderful, Balroop! We were going to try to fit in a day trip to see Niagara Falls but in the end, we couldn’t. I saw the falls as a child but my husband has never seen it. We’ll have to return and make that a priority. I’m happy you made delightful memories on your trip. ❤ xo

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  11. Jacquie Biggar June 7, 2019 at 11:18 pm #

    Enjoyed the pictures you shared, Vashti. I’d love to visit New York one day!

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

      Hi, Jacquie! I hope you do visit NYC one day it’s such a unique place. You’ll definitely get some good writing material from the trip. 😉 Ha, ha. Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed them. 😀 xo

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  12. cindy knoke June 8, 2019 at 1:03 am #

    It is quite the city, isn’t it!

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

      It sure is, Cindy. You think you live in a city and then you visit NYC and it’s not the same thing––at all. Ha, ha! 😀 xo


  13. D.L. Finn, Author June 8, 2019 at 2:16 am #

    Sounds like a fantastic vacation, Vashti! I want to see New York someday! I will head over and see the pics on Instagram. Have restful weekend!

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

      Hi, Denise! NYC is a place everyone should visit at least once in their lives because it’s so unique. I hope you’re able to visit someday. Thank you very much. You have a lovely weekend too. ❤ xo

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  14. Jill Weatherholt June 8, 2019 at 6:26 am #

    I’m happy you had a great time, Vashti. I was in New York once, but it was for training. I’m definitely more of a mountain/country girl than a big city. My favorite part of a trip is always coming home. 🙂 Enjoy the weekend.

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

      I can relate, Jill. NYC is unique and exciting but by the 6th day, I was ready to go home. It’s a great place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. 🙂 xo


  15. yvettemcalleiro June 8, 2019 at 6:36 am #

    I’ve been to NYC many times. There is always something new to do. And I agree, vacationing with family creates so many happy memories! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

      Hi, Yvette! My husband wants to see Niagara Falls which we didn’t have time for on this trip, so we’ll be returning. Nothing beats a family trip. It’s so much fun. 😀 xo

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      • yvettemcalleiro June 10, 2019 at 10:50 pm #

        Niagara Falls is beautiful and a must see. If you have passports, go over to the Canadian side. It’s absolutely worth it! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q June 11, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

      Great advice, Yvette. Yes, we’ll definitely do that. ❤

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  16. watchingthedaisies June 8, 2019 at 7:56 am #

    I am so glad you enjoyed your trip Vashti. I have been to NYC and really enjoyed meeting up with my American cousins in Brooklyn.

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

      That’s wonderful, Brigid! How did you like NYC? My sister, Kathy lives in Brooklyn too. 😀 xo


  17. coldhandboyack June 8, 2019 at 10:11 am #

    Sounds like you had a great time, and I understand needing a vacation from the vacation.

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

      Hi, Craig! Yes, we did. We want to take advantage of every moment during our vacation that we end up wearing ourselves out. 😀 xo

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  18. Jan Sikes June 8, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    What a fabulous vacation! First, I’ll answer your question. Yes, I went to New York in 1974 with a group of Guru Maharaji Ji followers. 🙂 Niagra Falls was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life and going to the top of the Empire State building was another. I absolutely love your final take on the trip and you are SO right. It’s the bonds, the memories, the love we share that counts! Thank you for sharing, Vashti!

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

      Wow! NYC must have been amazing in 1974, the original Twin Towers were built just before that in 1973, I think. I saw the Niagara Falls once as a child and long to see it again. My husband has never seen it but we couldn’t fit it in this trip. We’ll return to see it together another time. We visited the Empire State building on our last trip. Like I said, there’s so much to see and explore that it’s hard to do it all in one trip. Yes! I’m happy you agree, Jan. I believe making beautiful memories with family and friends is what happiness in life is all about. ❤ xo

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  19. Bette A. Stevens June 8, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

    Sounds like a fabulous vacation, Vashti! One of my NYC faves was 1964 World’s Fair and Broadway is the best! Would love to take that trip to the Big Apple one more time… 🍎 xo

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2019 at 6:10 pm #

      Sounds fascinating, Bette! We saw King Kong on Broadway! My husband wanted to see it and my sister and I were curious. All three of us loved the show it was very entertaining. I hope you get a chance to go to NYC again. ❤ xo


  20. tracikenworth June 8, 2019 at 8:53 pm #

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  21. Julie Watson June 9, 2019 at 2:39 am #

    I would love to go to New York and it’s on my bucket list Vashti. Hopefully, I won’t be waiting too long.

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    • Vashti Q June 10, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

      Hi, Julie! There’s something for everyone. I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourself. Don’t wait too long! 😉 xo

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  22. robbiesinspiration June 9, 2019 at 3:43 am #

    I saw some of your lovely photographs on Instagram, Vashti. It looks like you had a great time. Super poem too.

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    • Vashti Q June 10, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

      Hi, Robbie! I’m glad you liked the pictures and haiku. We did have a fabulous time. Thank you very much. ❤

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  23. Natalie Ducey June 9, 2019 at 11:44 am #

    Thrilled that you enjoyed a fabulous trip, Vashti. Your pictures are lovely and capture the beauty of landmarks and time shared with family. Cheers to you! Welcome home, my friend! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q June 10, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

      Thank you, Natalie! As fascinating as NYC was I’m happy to be home. I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures on Instagram. Have a lovely new week, my friend! ❤ xo

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  24. dgkaye June 9, 2019 at 7:53 pm #

    Welcome back Vashti, I missed your smiley post last week. 🙂 Sounds like you enjoyed and filled every minute except for sleeping, lol. Glad you had such a good time and looking forward to pics. ❤

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    • Vashti Q June 10, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

      Hi, Debby! Yes, we took advantage of this trip to NYC and tried to see and do as much as possible. We were in New York time which is very different from Miami time. Ha, ha! I’ll post a few pictures on my next post and you can see some now on Instagram. Thank you, my friend! ❤ xo

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  25. Annika Perry June 11, 2019 at 6:04 am #

    Vashti, your post is buzzing with excitement and joy from your trip! 😀 How true that time spent with loved ones is the most important and special! NYC is amazing and I visited there many years ago. So long ago that one of the highlights was going up, squashed into a huge lift with 150 other people, to the top of the World Trade Centre. Terrified of heights, just to be there was astonishing and the view of the city was fantastic. Following the terrible events a few years later, this outing became even more poignant. On a more positive note, I had a fun time going to a traditional American diner – and the waitress and I just could not understand each other! Hysterical. Both talking fluent English – just different versions of it! 😀

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    • Vashti Q June 11, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

      That’s hilarious, Annika but I can imagine how it could happen. I’m happy you were able to visit the Twin Towers before––you know. I’m curious. Do you remember what you ate at the diner? 😉 xo

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      • Annika Perry June 12, 2019 at 4:19 am #

        Vashti, I can’t remember alas … although it was tasty I’m sure. The whole experience of NYC had me on an emotional high from the very moment of arrival at Grand Central Station! I was on the movie/TV set of my childhood! 😀

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    • Vashti Q June 14, 2019 at 10:59 am #

      That’s lovely, my friend. ❤

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  26. kevin cooper June 14, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

    Always good to take a vacation. Welcome back!

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  27. memadtwo June 15, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

    Your haiku rings true. Sharing time with family and friends is the best. (K)

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