New York City is probably our favourite place to be; the lights, the buildings, the food! It’s far enough to feel like a vacation but close enough for us to pay a quick visit any time life allows us. We’ve travelled there in every possible way:

24 hours by bus

Weekend trip while pregnant by plane

Weekend trip with an infant by car

Life has been hectic lately with Marco doing night shifts at work and day shifts with Olivia while I’m at work. Needless to say, he doesn’t get any sleep and on top of that, we don’t see each other as often as we’d like to. So we decided to drop the little girl off at Grandma’s house in Niagara Falls and road trip to the Big Apple for 24 hrs!

It was estimated to be a 7 hour drive, but we got there roughly about 6 hrs (going over the speed limit, shhh!). Our first stop was the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, of course! 4 hours and a philly cheese steak sandwich later, we got away with really great deals and stayed within our shopping budget. Our hotel was 1.5 hr away so we made sure not to linger in the outlets for too long. Driving at night isn’t bad but I made a huge mistake of watching these videos of people scaring drivers in clown costumes at night. No. Thanks. So a venti Americano and light conversations are the way to go!

We arrived at the hotel in the evening, located 30 minutes away from the city by car and quickly changed out of our sweats pants. We were anticipating traffic but the drive to the city was fine. We past Manhattan and went straight for Dumbo, Brooklyn. We always seem to find new places in that area every time we visit. It was freezing where we were but it didn’t stop us from having our mandatory photo sesh!

After using garbage bins as a camera tripod and wiping the snot from our noses, we started looking for a place to dine. We saw this whimsical restaurant called River Cafe, with twinkle lights all over the trees, sided right by the water with the Brooklyn Bridge as the backdrop, how romantic, right? Unfortunately, it was nearing midnight and they only accepted reservations. So we took one last glance and added it to our next NYC trip to-do list.

…But, uhm, we still hangry!

We drove back to the city in search of some good eats and just at the corner of West Broadway and Church Street was Dona Bella Pizza.

If you visit in the middle of the night, expect a lot of rowdy humans since you’re right by the bars. Also, don’t leave without grabbing a handful of napkins. It’s crispy. It’s cheesy. It’s a New York greasy pizza! Yums!

1:30 am — Let’s call it a night!

We forgot it was a Saturday so around this time all the party people are just starting to stumble into cabs, so we hit a little bit of traffic heading back to the hotel.

After the day we had, you can’t imagine how gratifying it was to just knock out under a heavy duvet.

All of Sunday was spent travelling back home. We took turns being the driver and being the snoozer. Now we understand why Olivia loves sleeping in the car! Our trip was short but densely filled with laughs and good times. We may not be able to see each other every day for more than an hour but in times like these, we make sure to make the most of it and we think we did pretty darn good!

Till next time, New York!

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