I'm in NEW YORK people! With BRECKEN! Ahhh, so very exciting! And of course, I'm having a fabulous time :) I started seeing stereotypes before the plane even landed, and I've been seeing them ever since - which leads me to believe that NY is actually portrayed accurately in books and movies. The Taxi ride to the CookShack was easy and interesting (Brecken had written me a paragraph of instructions about what to do and say from the second I picked up my luggage, and everything worked exactly according to plans. Even the 'and if he doesn't know where that is, tell him it's.....' which was handy, because he didn't seem to recognize their street name when I first mentioned it).
And then I finally got to hug all of the Cooks. It was so so wonderful to see them all again. Especially Brecken of course :) We stayed up talking until almost 3am, so we were a little tired the next day. Not enough to stop us from having a wonderful time though!
Day one, we decided to do the 'You've Got Mail' tour. I'll have to watch the movie again now, because some of the places we visited looked exactly like the movie, and some looked nothing like the way I remember them, so I'll need to take another look :)
B&J live on the cutest street of buildings, and I'm in NY at the 'perfect time of year' since so many of the trees are full of blossoms at the moment. So I'm a lucky girl.
1) We rode the subway. (That's not really an official stop on the tour, but I thought it was cool, so it gets a mention)
2) Verdi Square. This is the 'I hope your mango is ripe' bench conversation. It's really pretty with tulips etc. at the moment. Ohh, and it's right next to Hugh Grant's building in 'Music and Lyrics'. Justin says there's an establishing shot of the square - so I'll have to watch that movie too I guess :)
3) Grays Papayas Hotdogs. Okay, so these aren't from 'You've Got Mail', but they are from lots of other movies (Fools Rush In), and they were YUMMY! Even though they're only little hotdogs, you end up craving them a few hours later. And then again the next day. As in, I could use one RIGHT NOW. B and I aren't completely convinced that they don't put some sort of illegal addictive substance in those hotdogs...
4) Crumbs. Again, not from You've Got Mail - but a good dessert for our hotdogs lunch :) They sell yummy cupcakes there. Justin chose perfectly, because his had a chocolate filling. I chose pretty well, because mine was ALL chocolate on the outside, but then had a vanilla filling *sigh*. But don't worry everyone, because I'm 'watching my weight' (hahahaha), I left the filling....
5) Zabaras. I LOVE this little store. It is SOOO cool. They ONLY sell cute gormuet brands here. Bethany would starve and I would never stop smiling. Grocery shopping is fabulous at the best of times, but this takes that hobby to a whole new level. We bought some olives for a snack and dinner. Not too many - but it was just so fun to pick them. Oh, and then I went through the 'cash only' line... Since Tom Hanks wasn't there, I paid with the cash in my wallet.
6) H & H Bagels. This is the neighbourhood bakery with a cloud of flour. Great place, but really hot inside since they're cooking the bagels :) We got some to have for dinner last night - very very yummy dinner.
7) Cafe Lola. "Oh yes, she's very pretty" "I knew she was. She had to be!"
I fell in love with the inside of this cafe - it looks exactly like it does in the movie. In fact this place was only place that I recognized immediately. (Don't they know they're supposed to have a last name? It's like an entire generation of cocktail waitresses!). We're going to try and head back there for dinner one night - maybe before we see a show... (Which, by the way, is going to be tricky. I kind of want to see tens and twenties of shows on Broadway!)
8) The boat basin - where the Foxes keep their boats. "Hello New Jersey!" It's actually part of Riverside Park - which I LOVE by the way.
9) And then Riverside park - where they finally meet in the last scene of the movie. And as I mentioned above, I LOVE this park. It's huge - my guess would be that it would take you an hour to walk all the way all it (but I could be wrong of course!). It's long and narrow and runs along the shore of the Hudson. This is the 'neighbourhood' park, as opposed to the 'tourist park' that is Central Park... well, that's what I'm told anyway. Lots of joggers, and nanny's with strollers, and readers on park benches.
Brecken let me try my hand at photography - which is a LOT of fun with a nice camera :) I took lots and lots of very average photos, but managed to also take that last one with the tulips - so pretty!
Okay, so that's our day. We were tired by the end of the day, and then of course we stayed up late trying to plan the rest of my holiday (we'll know everything for sure once we visit broadway tomorrow and decide on show/s... (that's right, I added an S... lol!).
Oh, and before I go, I should probably add that all of the You've Got Mail locations take place on the Upper West Side - which is EXACTLY where I'll live I'm ever super rich and living in NY. I LOVE it :)