Sunday, April 21, 2013

Our trip to the Northeast!

We had originally planned to visit some good friends in DC and hang out for a few days, but something came up and they wouldn't be in town, so we changed our plans a bit and decided to take advantage of our quick trip to the Northeast. 
We made it a *quickie* 3-cities-in-3-days trip and it was such a great idea!
First we went to Washington, DC (one of my favorite cities in the world!) with the sole purpose of seeing the famous Cherry Blossoms.  For those of you who live in that area, this might not be a big deal, but for us Floridians, it is a HUGE thing.. Seeing all those beautiful trees in every corner was just an "out of the world" experience for me.. I was so happy to be surrounded by so much natural beauty; we even took a ferry tour around the Potomac just to see these trees.. What a great experience!

We also walked around to see some landmarks such as the White House, the US Capitol and the National Mall.  The girls really enjoyed the day even though it was overcast.  We had a great first day!

On day 2, we drove to Philadelphia and visited Iggy's cousin, who has lived in Philly for over 6 years.  He was a great tour guide and took us around the city. 
We visited the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and other "hot spots" in Philadelphia.  I had never been there, so it was great to get to know the city, even if it was a quick trip...

Here's a picture of me after climbing all the "Rocky Steps" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 
The weather was really beautiful...

And of course we had some famous "Philly Cheesesteaks" at Geno's Steaks, one of Philly's most famous landmarks.  I didn't think the food was "all that", but it was certainly fun to eat where the "locals" eat (although locals would argue Pat's is best)...

On day 3, we drove even further north and visited the "Big Apple".  I must say I was a little nervous to take the girls to NYC since it is well known that it is a very hectic place and not the most kid-friendly..but oh well.. we still took them and OMG.. no regrets!
They LOVED the city (just like her mama does!) and did so well.  I think they were impressed to see so many people and so many things around them...(they were specially impressed with the amount of flowers there were)... too bad we were only there for a few hours, but I think it was a great first time in NYC for them... they even rode on the subway and all!

We got to visit the 9/11 Memorial, which was beautiful and such a great place for reflection. 
We spent some time there and took some awesome photos...
What a great visit!

Needless to say, I LOVE traveling and even more when we get to do it as family. 
I love that the girls get to experience so many great places and that we get to teach them so much through traveling and having fun!

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