Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nate Berkus Show Experience - Part 2

So I'm assuming you're up to speed on part 1, right? If not, take a little time to catch yourself right up here.

We left off on Sunday...which takes us to Monday!!

Monday 10.18.10 - Dave and I had a few errands to run in the morning but we made sure we were home in time for our black Cadillac to come and take us to the airport! Say wha--? We had a driver, no joke. It was insanely surreal.

When we got to the airport we made it through security, had a little Wolfgang Puck Express, and boarded our plane with absolutely zero hiccups!

The flight was uneventful {just the way I like them} and we landed in NYC 20 minutes early--woot, woot! We walked what seemed like miles to get to baggage claim, but I didn't care at all. We were in New.York.City...I was dying of excitement. 'Tis true.

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When we rounded the corner at baggage claim we saw a guy {our driver} holding a sign with my name.

Shut up.

It happened.

OMG.

Ok, back to the recap. We waited just a couple of minutes, got my luggage, and we were off in our black Tahoe and headed to our hotel. Um, did I mention we still had no idea where we were staying? And, again, I couldn't have cared less.

As we cruised the streets of NYC, I rolled down the window and took about a bazillion photos of everything I saw.

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Many of the photos came out blurry because I had no time to think about settings. I just snapped the photo one right after the other! The driver was sweet enough to take us right through Times Square after learning that my husband and I were NYC newbies. He was awesome and I couldn't thank him enough.

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We looked every bit like total tourists....I think it was our 3 cameras that gave us away--ha!

Monday night {circa 10:30 p.m} - We checked into our sweet hotel, and hit up the front desk for some tips on how to maneuver the city. We were exhausted and had BIG plans the next day, but we couldn't pass up the few hours in the city that never sleeps.

They recommended that we take the subway to the Empire State building, walk to Times Square, ride the subway back, and end our night with a late night pizza run. We took their suggestions and made the most of our time!

The subway, while I was scared we'd get lost somehow, was actually easy to figure out!

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First stop: Empire State Building! $40 bucks for David and I to ride to the observation deck? Sign us up!

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Since we got there so late, the place was virtually empty. I can't imagine the wait times during peak tourist hours.

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We made it to the look out and enjoyed our views from the 86th floor. They were breathtaking!!

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After our jaunt up the ESB, we took a stroll to Times Square and had a blast people watching and oohing and ahhing. It was like nothing I have ever seen before in my life!

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Finally, at nearly 2 a.m. we decided to take the subway back to the hotel and score some NY style pizza.

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After about the third restaurant we stopped at, we finally came across Big Nick's and it was open! Woo hoo!

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Big Nick's was anything but big in space! However, the food was tasty delicious and super cheap!

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While the menu offered seemingly any food under the sun...we stuck to pizza. Nothing like a 2 a.m. dinner. Yes, sirree!

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I spared you the in-color version of this photo. I was looking quite rough at this stage of the game. Please excuse my tired self.

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Our NYC night was a total and complete whirlwind and I could've cried from sheer joy. I was that happy. My experience was beyond any words I could ever write here.

And so ends our night in NYC...stay tuned for Part 3 where I dish about Nate. Oooh, Oooh! I know that's what ya'll realllly want. ; D

Oh, and I got news about my segment's air date....mark your calendars and set your DVRs for Thursday, November 4th!!!

xoxo

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34 comments:

Lynett said...

Seriously, I am so excited for you just reading the post. I have goose-bumps! I LOVE NYC! Can't wait to see more!!!!!

Julie S. said...

Ahhhh! SO amazing! Love your photos. It is my dream to go there one day! I hope I can get your segment up here!

annie said...

i love hearing NYC stories from newbies! i grew up nearby and lived in nyc for seven years so it's always fun to me to hear first impressions and newbie trips. so glad you had fun!
annie
www.paiduptop.com

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

Looks like fun! I love your pictures of New York. Especially the pizza one!

Kelly

Mrs. Limestone said...

Glad you had a great time. Too bad you weren't here longer or we could have met.

Can't wait to see your appearance!

Kelly at I Dream of Decor said...

scrolling through my blog list this morning and saw you had part 2 up and couldn't click fast enough! I had no idea you hadn't been there before, seems like you guys travel a lot so I just assumed but it's amazing isn't it?!!! I loved your pics especially the one of you and your husband on the empire state building, you guys are adorable:) Can't wait for part 3, oh and I'm marking my calender now!

Brand New and Beautiful said...

Can't wait to see you on TV! Love your blog.

Amy said...

This post made me happy! My husband and I visited NYC for the first time this summer and I loved it! We were there 5 days and I still don't feel like we saw everything we wanted to, but I guess that just means we'll have to go back! Loved seeing your photos of NYC at night!

Sing said...

Aw so cool. I love hearing about first time visits to NY.

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

So, so, so jealous!! I'm going in June for a bachlorette party. I can't wait!

Desert Domicile said...

GREAT photos! I've never been to New York but your excitement in this post makes me want to take a trip this weekend! Can't wait to read more!

Leslie G said...

I seriously could not be more happy for one of blog friends! I'm jumping for joy right along with you! =)
Can't wait for the segment!

Mary Catherine said...

That picture of you and Dave needs to be your new profile pic! Can't wait to watch your episode!

jonalynn said...

So stoked for you! Beautiful pictures. I would've taken advantage of the late-night sightseeing, too!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

I know you said those photos were all just taken on the fly, but you got some seriously gorgeous shots of the city!

Aja said...

So fun!! I'm so excited for you!!

Suzie said...

Joi, Joi, you are too cute! I love NY! I cannot believe you did so much in so little time. Can't wait!

Sarah said...

what a wonderful trip so far. NYC, is such a great city with it's energy and sites. i love it!
can't wait to see the rest of your journey.

Michael said...

Fantastic NYC recap...Jay and I were NYC virgins until this past June. What a fantastic place! Although I didn't get to see Nate, I did make it to 3 tapings of Regis and Kelly, a taping of David Letterman, and saw Promises, Promises. It definitely rates as one of my most exciting trips ever!

Can't wait to see you on Nate!!!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

I was so excited when I saw part 2 appear on my reader today! Looks like you guys had an amazing time and made the most of every minute you spent there!

Moni @ CL Journal said...

I've been a reader of your blog a very long time, I have to say, your NYC trip sounds exciting to me, and I'm a born New Yorker who still lives here! lol!

Glad you had a wonderful time!

(shout out to you for representing the #1 train line, as you can see from the shirt in my photo!) Represent!

Sharstin said...

ok so awesome!! i am so excited to see you on the show! my DVR is set:) NYC is so amazing! i love everything about it~ looks like you guys had a blast around the city:) can't wait for part 3!!

Joi said...

@Everyone! Thanks so much for always having such nice things to say. It makes my day. : )

emily said...

It sounds like you guys didn't waste a minute and had a wonderful time!

Lindsay @ Aisle to Aloha said...

Wow, what an adventure! So proud of you and excited for you, girl! You sure are having a helluva year! :)

Also, I can't believe you didnt know I speak Spanish! Ha! I majored in it in college, studied in Sevilla and lived in Mexico. And I was a preschool Spanish teacher before we moved here (which I mean, is basically colors and songs but SO fun!)

So, yes, get your little self on out here and we can be the only Spanish speakers on the island! :)

Mrs. Chic said...

I'm so loving all your pics amazing!! And to go with your husband even better! I went to NYC a few years back w/gf would love to experience the city that never sleeps with my husband the next time around!

Anonymous said...

I am SOOOOO JEALOUS!!! I have to visit NYC one day! It looks like my sort of place!!!
Melissa

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I cannot wait to see the show. It looks like such an amazing time you had. I love that you had a driver. You are famous!

seedanado said...

Great photos!

Elizabeth said...

Hello:

I am Kathy Wall's sister.

Looks like you had a great time in New York.

Great Blog.

Kelly said...

Woo Hoo! I am so excited, I just put 'Joi's TV Debut' in my Blackberry calendar for Nov 4th. Can't wait for more details!

Suzie @ cupcake monkey said...

How exciting!!! Your photos are fantastic!! Can't wait to watch the show and hear your recap!!

L i z a said...

Oh my!! So exciting!
I'm so happy for you and this amazing experience. I'll be watching Nov 4th!

Miranda @ Haute Headquarters said...

I've been reading your blog for a while now and then last week saw you on Nate and realized you've been out of my rotation for some reason. I live in Manhattan and your pictures are a part of my everyday but it is so refreshing to hear about everything from someone who has never been here before. I got a little verklempt reading because it reminded me of what I felt like when I first landed in NYC. It's easy to forget how amazing this city is especially when you have to fight your way through it every day. Thank you so much for reminding me. This was a great post!

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