21.12.2013 - 02.01.2014 1 °C
This morning we were out early in the cold ready to head to breakfast at FAO Swartz toy store. When we arrived the tour looked different that I expected, no one took us around or talked about breakfast and my queries were looked at with an odd expression. Soon it became apparent that we weren't on the tour and after some investigating it seemed the tour was at 8am and email communications had been overlooked. The tours manager very graciously offered us a candy bar raid and showed us some highlights of the store, we had already had a turn on our own on the giant piano (as seen in the movie BIG) anyway. He also offered us a private tour of our own if we wanted to stay longer, but we had seen what we wanted so decided not to. The store is magnificent, I expected the boys to think a toy store was a bit lame - now that they are growing up- but was surprised at how excited they were by the things they saw.
Some of their favourites were: create your own muppet, a giant gummy bear, giant characters made of Lego - including the Statue of Liberty, giant plush toys - angry birds, a snow leopard, a Pomeranian dog, the candy - giant nerds packets, tobasco chocolate....... And the list goes on.
After the toy store we wandered along 5th avenue admiring the stores including Tiffany and co, Harry Winston Diamonds, Cartier and so on and the stores themselves were so pretty. Tiffany's indoors looked just like it does in the movies!
Because we didn't have our toy store breakfast and were starving we decided to head to the Rockefeller centre and go to the viewing platform at 'Top of the Rock' it was a freezing cold morning - we had walked 5 blocks, so as soon as we spotted the ice rink at Rockefeller and an elevator that went underground to some shops we jumped in.
There were windows all along the underground shops that showed the ice rink it was so pretty, we found a cafe that served a late breakfasting as we were sitting eating our delicious omelettes and Teen1 his giant croissant Teen2 called out it's snowing. Would you believe it, we could see the snow falling on the ice rink while people were skating it was the prettiest sight. We finished our breakfast fast and headed outside to be a part of the snow falling. Our dream of snow in NYC happened.
We had an afternoon of chilling out, shops and local walks after our full morning.
This is at 4.45pm - the sun is almost gone!
Statue of Liberty bright and early in the morning.
Below are some photos for you Dad ...... To see the gardens and evergreens used to decorate the doorways and gardens for the holiday season.