Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I am so excited. I have not only reserved, but, have paid for my trip this coming August! So it's become a reality rather then just a dream.

I'm going to fly to New York and spend five days in the big city! I can hardly wait.

I'm going to stay at the New York Marriott Marquis. It's right on Broadway. My room will over look Time Square.

I have been wanting to go back to New York for years. I have my whole trip planned out already.

I'm going to go on a few tours, go to see Ground Zero, go to Coney Island, Ellis Island, go to a play and of course enjoy some wonderful New York pizza and cheesecake! Yum.

I was a little scared about going there alone. I didn't want to get lost.

Then I found out, there is a group of volunteers that will meet up with you and spend a few hours showing you around. They show you how to use the subways, take you to places you really want to see, give you tips and hints on little places that are less known to the tourists. They spend around 4 hours with you and best of all it's FREE!

Plus I'm hoping I get to meet up with Pat from Mille Fiori Favoriti while I'm there.

My last day in New York I will board Holland America's Eurodam and cruise to the New England states and into Canada.

My first stop will be in Boston and Donna from An Enchanted Cottage is going to meet me and spend the day.

This will be my first cruise with a balcony. My room will look like this picture.

I can hardly wait. New York, a cruise and meeting up with two fellow bloggers. What a wonderful vacation this will be.



Good for you and I bet you will have a wonderful time:) !!!

Take lots of photos to share with us.

Cottage Way of Life said...

Congratulations! That sounds like a truly wonderful vacation! I love New York madly. You won't have any problem getting around on the subway at all, it's easy once you figure out the system. It's so cool that there are people that will show other people around the city, I didn't know that existed. Hey ... you can visit Bake and Magnolia Bakery and do the NY version of the cupcake review!!! :)

Cottage Way of Life said...

Actually, I meant Baked, not Bake. :)

Glenda said...

Well go for it, if not now then when ?

I looks like your up for a wonderful time.


Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

How fun Joanne! You will have such a fun time. I can't wait to hear all about it!

Have a wonderful day!


Unknown said...

You are going to have so much fun! I've never been to New York and I've always wanted to see the sights there. My favorite thing to do is travel!
Hugs, Susan

SandyQuilts said...

WOW looks like fun ... take lots of photos. AND I hope no planes (air force one) fly over while you're visiting.

Herbgirl said...

What a wonderful dream and adventure for you! I, too, love NYC and hope to make it back soon! Enjoy and be safe!
Blessings, Mandy

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Joanne; How exciting for you. Your trip sounds like so much fun. I don't think I could be as brave as you.... I hope you take lots and lots of pictures.... The state room on the ship is just beautiful..


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You are going to have a fantastic time..and the time is going to fly by and it will suddenly be time to go. You are one busy little chickie and I already wonder how you get so much done!! Amazing.
Anticipation is one of the best parts! :)

Donna said...

Oh my gosh, you are going to have a blast in NY, and I am so looking forward to your stay in Boston (even if it will be a whirlwind visit!)... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

What an amazing trip! I would love to go back to New York. Last time I was there, I was a poor college student and din't get to see everything I wanted to.

Are you going to see a show when you are there? Broadway? Letterman? How exciting!

Lindsay-ann said...

Sounds wonderful Joanne. It's good to know about the volunteers that will show you around New York for free. If we ever go we would definately need them. Your room on the cruise ship looks beautiful. I can't wait for August to hear all about it and see your pictures.

Barb said...

Hi Joanne,

I am so excited for you. New York city is way toooo much fun. I know you will have a marvelous time. Fingers crossed that you get to meet Pat.

Years ago we took a cruise out of NY and it was memorable. I hope the weather is just perfect!


Anonymous said...

You are one lucky girl, that the trip I've always wanted to take ! Oh, someday I'll make it(I hope) please take lots of photos. Have a happy safe journey- Dina
p.s I hope your seeing something on broadway.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It sounds like a wonderful trip Joanne! I've heard of the Big Apple Greeters --it's nice that you've made arrangements with them! There Is not much to see in Coney Island anymore as most of the rides are gone, but the Cyclone and Wonder Wheel are still there..and Nathans Hot Dogs. Are you going to try to take "The Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour"? It's a full day of two great pizzerias and lots of Brooklyn sights, including Coney Island. I'd love to meet you and maybe go to The Statue of Liberty with you one day of your visit. I never tire of visiting it and Ellis Island. I could walk you over to Ground Zero when we get off the boat at Battery Park...it's not too far.

Unknown said...

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