Ah, the extra long weekend was so nice, wasn’t it!? I hope you had as a relaxing July 4th as we did. It was a surprisingly delightful change to not have any plans for the weekend. No agenda whatsoever, we just took the three days off as they came and simply went with the flow. While the majority of New Yorkers escape the city during July 4th, it’s one of our favorite weekends to stay put. Simply for that reason alone, it feels as if no one is here! None of that busy sidewalk shuffle. No honking taxis [well, not as many!] Hardly any lines. Yep, it certainly is a welcomed change of pace.
Below are just a few snapshots from the weekend. Enjoy!
The weekend started with brunch at Dimes, such an eclectic place in Chinatown.
We discovered quite a few new antique shops. This one below was just darling.
For months, I have been bugging Derek to go grab lunch at Animals, a tiny sandwich shop in the East Village. The only problem is the place closes at 5pm, and only open on weekdays, so it hasn’t fit in our working schedules. However, since we both got off early on Thursday, we knew now was finally the time!
I absolutely loved the rustic decor and low-key atmosphere.
Ah, and don’t even get me started on the food. So fresh. So delicious. And any place that serves animal crackers as a side, well they’re a winner in my book!
Friday morning we woke up early and headed to Central Park. Just as we expected, it seemed as if we had the entire park to ourselves. It was practically empty. Well, as empty as Central Park can be.
Hard to believe, but it’s been about two years since we climbed the steps of Belvedere Castle!
My mind instantly started dancing around our daydreams of backpacking in Europe.
One day, one day.
See, hardly a body in sight!
Besides the beautiful greenery, I think I’d have to say my favorite thing about gliding around in Central Park is all the culture you’re able to absorb. Every turn you take, there is usually always some kind of musician, dancer, or artist. And I LOVE it. I can’t think of any where else in this world where it’s like this.
With all the July produce in season, we couldn’t help but make a pitstop at the Union Square Green Market.
If you read my blog regularly, than you know just how much I love this market!
I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise when I say Derek and I are definitely picnic lovers, no doubt about it.
So we thought it’d be tons of fun to truly bring dinner to the park. Real dishes, silverware, glasses, everything! Yeah, we might have gone a little overboard but as we expected, it turned out to be quite a good time.
Later that night, we sporadicly decided to catch the late showing of Inside Out at the theater just a couple blocks from our apartment.
Have you heard of this new Disney movie? Here is the trailer. It was so, so precious!
Of course there was homemade brunch. LOTS. Avocado toast with a poached egg.
Sometimes I wish I could eat avocado for every. single. meal. It’s that good. And I’m that obsessed.
We headed to Dumbo around dusk to fight the crowds and take in the Macy’s Fireworks show, because you know, when in New York…
The fireworks were stunning as they lit up the clear sky. It definitely was a moment of reflection and realization of how lucky we are to call America home.
Overall, this weekend made me wish every weekend was three days long. Happy Bithday, America! You’re looking good.