I had the opportunity to go to New York City with Diya and Esha this past weekend. We had the BEST time. Here is our itinerary in case you want to plan a trip:
We started off at Alice’s Tea Cup, Chapter II, yummy, but pricey!
We then went straight to the Metropolitan Museum which was incredible! And the exhibits made me feel better about pulling the girls out of school for the day: Diya got to see the Byzantine art that she has been studying and Esha got to learn about how the Ancient Egyptians lived and worked. Here are some of the pics:
We met with Zameer Kassam, jeweler extraordinaire, to pick up a ring my husband had given me. Zameer sat down to talk through what my amazing husband had told him about “our story” and our lives together to allow him to design it especially for me. Zameer reviewed all of his drawings and notes with us. The things that Vivek had said about me made my heart melt. I am indeed the luckiest girl. And Zameer, a true romantic, is incredible! Check him out: http://www.zameerkassam.com
We ended our day at this yummy place called Jams:
We were super tired but had such a lovely first day.
Day 2, we started off at the Rockefeller Center:
We met my friend Moira there and had a delicious pastry-filled breakfast at Bouchon.
We then went to have brunch with Vivek’s cousin, her husband and their beautiful little girl:
The next stop was Dylan’s Candy Bar – which is a total paradise for candy-lovers. And even though it’s a little bit cheesy, it’s a super fun stop. We got a couple of souvenirs from here and the girls each got to pick out a small bag of candy for their afternoon fuel:
We then did a bit of window shopping around Fifth Ave. We saw some really cool window displays:
And we also got to see the Apple Cube. This was especially cool for us since a guest speaker at the girls’ school had designed it:
At the end of these two superbusy days, we went back to our hotel to get some rest and save up energy for the MWP conference.
On Sunday, we went to the MWP conference all day and it was incredibly inspiring!
The keynote speaker was Rokhaya Diallo, a French-Senegalese journalist, writer, award-winning filmmaker and activist, for racial, gender and religious equality. She talked about confronting racism in a way that is inclusive and positive. Her TED talk is here in case you are interested:
We even got a picture!
It was such an incredible trip – mostly because we got to spend some time together. I got to hold their hands, talk to them about life and we got the chance slow down and just “be” together. I was so grateful to have this special time with them.
Here they are on the way home (with a selfie of course!):
We got home very late on sunday night and we were very happy to see these other two – we had missed them tons:
And the girls were very happy to be together again:
Thank you for coming along on our adventure!