Wedding update part 2

A DJ can make or break your party!

Right, a DJ..

There are hundreds of people offering their DJ service.. some are very cheap (too cheap??), some are super expensive (why would you pay 2000€ for 4 hours???). We needed to find good value for money, and we needed to find it quick. I set the goal to find and book one before the end of 2018. We made it, only by 3 days, but we made it! After a lot of discussions with another DJ company, we eventually decided to book The Differences. We liked their style and story. Also their DJ booth looks nice.

Wedding suit

M. found a suit and he doesn’t want to tell me what it looks like! How frustrating!

He went shopping with his mom… Yes, I was surprised as well and the best/weirdest part: they had fun…! I found a suit online that I really liked, so he looked up where he could try it on. One company was an hour drive away but they were shutting down their business and had discounts as high as 60% on everything! So he went there. He did tell me that it is not the suit I liked so now I’m even more curious. M. gets to pick it up on the 16th of February. Exciting!

Wedding day coordinator

Early on in the planning process we decided not to hire a wedding planner as we wanted to do everything ourself. But We also knew that on the day itself, we did’t want to be bothered with anything that didn’t go as planned so we hired a coordinator! Yes! We HIRED one. We didn’t want to give that task to anyone of our families or friends (which is actually very common here) as it is an important job as we really just want everyone to be fully enjoying the day, not running around to fix things. We had meetings with 2 ladies, and we really liked the second one, Nathalie Roskam from The Wedding Dream. So we hired her.

Decorations

We got some nice lanterns for the wedding that actually work on sunlight so we don’t have to take them down when it gets dark, light them, and hang them again. They will start burning when it gets dark automatically! Love that!

We also decided what we want for a type of guestbook. We want to place a large vase next to some small notes, ribbons and pens so people can leave us a small note, or advise, or wish or whatever they like. But it is less formal than a real guestbook which only gets filled half.

Getting dressed

On the day itself, we need to get dressed without seeing each other, so we need two rooms that are nice and open and will look good on pictures. As we are planning on starting a family after our wedding we decided to already give up our guestroom and change it into a very neutral room, suited for the wedding and easy to change into a baby room later. I also got an idea to change our bedroom, as we currently have a walk-in closet which we never use. All of our clothes used to be on to of our guest bed, as we never have guests staying over.. Haha. It was super lazy, but it worked for us. But now that bed is gone (someone is picking it up tomorrow).

So I first rearranged our washing room so it can store all of our clothes and we still don’t need our walk in closet. I made the rack for all of our hanging clothes myself, with materials from Hornbach, a very cheap DIY store near us. It cost me less than €60,-. We also bought a 4 drawer cabinet (from Jysk, again, very cheap but functional, think of Ikea) which is placed next to the washer and dryer. This holds all of our underwear, jeans, cardigans, sweaters and basic T-shirts and tops.

So part one (changing the washing room) is done. Part two (change the guest bedroom) is underway (I’ll share a photo when it is fully done). Part 3 requires some more thinking as it also involves electricity, lighting, drywall and flooring. We might hire someone to do it. It took me over a year, but M. finally agreed with me that it would really improve our bedroom. I plan on removing the wall between our bedroom and the walk in closet. When we do that and turn our bed 180 degrees, we will create a nice open space in front of a massive window that should be a really great space for relaxing and photos. Again, if it is finished I’ll update you with a photo of the end result.

Honeymoon

We could not decide where to go. We looked at renting a sailboat in Croatia, we looked at the Bahamas, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Bali, Marocco, Greece, Lombok, Costa Rica, Cuba, Zanzibar, and a few others. But we finally fell in love with an Island near Madagascar. Mauritius here we come! We are going on a super relaxing, 15 nights, vacation to Mauritius after our wedding. We will be switching hotels every 5 nights to be able to see some more of the island. I can’t wait! We used Tripadvisor to find the best deals on hotels, works like a charm!

Open things for the wedding:

  • A cake that M. actually can eat (cow milk protein intolerance).
  • Flowers
  • A runner for down the aisle (M. wants a white one and I would like to paint it with some blue and green to match our color scheme)
  • We need to take our mothers to the venue in the coming month or so, so they can see it and get an idea of what we are envisioning for the day.
  • Meet with our coordinator to go through all the vendors and the contracts.
  • Finish part 2 of our upstairs shuffle
  • Start and finish part 3 of our upstairs shuffle.
  • And a ton of other things I can’t think of right now, I have a list somewhere….

So this update is a little shorter than the one before but I didn’t want to make that one too long.

My next update will not be about the wedding, I promise!

 

Love, Laura

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year! (Wedding update)

Only 3.5 months left until our wedding!!!

Sorry for the exclamation marks but every time I think about it, it freaks me out. Time is passing so fast, I can’t believe it.

In the past 2 months we have been so busy with the preparations for the wedding, as there is so much stuff to do. I’ll walk you through it. With everything we ordered I try to put the link in.

Wedding photographer
We finally decided on a photographer for the wedding (woohooo!!). This was a massive item on my to-do list and it frustrated me beyond reason. I think, without exaggerating, I have contacted over 30 photographers, asking for pricing and availability. Some did not respond at all, others said our wedding wasn’t within their region (HELLO, this is the Netherlands, you can go from west to east in less than 2 hours and from south to north in 3h. If you live anywhere near the center, everything is in your region!) and most of the others had ridiculous prices (either they are really, really, really good and won a lot of prices or they were just asking too much money for what they had to offer). Please take into account I already made a selection before asking availability and pricing based on the type of photos on their respective websites.
You get it, it was a horrible task. But in the end I managed to find a few that were priced within reason and had a style we both liked.
One was a bit more traditional and would give us the standard wedding photos. He would shoot photos when the moment would be right. He would not be orchestrating a lot of shots.
The other one I found had a great portfolio but that also means he knows how to get a good shot and probably will direct you a bit more to get the best shot possible.

After meeting both, we felt we had to choose between the invisible photographer and OK photos or the visible one with great photos afterwards.
As they both came out around the same price, we decided to go for the 2nd one. We want photos we love!
So our photographer will be Marcel Fischer, from Fischer Fotografie.

Wedding invitations
After having spent an entire birthday party in November avoiding questions about our wedding, dodging the questions about our budget and the date and the location and the dress and who all would be invited and whether they could stay the whole day or only for the party, we decided to send out the invitations a.s.a.p.
We had them nearly finished end of November (we designed them ourselves) and we already had a complete guestlist, so why not just send them out?
In December in the Netherlands we get a discount on stamps (to get more people to send a card to all their family and friends to wish them happy holidays and a wonderful, great, fantastic, superb, nice, healthy, etc. New Year.) so we decided to get our invitations out in December. I know, it is super early, but we also knew we didn’t want to sit around the dinner table on the 25th with all my family with all of their questions and go through such a day again.

We went to a printing company nearby (Prima Print)and spend a wonderful afternoon there. At least, I had a lot of fun. We had our design with us on an USB stick so we could get some proof printing done on different types of paper.
We explained what we were looking for (off-white with texture) and the owner of the store was willing to help us. Het gave us 3 proof prints that were very different. One was super white and glossy (we didn’t like that). One was not glossy with some texture but it was nearly yellow, also didn’t like that. And one was super white but not glossy, and also no texture. Also didn’t like that one. So M. thought he would have to compromise and after spending a full hour(!!!) doubting what to do, he went back to this man, explaining the issue(s). This man saw it coming and he came back with another type of paper. Linen pressing it was. M. still wanted a proof print but I already knew. I asked the owner: WHY didn’t you give him this in the first place?! It would have saved us all an hour!!
And we both laughed.

The next day we sent our files, the different backs and the front and I got to collect the final product within 3 days. He didn’t mention it but I have the feeling we got a major discount. So I had the invitations, I got all of the required envelopes from our local bookstore and I had the stamps. Ready to rock and roll right? Nope!

We still had to round the corners of the cards, so that is 4 corners per card and we had 60 cards. Great… luckily, we bought the right tool, but still, a lot of work. We had to find a way to get the addresses printed on the right spot on the envelopes.
In the end, after a long day of work, we were able to post them before the deadline to get them delivered before Christmas! It turned out during our Christmas dinner with my family, everyone besides one couple had received their invites before Christmas. We are going to hear about them not receiving one until we are grey and old, that is for sure.

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Cutting the corners of our invitations.

Wedding rings
Another important item to arrange are our wedding rings.
We visited 3 jewelers and each time we got a better idea of what we were looking for. By the time we got to the 4th, we knew what we wanted and were just looking to get a good deal. We put a 600€ down payment and because I choose to add 4 sapphires to my ring, which come in multiple categories of blue, I get to go back in February to pick the exact stones I want, which I think is pretty cool!
In the end M. choose to go for a simple yellow golden ring, a classic, timeless, model. It suits his skin tone and overall style. I, on the other hand, looked horrible with a yellow golden ring. My engagement ring is white gold with a diamond, so I wanted something to compliment that. Even though I will not be wearing both rings on the same finger, they will be on the same hand, so they should match. My wedding ring will be small, to make my fingers look long, with 7 stones, alternating sapphires and diamonds. This way, a diamond will be in the center, to match my engagement ring. I am so glad we found the perfect rings. Even though at first, we were going for matching rings. But with our different skin tones, one or the other would just look odd. Our rings come from Le Mariage.

Will you be my witness?
We finally decided on our witnesses!!! Gosh that was a long process.
Here in the Netherlands we get to pick a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 people to be our witnesses.
It is considered a real honor to be selected for this. We don’t usually do the entire bridesmaids & groomsman thing you see in the US a lot. We pick witnesses.
We wanted to have 2 each, but then I had to choose between 2 of my best friends and my brother.
M. has 1 super best friend (the type you don’t see for a year but when you are together it feels like you see eachother every day), which he doesn’t see enough, one good friend, which everyone considers to be his best friend, but I don’t (he doesn’t tell him everything, whilst his other friend he can talk about really everything), and he was thinking about asking his youngest sister (ai.. is that going to cause envy with his other sister?).

So we both had 2 friends and 1 family member.

We decided to select one of each. M. picked his real best friend (whoohooo!) and his youngest sister.
I selected my female best friend and my brother. So we would both have a female and a male. It’s all in the details…

The day before Christmas we got the chance to meet up with M.’s best friend, who came over from the UK to visit his family. We used this opportunity to ask him in person. He was so amazed and surprised. He really didn’t see it coming. Mission accomplished!
On the first day of Christmas (we have 2 days here, the 25th and 26th), we had a large family dinner, with 19 people in total, at my parent’s place. At the end of the evening a managed to pull my brother away for 2 minutes and asked him if he wanted to be my witness. He was like: don’t you need a girl to do that?!
But he was thinking about all the bridesmaids you see on tv. Nope, you don’t need to wear a dress for this task (too bad though, would have been fun as he is about 2m tall, can you imagine???). After clearing that confusion, he was very honored.

In the first week of January I met with my best friend for a high tea and asked her there. She was expecting it, but still stared to blush, so sweet! The week after, M. went out to dinner with his youngest sister and asked the question. She also said yes.

So we are complete! we have our 4 witnesses!

Wedding veil
Something I didn’t order when getting my wedding dress is a veil. During the last fitting I did try 2, but as they were 100€ each, I found it too expensive. But M. has mentioned he really liked the idea of me with a veil so I started the hunt on Marktplaats to find a second hand one. Those should be priced a lot nicer. I found the exact type I tried on in the wedding dress shop, but it turned out to have a massive hole in it. Such delicate soft Tule, I was not going to be able to fix that! Too bad, but I had to let the deal pass.
After having scouted the internet for weeks, I decided to start looking abroad and I found a wonderful wedding veil in the US and including shipping and taxes it cost me only 50€! I was sold! M. loved it as well, so we just ordered it a few days before Christmas and it already arrived on the 24th! It is not soft Tule but that doesn’t matter, I will be wearing it low on the back of my head anyway, so it doesn’t have to follow every curve of my face. I love it, I will link to it here.

This blog getting a bit long so I’ll split it in two and post the next bit soon.

Love, Laura

Celebrating life

It has been a while since my last update, so I got a lot to share with you!

First some exciting news, my temporary contract got replaced with a year contract per the 1st of October, so that means at least another year of job security, YES!

That also meant all of my saved up leave was going to be paid out at the end of my contract, so we decided to take leave instead of having it paid out. So in the last week of September we rented a lovely place in Friesland, a part of the Netherlands with lots and lots of nice lakes. We brought our small dinghies there and had a super nice week of no people around us, no computers, no work, just us and some sailing. I really recommend you staying there! The weekend we got back, we also visited a place that had just opened, like, that day, and as they are also an official wedding venue, we asked for a quote. This is the Lake House Rotterdam.

Despite a reminder after 2 weeks, I still haven’t received a quote (we are talking about a month lead time as I’m writing this).

Only a week after we returned to work, we had a meeting with another wedding venue on Sunday but that morning I felt horrible, my skin was aching, and I had a bit of a temperature. Within 3 hours, my temperature rose to 40.7 degrees C, at which point we called the venue to cancel our appointment. Luckily within 2 hours my temperature came back to normal, but I still felt horrible. It turned out I had a stomach flu. I had to call in sick from work on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday, I felt slightly better, so I returned to work but on Friday I was out again. I was so relieved when it finally finished on Saturday! Having lost multiple kilograms in one week means I now need to gain weight to still fit in my wedding dress! The struggle…

During the week I was so ill, M. had his birthday, he turned 32. We did go out for dinner that night but let’s put it like this: I was glad it only took a 10-minute car ride to get home, I wouldn’t have made it otherwise 😉.

While I was upstairs in the bathroom being super happy to be home again, the doorbell rang… M.’s parents! OH NO! What a timing from their side. They had not let us know they wanted to come and visit that evening. Luckily after only an hour they left again, as this was the first time we saw each other after we announced our engagement in July (which they didn’t like too much, to say the least).

As our birthdays are only 13 days apart we wanted to celebrate them together, to keep it simple for the family and to keep the number of cakes to a minimum. We had decided on the 20th of October, one of the Saturdays between our birthdays. But as his parents already came on his birthday, we saw the friends on the 14th and my grandma also couldn’t make it the 20th, we only had a birthday with my parents, brother and his girlfriend. It was nice though, you at least get the chance to talk to everyone.

For dinner we served a very nice taco with salmon, not our own recipe but I’ll link it here. It is super nice and easy, also great for summer. We only replace the sour cream with mayonaise.

On Sunday we retried to meet with the venue we had to cancel some weeks ago and it was a very nice place. It is called Wet ‘n Wild, because it is next to a small lake with a water skiing system in it. Only 3 hours after we got home we already got the offer for our wedding, that was the fastest so far, by far! (and it also was a good offer).

Yesterday we met with the caterer from our first venue, to see if we could do anything about the price as this is still our preferred location (Wet ‘n Wild is in 2nd place). We managed to decrease the cost by 2000 euros just by choosing some simpler options and the vendor will check some more things like what it will cost to serve our own wine and stuff like that. We are hoping the new offer will come in just under 9000 euros, still a ridiculous amount of money I think but that would mean we decreased the price by 25%. Also, we noticed the vendor was willing to work the prices a bit because we come from the same town (his in-laws are our neighbors). So, fingers crossed!

Something else:

I am never allowed to guess what my gift(s) will be because I usually get it right, M. hates that! This year, I didn’t ask for hints or anything but I still guessed it. He was furious… It was so funny!

Let me tell you a bit about the background of this gift:

We recently (1,5 week ago) cleaned up our garage, which still had an old kitchen in it. We took it out, end capped the water pipes, put some wheels under an old cabinet and screwed an OSB plate onto the cabinet. When we were finished, we had a work bench at our height (we are tall) and lots of storage space underneath. On the side there was room for a vise, which we didn’t have at the time. 3 nights ago, just before we went to bed, I was thinking about this vise, and found a nice one online so I showed Maarten. He was like: No I don’t want that one…

But I didn’t get it because it really was a great deal, it was super cheap and of good quality so I continued: why don’t you want this one? What is wrong with it? You won’t find a better deal soon!

After a long time, he finally whispered: because I already have one….

I waited for a few seconds before I burst out into laughter: IS THAT MY BIRTHDAY PRESENT!?!? A VISE??? HAHAHA

So, I again found out what my present was before my birthday… LOL!

I got to open it this morning as today, the 23rd, is my birthday. I turned 28, which oddly feels very different from 27. Maybe because 27 is closer to 25 than 30…

M. was so kind to already install the vise today, as he was working from home today so I got to admire it this evening. M. seems extremly happy with my birthday gift 🙂

I really enjoyed the past month, despite being so ill. Having our birthdays made me realize once again how fast time is passing and that we should appreciate it more. It is time to spend some more time with my friends. I haven’t seen them in ages.

On Sunday, M. will have his first trail run, of 10km and it is super close to my best friend so we will definitly be visiting her (and I need to bring cake so that will be my main task for Saturday).

Stay positive and celebrate life!

Love, Laura

5 tips for a bride from a bride

Congrats! Your engaged!

Now what? It is probably overwhelming, all the attention, well-meant advises and the whole idea of organizing your own wedding.

Don’t worry, thousands of brides do it every year, (this year I am one of them) and I’ll take you with me on my journey full of lace, satin, flowers, cake and I do. Here are my first 5 tips for you, so you don’t have to make my mistakes.

As mentioned in my previous blog, we got engaged in New York, in June 2018. Our wedding date is May 11th, 2019. We have had many discussions about the date for our wedding. We fixed our date only very recently (like this week) and I wish we stuck with my first tip.

1st tip: Pick a date (provisional is fine) before you tell anyone you’re engaged!

The 2nd question (after: OMG! How did he/she propose!?!?) will be: When is the wedding?

Trust me, having to tell everyone: oh, we don’t have a date yet… can become pretty annoying after the first 20 people. Everyone will understand you don’t have a fixed date, but wouldn’t it feel way better to say: Well, we are planning on the first week of June, so you better block that weekend in your calendar!

About that date you are picking…

2nd tip: Get married on any day of the week except for Fridays.

Lots of vendors will have discounts when you get married during the week, so you can really save on that. But a big one not to forget is the venue. At our venue we found out that getting married on a Friday would (just for the rent of the venue) cost 3 times as much as a Saturday, not kidding, this really happened. Just because the venue also rents out spaces for business meetings and they get so much revenue from that, if you want to rent the entire venue, they’ll to compensate for that. So keep that in mind when shopping for a venue. Everything else is cheaper during the week than during weekends but do you really want everyone to take a day, or two, off from work just to be at your wedding?

Everything you want to plan or organize is depending on your date! Getting quotes from vendors, the style of your wedding (Winter-wonderland theme? Cozy indoors? Summer-BBQ-in-backyard-vibe, beach wedding) and the timing for getting a dress (it can take 5 months to get a dress, better start early!), just to name a few things.

3rd tip: Pick your most important items for the wedding.

I’ve read it so many times, on so many blogs: set a budget and stick to it. These blogs just didn’t mention the endless discussion about which items within that budget are more important for the both of you.

Please do so, have that discussion. Life will be so much easier. We set a budget, a very realistic one. But now my fiancé keeps saying: 1250€ for a photographer? But what if it costs 2500€ and we love the photo style? Same for the location + catering (he had his mind SET on a location, I loved it too so that was easy), we plan on it to be 5000€ but I had to ask him: what if the price comes out to be 10000€? He responded with: I still want to get married there. To avoid this discussion AFTER you set your budget, start with it. Do you want perfect photos, or do you really have your mind set on that specific location on a specific date? You’ll have to make choices and you better make them together as a couple (a bit of practice never hurts right?).

So my tip is to discuss in advance (before setting your budget) really well which items are super important for you both and which are way less important and can even be skipped if your top items come out a bit more pricy.

4th tip: Set your budget and stick to it.

You knew this one was coming. Setting your budget can be very scary, because you need to get a feel for all the costs. But you know, the budget isn’t set in stone (yet). If you think you can get a photographer for 500€ but it turns out the cheapest around starts at 1000€ you will have to change your budget. As long as you can still get the money together in time, no problem.

On the other hand, if you go dress shopping, stick to your budget! Don’t try any dresses over your price range, there are so many, yours will be there with the right price tag.

What I’m trying to say is that for items you really guessed wrong when setting your budget, you can always change that, but to alter your budget just because you were stubborn enough to look out of your price range… just don’t do it! This day will be expensive enough as it is.

Don’t forget to include 10% contingency for unexpected thing (you know they will be there).

5th tip: Try to stick to one venue.

When we met with our caterer earlier this week, he was over the moon to hear we wanted to organize everything (ceremony, reception, dinner & party) all in one location.

But not only your vendors will love you for this.

Think of all the guests that need to move from one place to another, in a town or city they might not be familiar with. They don’t know that a specific road will be blocked due to roadworks and they need to take a detour through the city center and end up lost in the middle of nowhere, arriving late for the next part of your day. You just don’t want that.

Think of all the decoration for 2 or maybe even 3 venues? Budget wise that could be costly and who is going to decorate and clean up? You need to rent all those venues, again: budget. You hire a photographer for a certain number of hours. Do you really want this person to be in a car during that time or would you rather have a few more wonderful photos?

And after all, this is your day. Do you really want to be traveling for half an hour, multiple times, while you could also spend that time chatting with your guests or enjoying some quiet time with your partner?

I hope you enjoyed this blog and keep these tips in mind when going through the same process. More tips will following so subscribe to avoid missing out!

 

Love, Laura

My first blog – New York (& Proposal)

Hi!

Starting a blog is hard! I have so many things I’d like to write about, I’m having a hard time picking one for now.

As I already mentioned in the About me part, I’m engaged!!! M. proposed to me when we went to New York recently so I thought that might be a nice start of my blogging adventure.

So, to start this off: last March we were together for 5 years and he gave me a trip to New York as we both wanted to visit that city at least once in our lives. In June we went to the big apple for a week and we did it all:

On the first day we rented the blue Citibikes (duhh, we’re Dutch, we cycle), rode over 30km, walked 20.000 steps as well and got trapped in a mile long parade of Porto Rican people (how do you say that in English?). We ate our first Hotdog near Central Park and just enjoyed all the things we saw. We walked the Highline (does anyone know what those huge flowers are? Also got our first pictures of Lady Liberty of course.

As it wasn’t the best weather, we had to take cover from the rain once every while so we got to hide in Central Terminal and enjoyed the great architecture. After that, we walked to Times Square and HAD to visit the M&M store.

We got a very nice dinner at a small Thai place on 56th street, New Topaz Thai. After that we (fully jetlegged) got on our bikes back to the hotel where we went into some kind of a coma.

Day 2. We started early so we could get on Top of the Rock before lunch. After enjoying that wonderful view on Central Park and the Empire State building and Manhattan in general, we went to the Library. We had to fight our training as the slow swoop evacuation signal just kept on going and we both are trained to leave when the alarm goes off, really annoying ! They were just testing the system (we asked, to make sure).

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Next we cycled all the way down to Ground Zero. That place really made an impact. Goosebumps all over. 

We walked to Wall st. as M. really wanted to see that. Loved the atmosphere there by the way. Felt very much like towns near the Mediterranean sea. Very odd, but nice!

To be the ultimate tourists, we also had to take the ferry to Staten Island and back, so we did. 

Next we felt we were up for a burger, cause you can’t go to the US and not eat a burger, right? So we went to Bareburger, on the corner of Ann st. & William st.

Again, we were fast asleep that night.

On our third day we were tired of visiting so many things so we decided to have a lazy day in Central Park. With some books, an e-reader, magazines and lots of water we headed into the park. After having laid down for a while we went to explore the park a bit more, going towards the lake. I have to say, it was a really hot day, like really really hot, so it was nice under the trees. M. saw all these small rowing boats on the lake and said: Ow let’s go rent one and get up on the lake.

And I, miss not-romantic herself, said: WHAT!?! NO!!! We’ll burn alive on the water!

When I looked at Maarten I noticed I screwed up a plan of his and that is when I got suspicious, like, why do you need a plan for anything?

So we walked around the lake a bit more, and M. got really touchy and kept hugging me all the time. After a while we got to a really pretty bridge above the lake with a violinist next to it (for real, like it was planned). After staring for a while at all those romantic couples (burning alive) on the lake, M. took my backpack and took something from it. And I was like: OOOOWWW, that is what I just screwed up!

This poor guy had to improvise and find a new spot for his proposal, aaaah so sweet!

So on that bridge, M. asked me to marry him, and I (still very clear in my head and not screaming YES!!!!) said: don’t you think you should ask me that on one knee? And so he did!!! And of course I said yes. Aaah it was so sweet! So you get it, we didn’t take too many photos that day besides this one:

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On THE bridge in Central Park

We had dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant  (Osteria Cotta, Columbus Av. & 84th St.) and called it quits quite early that night 😉

The fourth day we started with a breakfast at the Brooklyn Bagel & coffee Company (recommendation! Best bagels we ever had!) and we went to the Met museum followed by a long bike ride along the Hudson river down to Soho for some sightseeing. As we had some time to spare until our Broadway show we decided to WALK all the way from SOHO to 44th street. I can you: I needed new shoes after this trip. So after dinner at Virgils Real BBQ at Times Square (mega portions, just order a mini portions, don’t get pursuaded to take 5 ribs instead of 3. Two was more than enough for me.) we went to see Escape to Margarita Ville, so much fun, laughed soooo much. I don’t have many pictures of this day because we were kind of tired of our cameras.

Our 5th day involved visiting Coney Island, as it was again a super hot day and we figured the beach would help us cool down a bit. Big mistake! It was super windy, but the wind was hot so you got covered in sand within seconds and melted away due to the heat. So we got some hotdogs at Nathans (. stood in line for 30 minutes! WHY!?!?).

After taking the train back to Manhattan we decided Central Park would be the best option to avoid melting any further, so we spent the rest of the afternoon at a lovely quiet part of the park with lots of shade. Dinner was at Joe’s Shanghai on 56th St. Very nice Chinese restaurant!DSC_0046

Day 6 was our last full day so we decided to go see what we wanted to see again. So we went back to our favorite coffee bar Irving farm coffee roasters,  China town, Little Italy and SOHO. Here we finally did some shopping, and we tried to go for dinner at Chelsea Market but we found it kind of a tourist trap. Very crouded and not very good food (sorry, not the best experience during our trip).

For our final evening, we had booked a sunset sail on an old sailing boat. That, besides the proposal, was the best part of our trip. It was so nice, the weather was perfect, the sunset was gorgeous, the boat was nice and big and a super good remake of the original America boat that won the first America’s cup (sailing competition). Can’t describe it with words, it was just super relaxing and wonderful.

On our last morning we packed up our bags and went to Central Park until it was time to catch the train to JFK and head home…

We loved NYC, but as we don’t usually spend much time in a big city like that, we were pretty worn out by the time we got home. So many things we have seen and experienced.

Maybe one day we’ll be back, any suggestions for us what to see & do?

Love, Laura