WARNING: This post contains photos not suitable for those weakened by sugary desserts, beautiful buildings, architecture, sand and salt water, because it's filled with images of ...
cannolis, mansions & beaches
Our first stop - Carlos Bakery! We are huge Cake Boss and The Next Great Baker fans. Each week we watch, salivate and crave cannolis. So when we decided to visit NYC this summer, we scheduled our first stop to be in Holboken, NJ and were prepared to line up with the dozens of other families in anticipation of the yummy desserts and in the hopes of seeing one of Buddy's family members first hand.
As there were no family members in sight (we were there on a Sunday afternoon), there were cases of freshly baked sweets, photos of the family and lots of tourists waiting for their carefully selected order, to keep us entertained.
This photo doesn't do the desserts we chose justice (thankfully my daughter snapped a pic before we dove in!!) We enjoyed sugary treats for breakfast (only on vacation) and snacks for two days and had enough cookies for my afternoon coffee for days afterwards.
If you ever find yourself in Carlos Bakery, may I suggest the cannolis and lobster tails. Hands down, the best desserts I've enjoyed - ever!!! Oh, and we were lucky, the entire experience took about an hour or so. Normally the wait time is double that at least.
On to the heat wave in NYC. Lucky for us, the sun was shining and the sky was clear. Unlucky for us, the city was experiencing record breaking heat of over 100 degrees. Lucky again for us, we enjoyed the air conditioning of FAO Schwartz, the Apple store, NYC public library and NBC studio tours - the highlights of our shopping and indoor experience in the city.
The weather was on our side once again and we were able to enjoy dinner and wine al fresco at the famous Shake Shack without the usual 2 hour wait.
The double decker bus tour highlighted all the important sights and enabled me to enjoy a few more buildings that I hadn't discovered on my last 3 trips to this vast city.
A quick stop in Soho was a must on our last day where we enjoyed bacon chocolate bars (very yummy) and more beauty like this graffiti wall.
Our last stop in NYC before departing was this rapidly changing sunset off the pier which was a perfect sendoff before we moved on to our last stop, Newport, RI.Saying goodbye to NYC was easy knowing that more beautiful sunsets awaited us in Rhode Island.
If you've ever had the chance to visit Newport, RI, then you are very familiar with this incredibly beautiful bridge and the view that it offers. Just the sight of it, makes me excited to visit the beach, watch the sailboats and enjoy days of lobster rolls and clam strips (yes we love food and eat whatever and where ever we can when we travel)!
R.I. Sunset numero uno...
There was so much beauty to experience that my eyes could not find a place to rest. Each interior space was more grand, and beautiful than the last (we weren't able to snap photos inside unfortunately).
During our last few hours in Newport, an impromptu stop in the hopes of catching a glimpse of our last sunset lead us to a very hidden, but public access to the shoreline through a narrow drive, down a steep hill and onto this treasure.
To see some of my sketches inspired by our vacation on the 30 day sketchbook challenge, click on the link and scroll down.
Until the next time we travel....
comment with a link to your last family vacation! I'd love to see where you've been, what you've experienced and what you recommend!