New York City.
We took a three-day whirlwind tour of some of the city's most popular destinations. Controlling two parkour-minded boys, steering one stroller-bound toddler, and hand-holding one chattery little girl was an adventure. But a fun one, and one that was well worth it. Besides, my parents joined us so we had a great adult to child ratio!
Manhattan greeted us as we exited the Holland Tunnel and Grady successfully navigated us to our hotel just off Wall Street. After unloading and getting our bearings, we immediately set off toward the Brooklyn Bridge. First stop, though, was lunch from a street vendor. And, yes, we were absolutely duped on the prices. Hindsight is 20/20.
From Wall Street, we walked to Battery Park to take in views of the Statue of Liberty and relax on benches while people watching. After being on our feet for several hours, resting in the park was what everyone needed. And, when I returned from taking Annalyse to the bathroom, I discovered that Micah had been asked to join a street performance.
That evening we wandered the 9/11 Memorial Park before going up to the One World Observatory. The park is a calm escape in and a sober reminder of what happened. Some people smiling for group pictures. Some people laying flowers on the name of a lost loved one. Some people just quiet and thinking.
One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. While in the midst of the city, it doesn't seem that much taller than other surrounding buildings. But, when you step away and observe it from a distance, it really does tower far above all the others.