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3 Days, 2 Nights New York City

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At the Metro North train station in Stamford. That’s Shannon and Andrea in the background.

I had some visitors this summer, three of them as a matter of fact. I had the honor of hosting not one, but three siblings. My brother Omar; and sisters Andrea and Shannon were all here and we had a blast!

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Andrea, Omar and Shannon in front of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City!

Their presence here was actually a blessing in disguise because my sisters came the day right after I had the meltdowns of all meltdowns. If they weren’t here I probably would have stayed in that dark place a lot longer than the 24-hours that I was in it. But when they came, I brushed myself off and focused my energy on them. We did a little local shopping, made a lot of food, laughed for insane reasons and engaged in the utmost interesting, round table discussions that you can imagine.  It took me a week to open up to them about the complexities that had sent me reeling off my path. They listened without judgment, offered advice and support when it was appropriate and was very understanding.

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Our room was on the 20th floor of the Courtyard by Marriott New York Midtown East. The view was AMAZING!

Since we were all here together, I treated them to a 3 days, 2 nights stay in my favorite city in the whole world New York City. We stayed at the very lovely, clean and impressive Courtyard by Marriot New York Manhattan/Midtown East located at 866 Third Avenue NY, NY. I secured a really great rate for the room from Hotels.com.  The room had two double-beds (apparently a rarity in NYC), was spacious and had a large bathroom. Yes, all four of us stayed in the same room.

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My reaction when I realized what a great deal I got on the hotel.

The dad paid for one of those hop on hop off tour things and except for the three cranky African guys at Central Park {more on that later} the experience was amazing! I mean we saw what felt like everything in New York City; even areas of the City I’ve only heard about and other areas that I didn’t even know existed.

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I thought this thing was only in Philly. However, this one is right on 6th Avenue.

I was surprised at how well we all got a long. My sister Andrea and I are the only two that actually somewhat, grew up together. Shannon and Omar are 20 years younger than us and this was the first time that we had ever spent any time together as a family. As you’ve probably guessed, the one thing we all have in common is our dad, but we are not and have never been the kind to put emphasis or negate what is fact and that is that we are brothers and sisters.

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We ate a lot of street food. This one was actually REALLY GOOD!!!
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Omar and I at Rockefeller Center in New York City
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As you can see, we spent a lot of time at Rockefeller Center. It just offers so much (great eats, people watching, NBC store, Lego Store, the garden in the middle of the concrete jungle)…
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The Andrea paused to pose next to the NBC logo filled with M&M’s inside the NBC Experience store.
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We bumped into a street festival on 6th Avenue during our quest to find the Hop On Hop Off tour stop.

XoXo, Natasha

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6 comments

  1. How pretty you are … all your sibs, too! Looking so chic in the process … your’s is the second felt hat with a summery-transitional look that just knocked me out! Excellent idea.

  2. There is nothing like spending time with family!
    Looks like a great time Natasha! Can’t wait to see what else you all did!
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    • Yes, it was really great. I have another trip coming up, not with family this time, but that one should be riot as well. (-; I will publish the second part to this post sometime this week.