On a recent visit to New York City…

At the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge
At the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge

It had a been a long time since we last set foot in New York, and as soon as we landed I wondered why it had taken so long to go back; we are talking more than ten years here, and New York is one of my favorite cities, we lived in Brooklyn for over twenty years.

It was waiting for us!
It was waiting for us!

It was a Mother’s day trip arranged by our two daughters Yasmin and Natalie, and it was definitely a “girls thing”. Needless to say, it was a great experience. The four days we spent there were filled with fun adventures uptown, downtown and all around the town and, we walked like I had not walked in a in a very long, long… time. LOL

Tulips in Central Park!
Tulips in Central Park!

The subways were our mode of transportation and we covered lots of miles from Brooklyn to Harlem and places in between. We acted like tourists in a town we previously called home. To be honest, when we lived in New York we hardly skipped a beat either, we frequently visited all the landmarks and museums, restaurants and attended all kinds of cultural events. I truly believe this is because I am a wanderlust soul at heart and now have two daughters that like to travel and discover places just as much as I do, Yippee!

My daughters and I make a great travel team and we each had our assignments; Yasmin was the Yelp expert that got us to all the right places to eat and had them lined up before we even set foot in the city. Natalie was in charge of accommodations and lined up a great Best Western hotel in the heart of Brooklyn (the R train was right outside) which made it easy for us to reach all the must see places that I had lined up for us to visit. Brooklyn Museum was my favorite stop.

Long lines...it must be good. It was!
Long lines…it must be good. It was!

So we ate “off the truck” Halal food near Rockefeller Center (delicious), walked to Central Park, and stopped at John Lennon’s memorial, Strawberry Fields, and then walked some more. One thing about walking in the big cities you don’t feel the pain until…you feel the pain. In my case, that was two days later, but Advil took care of that!

We covered a lot of ground (making up for lost time) FAO Schwarz, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park, Harlem, Brooklyn and surrounding neighborhoods, Times Square, ahhh… the sights of Times Square (I’ll save those for another post, LOL).

Delicious cheesecake!
Delicious cheesecake!

We even made sure to stop at Junior’s in Brooklyn to get some of their famous (nostalgia) cheesecake, it is still good!

Happy Mothers’ Day Ladies!

Mothers: What do we really want to do today? Well, it all depends on the stage of motherhood we are living in.

Stay at home mother of one or more children going through various growing stages: nursing, learning to walk, getting into everything in sight? There is an app for that, you definitely want a day off; let hubby take care of the children. A couple of hours at a day spa including a massage, mani-pedi, facial, and getting the hair done, sounds like a perfect plan.

As a matter of fact this is a perfect plan for any mother of tweens, teenagers, college bound students, kids returning home after school, or who get laid-off from their jobs–you name it. Seriously, this app works wonders under all of the above circumstances. LOL

However,  if you are an empty nest mother, such as myself, the above app will still work and will make you feel good, but only for a little while. What you really want to do on Mothers’ Day is spend some time with your kids, never mind that they are adults with a family of their own and live out-of-town. A visit from the kids (so you can spoil them with dinner) is what I keep hearing from the empty-nest women I talk to.

I am a lucky mother who does not dare complain about not spending enough time with my girls because every chance we get, we are together–we seize the moment. I am a lucky mother whose heart is full of love, pride and joy for our daughters today; having them in my life is the best present of all. But, one can hope–right?

Happy Mothers’ Day, to my daughters Natalie, Yasmin and Nasima, and to all the other mothers out there, go have some fun today!

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