Saturday, August 24, 2013

Nicholas Cage Was Here in NEW YORK!

My children are nerds who have seen too many movies. When we went to Washington DC last year (and will return late next week), the kids had to watch "Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian". After both the National Mall and Independence Hall in Philadelphia they rewatched "National Treasure". While there, they kept pointing out the places from the movie. New York City provided the best "Nicholas Cage was here" moments yet. A few other notable movies were mentioned, especially ones that involve web slingers in masks and smashing Hulks, (Mary asked if there really was a Stark Tower...) and then there were the "Don't Blink" comments when an angel statue showed up. Even so, Nicholas Cage spottings seemed to be the favorites.

 Trinity Church. Was there really a treasure below?
 Here at that wall!
 Sorcerer's Apprentice anyone? 
 Yep, here too.
I do have to start to wonder if I'm not ruining them by indulging all of these cool movies. At least National Treasure shows some characters who are passionate about the history. Not so much for the comments our Lady Liberty provided. "Don't Blink!" Oh, and then there was this comment, "Hey, one of these buildings around here Amy and Rory jumped to their deaths... again!"

If you don't know the show they referenced there, I'm not going to tell you.

Ok, enough silliness. Here's the rest of the details of a very busy, very exciting day.

Start spreading the news,
I'm leaving today,
I want to be a part of it...

New York, New York!!!

I noticed something about myself I never realized until we headed east. I'm an architectural fanatic! Not that I've taken the time to learn actual names and details of the architectural designs. I'm too busy just sitting in awe over the lovely structures. 

New York was the best eye candy yet for architectural ogling! We splurged on some tour bus tickets for a downtown tour so we were treated to a ride on top a double decker bus, high over the other cars, with a knowledgeable tour guide who pointed out the buildings, when they were built, and occasionally the era and design. I loved every minute - even if I don't remember a thing about the details. There was just too much. So very much history in that city! 
It's amazing when the things you have seen in pictures comes to life before your eyes! 
I have no idea what the design is, but isn't it pretty?


My kids have a thing for really old cemeteries. 

Old ships were pretty cool too. Mary was sleeping on the tour bus about this point, so I think she missed it, but the rest of us enjoyed a lovely sight!

Sadly, we took the Lincoln Tunnel so we didn't get to drive across this.

If these buildings could talk, I bet they'd have a lot of stories, huh?

Someday I'll take notes when I'm giving details on the different buildings. This was absolutely beautiful!

The twins went "shopping" at Macy's. Or just wishing they could shop. No time, and no Macy budget. 

Poor little orphan, alone in NYC? Nope. Cute girl who just left the Build-A-Bear and was waiting for her sisters to get out of Barnes and Noble.

Window Shopping

Night time in Times Square!

I could add so many more. What a neat day! So blessed to have the opportunity to travel to such stunning places, even if it's only for a day.

You do realize, however, that all of this movie landmark spotting will not be able to halt until they can finally say, "Frodo was here", right? I'm pretty sure that's where it's all heading eventually.


  1. What a wonderful time that must have been? I'd love to see NY like that. And I've always wanted to see New they like bluegrass down there???
    Tina @ Life is Good

  2. NYC is on our agenda soon! Can't wait!

    BTW, we are in the bluegrass state until tomorrow. It made me think of you. :-)

    Karen @ coach-and-six

  3. We met you at the thousand trails in Wilmington, OH. Though brief, we so enjoyed getting to know you and the kids often ask when they will get to see Sean and Mary again. . We came across you on FOTR and we've enjoyed reading your blog! We were hoping to see you perform over Labor Day weekend but didn't make it that far east. We are actually back at Wilmington now and then heading south through KY/TN. Hoping our paths cross again. We will look up your schedule and let you know if we will be nearby anytime. We are praying for you as you journey and minister. Deb. (