NYC Day 2

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Sunday, December 4, 2011
Thanksgiving Day. Most thanksgivings we spend the morning cooking at home and watching the Macy's parade on tv. This year we got to be in New York City and see the parade in-person. It was amazing. The weather could not have been better...we are talking 65 and sunny.
We headed out at 5:30 am and found ourselves a nice patch of sidewalk on the upper west side, close to where the parade starts. It was great because we didn't have to wait as long for the parade to "get to us" and we knew there was no chance of getting anywhere close to herald square. We were surrounded with some really nice folks that it was fun getting to know in those hours waiting for the parade to start.
The infamous NYPD balloon. Don't mind the pencil sitting in front...he was having some technical difficulties with his stilts.
These guys were a little scary...
Even the new york garbage men get a shout-out
I think I took about a hundred pictures at the parade...I will spare you all the details. But last but not least...here's the guy were were really all there to see. Santa!
After the parade, we switched hotels to the New York Palace where we spent the rest of our trip. This is the quintessential new york city hotel that we really wanted to stay at, and got really lucky with a really good rate since we booked months ago. Originally we were not going to get to nyc until thanksgiving day because of andrew's work schedule...so when we changed plans to get there on wednesday the rates at the Palace had sky-rocketed and we decided to find a cheaper place to stay that first night.
Our room
Our view = pretty awesome. That is St. Patricks cathedral right in front.

Thanksgiving evening we had dinner at Park Avenue Autumn. It was very festive and yummy...Andrew had the filet...I had to go with the traditional turkey.
Our hotel was of course all decked out for Christmas. This is the courtyard at night.

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