On our last day of the trip to NYC, we got to take a tour of Radio City Music Hall. It was one of my favorite things on the whole trip.
We got to visit with a Rockette.
After the tour, we were turned loose on 5th Avenue for some shopping and lunch.
We had lunch at The Green Cafe. It was a crazy restaurant where you shouted your order to a server behind the counter and then hoped they heard you.
Next we went to F.A.O. Swarz. It was huge, for sure, but not as towering or impressive as I had imagined. I think I've watched too many movies featuring huge toy stores and my expectations were too high.
We will now have a brief intermission while Jon takes pictures of every theatre possible as we walked through the theatre district on our way to Hell's Kitchen for dinner.
Now if you'll all take your seat, the show will resume.
We were walking down the street in Hell's Kitchen, looking for the perfect restaurant for our last NYC meal when who did I see? Scarlett Johansson!!! Yes, that Scarlett Johansson! She was walking down the street with sunglasses on, eating ice cream from a little cup.... just like any other New Yorker. That's one of the really neat things about NYC. The celebrities walk around just like normal people. I realize they are normal people but ... you know what I mean. I didn't stop to ask her for an autograph because it took me a second to be able to even tell Jon who had just walked by us on the street. I also figured she didn't want to be acausted on the street by tourists.
After walking up and down the streets in Hell's Kitchen, we decided to eat dinner at Southern Hospitality. My picture of the outside of the restaurant won't load so I'll have to settle with a picture of the inside.
The meal was great! Definitely one of our top meals while we were there.
Man, now I really want some sweet potato fries....
After dinner we had to head back to Times Square (boooo....) where we'd meet up with the group.
We hadn't been in any stores on Times Square so we decided to go into the M&M store. We walked into a loud, crowded store that is pumped full of artifical chocolate smell. With all that chocolate, I wasn't sure why they used fake chocolate smell. And being a chocolate expert, I can smell a fake from a mile away.
Luckily it was then time to find The Shubert Theatre to go see Memphis.
We rode home on the bus through the night. I had gotten pretty good at scrunching up in the bus seat to sleep.
It was such a fantastic trip. I am definitely a small town girl even though I did have fun in the big city. We're taking another group of high schoolers back to NYC in about 4 years. I think I'll be ready for the big city again by then.