New York Photo Diary: Day 1

New York Starbucks
Enjoying an iced coffee in downtown Manhattan.


Writing you from NYC! Despite a TON of travel issues yesterday, we made it late last night and were able to enjoy the Eric Church concert at Madison Square Garden. We ended up walking in as he played his first song. Our flight was delayed 5 hours, so we were extremely nervous we were going to miss the show.

Our first full day in the city was so much fun. We started off by visiting Liberty Island, then Ellis Island. The views from the islands are phenomenal, and it was the perfect weather to be outside to admire them. While I never enjoyed history in high school, I truly enjoy walking through historical places (think Ellis Island, Alcatraz, etc.).

Ryan and I on the way to the airport, before the 5 hour delay!
I couldn’t get over the view from Liberty Island.
And, of course, had to get one with Ryan :)
One of the 9/11 Memorial sites.


After Liberty and Ellis Island, we visited the 9/11 Memorial. This was one of the most breathtaking and humbling experiences of the trip. In a city so loud, it is so quiet by the memorial. It really gives you time to reflect — on the people, the site, the city, and the magnitude of the events that took place September 11, 2001.

After the Memorial, we went to the 9/11 Museum. I’ll admit, it was extremely hard to make it through without getting emotional. I found myself crying multiple times. I encourage you to read this article with the background on this mosaic wall. It was one of my favorite parts of the museum.


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Day one was so much fun and I think I have fallen in love with NY! Tomorrow: Times Square, Central Park, and lots of shopping :) Hope you’re all having a FABULOUS weekend! <3


  • Reply Phyllicia October 18, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Lyss.. Just discovered your blog today. Love your photos and content! Glad that you made it to the concert. Delays can be such nightmares! Looking forward to your next post.. :)

  • Reply Heidi D. October 18, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Have a great trip! NYC is like I other place!

    Heidi D.

  • Reply Chris October 22, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Looks like so much fun! So glad you and Ryan got to share a special trip!

  • Reply Allyson November 6, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Love your site!!! Your style is amazing! Where did you buy the oxblood cardi pictured above? I need it in my life!!!! Keep up the great blogging :)

    • Reply November 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      It is from Forever 21! I don’t see it online, but it may be in stores still :)

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