The Plaza and 5th Ave.

As I mentioned in my previous post I traded in 300 thousand points for 4 nights at The Plaza. When you book with Platinum American Express you get the 3rd night free. When Grant and I  travel with our kids we normally stay in apartments or rental homes. It’s so much more fun to get intimate with a new culture or neighborhood this way. And you don’t get dinged for a 15 dollar frosted flakes breakfast.

But because it was just us girls and we were only going to be gone 4 days we splurged on the fancy hotel. And boy is it fancy.

Ava claimed she was addicted to the glamourous king sized bed and down pillows. She could not peel herself from between the sheets before 10am.

A wall to wall mosaic tiled bathroom with soaking tub was fit for royalty.  Scented salts were handy to pour into the hot bath.

We got 80 dollars credit for breakfast each day. Way too much! Who could ever eat 80 dollars worth of food?

Well, us, that’s who.  The first day we ordered room service. The bill was way over 100 dollars for eggs and bacon. When I realized room service charges 20 dollars just for coffee, we dragged our tired butts down stairs to the Plaza court for breakfast.

A successful shopping trip to America Girl on 5th Ave.

At the top of Ava’s list was going to the America girl doll store. She’d saved some Christmas and allowance money and had enough to buy the new doll. We had tons of fun just walking up 5th avenue looking at shops and navigating the crowds. We ate pasta twice in a matter of 12 hours. And then walked into Henri Bendels where I got suckered into buying three creams that will supposedly make me look 10 years younger. These cosmeceuticals by Osmotics are supposed to plump up my sagging skin. I got a filler, and two eye creams.The sales woman kept asking Ava how I looked as she applied the lotions. What was the poor kid supposed to say? I mean, seriously, she still wanted me to take her to FAO  Schwarz! I will use them religiously and let you know what, if anything they do to promote 20 year old looking skin.

Oh yeah. It was sooo nice.

So good!

Flowers everywhere along 5th Avenue

We had dinner with one of my oldest friends who lives in a beautiful apartment overlooking the Hudson River. I could totally live in New York in that apartment! After dinner we raced to the theatre district in time for Mama Mia. I bought the tickets on line several weeks ago. Printing them saved lots of time in a long line will-call line.

We could go to the theatre every night!

Mama Mia was fun after all these years. And somehow I snagged a cab in the chaos that is Times Square. Back to that yummy bed! Tomorrow: Statue of Liberty, the Eloise store at The Plaza, and maybe a visit to Bergdorf and Hermes for Mom.

Ready for bed.


  1. Scott McIntosh says

    You girls sure know how to have fun!

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