New York City has always had a special place in our hearts. While we’re long distance last year it served as the halfway point between us where we meet for sporadic weekends in the city. We knew we wanted to try to pop into the city while we were we visiting home, however, the recent Paris attacks shook us up. Over Thinking and pondering about going to New York bounced between our minds for the past week. Until we decided that we can not live our lives in fear and with bad intentions towards the world. It is important to make the most out of life and to enjoy every moment. So, we headed to city via train early this morning. Walking up the advertisement littered steps the beauty of New York City was revealed and reminded us why we love this city so much. Starting on 33rd street we walked all the way down to 10th while our view changed from the hustle and bustle of Midtown- Manhattan to the tree decorated character of Downtown Manhattan. Every city trip begins without a plan or a destination. It is completed with an open mind and endless exploring. Our first stop was in Greenwich Village, we gazed at the colorful and brick buildings that were full of character and details. We walked through the village until it brought us to Washington Square Park. The park invited visitors with a handmade sign that gave a tribute to Paris, notes and candles. It is so comforting to know that amidst all the violence, many people from cities around the world are able to come together. We gazed at the massively elaborate monument until our bodies could no longer handle the cold. We stopped at a cute coffee shop called Caffé Bene where s’mores hot chocolate saved our lives. As we exited the café we were surprised by the Union Square Holiday Market. A whimsical Christmas market decorated with lights, trees, holly, and every present you could imagine! It got us right into the Christmas spirit (even though Thanksgiving has not happened yet). After working up an appetite we stopped into a pizza bar called Vapiano. An innovative Italian restaurant that grows the ingredients they cook with in-store. Exhausted and most importantly freezing, we decided to head home before it got darker and even colder. It was so amazing to reconnect with New York City. We missed roaming the streets and having fun at every corner. Until next time!