DAY 3 - another fast-moving, fun-filled day first waking up to the news that Matt Lauer had been fired by the Today show. We'll always remember where we were when we heard that news!!! We left the hotel around 9:45 and headed to the Big Bus Tour (hop on and hop off). We were on a 3+ hour trip around lower Manhattan (downtown). Very enjoyable riding on the top deck in the sunshine and learning about the various architecture, neighborhoods, buildings, and other history. The weather has been just perfect and today was 64 degrees and each day has those deep blue skies.
Great New York style hot dogs
Big ornaments behind us on our way to the show...
We got off the bus at 1ish, bought hot dogs from a street vendor, scarfed them down and onto the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. This was my 3rd time to see them and each time it gets better and better. This year was exceptional with the magnificent sets and décor on the ceilings, costumes, orchestra, nativity story and on and on.
What a magical, wonderful performance.
Waiting for the Rockettes to perform - we all were given Santa hats compliments of
Now is when it got CRAZY.......we joined all the throngs on the street and headed towards Rockefeller Center first going thru security. There were police everywhere, some with hands on their big guns! People, people so many people and police and other security. We finally got a few blocks and came to a standstill - could not go further cause of barricades and crunched in with all the people. The time is 4:00, the concert is not starting till 7 and the lighting of the tree is 9. We decided there was no way we were going to stand that long with claustrophobia setting in and just a scary feeling about it all.
So......we left and ended up taking the subway (another new experience) to Times Square (lots of people there, too,) but NOTHING like by the tree.
Got our picture taken with several Disney characters
We walked around Times Square, had drinks at the Knickerbocker Hotel which is where the martini was invented!!! Then great dinner at Frankie and Johnnie's (thanks Claire) and ubered back to hotel.
3 very tired gals but oh what fun. Frankie and Johnnie's had the Rockefeller Christmas show on which we could easily watch the entertainment while we ate. We stayed till the grand lighting of the tree and then were out of there! Can't imagine the madhouse of all those people leaving after the tree was lit.