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Hi, I'm Julie ... artist, photographer, potter, etc. I am so happy you are here! I consider this blog my creative journal where I can share my recent work, ideas and dreams, and lots of little details about my life. Please make yourself at home. Whether you are a bride-to-be, a photographer, or just a visitor, I hope you will find inspiration here and even become a friend.

My Life :: New York City

The streets will make you feel brand new. The lights will inspire you.

Its true. New York City is the most exciting place I've ever visited. Nick and I went up for a long weekend. We had so many people to see and places to go. This was the first trip I've taken in two years that was strictly personal. That's right! No weddings, no scheduled portrait sessions, and no one paying my travel expenses! I wasn't sure how I would handle myself on a true vacation. Turns out - it was wonderful!

I have so many pictures to show you ... and I will warn you some of these were taken with my point and shoot camera so don't judge the quality! I was on vacation!

I will begin with Travis and Zak! Travis is one of my best friends from college. I've been wanting to visit him in NYC ever since he moved there. He and Zak have the most awesome (and big!) apartment in Brooklyn. They welcomed Nick and I and were the most gracious hosts I've ever had! They baked bread, made coffee, and gave us their home for the weekend. Love them! Thank you Travis and Zak!


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


Upon arriving (last Thursday) Zak promptly took Nick and I to get a huge slice of pizza. Nothing says "welcome to New York" better than that. Following that ... we met Travis in Union Square for some drinks and appetizers ... then we met with Nick's cousin Ryan in Chelsea. Lots of conversation and yummy food for our first night in the city. Exhausted after all the traveling that day ... we subwayed ourselves back to Brooklyn pretty late and had no trouble sleeping despite the noisy streets!

On Friday we had a nice slow morning. I don't care if this is New York City ... we were in a hurry for no one. We lunched in Little Italy (oh ravioli and calizones) and then milled around at the Natural History Museum.

Now, the big reason I had been itching to get to New York City is because another friend of mine from college was cast in the Broadway revival of HAIR! (They won the Tony for the best musical revival.) The show is actually leaving New York and going to London for six months. When I found out I only had a month left to see it, Nick and I made plans immediately.

Friday night was the night. 8pm. We were on the 2nd row!

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


Let me just say that NOTHING is more thrilling than seeing a wonderful show on Broadway! NOTHING! My heart still swells when I think about it. I had purchased the soundtrack to HAIR months before the show so I knew all the songs by heart. Adding the live action and the storyline and the energy of the crowd and the thrumming of my heart made it an experience I will never forget. It was such a beautiful show!

And the best part was that my friend Alli recognized me during the show - sitting in the second row. She ran up to me after the curtain call and told me to meet her back stage! She took us through the dressing rooms and showed us all the props and costume areas. It was so exciting! Thank you Alli for doing that!!! I also got to have dinner with Alli a couple nights later ... that picture is coming soon.

After the play we met with Travis and Zak, Nick's cousin Ryan and his friend Laura, and Nick's best friend since 1st grade Erik. We had the most yummy desserts and coffees and conversation at The French Roast. It was a very New York night!

Here is me and Nick and his friend Erik. I am so happy I finally got to meet you Erik!

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


On Saturday morning Nick and I took a train to New Haven, Connecticut. We visited Nick's cousin Bonnie and her husband Jalloul and their tiny brand new baby who is 5 weeks old. They took us to a winter festival where we ate apple pie and drank cider. It was a very nice change of pace for a day.

It was also the first day I got out my big girl camera. This is the Connecticut countryside.

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography

Saturday night was complete with dinner in China Town with Ryan, Laura, Nathan, and Erik - including frog porridge, seafood in a pineapple boat, and the best sesame chicken ever.

On Sunday I was happy happy happy because this was the first day we didn't have plans. I told Nick I just wanted to take pictures. I didn't care where or what of. So we went-a-wandering ...

We are so in love.

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


Like the average tourists ... Nick took some pictures of me ...

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


And I took some pictures of him (lots and lots actually!)

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


But I really loved the freedom to just snap snap snap as we walked and walked.

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


(this horse one is one of my favorites ever)

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


My favorite place we went was down to Pier 17. The boats!!!!

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


Even better than the boats was the view of Brooklyn ...

(very romantic!)

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


It was finally time for dinner and we met up with Alli and Travis on 9th Street. I can't remember the name of the place but they had everything. Nick was so happy because they had meatloaf. His favorite! I was happy because the food was good and I loved visiting with Alli and Travis and reminiscing about college days. So fun.

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


Then we had some silly fun in Times Square. Travis took this one (thanks Travis!)

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


Our last night in New York ended with some tea and beer in Greenwich Village with Nick's cousin Ryan.

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


I'll leave you with just a couple of my favorite night photos of the city.

New York City, Julie Roberts Photography


New York City, Julie Roberts Photography

Good night New York! I'll be back again soon. I promise!
 

What do you think? Leave me some feedback!

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Feb 25, 2010Anonymous
The 12th one down is my FAVORITE!!! - The one with twigs in foreground and big, big, building in background :-) And the black and white of you and Nick is fantastic.

-Lori
Feb 25, 2010melissa
omg! what a great set of images! i love your creative eye. i'm not a fan of big cities and have really never had a desire to go to NYC (except to see central park) but your pics have possibly changed my mind. :) looks like a mecca for photo opps. your detail shots were my favorites as usual. absolutely love that happy shot of you on the lightpost though. favorite!
Feb 25, 2010kris
sounds like an amazing trip! glad you took a vacation! =) i love love love the pic of the branches and birds! such an interesting pattern. im moving back up to the east coast in a few weeks, we should meet up in philly sometime! or ill will make my way to the south =).
 

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