New York City: Some Brooklyn, some Manhattan

I found this pictures that warmed my heart as I scrolled through them. Adventures with my family wherever that is, is always endearing to me. On that particular day of December, we wanted to check out a part of New York city that I have never been to,  but that I have heard lots of good things about: Brooklyn! 

I mean I know Madewell makes cool t-shirts and sweaters with the name Brooklyn on it, lots of really creative businesses come out of there, as well as having a home run record for artists and musicians that live there. Mark Walter mentioned that I would love the food there and he knows me so well, he was spot on.

We woke up relatively early for a vacation, grabbed some good coffee and pastries for breakfast and headed to Park Slope, Brooklyn. Such a beautiful neighborhood indeed. The vibe of Brooklyn was a beautiful marriage of urban living and nature. Was it the gorgeous brownstone houses? Was it the parks? Who knows. All I know is that, I left with a sense that Brooklyn is a great place to live; as many other places in New York city really. 

the market at union square

the market at union square

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Oh, hello Prospect Park!

Oh, hello Prospect Park!

I find it very thrilling to experience new places with my family. Back in my single lady years, exploring the new was always fun but now I can say is way more fun!

Kids have a way to bring freshness to everything, and yes yes there are the occasional tantrums too; but oh well tell me something new!

My kids are getting to a fun age were they are pretty independent; I specially love watching them take initiative. It makes a mama happy.

Morning faces^.^

They love to figure out maps, that they didn't get from me;-)

We walked around Prospect Park, which was designed by the same guys that built Central Park, pretty cool! There were lots of people outside, it had the same city feeling but much more calm. 

I read some nice reviews about the Barnes and Noble on 7th avenue. I gotta say that, in general, book stores in New York City are pretty awesome. We were there a good hour, it was a bit chilly outside. 

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Brownstones are so cool! My brain kept spinning with all the possible stories that must have come from the people that have lived in them; so much history for sure!

We headed to a nice tapas restaurant on 5th avenue called Juventino. You know with Mark Walter we visit a tapas restaurant pretty often.

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I had to take a picture of the most amazing meatballs my mouth has ever had the privilege of tatsing. Wow! it had like 5 different types of meat, I can't remember what all they were but so so good. The decor of the restaurant was very artistic, which I appretiated.

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So as in any good restaurant, they always offer crayons and paper or something to keep the kids occupied while waiting for their food. Well, Mark Jacinto drew this awesome cartoon-like story of what Dominika did to him that morning. Oh, men! Is so hard not to laugh with these kids!! They are so funny and silly to me. I find it quite a challenge to juggle enjoying them(which i do very much) and disciplining them. There is definitely a fine line there. I'm the parent first!

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After our knockout meal, we went to a very creative store called the Superhero store. They had a kid's cape section a book section and more. 

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I bought and awesome book there about writing and composition with some very out of the box ideas! Afterwards, we decided to head to the hotel since it was getting quite dark.

Next day, we had brunch at Boquería in Midtown Manhattan. Ok, I didn't think i would like it but was so wrong. Top 5 best brunch of the year; I keep record of these stuff you know;-)

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We went to Rockefeller Square; everything feels so grand in Manhattan. I loved going back to a place that had a romantic connotation for me, since Mark Walter surprised me with a romantic getaway weekend trip almost a decade ago. It has been over a decade of marriage already, can't believe how fast time goes!! I love my baby!

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Finally, we made it! December in Manhattan was quite crowded but we managed to have fun and earn our little spot for a quick family selfie.

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Such a beautiful place, so much history behind it! I have a surprise for you on my next post...

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