One of the things I love about New York City is how easy it is to get out of town. Over Spring Break, I decided to take a couple quick trips to see friends and family.
First stop: Poughkeepsie, NY
My aunt Judy and uncle Paul recently relocated to Poughkeepsie for Judy's new job at Marist College. I hadn't seen them in a while, so I decided on a whim to pay them a visit. An easy train ride to the last stop on the Metro North and I was far away from busy city life. We had delicious Indian food at a local restaurant and spent Saturday morning walking around town in the sunshine. Here's us on the Walkway Over the (frozen!) Hudson River.
Second stop: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
We drove down to New Jersey on Saturday afternoon to surprise my Grandma and Grandpa for their birthday celebrations (their birthdays are right next to each other, March 6th and 7th). My uncle Dave also dropped by from Pennsylvania to surprise them. We had delicious Afghan food for dinner, followed by a chocolate cake from a local bakery. I took the New Jersey Transit back to the city late that evening.
Third stop: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is just a short two-hour bus ride from the city. I always enjoy visiting Philly- whether it's to hang out with friends, see an opera, visit museums, or walk around the city. This time, I got to do all of those. My good friend Heather from undergrad is now studying at the Curtis Institute of Music, where's she pursuing her master's degree in voice and opera. She starred in the title role of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at the Kimmel Center this past week and I'm so glad I got to come down for her final performance. She was wonderful and it was great to see other friends from Juilliard and Chautauqua in the production, as well.
On Monday, my bus back to the city didn't leave until 3, so I took a long walk in the beautiful weather and ended up at The Barnes Foundation art gallery. There is an incredible collection of Renoir and Cézanne paintings on display, among other treasures. I highly recommend visiting!
After the museum, I strolled along Ben Franklin Parkway to get my last views of the city before heading home. It was a great weekend of travel!