Saturday, Pat and I took the motorcycle over to Long Island City. Long Island City is the westernmost part of the borough of Queens and I love it.
Although LIC (Long Island City) is really close to where we live, we have just never explored the area. We heard about a good thrift store out there, so this gave us the motivation we needed to get out of our normal Manhattan routine.
After eating breakfast at a Mexican Restaurant, kiddy-corner to our apartment, we headed out to the great borough of Queens. We were disappointed, with the supposed "great" thrift store, but our trip was not in vane as I saw a Panera Bread. I LOVE Panera, mainly due to their soup bread bowls. It was so nice to be out of Manhattan and be in a restaurant that actually had space so I didn't have to be nudged up to a total stranger while I ate my meal. I didn't have to worry about eating really fast because other people needed a place to sit. Pat and spent a few hours there, just relaxing, talking, and eating. Pat kept on asking if I wanted to leave and I kept saying "Just a little bit longer." I was in heaven.
After Panera, we explored the area on the motorcycle and ended up on a waterfront park. The park is a recent addition and is absolutely stunning. It is by far Pat's and my favorite place in all of NYC. With it's grass, trees, hammocks, plenty of seating, and a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline, Pat and I really enjoyed ourselves.
When we got home it felt like we got back from a relaxing retreat. The only way I can explain how it felt was: it was as if we could breathe.
Can you tell that we need a vacation?