July 2012 - Summer family vacation in the East Coast, USA

  We enjoyed a wonderful summer vacation, starting in Toronto, driving down past Niagara Falls to NYC, taking a bite of the Big Apple, cruising up to Alan's hometown in Connecticut, and then visiting JMX's family in Boston.

Toronto - JMX let us stay in his bachelor pad, and we were suprised to find Maddie, his new dog!  We loved the food in Toronto, experienced wonderful weather, and toured the CN Tower.

Drive to NYC - We then loaded into a Land Rover and drove to Niagara Falls, first stopping in the super-cute town of Niagara-on-the-Lake where we had a delicious lunch on the patio of a cafe.  Our Niagara view was from the Canada side.  With the rain coming, we just took a few quick pictures.  Then off to NYC, with a key stop at Dunkin Donuts (a common theme for the rest of the trip).  We stayed overnight in a small town to split the drive, and then had a shopping spree at the Woodbury outlets.

NYC - We checked into the Doubletree right on Time Square.  Alan and ML went on a date, sporting his new fashion.  Unfortunately he was too fashionable for Club 21 which didn't allow jeans.  Which was fine since we ate at the Empire steak house across the street.  We happened to come during Restaurant Week so we not only got our steak but a full dozen oysters on the half shell!

We met up with Changyi and Greg with their gorgeous daughter at a quintessential NY cafe.  The beet root Bloody Mary was too "earthy" but everything else was amazing.  With the weather surprisingly temperate, we walked the High Line to our cruise port. 

To be continued...

 







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