We started down on the southeast end of Manhattan to get doughnuts at Doughnut Plant in the Lower East Side. I had heard the doughnuts were amazing, but it was a couple mile walk in the rain. By the time we got there, we were thinking that these stupid doughnuts better be other-worldly to justify that walk. Well, they delivered! We're not talking Dunkin here. They were obscenely good. Highly recommend.
On the way down, we strolled through the Union Square Market. I really wish we could have hit that later in the day so that I could have actually bought stuff. But I didn't want to carry it around all day! It was so fun. Lots of homemade bread, homegrown fruits & vegetables, jarred food, etc. Luckily there was a DSW nearby because my feet were already soaked and I had to stop for some rain boots!
We then made our way to Chinatown & Little Italy where we ate lunch. Little Italy is my favorite spot in NYC. It's so cozy with blocks and blocks of fantastic restaurants and cheap, knock-off shopping.
We headed over to St. Patrick's Cathedral for 5:30 mass. This was my favorite part of the day! I've been to mass there before, but this time with my family, and getting to spend some quality time there without being rushed, was amazing! We took some time to walk around and take photos after mass. There's so much to see...someday I want to go on a guided tour just to know what all of the intricacies mean.
|St. Patrick's altar|
|St. Paddy himself!|
|St. Michael - it was only after I took the photo that|
I learned I was in a "no photo" section. Oops.
|I was not expecting a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe! |
A wonderful surprise!
|Relic of St. Therese|
|THIS is what I was most excited about! St. Rose of Lima! My 2011 patron saint! |
I said a few prayers to her!
|St. John the Evangelist|
|St. Elizabeth Ann Seton|
|St. Anthony of Padua|
|I swear - the outfits weren't planned.|
It may seem like we didn't do a whole lot, but there was a lot of walking involved! We spent a lot of time in cafes and restaurants just to escape the cold & rain. Of course the next day was warm and sunny. Had it been like that, we would have spent a lot of time in Central Park. *Sigh* Next time...
On the bus ride home we asked Jack what his favorite part of the day was. He easily answered, "The Lego Store." Then we asked what his least favorite part was. After a little thinking, he answer, "Church." Uh oh. Apparently we have some work to do.