Eiffel Tower Reunites in New York City

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New York City, New York

Perhaps one of the best things about traveling now is that I can share it with my family. Just recently my mother visited me in Maui and in the first year of travel my family visited me in Ecuador.


It was an eventful time, my sister Ryan was robbed in Quito on the first day, we ventured into the jungle and bullied my mother into going ziplining. But most importantly we started a long running joke.


Eiffel Tower!


If you watch the IT Crowd you know it’s a high five, and we did it all over Ecuador after we accomplished scary things.

My mother turned 60 this year and we wanted to do something special. She has always wanted to see a play on broadway and that seemed like a pretty easy bucket list item to check off.

I reminded them that in New York everyone spoke English and so I could no longer be their personal tour guide. They then reminded me that I had been all over the world but they lived in a small town (well my sister has since moved to a bustling city of 250,000).



time square

Traveling on my own is fine. I don’t plan in advance, I just show up and take things as they come. But with family I really really really (did I mention really?) want them to have a good time. I researched everything from what we should do to where to stay in New York City.


staten island ferry

girls drinking

radio city music hall


Turns out I stressed for nothing. First day in and we are having a great time – and this time no one was robbed on the first day.

We have lots planned to see and do, New York City street art is high on my list along with so many things to eat.

We may not have enough time…



Note: All these photos are from my awesome sister who is becoming a better photographer than me – not that it’s a competition or anything, right?




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  1. Sounds like a fantastic time! 🙂 I love when traveling with family is fun. 🙂 Your sis is a great photographer!!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I know I am so mad that she`s becoming better than me when I gave her my old camera!

  2. Joy At Cheap Car Hire says:

    Hey this was a sweet mother-daughter vacation captured in amazing pictures. Loved it! Family time is the best time!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      We now have a really fun time traveling as adults.

  3. It looks like you’re having a great time! New York is a bit easier to manage than Quito in my experience 😉

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Well now that is an understatement!

  4. Stephanie - The Travel Chica says:

    Not getting robbed on the first day is certainly an improvement. I speak from experience 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      haha yes you do!

  5. Aw I love reunions… this one looked like good times!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      We had a lot of fun, now we`re onto choosing the next vacation!

  6. Not getting robbed sounds like a pretty good goal. Glad it was achieved!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      When my family came to Ecuador it was not getting robbed at all, and then it happened on the first day. I think we`re becoming better travelers.

  7. Looks like a lot of fun! It IS a different thing when family travels with you. Glad it all worked out so well.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I always feel like I have to make sure they have a good time because I know they travel less. It gets better each time we travel or maybe I have just learned to loosen up.

  8. How did mom do on the zipline? I have done a short one, and would love to try one over a jungle.
    I’m glad you all had fun in NY city.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      She loved the zipline, I`m not sure if she would do it again but it was a fun thing to do on her birthday.

  9. Leah Travels says:

    I love that you’re sharing NYC with your family. And what show are y’all going to see? I love Broadway!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Not sure yet, we`re going to try our hand at TKTS, fingers crossed!

  10. I love that your family is a special part of your travel adventures. It is awesome that they join you and you have a fun family experience. Minus being robbed in Quito! The NY trip looks fun!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      It is really nice to share something so special with them. Not getting robbed is always a bonus.

  11. Could you guys be any cuter? I would LOVE to enjoy NYC with my mom again.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      We have a good time when we travel, my mother hates having her photo taken so we do it about 100 times a day.

  12. Looks like a fun girls’ getaway in NYC:):) I love travel time with my mom and sister, and yes I’m always responsible for the trip details as well!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      This time they have been a bit better, we all picked one thing we wanted to do. But yes I still planned everything.

  13. Keep the family safe! Ha, looks like good times in NYC….I need to be a tourist there one day, have been many times but never for ‘fun’!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Prior to this trip I was always there for work as well, never as much fun.

  14. Sarah Somewhere says:

    You guys are so cute! I am all too familiar with the “really really want everyone to have a good time and feel I’m responsible for that good time” phenomena! Glad you could let go and enjoy the ride 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      It`s like being the parent in the family, although I suppose I owe my mother a bit of that after putting up with us for so many years.

  15. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) says:

    Get your ass to McSorley’s, you’ll love it! And also to Glaser’s on 1st and 87th (our old hood) tell them we sent you.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Next time, I promise!

  16. Meg | One Love Meg says:

    I may have to steal this idea for when my mom turns 60. She took me to New York for my 21st birthday so maybe I can return the favor. It looks like you guys had a blast!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I know some people who celebrate every birthday with some big event, I always just let my birthdays go by quietly but I am now reconsidering.

  17. I’d love to travel with my family but it just doesn’t seem likely at the moment. 😀 Love the Eiffel Tower reference!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      You just never know, maybe a small road trip?

  18. Awesome! You are such a good daughter. Love the mini competition you have going on with your sister.

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