Turkish/Georgian Vacation Recap – Part 1

August 5, 2014

A couple of weeks I was vacationing in Istanbul, Turkey and Tbilisi, Georgia.  For those unfamiliar with those two countries, they are located in Europe/Asia and border the Black Sea.

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Image: Google Maps

Due to a combination of work, life and procrastination I did not book my airline ticket until a month prior to my trip (I know bad Jen).  I originally looked at a direct flight from DC to Istanbul (would leave after work on Friday), but in a span of one week the ticket price increased by $400.  There was a more economical fare the next day, but it also included a 10 hour layover at JFK in New York. What to do in NYC? Visit my friend Laurel of course!

Because my arrival to NYC would be super early I decided to purchase a day pass to a New York Sports Club to get a workout in.  I was hoping to get a run in along the riverside, but traveling from JFK to Chelsea took longer than expected.  I took the Airtrain to Jamaica Station, and from Jamaica Station took the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station in NY (about $10). 

Note: You will need to purchase an MTA ticket in addition to a LIRR ticket to exit the Airtrain/enter Jamaica Station.  I was a #touristfail

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Image: New York Sports Club

After a nice 5 miler, I hopped into the shower and headed to Tipsy Parson in Chelsea to meet my friend Laurel. It was such a cute restaurant with an adorable slogan, “Belly Filling Goodness”

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The below picture may look familiar, chedder cornbread with pepper jelly.

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I had the migas – which was scrambled eggs, avocado, chorizo, pico de gallo and tortilla chips.

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Laurel had the farmstand – a gluten free option with poaches eggs, greens and seeded health bread.

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After brunch, we walked over to the High Line, which is a public park built on a historic freight rail line. It is all above street level.  What a great people watching spot.

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Walking along the High Line.

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Gorgeous flowers.

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Former remnants of the freight rail.

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Cool artwork by the craft and food vendors.

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After the High Line I headed back to JFK for my 10-11 hour flight to Istanbul!  Stay tuned tomorrow for my Turkey recap!

How do you spend your long layovers? 

Have you been to New York?

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