Black Friday

Trip Start Nov 07, 2012
Trip End Jan 10, 2013

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Element Hotel

Flag of United States  , New York
Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving, is also the day that many stores offer special sales. For us, it started early - at 12:10 A.M. we were walking the streets of downtown Manhattan. We had the interesting experience of being able to stand in the middle of 7th Avenue  and 42nd street to take pictures as the road was still closed due to the Macey's Parade. We headed over to Macey’s and started shopping. We had a list of things we wanted, we had researched the 'mega-specials’ that were on sale that day and we had a plan of attack. Simply put, it was start on the 8th floor and do laps, gradually moving down, buying the things on our list until we ran out of money, ran out of energy, or crossed everything off the list. Fortunately the first thing we found was a new suitcase, so we loaded all our extra stuff in there – jackets, scarves, backpack etc. and continued shopping. Gradually the hour got later and later, we became more and more exhausted and the crowds got thicker and thicker the closer to the ground floor we got. Loaded up with purchases, we left Macey’s at about 4:30 A.M., Now sensible people would have gone back to the room at this stage, but not us. We still needed some thermal clothing for our visit to Yellowstone, so it was a walk back to Times Square to purchase some thermals (and other specials). By the time we had finished we had bought almost everything on the list, hadn’t quite run out of money, but were certainly ready for bed.  We finally stumbled into bed at 6:30 A.M., not surfacing until early afternoon. We decided to go back down to the Village and buy some things to take back to the room for tea. On the way, we had a small lunch in a wine pub in SOHO and visited the Apple store, the Oakley store and a neat little toy shop that sold some really inventive toys. We picked up a variety of foods in the Village – cheese, wine, olives, bread, smoked salmon etc. Arriving back at the Hotel Element, we had tea and then did some laundry. We packed everything up, completely filling our brand new suitcase, finally getting to bed at around midnight.
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