This is a sponsored post. Xperience Days provided the tour I reviewed. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.
Don’t know what to get your husband for your anniversary? Have a sister that is impossible to shop for? Rather than spend money on something that’s going to collect dust, what about giving the gift of an experience?
Being a lover of this type of gift myself, I was extremely excited when Xperience Days contacted me about “experiencing” and then reviewing one of the many gifts they offer. The company offers thousands of gift ideas from hang gliding and skydiving to art classes and food tours across the U.S.
I was given a budget of around $100. Did I want to indulge in a hour massage at a New York day spa? Or a three-hour photography workshop in Central Park? Or maybe take my husband on a whale and dolphin watching cruise in New York Harbor? Decisions, decisions, decisions.
And then I saw it, Sex and the City Hotspots Tour, for two. Sorry Joe, you’re getting dumped for mom.
OK. OK. I can hear what you’re thinking, Sex and the City and… mom?
Surely Kathy has been sniffing too much dishwasher detergent.
But my mother and I saw and loved both movies based on the cable TV series. We’re fans of the show and could both use a little frivolous fun. It seemed perfect.
We took the train into Penn Station and hopped a cab to the Plaza Hotel, where Big and Natasha had their engagement party. There we found groups of, big surprise, mostly women, waiting at the designated meeting spot in front of the Pulitzer Fountain.
The tour bus was air conditioned, clean, equipped with a restroom and very comfortable. It also came with four screens where Lindsey showed us relevant scenes from the show and movies to coincide with the sites we visited.
“So who has had sex today?” Lindsey asks from the front of the bus. “And sex with yourself does not count.”
This is when it dawns on me that the tour is “Sex and the City.” Up until this point I had only focused on the four girlfriends living in NYC and wearing great clothes.
Mmm, I forgot about all the sex they had in the city.
My mom and I exchange a little nervous laughter, but I’m cool (well, my mom is) and grown up. I can handle this.
Lindsey pointed out some of the relevant places we were passing, like Tiffany’s, where Charlotte got engaged with her first husband, Trey MacDougal, and The New York Public Library, where Carrie and Big were supposed to get married. ABC Carpet where Charlotte, Trey, and Trey’s mother, Bunny, buy their marital bed.
She was a great tour guide and very animated as she told us behind-the-scenes stories and some little known facts of the show, such as the character of Trey’s mom, Bunny, was only supposed to be a one-episode role. People hated the character so much the producers thought it was fun and kept expanding her part.
Then Lindsey started to get us ready for our first stop. We were going to visit The Pleasure Chest. This is the store where Miranda introduces the girls to her friend, the Rabbit.
Do you remember the Rabbit episode? This is the one where Charlotte becomes so enamored with the “toy” that the girls have to plan an intervention to get her to leave her apartment where she has stayed for the last two weeks enjoying her time alone with the Rabbit.
Yeah, I forgot that episode, too.
Lindsey explains that we will have about 20 minutes to shop and suggests a few things we could purchase. We even get a special tour discount.
I have now entered the third circle of hell.
And I have only myself to blame.
My mother and I exchange a look and just crack up.
“Well, I guess I should take pictures. My readers are going to want to see this.”
Dear readers, you can never say I didn’t do anything for you.
Feeling just like Woodward and Bernstein we get off the bus, with my iPhone at the ready to document my visit.
Many tour goers exercised this option. There was laughter and a really fun atmosphere as we were all taking our pictures. We were really lucky to have some extremely nice people in our group. There wasn’t a bad apple in the bunch.
Done with my picture taking, I turn around and… no mom.
Oh lord in heaven please tell me my mom did not go in that store. I didn’t realize I actually said those words out loud. But I did.
More laughter. I started to go in and then heard my name.
Thankfully mom was waiting and laughing with a group of women from the tour by the bus.
Once everyone was back on the bus, we were on our way to explore the rest of the city ala Carrie and the girls.
We shopped on Bleecker Street, toured Buddakan, the restaurant where Carrie and Big had their rehearsal dinner, and even ate cupcakes, courtesy of Lindsey, at a Greenwich Village park.
My mom and I had a ball.
Whether you are a native New Yorker familiar with the city like my mother and me, or a brand new visitor to the Big Apple, this tour is a perfect way to explore, experience and learn a lot about the city that Carrie and her friends love so much.
And many thanks to my mom, who proved yet again she is far cooler than I will ever be.