It was the first time Patsy Peck had been to New York City. She joined 48 other people on the special holiday excursion last week.

 What started out as a girl’s trip with four people from Helen Broussard’s Sunday school class, became the largest trip Peck has put together so far. “It boomed so fast!” she said.

 Ten to 15 of the group had been to New York before.

 She booked rooms at the Crown Plaza Time Square. “Every place is so close, everybody walks,” she said. “Then you realize its pretty long blocks.”

 They went to Tavern on the Green, the Empire State Building, China Town, the Statue of Liberty and all nine floors of Macy’s Department Store. “They have traffic control inside the store,” said Peck. “Everyone was exhausted at the end of the day.”

 Riding the subway, “I thought it would be scary, but it wasn’t,” she said.

 They saw the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

 It was freezing the morning they made it on “Good Morning America.”

“Make sure you take a long jacket and an umbrella,” Peck advises. Her group actually made it to the inside set of the show. “That was incredible, Diane Sawyer is beautiful.”

 Peck said that one of her group got sick from standing so long and Sawyer was so kind. “She got her a plate of food.” Peck thought Sawyer was very gracious in the manner she looked after the woman.

 “It is an exciting place to be.” There were people singing in the streets. “If you’re going to go … go at Christmas!” she said. “Next time, I’m going to bring David,” said Peck, referring to her husband.

 She has a return trip to New York planned in the spring and is also working on trips to San Francisco and Tuscany. Peck joined Traverus Travel after listening to her hairdresser. “She started telling me about a trip and the Web site.

 After checking it out thoroughly, “I’m one of these, I want to make sure all my ‘T’s’ are crossed. I signed up.” Peck is a certified travel agent and is continually taking courses. She has finished the destination weddings class.

 If you are interested in one of Peck’s upcoming trips you can contact her at 670-6989 or go to

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.