Love On the Rocks!

Another big day in New York City, and another early start! We got up quite early and made our way to La Guradia Airport, which luckily is very close to where Alex’s mum lives, and only a 10 minute bus ride away. Moz and Bianca were flying on to Houston, and we wanted to fare them well. As brief as it was, it was wonderful, and it was so good to see my cousins so relaxed and happy, if not tired and overwhelmed! Now you get some of what my travel passion is all about Moz!

We had a fun day with Alex’s mum, taking her out for breakfast (loved those buttermilk pancakes!), and then on to Manhattan, to do a bit of shopping.

Finally, the highlight of the day: Our trip to the “Top of the Rock”. With an open-air observation deck on the 7oth floor, at the top of the newly renovated Rockefeller Plaza, in downtown Manhattan, the views can only be described as spectacular! Take a look at the website, . Yes, much better than the views from the from the Empire State Building. We arrived at 5.30pm and did not leave until 8.00pm. The 360 degree views were breathtaking, and as we walked around and ummed and aaahed at the breadth, depth and size of the city before us, we were also afforded the views of sunset, and late afternoon turning into dusk. And one by one, all those lights, of all colours, sizes and description, started to go on, whilst more followed in succession. And the city seemed bigger! Brighter! More explosive!

And just as dusk arrived, I witnessed a truly beautiful and magical moment; A profession of love, as Chris pulled out a ring and asked Maria to marry him! No, I do not know this couple, I was simply standing infront of them, and so my hearing ears could not help but hear! I had tears in my eyes, and as most of you know I am so un-romantic, in the traditional sense of the word. I felt touched, by the magic of the moment and, as I later stood back and observed, the magic in Maria and Chris’s eyes, as they looked into each others’ eyes! I couldn’t help myself, I went over and introduced myself, and asked if Alex could take a photo so that we could put it on our blog. Coincidentally, Maria has a similar background to mine, being of Italian parents, and Chris is Colombian. I revel in those moments, where I am able to meet someone new, and this case, wish them all the best. It is what makes travel so special for me!

Chris and Maria, this is our wish to you: That you live an amazing and happy life together. That you love and respect each other, and that you stay together as long as it is your destiny to stay together. That you find in each other your best friend and soul mate. Yes, it is possible, so when it happens treasure it!

Off to Philadephia tomorrow morning. It’s midnight and I need to pack!


Ombretta (Ombi) Zanetti is a co-founder of She has been travelling the world since 1989 and since 1999 with her partner, Alex, who hails from Ecuador. They both like to venture to the lesser known places. Ombi shares her passion for different cultures through her travel stories and Alex through his lens. Come take a detour or two with them!

0 thoughts on “Love On the Rocks!

  1. Thanks so much for your spot on Chris and Maria. Chris is my brother and Maria is my best friend. Nice to know there was an angel documenting this moment from the sidelines..thanks for letting me experience it as well–big cry this morning!

    Jehn, Big Sis

  2. I second that thanks for sharing . . . as these Chris couldn’t do this a few days earlier when I was still visiting NY from LA!!!

    I look forward to checking your blog and hearing about your year long adventures – when you get back around to Los Angeles – give me a holler if you need a tour guide 🙂

    Shelly – cousin of Maria 🙂

  3. Hey Guys,
    Thank you again soooo much for your part in our experience at the top of the rock. We have shown this to eveyone we can and they all enjoy it. it was very cool to have our special moment documented and we are very grateful to have had you there to put this together.
    Thank you again and we wish you the best on all your venturesthroughout this great big world.

    Keep in touch!
    Chris & Maria

  4. Hi Guys,

    I just wanted to write to say thank you so much for documenting such an amazing moment in our lives the way you did. You added such a magical touch to an already incredible moment and it has touched our hearts forever. While I hope we added a beautiful memory to your NY trip, we just wanted you to know that you added just the same to ours. We wish you both nothing but the best and deeply appriciate your kind words and best wishes. We will cherish that forever. May you find true happiness in your next year of travel and all the time there after. Please keep in touch.

    All the best

    Maria & Chris

  5. Hello. Hope you enjoyed your days in Puerto Rico. Our email is

    Yor Spot was very easy to find. I have read some of the stories already.

    When you can, write me from your email to forward a photo of our kids Eduardo and Jorge. I wanted to add it in this mesage, but dont know how, as i am technologically challenged.

    It was a pleasure meeting you and spending time at the reggae concert.

    Good luck!

    Carmenliss y Willis

  6. Ombi & Alex,
    Enjoyed your blog very much. Keep having a great time. Must comment on some of the outstanding photos – the policeman at the 9/11 site, the moose head(?), the flower etc. Keep up the good work.
    Kevin (Northcote)

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