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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan February 7th 2020

Started off the day with an early lunch at “must-try” USA fast food chain Shake Shack! It was probably the nicest fast food I’ve ever had, but it was still fast food, so not the classiest. Shoutout to the man who took my order for spelling my name as Luissy, provided a lot of entertainment during our lunch! Our first stop for the day was the Flatiron building. It was a bit of a walk, but we passed Madison Square Garden and Penn Station along the way, so it was cool to tick them off the list. The flatiron building is really cool, an architectural phenomena, and it was really interesting to look at. Would probably have been better without all the scaffolding but what can ya do! We sat in Madison Square Park for a ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan February 7th 2020

Began our day today at Fresh from Hell- a tiny, hole in the wall health food cafe in Hell’s Kitchen. Adam got an açai bowl and I got vegetable soup and half a brie & pear sandwich, and we felt MUCH better after today’s lunch than yesterday’s. We then strolled through Central Park (AGAIN, it’s so hard to resist this place) and explored the east side of the park this time, until we got to The Met! Now, I’ll admit, my main motivation for going to The Met was to take a picture on the steps outside just like in Gossip Girl (I watched it when I was about 16, okay, don’t judge me), but when we got there curiosity got the better of us, so we bought tickets. And I’m really glad we did! It’s ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan February 7th 2020

Well, our last day in NYC ended up being a little late to the punch. We forgot to set alarms last night and accidentally slept in until midday (it’s these damn hotel curtains, they block out so much light!) but we left at 1pm, I promise!! Across the street from the hotel is Subway, and Adam was craving some beyond meat so we headed there straight away. While he got his food (I wasn’t hungry yet, and food here is so expensive I didn’t want to waste money when I didn’t need it- again, not stingy!), I planned out the day. Last night we actually did decided to go to the Empire State Building today, but when we left the hotel we discovered that all of the tall buildings were covered in fog from the waist ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan February 4th 2020

Had a nicely packed day today! Not too many different activities but everything took quite a while to complete. We started off with some health, getting an egg white and vegetable breakfast wrap on our way to the American Museum of Natural History. First of all, what a beautiful building. Second of all, what an amazing museum!! We spent two hours in there, I think that’s the longest either of us have ever spent in a museum let alone enjoyed every part of it. We saw all the animals from different regions, Asian history, African history, South American history, the space centre, the dinosaurs (which were my personal favourite) and read all about the debate happening on whether or not the statue out the front of the museum should be destroyed or not. It has a ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan February 3rd 2020

Had a mostly shopping day today! We figured we’d wait until the weekdays to do all the touristy things because we thought they might be busier on the weekends (might be flawed logic but oh well) but we managed to get in quite a few things. Obviously we headed to Macy’s first. It’s so much bigger than I thought! I had been told it was massive, but I was definitely not expecting to get lost a few times. While huge and overwhelming, and the stock they have is unbelievable, we didn’t really buy much. Which I was a little disappointed about because I desperately need new clothes, but no matter. On the very top level we saw the Santaland display but being February it wasn’t in operation, so I’ll just have to come back at Christmas ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan February 1st 2020

Had an awesome day today! Or really, the second part was awesome, and the first bit was a little stressful. I’ll start with the first bit. So, we’ve noticed that when we get to the airports at the recommended time we sit around for ages and ages not doing anything, so today we decided to get to the airport only an hour and a half before the flight (realising on the way that it’s technically international so in hindsight maybe two hours would have been better). We got the train from Union Station, the third biggest station in North America (according to the CN Tower guide) but it was super confusing. The station for the airport is different and therefore has different ticketing, and without realising this we bought tickets from the regular area before following ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan December 23rd 2019

Call them what you will Genevieve, the rockets, the rockhearts, the lockets but OMG I LOVED them! They were schmaltzy, cheesy and oh so glitzy, but so New York and I loved every second!! Other big fan followings of the day were the ice skating at Rockefeller Center, trip to Top of the Rock for sunset and the Saks Christmas lights...sadly the latter was also supported by about half of New York and we were stuck in quite a person-jam! Confident there will be a bit more space and fewer people for our next few days!... read more
Holding each other up
Radio City Music 3D!
Christmas lights!

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan December 19th 2019

Cracked some amazing goals on our first day in NYC...some obvious and traditional, some not so much. The day started more or less as planned - a bit of grappling with the subway and tickets, Beeb whinging about the cold and a trip to the American Museum of Natural History. Checked off the obvious items like T-Rex and Blue Whale and caught a 3D movie about the ocean. Spent the requisite amount of negotiation time in the gift shop before heading for our first (!!!) hamburger and chips meal. Despite the clouds and breeziness, and against our better judgement, we dragged a semi-frozen whinging child to Central Park. Some feedback was provided, she was cold, she was miserable, didn’t I mention it was cold, and her face was cold...oh, and what was that, a squirrel. Wait, ... read more
Hmm, bin snow!
Long wait, but he’s already filled our wish!
And he got something for Mummy too!

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan December 11th 2019

Christmas bells are ringing, and it's time to get out and into New York to enjoy its culture and experience all that the city has to offer. There are so many good reasons to come to New York during the holiday season. The city lights up at this time like no other time in the year. With so much choice for families and adults alike, you must plan your trip. Here are my top 5 picks on what to see and where to go if you are visiting New York during this holiday season. 1. Accommodation at the Westgate New York Grand Central Hotel url= Westgate New York Grand Central Hotel, built in 193, is ideally located in Manhattan's historic Tudor City and only a stone's throw away from the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building ... read more
Westgate Hotel
Manhattan, New York
New York Streetscape

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan December 10th 2019

United States of America, New York – December A Festive treat for me and Helen to experience Home Alone 2 in New York at Christmas :) Day 1, Tuesday 10th December 2019 We fly out of Gatwick and leave home around 3am, not much sleep that night, way too excited for the adventure! Empty roads and pretty quiet and quick to get through security, a good start so far and some Jamie's breakfast before the 7 hour flight. Boarded on the plane and its an near empty flight, which is crazy since we had to pay extra to get this flight and it wasn't available via any brokers, only direct via Norwegian Airways. Festive movies of choice for the flight: Home Alone 2, Elf and a few Simpsons Christmas episodes! It's over in a flash, we ... read more
Rockefeller Centre
Grand Central Station - Snowing!
The High Line

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