Well where do I start?
On my 21st birthday ‘3rd November’ last year, my mum surprised me with a trip to New York City. I have always wanted to go but the thought of flying for 8 hours put me off, I’m an ok flyer but when the turbulence start the travel sickness kicks in, we went 27th November – 3rd December.
We started our trip together at the airport with a glass of Prosecco.
We flew with Virgin Atlantic which i will add was an amazing flight, we had dinner which consisted of starter, main and dessert. Then after a few hours we had a snack and then in the middle of the flight when everyone was asleep (apart from me as I was took excited to sleep) they came round with mini fabs! Overall the flight was brilliant and there was no need to worry.
We arrived at JFC Airport and headed straight to the City, we stayed at Affinia Hotel. It’s a hotel that I would recommend, we had a lovely room; not that we spent much time there! The next day was Thanks Giving which is a holiday that is celebrated by Americans and Canadians. Every year they have a Thanksgiving Parade which we walked around to see but in the mean time got sucked into Sephora and spent an arm and a leg. That evening we were invited to Brooklyn just outside the city to friends of family to have a Thanks Giving dinner, which was lovely to see how they traditionally celebrate.
Here are the some pictures from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
View from our hotel room.
The Empire state building at night.
We had breakfast twice at a place called Pershing Square Cafe, this place was incredible. The first morning we went there i had Pancakes with strawberries and the second french toast, bacon and maple syrup.
Another amazing place New York has to offer is of course Central Park, the iconic film setting for various films. Just walking through the park made you feel like you were on a film set, to be honest the whole of New York is like that & of course the place where John Lennon wrote the song Strawberry fields & sadly opposite where he was killed.
Central Park is HUGE! We managed to walk around nearly all of it but on the way you have lots of different things to look at, The Alice in Wonderland, Hans Christian Andersen statues and the Ice Rink.
Places to eat?! well there are 2 top places i would say to recommend one of them being the best meal i have EVER had. We went to a place called Greenwich which has a restaurant called The Spotted Pig, my mum saw Gary Barlow (of all people) tweet about this place in June last year saying he had an amazing meal and the best fries ever. Mum decided to note that down and off we went. Well wasn’t Mr Barlow right, INCREDIBLE. Ok we only had burger and chips but the standard it was cooked was perfection.
Another iconic place is Ground Zero, I won’t touch on this much as we all know what it is and how devasting it was. We didn’t stay long but the time we were there really sunk in the size and made it more real, the buildings opposite were still damaged and hadn’t been fixed. The thought of watching this all happen in front of you I can’t even describe.
A picture below shows a white rose on a name, everyone that has a birthday that day will have a rose.
On a lighter note we decided to go to the top of the Empire State Building, not great with heights but so glad i did it.
Over all the trip was incredible and i would go back tomorrow if i could. The best present ever, it is everything people say it is
‘City That Never Sleeps’
It certainly is, we were able to get a taxi that was driving around outside our hotel at 4 in the morning! My mum wasn’t to keen on going but she loved it. It is definitely not a relaxing holiday though, we were honestly in bed every night at 7:00 and up by 5:00 (most of that is probably due to jet lag) we were so exhausted. We walked everywhere and anywhere we went we ended up shopping! Other places I haven’t mention that you must go to Tiffanys, 5 floors of jewellery. Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Centre and there is lots more.
Christmas is the most perfect time to go!
Have you ever been to New York before? Where was your favourite place to eat?