I have just got back from 6 days in fabulous New York City. It was my second visit and I loved it just as much this time as I did the first time I went (3 years ago)! Again, it was a child-free trip with Matt and some friends (we left Freya at home with her grandparents) but I would love to come back again with Freya in a year or two when she’s a bit older.
As we had already done a lot of the big tourist attractions only a few years ago (Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, etc) we chose some different attractions/places to visit on this trip:
One World Observatory
We visited Top of the Rock on our last visit so decided to check out the One World Observatory this time. As it is at the opposite end of Manhattan it offered a different – but equally spectacular – view of the City which was great. The moment when the blinds suddenly raise to expose the stunning views over Manhattan is amazing and it is worth it for that alone! The one downside for me was that there is no outside viewing area so any photos have to be taken through (very reflective) glass meaning you can’t get as good photos as you can from Top of the Rock.
Walking over Brooklyn Bridge
I enjoyed the walk over Brooklyn Bridge as it was a beautiful day (if rather blustery!) and the views from the wooden walkway were great. And Brooklyn Bridge itself is an interesting structure and worth a visit on its own. Once you have walked over, head down onto the riverside and check out the views of the Bridge from the side – and the famous Jane’s carousel… which unfortunately wasn’t open when we visited.
Central Park (although we did do this last time too!)
You can’t visit New York without taking a quick stroll around scenic Central Park. It is a gorgeous (and very large!) park and, although we spent some time walking around it 3 years ago, we still managed to find things we hadn’t seen before…
We briefly visited the Museum of Modern Art on our last visit to New York, so decided to go again this trip to check out the bits we hadn’t seen before… I’ll be honest with you – some of the artwork I loved, but some of it I just didn’t get AT ALL!
But if you are into modern art, then this is a great place to visit with works from the likes of Andy Warhol, Picasso, Frida Kahlo and many, many other famous names…
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Instead of doing a Broadway show, we decided to check out the Radio City Christmas Spectacular this time instead… and it was absolutely AMAZING. We weren’t sure what to expect but it blew us all away (even the boys!!). The projection, music and dancing were phenomenal. And that is all I’m going to say for now as there will be a review of the show to follow shortly…
We didn’t really do much shopping on our previous trip so we decided to check out some of the shops on and around 5th Avenue this time, including Macy’s. There is just so much choice in New York and the prices are slightly cheaper than in the UK so we picked up a few Christmas presents whilst we were there…
Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to see/do quite as much as we had planned to do on this trip for several reasons: a) I had a broken toe; b) I had a bad cold and; c) I got suspected food poisoning on day 2 which kept me confined to my room for the day… oh well, these things happen!
And all too soon, our time in New York was over and it was time to return home… thankfully we managed to get an upgrade to Upper on Virgin Atlantic for the flight back, so at least we got to travel home in style!
We had a brilliant time in New York and, although I’m not usually one for city breaks, I would love to go back again – and soon! It is such a safe, easy to get around city with so many great attractions as well as fantastic bars (more on those in a later post!) and restaurants on every street… what’s not to love!?
Have you ever been to New York? If so, what was your favourite thing to see or do? If you haven’t been, is it on your bucket list (if it’s not, it really should be!)?
*Unfortunately the light was very flat most of the time we were in NYC (it was overcast except for the last day) meaning many of the photos taken outside lacked much definition…but you got to work with what you’re given!