New York, New York!

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.

View of Manhattan from the One World Observatory

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.

Walking over Brooklyn Bridge

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…

Beautiful colours in Central Park…


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…

One of my favourite displays at MoMA

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…

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockets


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…

Shopping on 5th Avenue

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!

Getting comfortable in Virgin Upper…

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!)?

Happy Travelling!



*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!

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28 thoughts on “New York, New York!

  1. NYC is a very fun place to visit. There is so much going on it is hard to do everything in a short trip. Looks like you had fun! Central park and the museums are two of my favorites to see, lovely pictures throughout the city.

  2. I am obsessed with New York! I have been there once and absolutely LOVED it. Minus the crap hotel we had but it was an experience that I am so thankful to have. New York is such a beautiful place buzzing with so many different people. It is just so fun!

    1. We have loved it both times we’ve visited too! Thankfully we had a lovely hotel both times though – which does make a difference!
      Kate x

  3. I really want to go to NYC one day. I haven’t been before, but it looks like such a neat city. Even without the greatest of weather, your photos are still great! I’m sorry you were feeling well, I’ve been on vacations when I was sick and it’s no fun.

    1. It is a great city to visit – there’s so much to do and it is so easy to get around… It’s rubbish being ill when you’re away isn’t it?!
      Kate x

    1. I recommend Top of the Rock – the views are fantastic and you can get much better photos as there is an outside viewing area too! Brooklyn Bridge was definitely a bit busy when we were there…
      Kate x

  4. Nice post, sounds like you had a great trip apart from the could, toe, and poisoning issues. They could have ruined it but glad you didn’t let them spoil it. We loved walking over Brooklyn Bridge and also walking the High Line. Brilliant.

    1. Thank you – it was great fun! We wanted to walk the High Line again as we loved it last time but we ran out of time unfortunately…
      Kate x

    1. I can’t wait to go again! We saw two Broadway shows last time we visited and they were amazing… but the Radio City Christmas Spectacular was just that – spectacular… as well as being something we couldn’t see elsewhere! I can definitely recommend seeing it if you haven’t!
      Kate x

  5. Next time you come to NY, give me a holla and I’ll gladly take you off the beaten path. Hope your Upper ride on VA was tons of fun? Every time I see that name for their 1st class seating, it cracks me up…. Yes, I get the upper crusty association. I’m a Brit. 🙂

    1. Thank you – I will! Virgin Upper was awesome – but I wish they’d just call it First like everyone else!
      Kate x

  6. I grew up just a few hours outside of NYC, so we went there maybe once a year growing up. SO glad you got to see the Radio City show – a must-do at this time of year! And an upgrade going home? – how awesome is that?!?

    1. Wow, you’re so lucky being able to go that often! The Radio City show was fantastic – we really enjoyed it… and the upgrade on the way home was just the icing on the cake!!
      Kate x

    1. I only went for the first time 3 years ago and I fell in love with it… it’s definitely worth a trip if you get the opportunity!
      Kate x

    1. It was great (other than the illness/injury lol!)… nice to do some different stuff this time! Keep an eye out for more posts coming soon…
      Kate x

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