If you follow me on social media you may be aware of my recent trip to New York (which I’m missing so much by the way). I went at the beginning of February and was my first trip to America, let alone The Big Apple. Me and my boyfriend booked it on the day of my 21st and I counted down the seconds until it was time to go. It was the best city trip of my life; it was everything and more that I’d ever imagined. Seriously, it was like being on a movie set, everything from the yellow taxi’s to the food made it all part of the experience. Let me tell you about my highlights, as I believe one dedicated post could turn into a 5,000 word account.
Yes, it was like being in a real Fairytale of New York. We arrived on the Monday and the next two days were pretty warm, so I thought there was no chance of it snowing. I was wrong. Thursday morning we woke to a snow storm, a real snow storm! It was so heavy it has snowed over a foot by the time we left for the day at around 10am. We spent most of the day in the storm before it settled walking around Central Park, taking loads of pretty shots and acting like children. The snow honestly made the trip so much more magical, and I’m so happy to have experienced it.
Seeing New York from the ground is really quite special, but seeing it from the skies is something spectacular. We visited both the One World Observatory and The Empire State and both were as amazing as each. The One World Obsevatory is the newly opened World Trade Center, which is one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, with amazing views on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors. The elevator takes you up and you enter with 360 views of New York. Visiting The Empire State is also a must and it felt incredible to be in there. We went up at sunset, which I highly recommend, and watched the sun go down over the New York skyline. Other places to visit for views is Brooklyn Heights and the High Line, at ground level but you can get some of the most amazing shots.
When booking the trip back in December I knew we had to visit Broadway. I love theatre and I’ve heard the best reviews about particular shows, so it was a must and it was so worth it. We saw Cirque du Soleil and for this it was my first time to. My boyfriend had seen it before in Florida and London but said the Broadway show beat it by far. The set, the costumes, the actors were phenomenal and it made the experience a whole lot more ‘New Yorky’.
STUMBLING ACROSS UNIQUE SPOTS
In any city it is so easy to become immersed in the ‘touristy’ spots, but we usually branch out more and walk aimlessly to come across new places to take location pictures, have coffee or shop. In New York there is a heck of a lot of different places to shop than just the typical stores. The boutique interior and fashion stores were so my style and oh how I wish I had my own house. I love a good ‘Instagrammable’ shop and New York was full of them, especially Soho.
I find that the best way to explore any city is to become a flanuer, an aimless city-goer that explores by walking (I just felt very fancy using that term, thanks uni lecturer). It’s hard to not want to walk the streets of New York quite frankly. The avenues and side streets are so easy to get lost in, and this is definitely the way to find new spots. We walked as much as we possibly could, and the scenery and iconic parts really come to life.
I will shortly be writing up more parts of my trip to New York, what would you like to see?