New York 2018
So after another amazing trip, I thought I’d share with you some of the highlights of my recent visit to one of my favourite cities – New York! The holiday blues have set in full swing already and I’m dying to book another trip away. If someone knows how I can get a money tree, then please let me know! Haha.
We booked our holiday through Hays Travel – the branch in York. They were great at sorting us a deal for the price we were after, earlier this year we wanted to change our hotel to a different one which was no trouble! They often share brilliant deals on Facebook so it’s worth having them on there Each branch has their own deals too, which is great – plenty of choice! We have already used them again for another holiday next year!
We booked a hotel called The Time New York. It’s situated down 49th street, just off Times Square – perfect location! The decor is so gorgeous, that’s why we picked it! I’d love to decorate my house in a similar way. It was so clean, the staff were lovely and we will definitely be returning! If I could have brought the bed back home with me, I would have. I’ve never slept in such a comfy bed! Be sure to check this hotel out if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, it’s so reasonably priced too! 🙂
So what did we get up to? Well we made the most of being jet lagged to begin with. I don’t think my sister quite realised how much jet lag can mess with you! We arrived quite late afternoon on the first day so by the time we had got out of the airport and across to our hotel it was time to grab some food – McDonalds ha! We pretty much went straight to bed after that as we knew we’d be awake super early anyway!
Central Park looked so beautiful in summer, last time we visited it was the middle of winter which meant to struggled to see a lot of it! It was so green and peaceful, I loved it! We loved grabbing a bagel from Pick a Bagel and taking it to Central Park to eat. That place is a MUST if you want a proper New York bagel! It can get pretty busy and we found some of the staff to be a bit rude, but the food made up for it!
We managed to head over to Brooklyn Bridge early one morning to try catch the sunrise. We actually missed most of it as we got confused with the subway haha! We walked over from Brooklyn to Manhattan, it was lovely because it was really quiet so we could get some pictures and enjoy the views! Following breakfast we headed over to enjoy some views up the One World Trade Centre – You really are on top of the world it’s breathtaking. It’s breath-taking! We then looked around the 9/11 memorial and museum.
Dumbo is another gorgeous spot to visit whilst coming to New York! It’s where everyone gets that iconic picture of the bridge at the end of the street. We met some friends there one morning before grabbing some breakfast.
I can’t get over how much food I ate whilst we were in New York. I don’t feel guilty at all though, because it has to be done! There’s so much food there. One place I do wish we ate at was a new place called Eataly! It was recommended a lot, we had a look around but were too early unfortunately, so none of the restaurant areas were open! They have literally everything Italian you can think of – the dream!
Of course we paid a visit to some of our favourite spots, like The Olive Garden (still waiting for them to open in the UK!). I recommend the alfredo pasta if you go here – trust me! You get unlimited salad and breadsticks too, so if that doesn’t persuade you then you must be crazy! We went here a couple of times because we are just obsessed haha. You also need to visit Magnolia Bakery for some cupcakes and their famous banana cream pudding! The place is always busy with locals, last time we visited there was only a couple of bakeries, but they seem to have expanded so much! Make sure you try that banana pudding!
We decided to visit The Top of the Rock to watch the sunset like we did last time. It’s my favourite place and watching the sun go down over the city is just amazing. It was much busier than last time with it being summer, so be prepared to barge your way through people to get a photo of downtown New York. We finished that night off with a big cheese pizza from Radio City Pizza – Oh boy, what an amazing pizza that was! If you know me, I’m a serious pizza addict and this was SO good!
We walked the High Line one afternoon which was fun. Although it was in the mid 30’s, so that called for an ice cream stop! We got some sorbet from the ice cream place in the food bit of the high line. The high line is an old converted railway that has been turned into a walk which is a bit like a garden! It’s lovely.
If like us you’re wanting to do the touristy things, I recommend getting yourself the New York Explorer Pass. This gets you into pretty much all the attractions like the Empire State, Top of the Rock, Bus tours etc. You can choose having 3/5/7 attractions, we got the 5 attractions as we knew which we wanted to visit. We only had to pay for the One World as this isn’t included, but we were fine with that! We got our explorer pass from Attraction Tickets Direct who were best priced and who we used for our Florida tickets earlier in the year. They are our go-to and will be using the again in the future!
What’s your favourite holiday destination? I’d love to visit Italy or Greece next! Although Orlando has my heart and I’d be back over there in a heartbeat if I could be!