If you follow me on Instagram, then you will be well aware that I’ve been New York. As I’m currently that annoying person doing the holiday spam (sorry, not sorry.) In all honesty, I really didn’t think I would like New York too much. I really hate big cities, but I completely fell in love with everything.
In this post I’m going to go through what we did and share a few photos. We had two days in New York, so we didn’t manage to do everything. We did however, fit a lot in. Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration on what you can do in a short amount of time.
We got up early to get to the airport, as our flight were at 11am. Luckily we had time, as my brother had to reapply for his ESTA. We had access to the Virgin lounge, so after we checked in and went through security we headed straight there for some breakfast as we were starving.
We got onto the plane, but we had to wait a while to take off because of the wind conditions. It didn’t feel like very long, as the TV’s on Virgin planes are great. We soon took off and began our 6 hour journey. I was happy as the plane had PLL, but it was only the last two episodes. I also finally managed to watch Dunkirk, which I really enjoyed.
Arriving in New York
Security in New York was really strange. I’ve been to America before, and always been told to not joke whilst in security, as it’s very serious. The man we went up to though was coming out with some right one liners, and we had no idea how to react. At one point he said: “So why’ve you come here and not Saudi Arabia?” I didn’t know whether to laugh or what. When giving fingerprints he told me to: “Press the screen, as hard as you love Nigel Farage”. Which was different. He carried on making other remarks about what’s going on in Britain, and it was really amusing.
When we left our first stop was the Empire State Building. It wasn’t a long walk, but the roads are chaos. The best thing about it being busy is that there was always someone to follow across the road. We did nearly get ran over a few times, but we won’t talk about that.
We got in straight away, and I was shocked by how quiet it was. That must be the plus side of going on a Wednesday at 7pm. You get in a lift that takes you up a lot of floors in a very short amount of time, fair to say my ears did not enjoy it.
The view is so magical night, it’s amazing to see all of twinkling lights from the bustling city below. I was also thinking about pink peonies, because of Gossip Girl, so there’s that as well.
After the Empire State we walked to Times Square, which was a longer walk than we thought. It might have been made worse by the fact it was FREEZING. It was seriously cold, and not nice cold, but an uncomfortable: ‘Have my lips turned blue?’ cold.
Getting to Times Square made it so worth it. It was amazing to see everywhere lit up, and all of the billboards. It is worth noting that the atmosphere kind of changed after 10pm, there was a lot more people out selling things. A man also tried to sell us cocaine, which was a surprise.
We headed back to the hotel to get some sleep, for our only full day in the city.
The day of my mum’s birthday!
We woke up early, as we knew it was a busy day. The first stop was Grand Central Station, so we could get the Subway to the Statue of Liberty. Being inside Grand Central station was also another time to think of Gossip Girl, thanks to the opening scene of season 1.
We got the Subway, and we might have got a little bit lost, but we soon got back on track. The plan was to get breakfast in a diner, but we couldn’t find one. We ended up in Starbucks, as it was the only place we were near.
We were going to go out to the Statue of Liberty, but we were too cold. Plus we were unsure about how much time we had. We did see it, but it’s from a distance, as you can probably tell by the picture.
One World Observatory
We then decided to walk to the One World Observatory. Being at Ground Zero, was extremely surreal. I love how they’ve turned something so horrible into something so beautiful. I didn’t want to photograph the memorial, as I felt that would be disrespectful. It was extremely emotional, and it really put everything into perspective.
After walking around the memorial we went into the One World Observatory, and up to the top. It’s the tallest building in New York, and I still don’t think my ears have recovered from the lift. The lift is actually really fun, as the whole inside is screens which show the construction of the building.
Once at the top we had a walk around and took pictures.
After the One World Observatory we did a lot of walking to try to find the hop on, hop off bus tour. We managed to find it in the end, and took a seat on the top.
The tour was really good, we did the Upper West Side and managed to sit through the whole thing outside. The only problem was that it was cold. When the tour ended I was physically shaking.
After the tour we headed to TGI’s to get some food. It was really great, but we definitely didn’t need a starter each, as the portions were massive.
We then did a little bit of shopping before heading back to the hotel to get ready for the theatre.
Phantom of the Opera
The whole reason for our trip to NY was so my mum could see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway for her birthday. It’s her favourite musical, so we had no complaints.
This was my first time seeing Phantom, and I must say that I was not a fan. The story confused me slightly and my mum had to explain it when we got back. In my defence I was very tired, and I may have fell asleep in parts. Let’s just say going to the theatre when you’re jet lagged is not a good idea.
When it had finished, we headed back to the hotel. As we had to be on the 8am flight to Orlando.
That is everything we did in New York! We’re gutted we didn’t get to go to Central Park, but we had no time to fit it in. We still managed to fit a lot into such a short amount of time though. I’m planning on writing another of these posts, for the rest of my travels. If that’s something you’d like to read then let me know!
Have you visited New York before?
Thank you for reading!