I’ve just come back from beautiful New York City. I’m still recovering from the heat, the noise, the food, the drink, and the vibrancy of one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever been to. It was my third visit to NYC but it never gets old for me. I love the hustle and bustle, the size of it and the incredible views. It really does feel like you’re in a film set most of the time. It’s as if you’ve been there before, since so many of the sights are so recognisable.
The views are just spectacular.
Central Park is a really beautiful place. It’s an expanse of calmness and serenity even in the middle of such a huge city.
We did a huge amount of walking, cycling, and of course I did some shopping! I was extremely excited about going to Sephora, as we don’t have these in the UK. I was just as excited about US drugstores! There seems to be a Duane Reade on every corner in New York, not to mention CVS, filled with many brands we don’t get here. I was in my element!
We were there in June and it was extremely hot and humid, sometimes unbearably so. I have been to New York in January before where temperatures were way below freezing. I think next time I visit it would be nice to find that happy medium. Perhaps Autumn will be the next time I visit this wonderful city.
Inside Katz’s Deli, made famous from that infamous When Harry Met Sally scene.
The Yankee Stadium was possibly one of my favourite parts about this trip. Although I really don’t understand the rules of baseball, the atmosphere is so much fun! If you go, make sure you’re hungry when you arrive as the food is awesome. Huge boxes of garlic fries and all sorts of other delicious junk food awaits you.
We covered a lot of miles, mainly on the city bikes which you can pick up all over New York City. We did try to get to most of the places we wanted to see (but not all, the city is so big and busy it can take some time to get anywhere). I was very pleased that we got to Ground Zero. When I visited New York before around 15 years earlier I did visit the World Trade Centre and went to the top of one of the Twin Towers. The memory is still very vivid for me, as were lots of the people who worked there and conversations that we had. To visit the site was incredibly moving. The feeling was so hard to explain but you feel the immense sorrow in the air as soon as you arrive. It was very moving, very powerful and a poignant memorial to those who lost their lives that horrific day.
To get around, I really recommend the open top bus tours. We tend to use them wherever we go now. The tour guides on our buses were usually natives of the city, and could give us so much information. It’s a really interesting way to get around.
We had to visit the Friends apartment building, of course.
There was one final surprise in store for me in New York – Sean proposed!
We had spoken about it before and I knew I did not want an expensive ring. For me, it is more important that we buy a bigger house so I would rather our money goes towards that for the time being. We had been into Henri Bendel on 5th earlier that day and I’d tried a few things on. While I was in Sephora my lovely other half Sean left me and crept back to the store to pick up a ring I had been admiring. He then proposed to me on the top of the Empire State Building, during a relatively quiet moment at 1am! It was lovely, and I am over the moon. The ring suits me perfectly and we are so happy 🙂
Ignore the gold eyeshadow on the back of my hand – another trip to Sephora had happened!
Now to plan a wedding worthy of a bargain hunter! We’ve decided to tie the knot in a couple of years, once we (hopefully) have moved. Any tips for an inexpensive wedding? 🙂
ETA: I’ve since tried out the wedding planning services of Bark.com. Find out how to make wedding planning easier in this post. And if you’re looking for a fantastic wedding venue in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon I highly recommend this one.
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