Hellooo from New york!
I’ve had such an amazing time staying in Manhattan with the christmas atmosphere, I thought I would share my favourite places to go, to eat and to see…
- A must-see is the top of the Empire state building! They have got an observatory room on the 86th floor where you can view New York from the warmth of inside or you can go to the very top on the 102nd floor to see the view from outside like we did to capture the superb view without the glare from the windows.
2. Another place to go over the christmas period is the Rockefeller centre. The whole place is decorated with christmas decorations and there is the famous Rockefeller christmas tree featured in many christmas films. They also have an ice rink which is smaller than a lot of the others and the most famous, so it is ridiculously busy. The queue was massive even when we got there at 6;30 in the morning! so we went to Starbucks for breakfast instead haha.
They also have an observatory called ‘Top of the Rock’, located on the top of the centre you are supposed to get amazing 360 views of the city as it is very central and right next to times square.
I also cannot believe that it SNOWED!!! It was literally like a dream seeing the magical city covered in snow.
3. Talking about times square…. It was amazing to see the pure hustle and bustle of the city centre although I’m going to be honest, i could only walk through it briefly as it took forever walking through the crowds to get there. aIts really a once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it kind of place. Quickly take a photo have a look at it and leave really.
It is a must do place though if its your first time to see the heart and soul of the busy life in New York, it was an incredible sight.
4.My favourite and place i could definitely get quite used to is around madison square gardens. It was really relaxed and absolutely beautiful. And they had the best place to get a hot dog, a burger or a milkshake; The shakeshack. Omg The food tasted insane. we were only there for a long weekend and we ate it 3 times over our 3 day break… yup it was that good.
I made a new friend too… awh hey lil’guy.
5. Just around the corner of madison square gardens is the flatiron building, its such a quirky building and apparently was the first ever skyscraper. You can’t actually go into the building but if you are nearby or on the way to the empire state, it’s definitely a building to see and take a photo of. You won’t believe how thin it is.
6. Another place which may not be particularly a tourist attraction (although if you live in the uk and is a MASSIVE love of candles like myself it might be) is Bath and Body Works. oh my lordy this is like candle heaven. The pure amount of amazing scents is immense and overwhelming; this is not your usual yankee candle haha.But if its not candles that rocks your boat, they also do hand gels, shower gels, moisturisers and room sprays. The people are all so friendly as well.
I shall also be doing a haul of what I brought in New York so you can see all the itms I brought 🙂
(ohhhhh sneak peak)
7. If in need of a healthy boost Joe and the Juice is a place for you. The atmosphere is lovely and when in need of a delicious pick me up after walking around all day it gave me the energy I needed.There are so many different flavours to choose from and come on the packaging is just incredible too.
( i didn’t just eat, i promisee you haha)
8. Central park is a must do. I am such a friends fan I jut kept having Rachel and Phoebe running flashbacks. But it was beautiful in the snow and they have a much larger ice rink. (it was unfortunately shut due to the snow 😦 )
9. The 9/11 memorial and museum. It was so poignant and emotional, people were crying and seeing all of the victims stories; it was incredible. The memorial itself was very deep, so simple but it really made you think – seeing the exact positions of where the twin towers once were going down into a waterfall – I don’t know there’s just something so significant about it.
10. Last but not least, ice skating and 5th avenue shopping.
Yes we finally found a place to Ice skate (and with a view) ! I have officially decided that I could possibly be the worlds worst ice skater but nonetheless it was really fun- probably more entertaining for my dad watching me but oh well.
When I talk about 5th avenue shopping, I’m not meaning that shopping was my highlight from the trip – not in the least!- I’m talking about the absolutely stunning christmas shop windows! like seriously these are not your ordinary shops, they go all out! one even looked like a disney castle and all the little kids faces were priceless at the sight of them; it left them speechless and even many of the adults speechless too.
Although pictures really don’t capture the magic in it xxx
If you’ve been to New York or are going I’d love to hear all about it, I would definitely go again so please tell me if there are any other hidden gems!