Sunday, 7 February 2016

TRAVEL: NEW YORK CITY

If you read my what I got for Christmas post here, you'll know my wonderful better half surprised me with a trip to New York for my 23rd Birthday. A few weeks have gone by now and I've finally just about recovered enough from our visit to the big apple to put together a post for you all!



I genuinely had the most wonderful trip and I'm so glad we got to do everything we set out to do. In fact, I don't think we could have planned our time better, we managed to squish everything in! And funnily enough, I didn't feel too rushed or exhausted while we were there! We're already day dreaming of the next time we can go back, especially now we've done all the obvious, touristy parts of New York, it would be lovely to explore the City and appreciate some of the smaller attractions. To be honest, I think since we visited America for the first time last year, we've just fallen in love with the place in general! Anyway, now on to the trip!
ROCKERFELLA



One of the things that Matt booked beforehand was a trip up 'the top of the rock.' He chose this over the Empire State  because the views are much better, you can see all of Central Park and the Empire State itself which I much preferred. The building itself as you make your way up is very grand and beautiful. There's also an ice skating rink directly outside beneath lots of international flags. There's not too much I can say about when we got to the top, other than we were both totally awed by the 360 view of New York City. I ended up having to drag Matt away as he found it so relaxing to just stand and stare. It's a weird experience to just let all of the thoughts in your head evaporate and be completely taken over by your surroundings but it's also really peaceful and quite humbling to look down upon everything and remember how small you are in relation to the world you live in.


TIMES SQUARE:



Matt was determined that we would see a show on Broadway for my birthday and told me to pick whichever I fancied seeing. That was the hard part! There was so many choices that I had to spend some time searching around before coming up with a top two. I was really intrigued about Aladdin but Lion King was a classic that I just hadn't seen and where better than New York? Matt was thrilled, he's seen the Lion King twice in London and loved it, so was more than happy to go a third time which surprised me, as personally I'm someone who doesn't really like to repeat an experience. We booked the tickets - which are eye watering priced, I won't lie - and on my birthday, the 16th of January, we made our way to the Minskoff theatre.


 The theatre sat in the heart of Times Square. While a lot calmer during the day time, during the evening the place seriously comes alive. It's a hub of noise, entertainment and flashing lights. Advertisement screens are stretched high above you, flipping through a series of adverts sporadically. Times Square is like nowhere I've been before. A mass of stores, theatres, venues and restaurants. While it's all very exciting, when it's at its busiest point it can make you feel very overwhelmed and anxious as there are so many throngs of people you really get swept up in it all. Naturally, I don't need to tell you that the Lion King was truly magical. I was totally mesmerised by the costumes of all the animals and kept trying to work out how the mechanics of it all works. You couldn't help but sing along to the classic songs like 'Hakuna Matata' and the show left you with such a feel good vibe. If you are able to part with the cash, seeing any Broadway show in New York is one heck of an experience.

CENTRAL PARK:



I'd expected we would never be able to do all of central park as it's so vast, 843 acres in fact which is crazy! We were also lucky enough that we chose to visit on a day where snow littered the ground, making the place even more magical than it already was. It's a truly beautiful space, buzzing with activity that you could feel in the air. After walking around a little, we decided to get a Tuk Tuk  whereby a very friendly man drove us around by bicycle while we sat back in a little cart, a blanket tucked around us, gazing at the park as we rode by. I'd definitely recommend this option as he was able to take us to so many places quickly and fill us in on facts and history.



We saw settings for Home Alone, Strawberry Fields close to where John Lennon was shot, the Friends foundation among so much more. He also offered to take our photo at several places which is really nice when there are just two of you and selfies sometimes just don't cut it! While a horse and carriage seems much more romantic, you move at a much slower pace and aren't able to access as much of the park because of the restrictions of the horse. Additionally, it's a lot of money for a very short amount of time which is necessary for the safety of the horse.

STATUE OF LIBERTY


Because we purchased a hop on hop off bus, included in this was a boat to the Statue of Liberty. On reflection, I wish we had gotten a taxi to the boat as naturally the bus stopped off at quite a lot of places and I would personally have liked to get there quicker! Still it was fairly fast to board the boat and it was nice to see New York by water. It's very strange seeing the Statue of Liberty as she's such a symbol for New York and you see her in so many films and images. It was nice to walk around and take a few photos (including selfies, naturally!) You can choose to go up several levels including the crown of the Statue of Liberty but we were happy enough from the outside as we had already seen some spectacular views from Top of the Rock and the Empire State. There is also a gift shop on site for anyone who feels like bringing home some mementos.



New York was such a incredible short break and I don't think I'll ever be able to thank Matt enough for taking me to the place I've always wanted to go. Have you ever been to New York? What would you love to do? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Emily x

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  1. Oh my goodness! It looks like a glorious & gloomy trip. Look at those amazing views. :]

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  2. All points to Matt for giving you such a great gift. Very thoughtful!! Looks like y'all had a ball. Definitely one of the places to visit. Great photos, Emily dear. :)

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  3. It looks like you had an incredible time!! I'm going in August so have throughly enjoyed reading this blogpost in preparation. I'm thinking about taking my Mum to a show over there for her birthday so I hope you don't mind me asking how much the tickets are? I gather they're quite dear but I have no idea to what extent!

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi Ruby :)
      The tickets for the Lion King was about $125 dollars each. We were sat in the Mezzanine so there may be cheaper tickets (possibly with restricted views) but it's SO worth it!

      Hope that helps! x

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  4. Dreamy gift!! Happy birthday!! Loved the photos!
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  5. Happy Birthday, your photos here are stunning! I hope you had a wonderful time, New York is a city I really want to visit! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

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  6. I really wanna go back to New York! I miss it so much, especially after seeing these photos and reading the post :( xx

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  7. I have never been to New York, but I hope I will be able to some day. Great to hear you enjoyed your trip.

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  8. That squirrel looks so cute, the ones in Canada are so small and noisy! I was suppose to go to New York last year for my birthday but I got a lung infection and had to cancel my trip. Still so upset, I hope I get a chance to visit soon! Your photos are lovely!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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  9. These pictures are amazing! It seems that you had a fantastic time in New York. Happy Belated Birthday (better late than never!) Have a great week, lovely! xx

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  10. Ah I love this post! I'm going next month so thank you for the tips, might have to try a tuk tuk.

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  11. You are so lucky, I'd love to visit !You certainly did manage to do and see a lot in your time there - wonderful you got to see the Lion King on broadway too! :)

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  12. Wow, what a beautiful gift from your other half! It sounds like you had a wonderful time, I'd love to visit NYC one day. :)

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  13. Wow this post is so inspiring! <3 I was in New York a few years back and it is truly the most amazing place I have ever been! I would LOVE to go to a Broadway show because we weren't last time but honestly I could spend days just walking around - it is beautiful! Central Park is the most soothing place I've been and Times Square by night is like no other place, it's extraordinary! Oh wow, I want to go back! x

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  14. What a beautiful trip you had! Such a cute photo of the squirrel. It sounds so amazing especially to go see The Lion King. You are so lucky to go to New York for your birthday, love to go to America one day xx

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  15. Ah I've just come back from new york too! Amazing isn't it �� I'd love to have seen the snow though as we came back just before it started. Your photos are amazing! X

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  16. NY is in my bucket list, and I can't wait to visit there. All these photos are amazing, it sounds like you had a great trip, Trip that you will always remember, a special one! x

    Ela BellaWorld

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  17. Those views, amazing! The Lion King show must have been so much fun but I would have totally get overwhelmed by the crowds too, I don't like it when it's busy at the shops! The photo of the Squirrel is amazing, I love capturing moments like that too :)

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  18. Sounds like such a wonderful trip! I've never been to New York (or even the US) but I would love to go one day. And how amazing is that, you've seen The Lion King in New York! I always wanted to see that show and it must be even better when it's a Broadway show!
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  19. I am literally so jealous right now! Your photos are amazing, I can't believe you managed yo fit all these things in. I would love to visit one day it's such a breathtaking city.

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  20. It sounds to me like you had the time of your life, and like this was a beautiful and inspiring and fun trip for you. I feel like at a point or another in our lives, we all want to go to New York City, and it loosk so breath taking in your photos that I ask myself why the heck I haven't gone yet.

    This was such a lucky present, and all I can say is happy birthday! I hope you had the best one of your life.

    Ella Pinto xx

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  21. Seriously, such a thoughtful and sweet gift from your other half (happy belated birthday, by the way!). How fortunate to have seen Central Park with snow scattered over the ground too - magical :)

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  22. Looks wonderful!!!

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  23. I'm so jealous that's such an amazing birthday present! I went to New York years ago but I'd love to go back now!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  24. New York City is so much fun to visit. I lived there for almost a year and I have not actually been to Rockefeller Center. Crazy, right? I heard Aladdin was awesome, but Lion King is a classic and you can't go wrong. Glad that you enjoyed your trip!

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  25. love your trip, the pictures are gorgeous, I'd love to go there :)

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  26. I have been WAITING for this post! So excited, I’m so glad you had a wonderful trip! :) Rockerfella! I think it was so smart of you guys to choose that, you got a FULL view of the whole of the city <3 My favourite is that 4th photo :O. Times Square is a dream of mine <3 Just being there and taking it all in, I’ve seen the Lion King and I’m so glad you chose that one, it’s amazing, isn’t it!?! Ahhh Central Park, another thing on my list (love the photos you took from there!). Whenever Central Park is mentioned I always think of FRIENDS straight away, and then Home Alone! So glad he made one of your wishes come true with this amazing trip to NY - and thanks for sharing these photos! :D

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  27. Awww those pics of Central Park are soooo good! I love them. Also made me miss NYC quite a bit there... I've only been once, last summer, but it was so amazing. We decided to go up the one world trade center, which too was really good and mouth-opening :D
    We didn't see a musical while we were there, so I guess I must revisit the city sometime :)
    Thanks for the lovely read, I'm so glad you had a wonderful holiday!
    Have a good weekend!
    Emma xxx

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  28. What an incredible trip! I'm so jealous on the Broadway experience! Xx

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  29. How glorious! I'm sooooo jealous!:)xx

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  30. beautiful trip ! thinking to go there next year with my boyfriend and I cant wait :)

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  31. Ive always wanted to go to New York. Great pictures!
    Darriyan x | www.darriyancateland.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. Aww you have such beautiful pics! I have been to NYC twice. I went last year, and my fiance proposed to me in Central Park! Funny, the snow melted (we went in March) but there were still patches of it. So yes, NYC has a special place in our hearts.

    Hannah
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  33. New York has been one of my bucket list for quite some time now, and as you can see, I still haven't fulfilled it haha. But reading this post, I really need to pursue it this year.

    Awesome images!

    xx
    Karen
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  34. New York is only a dream for me still, so seeing it through your eyes was a treat! Such beautiful photographs. <3
    Minaali
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  35. I'm so glad to have found your blog! I'm about to book a trip to New York for October, so I'm pleased to have read your recommendations - a tuktuk sounds great!

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  36. I envy you for being able to visit and spend quality time in New York! x

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  37. Thank you! Looks amazing and some great tips. We get married in NYC in twelve weeks so after as much advice as we can find :) Lisa x

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