Hello my lovelies and welcome back to my blog. As I’m sure you may know if you’ve read a few of my recent posts (click here and here), back at the beginning of October, I took a vacation to New York with my best friend Emily. This was my second time in the city that never sleeps, and I am already so excited for my next visit which will hopefully be happening in the not so distant future… manifesting and speaking it into existence now!
As I’m sure you can imagine (or already know through your own experiences, Kate and Dannii I’m looking at you), exploring New York City was so much fun. It really is the most vibrant city, and truly makes me feel magical. Naturally, I took quite a few pictures whilst on holiday in New York, so I thought I’d take you through my trip using my photos with a little series starting today.
Exploring New York / Part One
We flew to New York with Delta Airlines who were amazing. This was my first time flying with Delta and I couldn’t have been more impressed. We flew economy and the service and experience was incredible, I am looking forward to flying first class with them one day because based on my experience in economy, I expect the first class service must be out of this world. The Hostesses were lovely, the film selection was awesome and the food was delicious. I couldn’t recommend flying with Delta more, and I am so excited to fly with them again soon.
We arrived in New York in the early evening, but as we were so tired we didn’t really do too much. We did go to Applebee’s as we were going to grab dinner there but we decided against it in the end as they didn’t have my Vegan Burger in stock. Boo! In the end we went to McDonald’s, where I had some chips which although at the time I thought were suitable for vegetarians, I later found out that they aren’t. Boo!
Our first proper New York adventure started the day after we arrived, our first full day. I wanted to get some pictures in my dress so Emily and I went out quickly in the morning to take some, and it was already so busy. There were people everywhere, but thankfully I still managed to get a good photo that I could Instagram, and I am so grateful to Emily for being the real MVP and taking my photos for me. We Stan a legend.
After our little photo shoot, we went out, grabbed a drink from Dunkin’ Donuts (which you’ll know if you read my New York food guide, we both absolutely loved) and then used our New York City pass (which we had purchased beforehand a few months in advance) to do the Big Bus hop on hop off tour of New York City. The Big Bus tour is an open air bus ride through New York’s hot spots and is the ultimate way to see the city. You can hop on and hop off pretty much wherever you please, so it’s a great way to get around, and you are provided with a tour guide and head set as you travel. There are two different busses for the New York big bus routes, as one focuses on the uptown areas and the other focuses on downtown New York City. Both of them are fantastic and a great way to see the sights, and both routes are available through the New York City pass. You can purchase tickets separately and on the day, but it works out cheaper and better value for your money if you buy the New York pass and get all your attractions included.
A few of the sights we saw on the Big Bus tour include: the flat iron building, the statue of liberty, pretty much any landmark you could expect to see in New York, and The Met, where we got off…
Let me tell you about The Met… this place was not my cup of tea. I was so looking forward to visiting here before my trip to NYC because of The Met Gala and all that, but let me tell you, the only way I’ll ever be going back is if I’m invited to the Gala itself, because the museum just wasn’t up my street. It was incredibly stressful, as Emily and I were trying to leave but it just felt like we could not find an exit anywhere. It’s not that it was bad (obviously, it’s The Met), it’s just that we weren’t really feeling it. Potentially, I may go back one day to give it another chance but my first experience… not what I was expecting. I didn’t realise till afterwards actually that The Met steps are where Blair, Serena and the Squad sit in Gossip Girl, so I’m definitely going to have to go back at least to the steps, so I can sit, have a snack and experience all the Gossip Girl vibes. Maybe I like The Met a little more now, hehe!
After exploring The Met, we took the bus back into Times Square, where we chilled out and went back to our hotel to get changed for the evening ahead. We stayed in the Crowne Plaza hotel, which is a gorgeous hotel in a wonderful location, central to Times Square, and I would definitely stay here again (although the room service wasn’t fab, but that’s not really my priority).
That evening, I was so excited as we had made plans to go for dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, somewhere which had been recommended to me by two friends of mine before my trip. Ellen’s is ‘the home of the singing waitstaff’ and such a fun place to eat. They do some good food, and whilst you dine singers and dancers perform Broadway Classics, pop hits and more. It’s so awesome! I highly recommend a visit to Ellen’s Stardust Diner if you’re in New York City, and you can read my more in depth review of Ellen’s here.
After dining at Ellen’s and having all the fun, we then visited the Rockefeller center and visited the ‘top of the rock’, a viewing point at the Rockefeller. As it was late evening, we had such a magical view of beautiful New York City all lit up, and we even got to see the Empire State Building at night, which was awesome. I loved the vibe at the ‘top of the rock’, and I am so glad we chose to go whilst it was dark because it made it that little bit more magical, and seeing the Empire State with its lights on was epic. I can’t wait to go back…
After a magical evening experiencing the ‘Top of The Rock’ we headed back to the hotel, and got some rest in ready for day two…
*Part two coming soon*