The big apple

In November my beautiful bestie and I took a trip the the big apple……New York!!!!! We flew with Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow. I love Virgin as an airline the staff are great, the food is good, the seats are comfortable and the on-board entertainment is fantastic. We flew at 8pm and arrived in New York at maybe 10 pm local time. Immigration was a timely affair but what you going to do. We grabbed a yellow cab please do not take and unlicensed taxi 1. they aren’t insured and 2. they don’t have a set price and potentially could rip you off.

We arrived at the Fairfiled Inn and Suites by Marriott which was situated close to Broadway. The room was comfortable but quite small but our intention was to be out all day so we only needed to lay our heads. Breakfast was included with our room and it was great. It was self serve buffet style canteen with fresh coffee, juices, hot and cold food. We filled up and made our way down to Battery Park to meet for our tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island. Our tour guide was great. She was upbeat, friendly and had a wealth of knowledge. We booked this trip with Viator and would highly recommend.

Following our tour we took a wander to a local food marketΒ Smorgasburg which was so delicious. Definitely go if you have the chance. Even though it was chilly we were still able to grab a bench and eat in the sunshine.

We then wandered through the streets enjoying the sites and shopped a little then had a quick pit stop to Carlos Bakery. It was rammed and if I’m totally honest it wasn’t the best. I think people go as it’s a brand they recognise. I tried a cannoli and lobster tail as I’ve never had either. They weren’t what I imagined both were very crunchy and the cannoli was very heavy.

Following a quick change we power walked up to Times Square to watch Chicago. The production itself is very basic and you can’t help but sing along.

After the show we grabbed a slice and retreated to the hotel. For some much needed rest. The next day we were up early again and had a splurge at Sephora. I bought Christmas gifts for my nieces and treat myself to a foundation and moisturiser. Which I absolutely love. We then went to my favourite shop Victoria Secret and took advantage of tax free shopping. I was in sports legging heaven. After all that sending we were on the best doughnuts in nyc ……Dough.

They were definitely worth the walk. It took me ages to decide on what I wanted so I had two. Which were the cafe au lait and the salted chocolate caramel. Then I wondered why my leggings were a bit tight.

After a quick bag drop at the hotel we made our way downtown to walk across the Brooklyn bridge and venture around Dumbo off course we needed a pip stop which included an Aperol spritz.

We got kinda lost on our way and didn’t take in the iconic bridge as we needed to wee so bad. After having two babies your bladder strength isn’t what it used to be.

A much needed food stop was needed and from instagram we found Juliana’s. Omg!!! One of the best pizzas I’ve ate. It was huge. Could have finished it but I didn’t fancy a roll up hill

The walk home was a lot more chilled and seeing Manhattan at night was great.

The next day we started a visit to the Rockerfeller Center. This is my 2nd visit here but the view is just as special 2nd time round. We decided to visit early to take in the view and not be over crowded.

We then wandered through Central Park and visited the American Museum of Natural History . I love visiting places you see on the movies. Me and my son especially love the night at the museumΒ and he would have loved this museum it has everything and you could literally spend hours exploring.

 

As we were in the neighbourhood we had to make a visit to Levain according to Facebook they have the best cookies in New York and they did not disappoint just wish I was able to heat it up and enjoy it warm. I munched down a chocolate chip and walnut and a dark chocolate peanut butter.

We headed back to our hotel and enroute stocked up on American candies for my boys. The trip home was very comfortable as we booked premium economy and it was worth every penny.

I’ve been to New York twice now. First time was in December. I found it way too busy and quite intimidating at times. We walked a lot but the underground system is cheap but takes a little time to understand. The lines don’t make much sense especially if you’ve used the London Underground. I’d love to visit in spring when it’s little warmer and enjoy sunny evenings on a roof top bar.

My next trip is Thailand……………..

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