As you may have seen from Instagram, last week my bestie and I spent the week in New York. It was our first time in the city for both of us, as well as our first time in the States, however we have been told that New York simply cannot be compared to the rest of America. We had dreamt of this trip since we were about 13 years old and used to watch the movie Bride Wars on repeat. We both knew that the year we turned 21 was the time to go, so in January we booked the trip with a very good British Airways offer and started preparing for our Winter getaway to the big apple. Wow, it did not disappoint.
We had the week of our lives, simply exploring the city, getting to know all its charms and most importantly visiting all the places we had seen so many times on our TV screens. I thought I would simply share some of our favourite parts of the trip to hopefully inspire you if you ever plan on visiting.
Brooklyn Bridge was towards the end of our week in the city but such a memorable few hours. We got an Uber from our hotel on the East side of the city to the hot Instagram spot in Dumbo, Brooklyn, to get that iconic shot of the pebbled street with the Manhattan bridge behind. We were pretty proud of the images we got, all thanks to another tourist who got very snap happy with the camera. After our photos we then chose to walk back over the bridge, which probably took around half an hour in total with our gentle stroll. Unfortunately, it was raining cats and dogs, but still happened to be one of my favourite parts of the trip.
Now I wouldn’t say that this part of the trip was a particularly ‘enjoyable’ experience, but I am so glad that we did it and I have to say it is definitely something everyone needs to do at least once. The experience was more what I would describe as ‘chilling’, reliving the day and paying tribute to those who lost their lives in such a tragic way. The memorial itself was very peaceful and the waterfalls felt like a wonderful way to mark the site and for people to come and mourn and pay their respects. I guess remembering these tragic incidents is a key ingredient in ensuring that history never repeats itself.
As I imagined from the very beginning, Fifth Avenue was my home from home. Shop after shop making me feel at ease and totally in love with the magical city. We tried our hardest not to empty our bank cards on Fifth Avenue in one day, but you all know me, my bank card did take a little bit of a hit on the last day in Gucci situated over three floors in Trump Tower. The way I see it, how often do I get the chance to have fun and make a purchase on the classic Fifth Avenue in New York frickin City?!
Ice Skating in Central Park
This was possibly the most hilarious part of the trip due to my extremely appalling ice-skating skills, or lack of. We did two laps around, which took the best part of half an hour, and decided to give up and head for lunch due to my lack of ice-skating confidence. However, what an experience to ice skate in central park just like Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl!
Saving the best to last, and our agreed favourite part of the trip, on the second night in NYC we went to see Mean Girls on Broadway and it was INCREDIBLE. It was a wonderful musical adaption of the classic film with talented acting, amazing performances, laugh out loud humour and even a few controversial remarks on the state of the US which seemed to go down a treat. Despite paying $27 for a ‘on Wednesdays we wear pink’ cocktail, I was very happy to even be able to bring home a Mean Girls souvenir in my reusable cup! Such an enjoyable and memorable experience from being in NY and I would definitely recommend this show if they bring it to the UK!
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