New York City baby, what a place - the city that never sleeps. A concrete jungle full of life, from gazing off the Rockefeller building to an elderly women playing the guitar topless in Times Square; truly the element of surprise! I spent 4 nights in NYC before continuing on to Ontario, Canada. This of course meant cramming and planning.
It's surprising how much you can do when under time-pressure. With hot temperatures we found that the "Big Bus Tour" was the most efficient and productive way of getting about. The hop-on, hop-off service had over 30 stops in both Uptown and Downtown New York making it easy to navigate between locations ( definitely worth the money ).
Our travels took us to the famous Staten Island Ferry on the Hudson which gave a superb view of Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge and of course the Statue of Liberty. I found the Ferry journey relaxing as it takes you away from the 'hustle & bustle' of the tourist crowds.
The Rockefeller Center was next on the list ( using the Big Bus service again) . After 67 floors, the elevator doors open and beholds in front of you the best view of New York City!! I was now Top of the Rock! Views expanded across Central Park, Brooklyn, Manhattan, you name it!
At night, you can get the subway to Brooklyn and walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. The view you get looking back on the dancing lights of the city are absolutely breath taking. I never got the chance to walk across it in daylight, however that always gives me the excuse to go back, right?
If you ever do go to NYC and you don't mind sports then 110% go to a baseball game! The atmosphere at the Yankee Stadium was absolutely incredible! It's a long sit, especially if the game gets interrupted by a thunder storm but trust me, buy a bucket of chicken and some nachos and you will not regret a thing!
With the crumbling and destruction of the twin towers, we visited the 9/11 memorial. Personally, I had little knowledge of the event prior to the trip but the memorial area was the eeriest place I've ever been to. It hit me seeing how many names were engraved into the marble. It really makes you take a moment to reflect on how precious life is. A must see.
Times Square was such a mesmerising place to be. There is so much going on around you. I'd advise to take a break, get a Starbucks and try and get a seat somewhere if you can and just take in your surroundings. From naked granny's and their guitars to street dancing there is defiantly a lot to observe. Not to mention the striking electronic lighting from the billboards.
If you know me then you know I absolutely adore food and will try anything, so of course the famous Olive Garden could not be passed- the finest Italian I've ever tasted, perfetto!
After4 nights in New York, I'd say I done a pretty good job at ticking things off my bucket list. The 25.6.15 saw me waving a short good bye to the Big Apple as me and ma familia set off on a 10 hour road trip to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to visit our long lost Canadian family. Another story for another day.