New York! New York!

My apologies for allowing myself to be swept up with my upcoming holidays. Then again, I’m not really sorry because if I had stayed at my keyboard I would have missed some incredible life experiences.

In readiness for said hols. I was doing a backup of my photos and came across some of New York. As we are going to ‘the good ole US of A’ albeit the opposite coast, it seemed like fate that I should wallow in the magic of these photos (hundreds of them) but because of the memories they stirred, the time wasn’t wasted.

Let’s face it NYC can be intimidating. It’s huge, planning a trip can feel overwhelming, and as we only had a 3 night stay, we wanted to take in as much as possible so we took a HoHo Tour. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself, learn the ropes, and figure out which areas you want to spend more time exploring on subsequent days.

Our hotel was on 47th Street and Time Square so after stretching and showering, we set out to explore the Big Apple – I can’t even begin to describe what it felt like to be back.

Life in New York brings the unexpected, turn a corner, walk out a door and you will find something extraordinary.

We bought the 48-hour pass on a Grey Line tour as the pick-up point was at the end of the road. This meant we could do all the loops and a night tour and it cost less than €50.

Some of the highlights are below in no particular order other than alphabetical.

Atlas, Battery Park, Broadway and Brooklyn Bridge at night.

Central Park and Chrysler Building (not to be confused with Empire State, Eh Jim!)

Empire State Building

Flatiron Building, Fifth Avenue and Greenwich Village

Reminds me of all the movies you have seen with the fire escapes dropping down the outside of the buildings.

Madam Tussauds, Maddison Square Garden and NY’s Finest

Rockefeller Centre

When we first visited NYC, we met another visitor, and shared a tour of the city. It was here that we tasted our first cocktails, back in 1977.

Staten Island Ferry, St Patricks Cathedral, Trump Towers and Wall Street

The ferry will take you on a one-hour trip with great view of the city, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. It’s also FREE!

Statue of Liberty

Finally on our last day we got in a taxi to take us to Central Station as we were heading to Boston then Cape Cod but that is a whole new set of memories.


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