Not knowing what to get each other for Christmas we decided a short break in New York was an option. It is one of our favourite places but we have never been in winter. January is supposedly the coldest month but having bought the anorak, and having the fur headband (thanks, Kate) and a fur hat (thanks, Julie) I was all set.
We stayed once again at the Edison Hotel, an ideal location at the corner of Time Square and 47th. While we had found the hotel comfortable in the past, since our last visit it had been refurbished and was very posh! It offered free walking tours as well as airport transfers. We were given an upgraded room with wifi, coffee and soft drinks which were also all free.
I love Time Square, there’s no better place to experience the excitement surrounded by neon lights, giant billboards and Broadway theaters, it is truly the heart of Midtown. Whether you wander around during the day or on a night there is always something to see.
When we were last in this area it was summer time and we saw the Naked Cowboy, at -5C we didn´t expect to see him but sure enough he was there in nothing but his pants, hat and boots. The man must be mental!
We decided to stick close to the hotel due to not being used to cold weather so walked to the Observation deck at the Top of the Rock. The main Christmas tree had been removed but the ice skating will remain until April when things start to warm up in the city.
We were also only a couple of blocks from Bryant Park with its Carousel and during the winter more than 100 small booths selling Christmasy goods, as well as ice-skating on the pond.
We love doing the tours. What I really like about them, is you can visit an area you would not necessarily go to on your own. I also love the fact that your guide explains what you are viewing along the way. They are great for first-time visitors, but also for those of us who think we have done all the tourist things in the city and then learn there is so much more. This time we took in a tiny corner of the huge Central Park but eventually the cold had us heading for a warm cafe and a huge hot chocolate.
Our final treat was to take in a Broadway show. It was hard to choose with so many options, did we see Chicago, Wicked, Matilda, Kinky Boots – in the end we opted for Jersey Boys and it proved to be a great choice. Loved the show and the artists think it is now right up there with my two favourites Blood Brothers and Les Mis.
Sadly our time was up, we took the hotel transfer back to JFK and faced the horrendous queues to get through security. I do love America but don´t know how many more hours of my life I can lose just trying to get in and out of their country. The words Piss Up and Brewery spring to mind each time I have to join one of their never-ending lines.
Note: Looking at the Mail Online it seems we timed our visit just right otherwise we could have been caught up in this The city that never sleeps shuts down: New York is hit by historic 26.8 inches of snow