Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Christmas in New York City Travel Diary #2

Our first day in NYC was a hard one to beat, but with big plans I was pretty sure that day 2 would be just as good. Determined to make the most of every second here, we started out our day super early!

We took the subway to South Ferry Station and headed to Battery Park, stopping by a hotdog van on the way. I'm not going to lie, the hotdog was one of the best things I've ever eaten (mostly because I was friction' starving!) I love the views from Battery Park. You have a concrete jungle on one side and the Statue of Liberty on the other. Last time we were here we took the Staten Island Ferry past the Statue so we wanted to stop off on Liberty Island this year but tickets were sold out. That's a bit of advice guys, if you want to visit liberty Island, book well in advance!

From there we headed to the National September 11 Memorial. Standing there, it's so hard to even comprehend how people felt on that day. All of those people going about their daily lives and then suddenly the worst thing in the world happens. It just makes me feel so sick. I have mixed feelings about the memorial; on one hand it's a beautiful tribute but I also feel like it has become a bit of a tourist attraction rather than a place to pay respects and remember that horrific day.

Our next stop was Century 21 where we planned to spend our entire life savings. It's such a great shop and the bargains are amazing. I didn't actually buy much at all but Paul picked up quite a few things. Shopping is hell on earth though; by the time we left we were hot, tired, irritated and in pain. First world problems huh? We headed straight for the subway back to our hotel.

Craving a drink, we headed to and Irish pub around the corner from our hotel for a quick drink. That first sip of Corona was like heaven!

When it started to get dark we walked to Bryant Park Winter Wonderland to eat all of the food and have a look in the shops. It was pretty busy but the atmosphere was so festive. Having only eaten a hotdog all day we were starving and made the most of the many food choices. I really wanted skate but we learnt last Christmas that Paul is like Bambi on ice and at serious risk of dying.

Our last stop of the night was Radio City Music Hall to see The Rockette's Christmas Spectacular. This is my absolute favourite show I've ever seen. It's festive, magical and would even make the biggest humbug in the world smile. It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I love that there are so many different types of acts so you never quite know what you're going to get and the synchronisation and talent of the Rocket's is indescribable. The final act, The Nativity Story is just incredible and is even complete with real sheep and camels. I'm not even ashamed to admit that I got emotional watching it and left the show feeling so festive and happy. I can't recommend this show enough - go and see it! 

So that was day 2, every bit as perfect as the first day! New York City, you have my heart! 

Check back tomorrow for more updates of our adventures in magical NYC. Don't forget to follow along on Instagram too for more photos. 

What are your top Christmas recommendations not to be missed in NYC?

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