A Christmassy Week in New York, U.S.A.

‘And, if I can make it there, I’m gonna make it anywhere; it’s up to you, New York, New York, New Yooork…’

A dream of mine came true in December, when my boyfriend, two of our friends and I flew over to America to spend a Christmassy week in New York. Having always wanted to visit in the winter, the trip certainly wasn’t a disappointment!

Seriously, as I write this post, I miss the city already. We’ve only been back a month or so (at the time I started writing that is!)! Our entire week was absolutely incredible from start to finish. Even though I’m sad to not be there still, I’m excited to share the photographs and memories from the holiday.

I loved everything about New York. From the buildings to the Christmas decorations. The street food – craving a Shake Shack burger right now! – to the fancier eateries. From the famous landmarks to the cold and crazy weather. The people to the buzzing, bustling atmosphere. Everything.

I apologise in advance if I end up giving you a blow-by-blow on pretty much every hour of every day over the next week of posts. Like I said above, this holiday was a dream come true and the four of us treated it like the trip of a lifetime. Therefore, I’m not only publishing these posts for you lovely readers, but also as a type of online memory-book for me to look back at in years to come. If you don’t fancy reading all the paragraphs, feel free to skim the text and focus solely on the images. If you’re this person, you’ll also be pleased to know that I’m going to write some posts on top New York places and sights at some point in future, which will summarise everything in the posts linked below. Meaning that they’ll be a lot more compact and to the point!

TRAVELLING & FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF NEW YORK CITY.

Day one of our New York trip was spent travelling. For my first ever long-haul flight, it was pretty impressive! British Airways were excellent! We watched films, ate and drank lots of food and snoozed. We then arrived in to New York Airport shortly after 4pm and headed straight to our apartment for a chilled evening before crashing in bed.

We’d booked an AirBnb apartment, which was OK. It was quite dated, but clean and had the facilities we needed. The main problem was that the front bedroom faced out on to the street, which meant there was a lot of noise throughout the night. The back bedroom was a lot quieter though. The best thing about the flat was it’s location. We were practically a stone’s throw away from Times Square. All in all, it was an alright stay and I would stay there again for the location alone (but that’s about the only reason).

DIY MIDTOWN WALKING TOUR, INCLUDING TOP OF THE ROCK

Being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on our first morning in New York, we decided to get the ‘Midtown Walking Tour’ out of the way whilst we still had the energy. Read all about what we saw along the way here. We walked. A lot.

EARLY MORNING NEW YORK & CENTRAL PARK

Being wide awake at 4am, I took myself out on a pre-dawn walk near Times Square. Saturday was also the brightest but coldest day of the trip and thus, we opted for a stroll around Central Park. Check it out here.

9/11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM.

Our third day consisted of a very emotional visit to the 9/11 Memorial Centre. To see more of our experience, click here.

GREENWICH VILLAGE, CHINATOWN & THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY.

To walk from the ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ apartment to the ‘Ghostbusters’ fire station, have lunch at China Town & see inside the magnificent New York Public Library, go here.

STATUE OF LIBERTY, WALL STREET, BROOKLYN BRIDGE & DUMBO.

Here’s part one of our mammoth Sunday, where we walked over 26,000 steps & ticked off more bucket list items than we could shake a stick at! It had to be one of the best days of the whole trip, as I’m sure you’ll see.

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING AT NIGHT & CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAYS.

Take a look at part two of our mammoth Sunday, views from the Empire State Building at night and the magical shop Christmas window displays, by clicking here.

RANDOM WANDERINGS.

Our last day started with a final epic breakfast at Westway Diner. It has been exactly as it had been all week…delicious!

We spent our last full day having a random wander, doing some shopping and having one last look at the gorgeous Rockefeller Christmas Tree. One of the buildings I had most wanted to visit was the Flatiron Building and disappointingly, it was covered in scaffolding. If I ever venture back across the pond, I would love to see the building in all it’s glory!

HOME TIME.

Although the following Tuesday came around quickly, it had felt like we’d been in New York for a lifetime. My heart still broke a little over leaving though.

As I’m sure you can tell from the short descriptions above – and the posts themselves! – our week was jam-packed, and I loved every. Single. Minute!

It was the best few days and I count my lucky stars every day to have such wonderful people in my life, who helped to make the whole week utterly incredible!

Can we go back now?!

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