Its Friday 8th December…..NO MORE SLEEPS!!!!! It was finally our turn. We arrived at Dublin airport, and already had our boarding cards printed so it was straight to the bag drop and then straight for two glasses of bubbly, who cares its was just 7am, the butterflies were doing somersaults in my tummy and sure I needed something to settle them lol.
We proceeded then through immigration, where the Police officer announced in his lovely American accent “Your gonna freeze your little butt off in that dress in New York City ” Jeepers I didn’t know where to look. I nervously replied “Its just for the flight”
We flew with Aer Lingus, Dublin direct to JFK and cant recommend this airline enough. The service was first class, food was gorgeous, plenty wine to get us on our merry way, while we watched The Polar Express and Elf. I actually didn’t find the 7.5 hours, I was that flipping excited, the flight could of been 24 hours to get there and I wouldn’t of cared.
We arrived in NYC at 2pm, grabbed a yellow taxi from JFK airport to our hotel, The New Yorker. Fab hotel located on 8th Avenue. This hotel was so central, room was perfect, comfy bed, clean bathroom, a full length mirror, tv and a lovely surprise waited for us in the room from our lovely friends, a gorgeous hamper with a bottle of bubbly and 2 champagne flutes.
We checked in and literally threw the cases in the room and out we went to explore “The City That Never Sleeps”
As soon as we stepped out of the hotel I fell in love with New York, the horns blasting, the chitter chatter of people as they made their way through the streets of NYC, it was exactly what its like in the movies.
Everyone had told us that when we got to Times Square to head straight to the “Red Steps” and soak in the atmosphere and that is exactly what we did. Electric is how I would describe everything about Times Square, the lights, the noise, the atmosphere. We stood for ages just watching the world go by and I remember repeating over and over again to Kevin, ” I cant believe we’re actually here, we are in New York City” My neck was sore from looking up at all the high buildings. I was mesmorised.
And here SHE IS…..The Most AMAZING Christmas Tree in the world at Rockefeller, it was even more spectacular in real life.
Jet Lag is a bummer….. I was awake from 2.30am most nights. I eventually gave in at 4am and got up and showered. The Tick Tock Diner was located beside our hotel and was open 24/7 so we went for breakfast here. Pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes oh and maple syrup.
First stop today with Top Of Rock. The plan was that we would do this during the day, One World Observatory during the day and the Empire State Building at night.
We just arrived as the doors opened at 8am and there was just 5 people in front of us. I def would recommend to get up and at it early, the ques were very minimal. This was very special, my first view of the NYC skyline. I don’t think I spoke for 10 minutes, I was just memorized with this magical city, and then…….it started to snow. I kid you not, on Top of the Rock, it had started to snow, there were tears I can tell you.
Central Park was next on today’s itinerary. We grabbed two coffees and off we went for a stroll around the most famous park in the world, with the snow falling, it was quite magical.
With Tiffanys just around the corner from Central Park, we had to have a wee look inside and sure then I could’nt leave empty handed lol. The little blue box and that bow, I remember my hubby muttering while the sales assistant tied that ribbon so elegantly that “she had too much time on her hands” But ladies I could of watched her tying those bows all day.
This was the BEST day and the pic below is one of my favorites. We again were out of the hotel at silly o clock and off we set with two coffees on the go from the Tick Tock Diner. We walked through the snowy streets of NYC, my cheeks was sore from smiling….I just couldn’t believe that we were here in New York and that it snowed.
When I think of Brooklyn Bridge I think of Kevin Mc Allister in Home Alone in the yellow taxi going over the bridge with his wee head out the window…..I’m the BIGGEST Home Alone fan ever and going to Brooklyn Bridge brought the big kid out on me. It didn’t disappoint and was so magical with the snow.
After Brooklyn Bridge, we headed to the One World Obsevatory. Again early morning meant no big ques. When we got to the top, the blinds were all down and a short video was played and THEN I got the BIGGEST LUMP in my throat and cried….the blinds came up and there it was, New York City like I’ve never seen it before. I was so emotional and didn’t want to leave, the views were just breath taking and I’m so glad that we decided to do this during daylight. I will NEVER forget these views, it was so clear.
As if it couldnt get any better, there he was waiting on me at the top, Santa himself and what a magical Santa he was. There is a fab restaurant and coffee shop at top, we sat for ages having a coffee and just soaking it all up. This place was DEF the highlight of our trip.
On Sunday night we headed to Bar 230 5th and met up with friends who were in NYC too. We headed around 6pm and there were no ques to get in, no ques at the bar and plenty room in the Igloos for a few Irish. The view of the Empire State Building at night from here was gorgeous. We were snug as bugs in the igloos where there were heaters and fleecy red blankets.
On Monday, we got the bus to Woodbury Common and shopped till we dropped. Would definitely recommend a trip here. Only takes and hour to get there and the bus drops you off at the door and picks you up just outside too.
Our final night in NYC, we went to the Empire State Building, to see the most amazing city at night. Our pass included this, so there was no queuing and we were at the top within 15 minutes.
Our last few hours in New York and there was only one place I wanted to go to and it was The Christmas Cottage. This shop is the only one in NYC that sells the Turtle Doves ( Any Home Alone fans will know what I mean) This shop was AMAZING….every inch of the shop is covered in Christmas decorations, and there they were my turtle doves.
Here are a few more pics from our trip.
My Top Tips
- Before you go PLAN PLAN PLAN, there is soooooooooooooooooo much to see in New York and you wont want to waste a second.
- Buy a pass, we bought ours from Attractions Tickets Direct, it cost us 109 euros each and included 5 attractions.
- Get up and get out early, dont waste that jet lag. I found the morning so much quiter to get pics of my fav spots, for example our first stop on the first night was the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller but it was CRAZY busy, we went back the next morning first thing and got all the fab photos youve seen above.
- If your thinking about going to the outlets shopping, book before you go to New York, those buses get booked up very fast.
- Previous tip I got was to make up little bags and leave for the housekeeping staff, with dollars and some Irish cadburys chocolate.
- Forget about the stylish shoes when in NYC, i ditched the fancy boots after day one and spent the rest of my days in my trainers, honest to God my legs were sooooooooooooooooo sore from all the walking.
- Don’t pretend its Spring when its Winter. Bring your thermals, hats, scarfs, gloves. I hate the cold but I was so well prepared I never felt it at all.
Huge thank you to Emmet Rushe from Rushe fitness for the AMAZING prize & to Atlantic travel for all your wonderful help booking our holiday of a lifetime. I’ve been asked so many times since we have come back would I go back and people are surprised when I say no. I say no because I don’t think anything could live up to the holiday we just had and seeing everything for real for the first time and we couldn’t have been there at a more magical time. I have memories that will last a lifetime.
“Dream It, Wish It, Do It”