Sunday, 19 November 2017

New York (Days 2 & 3) - Heights, sights and songs

For the next couple of days in New York we took in a lot of the big sights. Catching glimpses of the breath-taking infamous skyline, walking miles and miles and seeing thousands of faces across the city.

For the best views we decided to visit Top of the Rock twice, in the daytime and at night, so we picked a pass that let us do just that and made the two trips fit into the rest of our day. We ventured across there first thing in the morning and absolutely melted at the top in the strong sun.

Whether you have visited twenty times or never before, the views don't cease to amaze you. The sheer size of Manhattan, the height you’re at and the hundreds of buildings all packed onto the one island can never fail to be beautiful.

Going up to the Rock is always an experience from entering the lobby to taking a trip in the lift to venture up to the top floor. At night time the city changes into a landscape that twinkles with the millions of lights across the city. It's a totally different atmosphere and it is a must see.

Top of the Rock Day and Night
Top of the Rock Day and Night
Top of the Rock Day and Night
Top of the Rock Day and Night
Top of the Rock Day and Night
Grand Central Terminal tourist New York
Grand Central Terminal tourist New York

During our second day, we also came across Grand Central Terminal. With so many films featuring this exquisite train station, you can’t help but stop by and have a nosy. Its a great stop for a couple of photos and if you're a candle lover, there is a Bath and Body Works a stone’s throw from the station.

The weather really held up for us in New York considering it was October. Throughout our stay it was pleasantly warm. We wore shorts everyday and were regularly filling up our water bottles. Our first stop on the third day had to be to take some time out in the gorgeous weather and stroll through Central Park. This was about a 20-30 minute walk from our hotel which wasn't bad at all. When we entered the park we started to walk towards the iconic boating lake. We chose not to take a boat out as we had much more to see, so we walked towards the nearest subway and hopped on a train to walk the Brooklyn Bridge.

Central Park tourist october new york
Central Park tourist october new york
Central Park tourist october new york
Brooklyn Bridge New York
Brooklyn Bridge New York
A Bronx Tale New York Theatre

The Brooklyn Bridge is actually really easy to find. It is quite near the bottom of Manhattan, where we'd been on our first day. We started to walk across the bridge and at first we didn't realise just how long it was. With the hustle and bustle of people and bikes to content with, we got to the first open area and then headed back knowing we had lots more to fit into our visit. It was great to see the bridge, and on another day we might have walked the length, but with a short stay in New York it wasn't to be. After we'd been to visit the 9/11 Memorial site, we took a subway back Uptown to get ready for the theatre.

We had booked our tickets to see A Bronx Tale direct at the theatre the day before which provided us with reasonable prices and a great view. The actual show was fantastic. I didn't know what to expect before I went into it as I hadn't heard of the story beforehand. It turned out to be a really interesting story with some great songs and lots of humour. Definitely one that will interest both men and women.

So with days 2 & 3 done, it was on to our last full day in NYC and we were off to Coney Island. That deserves a post of its own, coming soon...
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Monday, 30 October 2017

New York - (Day 1) - Lots of walking and a surprise...

When I was thinking about putting my holiday posts together, I was going to highlight my favourite parts. After a poll on twitter, most people said they would prefer more of a diary approach, so that's what I'm going to do. If you weren't aware that I went away, I took a trip to America touring New York, New Orleans and Atlanta for two weeks with boyfriend and today's post is about our first full day in New York.

Having already been to New York, this was my second time in the Big Apple. I was very excited to come back and experience it all with Matthew, as I knew it would be somewhere he would enjoy. For our first venture out we walked the High Line which is a disused rail track that has been turned into a public park and walkway on which you can take in the sights of Manhattan.

New York High Line Travel Blog
New York High Line Travel Blog
New York High Line Travel Blog
New York High Line Travel Blog

As much as its a lovely walk to do, I wouldn't say it was my favourite part of New York. It's great to get your bearings and dip your toe into the city, but if you don't have time for it, you aren't missing out on much... but there are lots of water points along the way which is a bonus if you've brought your own water bottle which we did.

Whilst on our walk, we passed the infamous Chelsea Market. I knew that my dreams of having deep fried Oreos were going to be lived in here. When we finished the walk, we ventured back to the building and walked around in awe of all the amazing eateries dotted around the fantastic interior. Chelsea Market has a history dating back to the 1800s when it was used as a biscuit factory making everyone's favourite, the Oreo (...and many other biscuits). Inside it is visually stunning which brick walls, solid steel beams and complementing accents such as the flower adorned clock hanging from the ceiling.
New York Chelsea Market Travel Blog
New York Chelsea Market Travel Blog
New York Chelsea Market Travel Blog
New York Chelsea Market Creamline Deep Fried Oreos Travel Blog
Although there were so many great choices for food here, we were still full from our breakfast and the heat wasn't helping. Of course I had to get my deep fried Oreos from Creamline as it was my destiny. I offered Matt one but he wasn't having it, so I ate all four to myself dipped in whipped cream. This was my first big treat of the holiday and it was well worth it.

When I'd finished these, it was time to hit the road again and start walking. We decided we would head downtown and see the Charging Bull and finish in Battery Park. We walked and walked through numerous neighbourhoods taking in every bit of Manhattan. We even did some shopping on the way which gave us a much needed walking break.

After we had a nosy at the Charging Bull and the Fearless Girl, we headed on down to Battery Park to take in the sights and get a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. By this point it was getting time for the sun to set, so we decided to stop and see. As we waited around, I felt that Matt's persistence to get the perfect view for the sunset had to mean something... And it did. He asked me to marry him as the sun set in the view of the Lady Liberty and of course I said YES!

New York Battery Park Statue of Liberty Travel Blog
Engagement New York Battery Park Ring
New York Battery Park Statue of Liberty Travel Blog
Engagement New York Ring Urban Outfitters

We ventured back to the Urban Outfitters that we'd been in earlier and got a few cheeky photo booth snaps as a newly-engaged couple on the way back. After this, I'm not going to lie to you, we got the Subway back to the hotel and were asleep shortly after toasting our engagement with a bottle of fizz.

If you're interested in the rest of our trip, make sure to keep checking back, or follow me on Twitter!
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Twisted Boo Boo - Halloween Cocktails | 3

For my final Halloween cocktail, I decided to pull out my martini glass and see what I could concoct. I think this looks decadently evil and it's super easy to make with very few ingredients! It is very similar to a Woo Woo, minus the vodka, so I've called it a Twisted Boo Boo!

Twisted Boo Boo - Halloween Cocktails
Twisted Boo Boo - Halloween Cocktails

For this you will need:
1 shot of Peach Snapps
3 shots of Cranberry juice
Violet syrup
optional: orange peel

1. In your martini glass add your shot of Peach Snapps and then your cranberry juice.

2. With your violet syrup, slowly pour this in keeping to the edge of the glass until it settles in a nice layer on the bottom.

3. If you want to decorate, get an orange and peel a small strip from the skin, adding this to your glass.

Twisted Boo Boo - Halloween Cocktails
Twisted Boo Boo - Halloween Cocktails

This drink is super sweet and with one shot of alcohol, not too strong. Its a great one if you get the girls round to watch scary movies and you want to feel a little more prim and proper.

If you try this drink, let me know! This was my last of three Halloween cocktail recipes and it was so fun to make them up. I know I'm no mixologist and these drinks are very simple to put together but I loved the look of them all and had to share. If you missed the last two you can find them here, and here.

I'm thinking about making up some Christmas cocktails, so let me know what your favourite festive flavours are!

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Twisted Boo Boo - Halloween Cocktails

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