Hello everyone, I have just been to New York for 12 days and I had a fab time! I really want to hare my experience with you so here goes:
Flight: 11am Heathrow, arrive: New York 1.45pm! Just in time for lunch! (Flights really cheap £200 return with STA Travel!)
First stop was Ground Zero,
as sad as it is; it is hard to avoid the huge gap in front of you as you enter the Financial District. I went and paid my respects to those whose lives were taken on that day.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island:
We took a boat to the statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, a bargain on the circle line tour at only 10$.Unfortunately you are unable to climb Liberty any more, but you do get a chance to walk around Liberty Island and get a closer view! Next stop Ellis Island, we went into the museum and found out about what immigration used to be like in New York.
42nd Street and Times Square:
We headed for the bright lights of 42nd street and Times Square; I have never been to America and loved the bright lights and how massive everything was! We stopped for lunch at The Olive Garden! All had a great meal, and I love the fact you get free bread and salad!
Show time! We really wanted to see a Broadway show and headed for the QTS ticket booth, we ere told we wouldn’t get tickets for less than 50$. Fortunately we were with someone in the know and we found out about The Last Minute Lottery! You head to the theatre at 4pm put your name and the number of tickets you require on a piece of paper and place it in a hat! At 4.30pm names are picked and you can see the show for only 25$ each! We were very lucky and all our names were called! We went to see Hairspray and it was fab!
Empire State Building:
It cost's 11$ on it's own, 15$ for the Sky ride or you can do a joint ticket for just 17$. I opted for the joint ticket, I have to say I wasn't impressed with the Sky Ride1 But the views were amazing from the top of the building!
The day we headed to Central Park it was covered in snow! Not the best plan in the world, but it was worth it to see the reservoir frozen over! It was a beautiful sight! We decided to walk the length of Central Park (Mad, Crazy people that we are) But a horse and carriage ride can be taken by the less energetic of you at around 30$.
I was a little unimpressed with China town, I prefer china Town and Soho in London! Little Italy was nice though loads of great restaurants! However this is the place to go if you are after some cheap bags or perfume! I bought a large bottle of CK1 for the bargain price of 20$.
Rocker fella Centre: The Rocker fella Centre gives you the chance to go ice-skating! We didn’t participate but it looked like good fun! Just around the corner from there is also Radio City Music Hall, tours are available but at a price and only at certain times of the day!
The Yankee Stadium:
We took a trip to the Bronx and saw the Yankee Stadium! Not the right time of year for a game but it was great to take a sneaky peak inside. Tours are only at 12pm and cost around 12$! Or if your cheeky like us you can turn up at 3pm in the afternoon and take a sneaky look for free! Use your English charm it works a treat every time!
Shopping: You cannot go to New York City and not shop! Macys the world’s largest department store is well worth a visit. As is Blooming dales, I treated my self to a plastic Little Brown Bag for just 18$! Tiffany’s is great to look around in, as are many other shops along 5th Avenue. Century 21 is a great American shop; it’s a designer discount store! But if it’s tack your after head to Times Square!
As a bonus trip we went to take part as audience members for the Ricky Lake show! It was really good fun! You can book tickets for such talk shows on the Internet for free. Try http://www.Applausestore.com
To sum up I highly recommend New York for a great holiday!