The City That Never Sleeps

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Start spreading the news
I am leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York

-FRANK SINATRA

We attended my sister-in-law’s wedding in Danbury, Connecticut last month and pre-wedding accommodation was by way of a beautiful place called Candlewood Isle in Fairfield which was very ‘Dawson’s Creek’ esque!

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When you are geographically oh so close to the ‘Big Apple’ it would be rude not to visit. As both Mr M and I aren’t getting any younger we thought this might be our only chance to explore NYC toddler free. I knew that with all the travel components involved it would be way too much for our little cub so he got a week’s holiday with the grandparents and had a wail of a time!

If you haven’t been to New York, try and get there in this lifetime but be prepared for a lot of walking. According to the Apple health app on our phones, we walked 29.5 miles in 3 days. I quite possibly need a new pair of legs.  It is exactly how I imagined it would be. New York City’s five boroughs are home to some of the world’s cherished landmarks and attractions.

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One of the most recognisable landmarks, the Brooklyn bridge was built in 1883. The Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn, with its limestone and granite neo-gothic towers the bridge’s pathway  offers fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline and downtown Brooklyn. There were loads of tourists all stopping for photos selfie sticks pretty much everywhere. I saw a bride and groom having their photos taken trying to avoid the large groups of tourists passing them by. The other thing you can’t miss is the love locks and headphones attached to the bridge by visitors and (possibly locals) which apparently is a real problem for those who are responsible for the maintenance.

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Our hotel was  a five minutes walk away from the foundations of where the Twin Towers once stood.  The memorial consists of two enormous waterfalls pouring into the foundations with the names of the victims cut into a metal rim around them. The 9/11 Memorial I thought was beautifully made to remember the thousands of people tragically killed in the attacks and those who died in the World Trade Centre bombing in 1993. Deeply moving standing there at the water’s edge, looking at a pool of water that is cascading into an abyss.

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New York was made to be seen from up high in my view.  No visit to New York City would be complete without a stop at this masterpiece of Art Deco design, and perhaps the most famous office building in the world. I have to say I preferred the Chrysler building and this was for me the most beautiful building in the City hands down and yet I don’t appear to have taken a photo of it.  *slaps forehead* so the below photo is one I’ve grabbed off the web.

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I did have a few moments thinking about the film King Kong and also Sleepless in Seattle (you know that final scene).  But this was interrupted when I saw a romantic marriage proposal which was really sweet up on the 102nd floor. When the man went down on his knee I thought he’d dropped something and was looking for it so I very nearly went over to help, so glad I saw the box with the ring otherwise I would have ruined his perfect proposal! Mr M and I then chatted about our marriage proposal and how it didn’t quite go to plan…but never mind nearly 6 years on we are still very happy in love.

The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World has been a beacon in New York since 1886.  The torch represents enlightenment and the way to freedom showing us the path to Liberty and the tablet she holds represents a book of law. A gift from the people of France, the Statue was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel symbolising freedom and democracy.

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Located in midtown Manhattan at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Times Square has often been referred to as the crossroads of the World. Full of bright lights and billboards, it also serves as the hub of the Theatre District. Naturally I compared it to London Piccadilly Square.

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Hanging out with the locals

Grand Central Terminal is one of the oldest original pieces of architecture still standing in New York. This terminal is so pretty and even though I love St Pancras in London this terminal is simply stunning.

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I love theatre nights in London so this was really a highlight for me.  I was treated by Mr M to great seats watching Chicago which I really enjoyed even though I’m not a huge fan of musicals this one kept at a good pace and we even drank Malbec from toddler style non-spill beakers.  The man sitting next to me was asleep all the way through but I thought Chicago was a fun show.

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A Coconut and a Lychee Mojito.

Ever since visiting San Francisco in December 2015  fire escapes catch my eye wherever I go. In West Side story (I don’t really like musicals honest) the famous balcony scene took place on a fire escape and there are plenty of these in NYC.

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Central Park is a great green space with loads on offer,  I loved it and could see this would be the place I’d probably most visit if I lived in Manhattan. I did have a little someone on my mind.  A few ice creams and lots of water later we left the park. I did have to stand in what seemed like a mile long queue for the Ladies ‘Rest Room’  whilst we watched the men go to the their side of the block watching us all unsympathetically. Why aren’t there more toilets available for women here and every where in the World!

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So this adventure in NYC alone meant we walked 62,281 in 3 days and I did have some neck ache from constantly looking up at all the sky scrapers towering above me. On one of the days we  had to run very fast to catch a river taxi back to the hotel and I seriously hadn’t run like that in a long time. I could feel my heart beating out of my chest and I couldn’t keep up with Mr M but fortunately we made it just in time. Just thinking about it gives me the sweats!

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New York is an exhilarating metropolis. As Frank Sinatra sang ‘ If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere’ well I share the same sentiment about London!

Thanks for reading

Bella

~X~

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