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Monday, 7 December 2015

New York in a Few Words


Chasing the sun half across the world in a tin can with wings. I cannot get my head around plane travel. • I don't think I've ever eaten as much in a single day as on our outbound flight. From pretzels, to mini fab ice lollies, to love hearts sweeties. Top marks Virgin Atlantic. • Paying for extra legroom: 10/10 would do again. • Manic taxi rides. • Pockets of solitude nestled within the general hustle and bustle. • A cityscape of dreams hotel view. • Feeling overwhelmed at first, but soon settling into city life. • Walking fast, learning how to effectively zip in between lost tourists and food carts. • Learning to time the crossings perfectly. • Dogs in coats. • Silly purchases. • Enormous Chocolate chip pancakes. • Getting a little carried away in Strand Books. • Dodging comedy central audience finders, bus tour operators and open arms of Elmo, Mickey or a Minion. • Late night CVS snack runs. • Avoiding the subway and walking almost everywhere, soaking up city vibes. • A city that implores you to look up, and not always at the floor. • Standing at the top of the Empire State Building just after sunset. • The discovery of the little wonders that are Jolly Ranchers. • Happily taking photographs for cute families as a memento of them enjoying every second of their holiday. I hope they look back on them fondly in the years to come. • Seeing The Starry Night up close at MoMa. Magic. • Finding the New Yorker sense of self-assuredness beginning to rub off on me a little. • Finding the work of Erica Baum and Sara VanDerBeek in the Guggenheim. • The Statue of Liberty in silhouette as the sun set behind her. • Lots of smashed avocado and orange juice. • Endless possibilities. • The sound of almost perpetual car horns. • The calming pace of Central Park early on a Sunday morning. • Never once feeling unsafe. • The beautiful eeriness of quiet streets closed to traffic for the Macy's Parade. • A whistle-stop trip to Sephora. One word: overwhelming. • Back to JFK in an enormously oversized I heart NY jumper, because why the heck not? • Turbulence. Turbulence. Turbulence. • Greeted by the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen as we came in to land in London. • So good to be home, but forever changed by six days in New York City.



22 comments:

  1. I'm happy my city treated you well. Hell yeah to dodging all those people hahaha, especially the comedy central ones - apparently those are pretty scammy! It's hard to feel unsafe in Manhattan when it's always alive. And heck, I would totally pay for the extra legroom in any flight over 5 hours, I get really antsy!

    becky ♡ star violet

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  2. NYC is so incredible. Its like everything to imagine & so much more. I thought it was such a friendly vibrant city. It makes you feel alive, overwhelmed and at home all at once. So glad you enjoyed your visit. we flew Virgin & they looked after us so well (nervous flyer) that we go long haul we always fly with them

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  3. Beautiful photo. I went to NY for five days a few years ago, and it is all the things you mentioned. I would love to go back, because there's so much we didn't have chance to see. It's nice to leave a city desperate to go back.

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  4. I'm so happy for you! You conquered air travel - we both did! I flew with Virgin Atlantic too and remember those mini lollies with fondness, so strangely comforting :) I'm glad you had an amazing time, it sounds like a magical trip <3 Amazing, amazing, amazing! xxx

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  5. Gosh this makes my heart ache for NYC so much. You've captured the city so wonderfully in just a few sentences. And YES isn't Strand magical? Have never looked at a Waterstones in the same way again, must have spent HOURS in there when I visited! Xx

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  6. Lovely picture, This made me think back to my time in NY. 'Never once feeling unsafe.' This is one of the things I remember most about being in NY. I felt so calm and safe, even though it was so busy. I loved it there, and so wish to go back one day.

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  7. I would love to visit New York. I believe it's one of those places where my heart just belongs.
    www.rumbii.blogspto.co.uk

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  8. Such a lovely post! You've certainly made New York sound so dreamy!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

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  9. I just paid off my trip to New York today, so this post has really excited me. Sounds like you got the most out of your time there which is what I plan to do :)

    www.typicalamy.com

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  10. The pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing:)

    irenethayer.com

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  11. Your words made me wanna travel there more than a thousand pictures of New York! Lovely!

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  12. LOVED THIS! It made me want to got to New York even more!

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  13. Glad you're having such a lovely time. New York is on my list for next year, I can't wait

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  14. You have totally made me want to hop on a Plane to New York immediately.

    Emily / The Mini Mermaid

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  15. I'd love to visit New York someday, sounds like you had an awesome time. I'd love to see more photos from your trip xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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  16. It sounds like you had an amazing time, and that photo is stunning! I'd love to go to New York one day :) xx

    Toasty

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  17. Gosh, now I want to go back!**Late night CVS snack runs** <- one of my fave activies whilst in the USA! ;)

    T x

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  18. What a beautiful photograph and beautiful words. You make New York sound magical. I hope to visit one day.

    x

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  19. I'm so glad you made it to New York! It's such an incredible city, and I remember you saying you were scared of flying so it's awesome to read that you got through it and can see how worth it it is to get to explore a new city. :)

    jessica - littlehenrylee.com

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  20. Oh Jennie! I'm a bit late catching up on this. I am SO GLAD you had an incredible time. It sounds like such a wonderful trip. I hope you enjoyed every second and so much gladness that you went. :) Lots of love xxxxx

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