So a couple of months ago I went to New York for the first time ever. It was really amazing, and I’m so grateful that I got the opportunity to go! As amazing as the views were from the top of the Empire State Building, and the sight of the Statue of Liberty, and even the food, for someone who has spent their whole life in a small village, and only managed to get 20 minutes away to a university, New York is kind of scary. And everything is insanely expensive. But I’d never regret going, and this certainly didn’t stop me taking hundreds of pictures (see below)! New York is huge, packed with tourists, pretty historical, full of sights and amazing things to see, eat, and do, and for April it was surprisingly cold!
Stepping out of Penn Station, the first thing that hit me was just how big and tall the buildings surrounding me were. It was a struggle to actually look up to the tops of the buildings. This first impression is genuinely awe-inspiring.
Above is the view from the top of the Rockefeller Centre, which in a way is better than the view from the Empire State Building – because you actually get to see the Empire State Building.
Some more views, this time from the Empire State Building. Admittedly, it made for better photos due to the height. Still, just a tad too breezy for me up there…
Times Square, which turned out to be about 3 blocks away from our hotel, was a chaotic mess. There were people everywhere, there were roadworks, there were buses, and there were an awful lot of people dressed up as giant cartoon characters (for the photo op, obvs).
We never actually went to the Statue of Liberty, but we got pretty close on a boat cruise around the bay. The boat was crammed with Asian tourists, who needless to say were much better at rushing from one site of the boat to the other when it turned round, in order to get the best photo angle.
This is me by an old ship…
… and this is me inside Madame Tussauds. I won’t embarrass us all by posting the photos of me with all of the wax celebrities.
Although I’m looking crazily tired here, this is me eating in one of Guy’s restaurants (you know, the guy who presents Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network? No? Oh…), with some amazing pulled pork sliders. Yum. And of course who would go to New York without having pancakes for breakfast?! Every. Single. Morning.
Of course, it wouldn’t be New York without going shopping, and luckily we were only a block away from Macy’s. Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite afford the Michael Kors handbag I wanted, but I did end up getting a gorgeous Kate Spade bag at an outlet mall when we travelled on to Austin, Texas.
Finally, here’s me on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. You may by now have realised that I went to Texas after New York. We stay with my grandma there, and every time we go we have to go to the Riverwalk. It’s absolutely gorgeous there, and more importantly it’s got a great little chocolate shop…