Oh New York City. What can I say about you other then you are amazing! A city that never sleeps and always has something fun to do.
We went to NYC just before Christmas. Having never visited before, I had no idea what to expect. Was it going to be as scary as some people say it is? Or was it going to be as amazing as others told me? The answer was definitely the latter! We arrived on no sleep after an early morning 8 hour train ride and went right away to exploring the city. The crowds, the million yellow taxis flying by and constantly honking, the massively tall concrete buildings surrounding us from all sides, its truly a sight to be seen in person. Until you get there you can’t truly appreciate what the city is like. Although TV and movies do a good job to romanticize the city, in my opinion they still can’t properly capture it.
On our first day there, we walked around taking pictures of everything we could see. We saw Times Square, walked to St Patrick’s Cathedral and watched people skating under the beautiful Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Having no sleep finally started to catch up with us and we headed back to our hotel around dinner time for a nap.
When we woke up it was raining, but we went back out anyway’s to continue to explore. We ended up going to Bryant Park which had another beautiful Christmas tree and Christmas market to go along with its huge skating rink. We then walked to the massive New York Library and took some night shots there before we wondered off and found Grand Central Station.
Our second day in New York was spent going through many of the same areas we had seen the day before. We spent our evening going out to dinner and to go see the Nutcracker Ballet before a massive rain storm ended our night early.
The third day in New York was beautiful! We started off walking through parts of Central Park before ending up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then we took a taxi down to the financial district. There, we saw some of the Occupy Wall Street Protests, Trinity Church, The Freedom Tower, and we walked along the Brooklyn Bridge where I got a shot of the skyline at night.
On our way back to our hotel, we once again got hit by rain but this time we stayed out and took pictures under the cover of scaffolding 😉 The colours of the city looked beautiful drenched in the cold winter rain.
Our last full day there was spent doing some last minute Christmas shopping at Macy’s, and then we headed over to Top of the Rock for some city shots (The first picture of this post, and this shot of Central Park below). I absolutely loved the way the sky looked for our sunset shots, and the view we had of the Empire State Building was amazing!
The next day we were up at 5:30am to catch our train back home and to rest up from all of the walking we did while in New York.
I loved this trip and I can’t wait to go back! The city is amazing and there is so much to see and do. If you’re debating on seeing New York, my advice is to go now! I’m sure you will love it just as much as I did!