I still haven’t worked out who I want to be or what I want to do when I grow up, so on this blog please join me while I try and work it out!  Find home and fashion inspiration; travel and days out; photography, writing and more. Aiming for slow living whilst trying to cram it all in! Have fun looking around 🙂

 

00

3 Days in New York, Day 2. The story of the photographs

This is the second post about an amazing trip we had to America last summer and I’m still catching up with blog posts about our travels! If you haven’t seen it yet, Day 1 is here! As before, if you have any questions, please ask in the comments below, as although I’ll talk you through our day, this will mainly be a photography post…

Open top bus tour in New York

We started off in Times Square (above) with the intention of buying discounted theatre tickets from the booth there. However it turned out it didn’t open till midday (or something like that – don’t trust me exactly on that!) so we sat on some seats and took in the sights so that we could at least say we’ve been there once! We then hopped onto another open-top bus tour and this one did a Northern city route and took us around the less touristy areas and more residential ones. Although we enjoyed it, and had a funny guide who entertained us the whole time; if you’re going to miss out any of the routes; this was probably the one to skip! I felt like we saw much more of New York that we would never have otherwise seen, but it just wasn’t as interesting as Downtown or Southern areas. However, it was a good tour for seeing where Madonna, Yoko Ono and other celebrities live. All of the tour guides enjoyed telling us how much it costs to live in New York and  how everyone is being forced to move out so I felt like pointing out it’s just the same in London (but I didn’t!)

New York architecture

We got off the bus at the Natural History museum and found our way from there to Central Park.

Bridge at Central Park, New York

Central Park

Statue at Central Park

We would’ve liked to hire bikes to look around, but we’d entered Central Park at the wrong end to do that. So we sat for a while in the shade with an ice lolly and then had a relaxing explore, dosing off for a while on the grass by a lake. I wish we’d had more time and less feet pain to look around more, but although we covered a fair way, it wasn’t even half. Central Park is much much bigger than I realised!

Then we got an Uber back to somewhere near the Rockefella centre to look for somewhere to eat before we went to the top for sunset. This is not the most affordable area to eat and everywhere we found was out of our price-range. We followed directions from someone with a pile of leaflets for a cafe and ended up walking quite a distance till we found it. The meals didn’t really take our fancy, so we had a cake each to keep us going and it was nice to see a place that seemed more for the real locals.

We didn’t pick the best day to go to the Top of the Rock for sunset. It was pouring with rain when we got there! This was our only chance though, so we took the risk, and although it was quite cloudy and murky to begin with, it cleared a bit and the colours were good even if we didn’t see the sun go down over New York. We were up there for ages as we hung around waiting for all the city lights to come on. I took a million photos, but have narrowed it down to two to show you of earlier in the evening, and then about ten at night.

From the Top of the Rock

New York city lights

Even on a rainy day it was crowded and very difficult to get a good spot for photos right at the top of the Rockefella Centre (particularly if you wanted a ledge for long exposures). However it’s an experience without a doubt not to be missed and I’d say number one of my Must-do list of your trip to New York.

So it wasn’t quite as packed as Day one, but it was so hot, I don’t think we could’ve managed any more. Day three coming soon!

 

 

 

Overseas,
00no comment

Other posts you may like:

Walking round Glastonbury Festival site
A walk around the Glastonbury Festival site – the story of the photographs
April 12, 2017
Considering Glastonbury Festival is a hop skip and a jump away from us in Pilton, I’m surprised we don’t go for a wander around the site more often. I’m guessing it’s the long uphill walk back to the villagers’ gate that puts us off! Anyway, on Mothering Sunday the rest of the family didn’t really have a choice in the matter, and as it was a bright sunshiny day, I thought I’d drag them off on a walk….
3 Days in Oxford – Day 2. The story of the photographs
October 12, 2016
If you haven’t yet seen Day 1, then you might like to follow this link and come back here later. The morning of my second day in Oxford was mainly spent walking from the Four Pillars Hotel in Sandford-on-Thames along the Thames path into Oxford. I’ve already written a detailed blog with photos about the journey in this post, so I’ll begin here where I left off, entering the city by Christchurch College. I sort-of meandered my way through cobbled streets and past various ancient University buildings until I came out at a place I remembered….
summer solstice sunrise at stonehenge
Summer Solstice at Stonehenge + 7 things you need to know for next time
July 4, 2018
Summer Solstice at Stonehenge is something I’ve been wanting to do for years and years. There’s one fundamental problem though: Glastonbury Festival comes right afterwards! And you’re tired enough at Glastonbury without the added exhaustion of being awake through the night before. I’ve never been one of those people (no matter what age) who could just stay up all night and not feel it for the following week! However, this was a fallow year for Glastonbury Festival so we decided to finally do it!…..
Glastonbury Festival – the calm before the storm
June 17, 2016
Strictly speaking, it was after the storm as there literally was thunder and quite a lot of rain a couple of hours before we went into the Glastonbury Festival site yesterday evening, but luckily it stayed dry for the time we were there. (addendum: The day after this, there was a massive storm on Friday as well, so even though I meant the title metaphorically, referring to the festival, it actually turned out to be true to life!) I’ve been running Pilton Youth Club for a few years now, and the festival office kindly let us have a look around. I hope you don’t mind my blog being fairly Glastonbury Festival heavy at the moment! This is mainly a photography post….

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.