"2018 is going to be a year that I see more of the world" I said to myself as the clock struck midnight on the 1st of January. Little did I know that less than a week later I would have booked a 5 night trip to NYC with my three girls. It was a total last minute decision and a total whim, but I'm so glad I did it.
I got flights and accommodation in the centre of Manhattan for just over 800Euro. What a deal!! So I have been to NYC twice previously but the last time was over 7 years ago. I went with my partner at the time and we had a good time. But this time I was single, I had my friends with me and we had plans to go crazy.
We had a checklist and we planned on ticking everything off of it. As it was the girls first time there I was able to see NYC for the first time again through them. It was pretty spectacular. I had a few things I wanted to do as I couldn't do them the last time I was there. Ground Zero was on my list. I had been there in 2010 when it was a major building site. It is a spectacular space in the heart of the financial district in New York. The memorial fountains in the footprints of the old WTC are huge. The tree lined courtyard space is beautiful. It's an amazing memorial to the live's lost on that day. The museum underground is just mind blowing. After two hours in there and numerous tears shed I left with such sadness. You see and hear about the people behind the story. From watching the events when they took place on TV to actually being there. It made it so real. One highlight though is the new Freedom Tower. What a stunning building and the views from the top are mesmerising.
Top of the Rock, the Rockefeller Centre, views of Manhattan from the centre of Manhattan. Its crazy! You see all the smaller buildings and traffic and you feel like a giant. If you're in NYC do it!! But make sure to wrap up.
One tourist attraction I had to do was the Staten Island ferry. I didn't feel like a tourist. I looked like one though. You get amazing views of the city. You wizz past Lady Liberty and get some great shots on the her. Plus theres a shop inside so if it's clod like it was then we were there, you can warm up with a nice coffee.
Nights out are something else in NYC. There's a great Irish Bar just off Time Square called The Mean Fiddler. What a great laugh we had there and chucking out time is after 4AM.. SCORE!!!! Plus with all the hot dog stands on the streets in NYC those post session munchies will soon be dealt with. OMG the Hot Dogs are amazing. Tasted even nicer when totally pissed.
Central Park is always a must do item on any trip to NYC. It's so peaceful and quiet. I could have spent hours there. But I didn't, I had a flight to catch and I was frozen. YES NYC IN JAN IS ABSOLUTELY FREEZING!!
This time I walked the Brooklyn Bridge twice once at night in the lashing rain and the second the following morning in the glorious sunshine. Grabbing the number 6 (yes Jennifer Lopez used that same line before she was famous, theres your little piece of relevant info) its straight out to Brooklyn and then a 45 minute walk back across the bridge.
Being there with my three girls was fantastic. We laughed like never before. We cried (tears of laughter) and we loved. We loved NYC and we loved each other a little more.
So to Lillan, Laura and Dee thanks for an amazing trip. And to New York thank you for being a fantastic host.