New York, New York so good they named it twice!
So true! Back from NYC now and I have to say it's better than I imagined it. It's a fantastic city with so much to see.
Here's a brief itinery of what we covered in 3 days:
Day 1 (arrived at hotel 2pm) : Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Beer in Cheers-like bar, shopping 5th Avenue
Day 2: Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, walking around financial district, visited ground zero, ate a pretzel from street vendor, HP insisted on a trip to Tiffany's where he had cleverly pre-bought me a beautiful pair of diamond, yes I said diamond, ear rings! (such a lucky girl) Dinner with HP's aunt in a 1930s New York apartment on 79th street
Day 3: Brooklyn Birdge, China Town (ate chinese out of a cardboard box), Little Italy (had a cappucino in an Italian cafe), more beer in Cheers-like bar, Museum of Modern Art (including Pollock, Monet, Matisse, Lichtenstein, Van Gogh and many more) Macy's, Rockefeller centre observation deck, dinner
Day 4 (Until 2pm): Central Park, this included; the Dakota building, John Lennon memorial, Hans Christian Anderson statue, Alice in Wonderland statue, De La Corte theatre, Metropolitan Museum and just general wandering around. This park is huge and a great way to spend a few hours. Topped off with a trip to Bloomingdale's.
We certainly packed in as much as we could and our feet and legs were really aching by the time we'd finished. It's a great place and the more you walk around the more you see. You know you're going to see the classic buildings like the Empire State but as you start looking there are so many great pieces of architecture. It's not just the buildings though, the streets aren't crowded, I didn't feel as if I was getting hassled and jostled like I do when I go to London and the people were brilliant. They weren't over the top with their 'have a nice days' but when you wanted help with directions or anything else they went out of their way to help.
All in all it was a perfect way to spend my 'significant' birthday and I'd happily go there again - might do more shopping next time though!