New York, the ultimate big city! I have always dreamt about going, but for some reasons, it kind of never happened. I think because I live in a city, when I choose places to go on holidays, I try to avoid them and go as far in the country side as I can! Guess this is probably the reason why it was my first time in New York City!
My sister told me she had a work trip planned there in January, and so I thought it would be the perfect occasion to go to New York and also spend some time with my sister – First holidays together eeek!
I wrote a post about how I usually prepare my trips (Here) and now sharing my favourite moments from the trip for you 🙂
If you don’t know this yet, eating is one of my biggest passion, and so eating New York out was one of the thing I was the most looking forward to. I ate every single big cookies I could find – my number one was this utterly delicious oat, raisin and cinamun cookie from Maman – went onto a little bakery tour – see pictures below – and ate an insane amount of carbs. As you do.
So on the savoury side, I had a good amount of pizza, burger (vegan or non vegan) and apparently the best bagel in New York City – I have to say, it was pretty epic! Also had the best pancakes and fried chicken with maple syrup, which probably was equivalent to the amount of calories I should eat in a day. But it was totally worth it.
I have put together a little selection of pictures of food and of course me eating it.
Since my sister was working during the day, I had a really good amount of time by myself and ended up walking a lot (I am talking 15km per day). I do think walking or running, are THE best ways to discover a city. When in London, whenever I can, I always walk ( saves money and also gets my body moving ) so when I travel, I do the same!
I walked all around Greenwich area, Soho, East Village, Chinatown, walked on the Manhattan Bridge to get the Brooklyn Bridge’s view, went to DUMBO, walked around Central park etc …
One thing on Central park. I was actually pretty disappointed. Maybe it was winter and so not as green as usually, but I didn’t really find it interesting or impressive! ( Sorry Newyorkers ). It made me realise how lucky we are in London! We have the most amazing park, and actual parks like Hampstead Heath, Richmond, Victoria Park … etc which are an actual breath of fresh air, and not a “built park” in a middle of the city … Anyhow!
I also managed to go to Moma (Museum of Modern Art) which was super impressive. I felt kind of like a dream, to be able to see all of these pieces of art I had seen in books, manuals or on the internet, in real life. I would 100% recommend to go for sure! And the other cultural thing we did with my sister, was going to see the New York Philharmonic perform at the Lincoln Centre. I don’t think you have to be a keen connaisseur to go, and it was amazing! (I did have a couple of naps though, but no judgement, it was a beautiful nap!)
Both my sister and I are training for a half marathon in March, so we wanted to make sure we included our training into that week. Also, if you have read my post on working out here, you know it is kind of a necessity for me to exercise 😉
Thanks to jet lag, we were up and ready by 7am every single morning, and either went to the hotel gym (a bit boring) or went for 10km outside. It was -2 or -5 degrees Celsius in New York City, so we had to run fast! My favourite run was running the Highline. It is a path created 5-6 years ago I believe, which is on the West side of New York and is beautiful! I would totally recommend to go, even if you are only walking – no judgement there.
We also woke up on the last morning and went for a run in Brooklyn whilst it was snowing. That ended up an hour later, us two at IHOP’s at 8am eating pancakes and drinking hot coffee!
To summarise, I absolutely loved my trip and so glad I went. I am not going to lie by saying I felt that I needed some kind of peacefulness and greenery when leaving the city. I would definitely struggle to live full time in New York and it makes me even more appreciating where I live right now. However, I haven’t had the chance to go to some places I wanted to go to, and hoping to get some more work trip there soon, so I’ll be back New York!