New York, you have my heart. I love this city & I can’t quite believe how quickly our time here has gone. As I write this I am on a plane to our next stop, but I wanted to write a little something about the last couple of days in New York.
The sun finally showed its face and we got to see this city in all its Springtime glory! Our first stop was to the Natural History Museum, just off Central Park. Wandering around huge buildings looking at exhibits is kind of our thing. Call us history nerds, but we love it, and this trip was no different. Definitely worth a visit if you like that sort of thing.
We then made our way down to Rockefeller Centre to see the city from above. I have never been to the Empire State Building but I was told by several people that Top of the Rock is a better deal, with less waiting time & equally spectacular views. They weren’t wrong. The pure scale of the building was overwhelming and the view from the top was utterly breath-taking. I don’t think I really took the whole experience in as I stood in awe at the height we were at.
After Rockefeller we decided to tick something off that has been on my bucket list for a while – The Highline. If you haven’t heard of it, The Highline is a disused railway track that has been converted into a walkway filled with plants and flowers. By the time we arrived the evening light was beginning to glow and there was something very peaceful about wandering along above the roads & sidewalks in this little slice of greenery. I would definitely recommend this as its free & just a little bit beautiful.
You can’t go to the Big Apple without seeing the lady herself, The Statue of Liberty. We took the Staten Island Ferry which is free and gives you a great view of the statue and Manhattan. Once again the sun was shining so the boat ride was very pleasant.
After heading back to Manhattan we had a little wander up Wall Street, stopping to swear at Trump Tower and making our way to George Washington’s statue where there is a free museum. Again, I really recommend this place as they house the stone where Washington was inaugurated – did you know that Washington wasn’t inaugurated in DC because I didn’t!
Of course we couldn’t leave without having a huge slice off pizza for lunch!
We rested our aching feet in Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s answer to Central Park. If you’re staying in the area it’s worth a visit, especially if the weather is good.
Our last stop was to Brighton Beach, where many of Brooklyn’s Russian and Ukrainian community resides. It was full of life and it was very interesting to see lots of Russian shops and signs in the language. The beach itself was lovely and we sat with our feet in the sand, watching the world go by.
And now we are waving goodbye to New York & hello to Chicago. This is the first of the cities we are visiting that I have never been to before so I am really looking forward to discovering all that Chicago has to offer. Until then, over and out.