New York, New York

October is the greatest month ever (maybe not the greatest, but close enough) – it’s my birthday and the last one was grand! We decided (or I kind of forced it) to go to New York city… As an european it was a must and being that I’ve been here since 2008, it was about time.

Since I had to go to Boston, we decided to just keep the train theme going and go the whole way. It was a long trip but very enjoyable – my favorite part was the fact that the train had a “quiet car” where you cannot be on the phone or talking in a loud manner….

We stayed in NJ, in a nice little apartment we rented through Airbnb (thank you Jenn!) that was close enough to get to the city and far away enough to be in a quieter place for the night (we have long ditched the party people phase).

New York is a world on its own, by far the biggest city I’ve ever been to, and if you haven’t been, you should! There’s so much to see, to do, to explore that whether you are into architecture, partying, relaxing in a park, museums, there’s something for you out there.

We did all the tourist-y things and I loved it! Since we were there for 5 days we decided to get the New York Pass that includes entry in a bunch of places, the Big Bus Tours (hop on hop off bus with a guide), skip lines in certain places. Yes, it is pricey, but if you start adding up the entry fees of all the places you want to visit… it kind is the way to go!

We visited the MET, the Guggenheim, Radio City Music Hall, American Museum of Natural History (just a heads up –  you can easily spend a whole day in wandering around), Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Carnegie Hall, Madam Tussaud’s, the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock (Observatory on top of Rockefeller Center – if you can, do it at night, the view is amazing), the Brooklyn Museum, took the ferry trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, strolled around Central Park, tried really good food, had beers at Molloy’s with the best bartender (Chris you rule), and went to the Majestic Theatre to see Phantom of the Opera and that was amazing!! (I’ll give you the same advice that the old lady sitting next to me gave to me “If you can’t do this all the time, save your money so you can buy good tickets when you do come”! And was she right!!!)

So, it wasn’t hiking per se, but we did a lot of walking so… that qualifies, right?

I took so many pictures that it hard pick only some to share, but here is a little sample!

 

Happy trails!

A.

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