As most of you will all be aware, last month I celebrated my 30th Birthday in style by visiting my beloved New York City. I have had many requests from readers asking to see some photos so my friends, here you are.
New York City, November 15-20th 2013
These beautiful horses are lined up on the outskirts of Central Park. We just had to take a ride.
The first place I wanted to go was without a doubt to the 9/11 Memorial. I wanted to pay my respects and it was simply stunning. I felt a hint of eeriness being there after watching it all unravel on television all those years ago but it was somewhat peaceful, very beautiful.
This is Dave and I at Times Square. Times Square is such a spectacular, busy place! Our first visit on the Saturday evening was rather intimidating given the amount of people, however, we did visit here every day on the trip and it was definitely a little quieter thereafter. We took in the Lion King and Annie shows - both were absolutely brilliant!!
Central Park was definitely my favourite place in New York. The array of colours of the trees this season were so nice.
High Tea in the Plaza Hotel, so scrummy. I was surprised with a birthday platter and my waiter sang Happy Birthday to me along with the Grand Piano. Blush!
Ice Skating Rink - Central Park with the Plaza hotel in the back ground.
I am a huge 'Friends' fan and one of the 'things to do' on my list was visit the apartment building from the show. Check!!
Ah, Fifth Avenue, I love you.
Definitely the highlight of the trip, I got to meet the Lovely Lesley Hernandez of Bravenezz.com, Leslie and I started blogging around the same time and we have been 'virtual' friends for well over a year. Leslie took me shopping and then we had a wonderful dinner and drinks with my husband and her sister Mariella. When we said goodbye we promised it wouldn't be good bye forever, just for now.
I took this photo during our Helicopter flight over the City. It was such a gorgeous day.
I have always found the Statue of Liberty to be a little creepy. I over came this and found the visit to see her and Ellis Island awesome! I actually thought the statue itself would be a lot taller, it is almost as large as the podium she sits on.
The Empire State Building - We went to the top and the views were simply breathtaking.
Dave bought me a beautiful bracelet from Tiffany's for my 30th.
A walk in the park.
Another view from Ground Zero
The Ball Drop
Posing on the bridge - Central Park
Very windy - top of Empire State
So many pictures of the Park, and I could have taken so many more.
We walked to Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge, another stunning piece of architecture
Of course I had to do some skating - This is the most upright I was the whole time.
I hope you have enjoyed this little preview into my trip. It was by far the best trip I have ever been on and I will go back one day I hope. If you are planning a trip to NYC, I totally recommend mid November, the weather was beautiful and the crowds were definitely less. We hardly queued for any of the sites and believe me we crammed them all in.