Two weeks ago it was finally here: the day we would fly to America! I had been looking forward to this day for so long because I would see New York again and visit a new city, also known as Washington D.C. You may have seen a couple of Instagram photos from my trip but of course I wanted to share a lot more photos on my blog! Since I had so many photos of the five days we spent in New York, I decided to split this photo diary in two parts (part two will be online next week!).
MONDAY 20 JULY | DAY ONE
The first day of our trip would be kind of a weird day. There would be a six hour time difference between The Netherlands and America. We left for the airport around 5:30 AM, which is pretty early if you can’t fall asleep until 1:00 AM. Eventually our flight was really good and I watched a lot of movies because I find it really hard to fall asleep on an airplane. Is it just me or do other people also have this problem (I think it also had to do something with the excitement of being in New York again)?
After all the different security checks and things you have to do when you land on JFK airport, we grabbed a taxi to our hotel. We stayed at The Roosevelt Hotel, which is located in midtown Manhattan. This was the perfect location because we had Grand Central Station just around the corner and if you walked a couple blocks, you would already end up at Times Square!
When we put our luggage in the room, we decided just to wander around and see what we would find. I think this is the most fun way to discover beautiful places in a city. And since I had been to New York two years ago, I wanted to see what midtown Manhattan had to offer in comparison to Tribeca. This is when we found St. Patrick’s Cathedral, we sat down and and looked at the beautiful detailing of the cathedral for a while.
As you can see I took some photos of the streets of New York. I don’t know why but I think they look interesting. Everywhere you look, you will see something new. After walking around for a while we found this cool looking alley way. I hadn’t seen this before but it was kind of like a fountain on a wall (if you know what I mean haha).
We only had one goal for this day: pick up our New York Pass at Planet Hollywood. My mom got this so we had already paid for the things we wanted to see and we didn’t have to wait in line. Little did we know when we exited Planet Hollywood we would be near Times Square! It’s still impressive to see because everywhere you look, you see lights and billboards (just like I said on my Instagram photo). And while wandering back to our hotel, we saw Radio City Music Hall. We sat down for sometime, which I love to do and just see what type of people walk past.
Since this was pretty much a travel day with lots of confusion about the time, we decided to have some dinner and go back to the hotel. I think we fell asleep at about 7:00 PM (hello jetlag).
TUESDAY 21 JULY | DAY TWO
On Tuesday of course we woke up really early because of the jetlag but I actually think it’s nice to wake up early. This way you can get out of the hotel before it gets too hot and humid. For everyday we would be in New York we made a little planning. This way we would know where we could use the New York Pass. On Tuesday we decided to go to take a boat ride (with the New York Pass) underneath the bridges and to the Statue of Liberty.
Since the day started off really early, we had breakfast at Cafe Manhattan and after that took a metro to Wall Street. We didn’t think about the time and we ended up in a very very busy metro because everyone had to go to work. Even though it was busy, I thought it was also fun to experience.
When it was 11 o’clock we were one of the first people to go on the boat so we immediately went on the top deck so we could take the best photos. We did have the best view of the city but people were so aggressive when taking the photos. There was a guy explaining what we were seeing with some history and I was really interested in everything he was telling. But people kept running from side to side when they wanted to see something, so it was kind of hectic. Besides that, we saw the Brooklyn Bridge (which is so beautiful to see), the Manhattan Bridge, the skyline of New York and Statue of Liberty. And in the end I got some pretty sweet shots of everything so the boat ride was a success overall.
After the boat ride we wanted to have lunch at the South Street Seaport. Lots of people told us to go there so we did. When we wanted to enter the district, it had these cute food stands with all types of different foods called Smorgasburg. Last time I was there, they didn’t have that so we all got something for there. My little brother and I got this very delicious pizza from Pizza Moto (which I really recommend).
Since South Street Seaport is also known for their shops, my mom and I decided to check out some of them. The one I really really liked (and wanted to share with you) is South Street Local Artists. They have lots of items made or designed by local artists, like cards, sunglasses, jewelry and so much more. When you are in New York, definitely check their store out!
With our New York Pass we did the boat ride but we also wanted to go to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. This was something I didn’t see last time and really wanted to this time. At first we walked around where the World Trade Centers used to be and after that we got in line to go into the museum. While we were waiting in line, we could see the One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower). The sky reflected beautifully in the building, so of course I had to take a photo. The National September 11 Museum is such an impressive museum with all the different photos and the stairway, which was in one of the buildings.
This was such a productive day because we saw a lot of things just in one day. That’s why we were pretty tired after all of that. But at 11:30 PM we were rudely awakened when the fire alarm in our hotel went of. Nobody told us what was going on and none of the other hotel guests went out of there room. So to be safe, we put on some clothes and as we wanted to go down, people came up and told us it was a false alarm. Grr… But now we can tell an exciting story to everyone haha.
WEDNESDAY 22 JULY | DAY THREE
On the third day in New York we wanted to go up on the Rockefeller Center, which is also known as the Top Of The Rock, to enjoy the beautiful view of New York. Two years ago I went on top of the Empire State Building so this time I wanted to go on Top Of The Rock. And let me tell you, this was such a good decision. I think the view of the Rockefeller Center is so much better than the Empire State Building. You have way more space to walk around and since there’s glass, you can take such better photos (which is very important of course).
In MoMA I got such a nice print to put in my room (which you will see soon as well) and of course I had to stop at Sephora and I finally got the 24/7 glide on eye pencil from Urban Decay. I’ve wanted this for such a long time and it is the best eye pencil ever!
Well, these were our first three days in the city that never sleeps. I’ve loved every second of our trip and I am so excited to share the rest of the days of the trip. After writing this, I re lived everything and I just really want to go back. Maybe I will in the near future, you never know… What was your favorite thing I saw or did in these first three days? Have you ever been to New York?