New York, New York. The city so nice, they named it twice. Too much cheese? Too bad!
I think it is safe to say that New York is on most people’s bucket lists. It is one of those cities that is so iconic, it would be a shame to miss out on it. I can most definitely say that New York has always been on my list. It has been on my mind ever since I was a little girl. I would sit watching every movie and every television series based in this bustling city. When Eamon and I were trying to decide where to go for our next trip, this was the obvious answer and I feel so lucky to have gone!
New York is probably going to take me multiple posts to fully relay what it is like traveling there. So bear with me. We got off to a really rocky start with people warning us “not to get ripped off” while quietly and unashamedly ripping us off! The subway was a nightmare and only the really brave (or stupid) would use it fresh off a plane. I think we fall into the stupid category, the blissfully unaware category maybe. However, the trauma of trying to find our way to our accommodation using public transport soon wore off. Once we were settled, it really grew on us!
Our first day there was amazing, we had quite an early flight so this gave us the whole day to play with. My very first choice had to be Coney Island. It was just down the road from us and it was boiling hot when we arrived! Naturally, the best choice in that heat would be the beach! The only “Brighton beach” at this point that I had been exposed to was the one in England. When we arrived at the NY Brighton beach I was blown away. The theme park is massive! There is so much to do and the beach is actual sand (not pebbles!) I was in heaven!
Walking along the pier was my favorite part, it reminded me of when I was younger and my dad would fish. My sisters and I would sit with him and the other men and it was such a fond memory for me of bonding with my dad. The comradery between the different fisherman when someone’s line started tugging, washing fish jump at the bate and generally smelling the ocean, was such a rejuvenation after a long flight.
We bought slushies and ice-cream, sat in the sun and enjoyed our first sunny day in the Big Apple with reckless abandon (i.e no sunscreen). It was marvelous! Keep an eye out for my next post coming soon 🙂