Sunday, 6 September 2015

The NYC Travel Guide

The big guide to the Big Apple….

So, if you follow me on Instagram (@julieannseago), you’ll know that I have just returned from New York. I have wanted to visit New York forever so I had quite high expectations of the city that never sleeps. What can I say? The Big Apple certainly didn’t disappoint. The city is incredible. I arrived back in England on Thursday and I’m already planning a return visit. I just love everything about this city. I thought I would share with you all my must-see sights in NYC.

The High Line

Wow. This place is rather special. The High Line is a park built on a disused railway track. It sounds impressive and, believe me, it is. You basically get to walk above the streets of Manhattan and the views are stunning. You can sit on a sun-lounger, eating ice cream, looking over at the Hudson on your right and the Manhattan streets on your left. It’s a bit surreal. The High Line itself is beautiful: there’s so many plants and trees. The High Line is the best way to see the city streets while avoiding all the hustle and bustle. But, you can also leave The High Line at various points and explore the city below. This place is an urban oasis and my top must-see attraction in NYC.

Central Park

This place needs no introduction. It’s no wonder why Central Park features in nearly every movie/show based in NYC. Seriously, this place is absolutely beautiful. I loved walking through the park on a gorgeous summer’s day. It’s actually really difficult to comprehend that you’re in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world. It’s so peaceful. It’s the perfect place for brunch. We visited Le Pain Quotidien a few times for a lovely brunch overlooking the park. Also, the avocado mash here is so good! The views from Bow Bridge were unbelievable too. I could spend hours in this park. Central Park is also a must for fans of Friends (yep, that is the fountain from the opening credits) and for fans of Gossip Girl. Yes, I did visit the place where Blair and Chuck got married (of course).

Top of the Rock

That skyline though. The views from the Top of the Rock are just incredible. Seriously, I’ve never seen views quite like this. It’s an absolute must-see if you’re visiting NYC.

Fifth Avenue and Bryant Park

Fifth Avenue: the world’s most iconic shopping destination had to feature in my travel guide. The avenue itself is so pretty and the stores are huge. There’s so much choice. Yes, I did spend a lot of time (and money) in Sephora. Bryant Park is located right in the middle of Fifth, right next to the beautiful building that is the New York Public Library, and it’s the perfect place to relax after a busy day of shopping. You can sip a frozen margarita and just watch the world go by.

Times Square

Times Square is a place that you need a lot of adjectives for. Seriously, you just need to experience it. I have seen a lot of people describe it like Marmite: you either love it or you hate it. It’s so busy. There’s so much going on and there’s so much to see. Being in Times Square at night was amazing. The lights were so bright and the atmosphere was electric.

Afternoon Tea at The Plaza

I love afternoon tea (who doesn’t?!) and having afternoon tea at The Plaza was such an amazing experience. The Palm Court at The Plaza is the most perfect setting (just look at it!) and the best thing of all: I had an entirely gluten-free afternoon tea. Yep, even scones and sandwiches. Yum.

Grand Central

‘Spotted at Grand Central, bags in hand…’ Grand Central is iconic and probably the prettiest station I’ve ever been to. It’s definitely worth the visit (even if you only go to pretend to be Serena van der Woodson…). 
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