Monday, December 19, 2011

New York, New York

...and Disneyland!

I always knew we were going to travel overseas for my 30th birthday, but we hadn't decided where. A nasty fall and a fractured coccyx (snowboarding) meant a snow trip to Japan was out of the question, and right on time, flights to New York went on sale!

We had a 3 day stopover in LA, and spent our time in Santa Monica, which was lovely! If you are heading that way, I highly recommend the Holiday Inn Santa Monica - fabulously located (halfway between Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade -where all the good shops are) and quite economical too. We only decided to go to Disneyland at the last minute, but I felt like it was something I had to do...growing up, Disneyland was one of places you dreamed of, but never really thought you would see. So we went, and it was so much fun.

We then spent 10 days in New York. Sounds like a long time? It' a big city, and we only saw a very small part of it, despite spending every single day and night out in it having every possible experience. Heres a little checklist for you!

  • Times Square

  • Bike ride in Central Park

  • Pretzel from a Street Vendor

  • Ice Hockey (New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs)

  • Broadway Show (Spiderman!)

  • Empire State Building

  • Huge pizza slices

  • The subway (one of my favorite things)

  • Brooklyn

  • Wall St

  • A purchase at Tiffany & Co

  • Pastrami on rye from Katz Deli

  • Halloween

  • Statten Island Ferry

  • Anthropologie

  • Brooklyn Bridge

  • Boat tour around the island of Manhattan

  • FAO Schwartz

  • The Flatiron building

  • Kate Spade

  • Hangin on the corner of 52nd and Broadway (its a line from a song, and what started this whole crazy plan)

  • Starbucks

  • Shopping

  • Zeppoles

  • Soho (we spent 5 nights in Soho, and I could have stayed forever)

  • The High Line

  • Chelsea Markets

  • Hells Kitchen

  • The Natural History Museum

  • Dog run

  • Mexican food

  • A cupcake from Magnolia Bakery

  • Guggenheim

  • The Marimekko store

And many many moments, fleeting, but precious and never to be forgotten. In fact, there is a whole lot more, but I'm not sure reading a list for hours would fascinate you!

Tell you what - leave a comment on any one of the above (or anything else you can think of, New York related!) and I'll see if I have a picture of it to share!


  1. squirrels
    Friends coffee shop
    The giant piano thing from BIG
    The Apple store

    I am so incredibly jealous of your trip!

  2. Carries apartment from SATC? Or anything featured in SATC?

  3. Sounds like a wonderful holiday Rosie. We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Santa Monica when we were there too. Perfect location!!!


Aw, thanks for your comments!