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July 28, 2016

Even writing this post and looking through my pictures I find it hard to believe that it's now been over 2 years since I was walking around the streets of my favourite place, New York. I never really did a proper post on my visit and since I found myself looking through the pictures last night it only felt right to compile them into a post.

Me and my family went on the typical tourist-y visit to New York, we went to all the main sightseeing places and added in some extra bits. We successfully managed to navigate the subway system and dreamed of owning a town house in Greenwich Village. It was by far the best trip I have ever been on and I want to go back more than ever. I want to see the other side of New York, to walk the streets as if I was a local. Going into all the hip cafe's and coffee shops rather than just getting an iced green tea lemonade from every Starbucks we passed. I hope I get to visit this amazing city again in the future, there is so much more that I want to see and do. 

One of most enjoyable places to visit if you ever get the chance to take a trip to New York is the High Line, an old railway line that has been transformed into a bright and lively park. This is a walk down the Western side of the city and finishing up in the West Village you get to see a different part of New York. Away from all the skyscrapers and the deafening noise of cars you feel transported to a different place. At the end of the walk you come to the West Village which also feels so different to the rest of the city, almost a subarban paradise with beautiful buildings and no skyscrapers in sight. Walk a few blocks to the East and you are back in the hustle and bustle of the city.

If you go to New York expect to be walking, alot. Despite the ease of jumping on the subway wherever you are you experience New York so much better by foot. But if you're tired of feeling like an ant and looking up all the time take a trip to the Empire State Building or Rockafella centre. My controvesial favourite? The Rockafella Centre. Me and my family did both, because can you really go to NYC without going up the Empire State Building? For the photos the Rockafella is your best bet, you get the picture of the Empire State with the South of the city behind it from one side and amazing views of Central Park from the other. Which by the way, you will end up getting lost in Central Park if you spend too long in there. You'll also realise how big the park is when you've been walking for hours but have hardly made it half way through.

The hotel that me and my family stayed at was called the Hyatt Place, not to be confused with the Grand Hyatt. This is a great, more affordable, hotel in a great location. I use the term afforadable somewhat loosely as, come on, what hotel is cheap in New York? The hotel is right next to the Empire State and we were lucky enough to be given a room that had the most perfect view of the tower. It was a nice small hotel with friendly staff, with a room that was pretty well sized compared to other hotels we had looked at. They had a great selection for breakfast and we could really say nothing bad about our experience. I would definitely reccomend anyone to stay here and I would for sure go there again.

Have you ever been to New York? What did you think of it?

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