January 15th 2016… My first holiday with my boyfriend, on our own. It was strange, it felt very grown up. I had just turned 21, the week before and it was the best start to the year. We flew out in premium economy and it was the best experience ever. We landed in NY around 12pm and we got straight in a taxi and headed from JFK to manhatten. We stayed in a hotel right near the Empire State Building. It was called ‘the metro hotel or hotel metro’ it was nothing that I expected, to be honest I didn’t know what to expect it was my first time going to New York and I had no idea what I had ahead of me.
We we arrived at the hotel and checked in to be surprised with a room upgrade. That was a surprise in itself but when we arrived to our room we were pleasantly surprised to see we had two double beds (one to myself, YES) a cute note on the side that wished me a happy 21st birthday and some chocolates. We had a fridge with free water and Diet Coke inside. The bathroom was amazing and just everything was fantastic. We couldn’t have wished for a better place to stay. We dumped our suitcases and headed for the streets in excitement.
We had no clue where we were or where we were going but we just walked. Walked in one straight line as if we had been there a millions times and knew where we were going. Thank fully we actually came across the flat iron building, so we recognised it and thought we must have been doing something right. We walked down small quiet streets and then huge busy streets. I never realised just how big a ‘block’ was until I was in New York. The next landmark we came across was the ‘arc de triumph’ I know, I know, that’s not what it is called but I don’t actually know what it is called and they look the same so why not. This area was busy lots of people taking selfies, it was so much to take in. We hung around for a while and then carried on heading in the same direction we originally were. We noticed between the buildings a huge spike which happened to be the new ‘one world trade centre’. It stuck out like a saw thumb but not in a bad way as it was a great thing to head for. As we got closer and closer it was really surreal as there were rusty bikes tied to lamp posts. Little did we know that they were actually left behind from 9/11. We eventually got to memorial area and it was out of this world. Nothing I could ever compare to it. It was beautiful. The idea of turning the foundations of the buildings into waterfalls with the victims names all around was amazing. The silence that surrounded the area was really nice. A place for families and friends to go.
We headed for the museum and was told it would take around 3-4 hours which we were more than happy with. From the moment you go inside the door you feel different. I can’t explain it. I don’t want to say to much as for anyone that goes I would 100% recommend going and spending the money as it’s worth every penny and every second. If I went back I would go again. So much to read and see that really takes you back. It makes you realise the little things that we don’t appreciate.
There was so much we did in New York but this was one of the best things and I hope you enjoy reading. If you have been to New York what was your best memory?
All my love