Doing it like a New Yorker

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
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Trip End Jan 14, 2012


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Well not quite, we were still a little touristy..

We had breakfast in the cafe downstairs from the hotel, sat at the counter having bottomless cawfee, and I had corn beef hash, don't know why, but it was the biggest breakfast I've ever had.

Again it was an early start, we were in Central Park by 9:30 if not before.  It was just beautiful, we spent about an hour just wondering around the bottom part near the ice rink.  Which I'm sad to say that although it was on my list of 'NY must do's', we didn't go.  Just didn't really get the right opportunity.  I think we spent nearly 4 hours just wondering and sitting and looking at Central Park, I really enjoyed it.

Within a couple of minutes in the park, I needed to adjust my attire, too hot or too cold, I just couldn't decide, as we stopped a woman walking her baby passed and said "Cute hair...!"  Aparantly New Yorkers love my hair, I had about 4 or 5 people comment on it during my time there.

As we were leaving the park a guy came up to us whilst working his dog, just to chat, and came out with the old "Oh my god, are you British..????"  They just love us!  He loves our country, and the Royal family etc.  He then asked if we had seen the castle in the middle of Central Park (it's an observatory thing), however he obviously didn't know much about Britain as he asked us if we have castles older than 1947... Yes sir, I think we do.  In fact we have castles older than your COUNTRY!

We headed down Central Park West and back into town.  We were still full from breakfast so just had alcohol for lunch instead! :-D

We took a wonder down 5th Avenue, ooohhed and arrrrhhhed over the diamonds in Tiffany's and took in the sights of potentially one of the best shopping districts... If you can afford it.

Had another Starbucks.  By now the Starbucks game was in full swing.  Everytime I saw a Starbucks I shouted 'Starbucks'  Now in NYC, that's A LOT!  We then started to notice that there are nearly as many Chase Banks as well, so now it's the Starbucks and chase game.  Kathryn tried to join in but my coffee and money radar were just too quick for her.  We could have added poorly themed Irish pubs to the mix, but that would have been silly.

We headed downtown to look at the New York Public Library and Grand Central Station, which for a station is beautiful!  We went and had a cocktail in Campbell's apartment too, which was cool, but pricey.  Then off to the Empire State.  It wasn't the best day for the view, but it's a once in a lifetime experience, however next time I'll be going to Top of the Rock as I'll actually be able to see Central Park.

We headed back to the hotel for a nap, yes a nap....  We were going out partying in the evening and needed our energy. When we did arise from our slumber and put our glad rags on, we headed downtown to West Village (or Greenwich Village not sure).  We wanted somewhere that the New Yorkers went and most places in this area fitted the bill, but we kept looking until quite frankly we were bored of the rain, so ducked into Le Souk (http://www.lesoukny.com/).  SUCH A COOL BAR!!  A Moroccan themed bar with the dark lighting, lanterns and shisha's.  It was fairly empty when we arrived at 22:30 (latest I've started a night in forever!!), but soon filled up.  We sat talking for a good couple of hours until a lovely bunch of guys came and distracted us, didn't hurt that they were easy on the eye too.  The music was awesome, I guess it was happy house...?  And the drummer who wondered around doing his thing just made me wanna shake my arse, so I did!  So much so that I took my eyes of my bag for a while and when I went to get it to reapply my lippy, it was gone!!!  You cannot imagine what my head and my heart were doing, all my money, my phone, my passport, my life, all in that bag.  I won't scare you anymore, seems that someone just handed it in for me, still don't know why, but it's better than it being stolen!  Everything was there, so releaved.  Needless to say, a strong beverage was bought to calm me down and I didn't let go of it again.
So dispite the near miss on the heart attack, this was by far one of coolest bar's I've been in for some time, excellent music and vibe, beautiful people (the barman was HOT), not unreasonable drinks (for New York) and altogether a great find.  Wicked night, and it was only Wednesday.

Longest blog entry ever? Nearly...  Well we didn't get home till 4:30, there's a lot to say :-D

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