A little bite of the big apple.
Trip Start Jan 16, 2011
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Where I stayed
Hostelling International - New York New York City
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
There was a bit of a mix up with the reservation in the hostel but the staff more than made up for it by putting us up in possibly the biggest room I've ever stayed in, and that includes hotels too. Not only that, but they also sent us a huge fruit basket with bottles of Voss Water and Apple Cider to the room. It really was first class service and I can't say enough good things about our stay there.
We'll be coming back to New York on January 4th for six days and have the great pleasure of meeting some of our families while there so this was just a little taster of the city that doesn't sleep, so we only had a quick look at some of the many sights that the incredible city has to offer
Top of my list was to see the John Lennon memorial in Strawberry Fields and the Dakota Building.
I felt a little let down with the Strawberry Fields area to be honest. Maybe being a Beatles fan since a child, I had built it up in my mind a bit, but I found it quite underwhelming and even dirty but having waited a long time to see it, I was glad to spend a few minutes and take it in.
From there we crossed the road to see the Dakota Building where John lived and tragically was murdered. Surprisingly it's also where Yoko still lives today. Of course the place creates a huge amount of attention because of the sheer massive size of his fame and there were quite a few tourists outside posing and taking photos, which wasn't something I particularly would feel right doing, but I was glad to spend a few minutes and pay my respects.
As we hit the centre of the city, it was clear there was one thing on everyone's minds....Christmas shopping, and I have to admit that we were both glad to be on the other side this year and not in the middle of the madness
I usually find it hard to get into the Christmas swing of things but I reckon even the coldest of Scrooges would find it hard not to get into the spirit of things. Seeing the ice skaters in Rockerfeller Plaza and the amazing over the top decorations, yep, it was obvious that that Mr Claus was on the way soon.
Whilst it was only a flying visit it definitely gave us a taster of what the Big Apple has to offer and we can't wait to get back there early in the new year and see some of our families for the first time in a long time.
For now though, we're making the most of the California sun knowing that we'll be going back to the winter temperatures we're more accustomed to pretty soon.
As this will be the last blog of 2011, I'd like to wish everyone a happy 2012 and I'm really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the coming months. Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts on the experiences that this year has thrown up.