New York is always a good idea. Or so I’m told – I’ve never actually been!
My 30th birthday is looming on the horizon and to mark the occasion, Shaun and I are off to New York for a few nights. Sounds good right? Obviously it is but for me it’s not JUST good, it is right up there as number one on my bucket list of places to visit.
When Shaun asked me what it was about New York that made me so eager to go I found it hard to really put into words.
If I close my eyes, I can transport myself into the buzz of the city – the noise, the hustle, the colours, the tinge of grime that all big cities have, the smells of diesel, eateries and ambition. It’s a place I’ve never been to and yet it feels as though I have been going there my whole life. When my sister visited for the first time a few years ago, she described that moment of driving across the Brooklyn Bridge as a feeling of coming home and I know just what she means.
There are a million and one different things that I want to do and see in New York. We are only there for three nights and so obviously, I am going to have to prioritise. Tricky but here goes…
My New York Bucket List
New York city’s largest park space and with so much to see and do, it’s not a question of “why?” more of a “why wouldn’t you?!”
It’s iconic, vast, beautiful and it boasts umpteen attractions including a zoo, lake, running trails and so much more. For me though, I will be more than happy to wander around, hand in hand with my other half and just take it all in.
Going to the theatre is one of my all-time favourite things to do. I have seen so many musicals and shows in London’s West End that I have lost count. It never gets boring. For some reason that I cannot fathom, I have never seen my all time favourite musical, Phantom of the Opera and so Shaun has promised that we will see it on Broadway. It literally doesn’t get better than that!
The New York Public Library
Perhaps an unexpected addition for a first timer in New York? It’s worth a visit for many reasons: the imposing architecture, the history, the fact that Carrie got married there (almost). Number one reason is because I am lover of libraries, of literature and words. This historic, New York landmark is definitely up there on my bucket list!
5th Avenue Shopping
Slightly more predictable but unmissable all the same. A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a spot of shopping. Window shopping I might add – we aren’t made of money!
Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Barneys, Tiffany’s you name it – I want to see it, smell the luxury and soak it all in. I can practically hear Shaun groaning already!
A place full of trendy eateries, shops, people and art galleries. This is my people watching spot and I can’t wait to wander around, trying out the food and
cocktails drink and taking the whole experience in. For me, sitting back and watching the world go by, immersing yourself in it all is the main draw to visiting a city like New York.
Without a doubt, there are a million other things that I would love to see and do in New York but if I only get to do these things, I will come away a happy Mama. Above and beyond all of these places, I am looking forward to spending some quality time with Shaun *whispers it* away from the kids. Quality, alone time to reconnect, eat, drink, laugh and be us again. The fact that we get to do that in my number one bucket list destination is the icing on my very big birthday cake.
Have you been to New York? I would love to know what your ‘must-see’ activities and places are! If you have any central, Manhattan hotels to recommend then also let me know in the comments box below because we haven’t booked it yet!