My Holiday to New York City - February 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

If you follow me on Twitter then you'll already know that I've just spent the past week on holiday in New York, and had a seriously unbelievable time. I honestly loved every minute of it and genuinely fell in love with the city, as well as taking a ton of gorgeous photographs. I really wanted to share this with you guys, so I thought I'd put together this post of everything we did to share my amazing visit and hopefully inspire you to go there!

F R I D A Y   9 T H   F E B R U A R Y

So Friday was mostly a day of travelling, which was honestly extremely tiring and hard work. A total of 10 and a half hours on a plane, as well as 3 hours waiting in a German airport for a connecting flight, isn't exactly the most easygoing of journeys, but it was definitely manageable. We travelled with Lufthansa and ended up with a really nice plane, as well as tons of films and TV shows to choose from. I managed to settle down doing a bit of college work while watching Murder on the Orient Express and La La Land, and thankfully with the frequent snacks and refreshments the flight wasn't too long.
By the time we made it to New York and arrived at our hotel room, it was early evening and had already gone dark. Although this meant that we didn't get to properly see the city that night, it did mean that we were greeted to our hotel room with this absolutely phenomenal view. I still can't quite get over how beautiful everywhere looked when it was all lit up, and we were lucky enough to stay on the 23rd floor meaning our view was insane.

On the hunt for some food, we ended up having a bit of an explore of the area and stumbling into Times Square. I can't even put into words how insane it was seeing the countless flashing signs and billboards, definitely makes you feel like such a tiny speck in an enormous city. We also saw the Empire State Building all lit up, which was an amazing view to see from right outside our hotel and I really couldn't get over how amazing it felt to finally be visiting New York.

S A T U R D A Y   1 0 T H   F E B R U A R Y

This was our first proper day in New York and we decided to make the most of it by doing a lot of sightseeing. We were really lucky that our hotel was very central and so Fifth Avenue was only a short walk away, so we decided to head down there in the direction of Central Park, just taking in all of the sights and browsing in the shops along the way.
Being inside the Empire State Building was definitely a surreal moment, and it's such a phenomenal and huge building - much more than you expect just from seeing it on TV. We also walked past the New York Public Library, which was another landmark that I definitely wanted to see.

We also visited the Rockefeller Centre, albeit with no Christmas tree, and this was yet another incredibly tall and imposing building yet a fabulous one to visit. As you can clearly tell, I really enjoyed taking photos of everywhere and just taking in the sights, still not fully comprehending that we were in New York.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral was the next stop on our walk and I definitely fell in love with it here - the building itself is gorgeous with the neo-Gothic architecture and the ornate, stained-glass interior is definitely eye-catching. After lighting a couple of candles, we really took our time to fully explore the cathedral and take it all in.
After not much more walking, we made it to Central Park, which was perhaps one of my favourite locations in New York. The park itself is absolutely huge but I really enjoyed walking around it and taking a ton of photos. It's seriously crazy seeing all of the trees and grassy areas surrounded by a perimeter of enormous buildings, and there was even a bit of snow left on the ground!

S U N D A Y   1 1 T H   F E B R U A R Y

Sunday was a shopping day for us, which meant heading back towards Times Square but this time of the day. It was really rainy and miserable weather but that didn't stop us from making the most of it, and all of the billboards still looked incredible in the light. Although I had a browse in a few shops, I saved most of my shopping til later in the holiday so it was more of a sightseeing day for me.
We also walked past the Flatiron Building, which I definitely had to photograph as it's quite a sight seeing a building so slim, and there was definitely some impressive buildings and sights in this area.

Macy's was another stop on the list that we visited later in the evening, and let me tell you that it's absolutely huge! That shop is honestly like a maze, with 10 floors that are packed with everything you could possibly think of and taking up an entire block, meaning you could easily spend hours and hundreds of dollars in here!

M O N D A Y   1 2 T H   F E B R U A R Y

On Monday, we decided to explore the financial district of New York, which is a bit of a distance away from the centre but presented us with the perfect trip out. The day itself was absolutely freezing, which you can tell from my beret and scarf, but I really enjoyed exploring this area and it had such a different feel to places like Times Square that you wouldn't think they were in the same city.
While in this area, we also decided to take the Staten Island ferry past the Statue of Liberty. This was definitely another huge landmark on my bucket list and so it was amazing seeing it, even if it was absolutely freezing sat on the ferry!

Later on, we decided to visit the area of the One World Trade Centre and Ground Zero, which was incredibly moving and a touching place to visit. Although everyone has heard about the tragic events, it really puts it into perspective when you're visiting there and you can picture what it must've been like on that day. Although it was quite emotional, this is definitely somewhere that I knew I had to visit while in New York.

Although we just had a chilled evening on this day, I really just wanted to document how gorgeous the sunset was from our hotel room, and I knew throughout the whole visit that I really wanted to see a New York sunset. We spent the evening enjoying the sights and watching Friends, since I could now recognise a few of the areas in transition shots, and it was actually a really enjoyable evening.

T U E S D A Y   1 3 T H   F E B R U A R Y

The American Museum of Natural History was definitely somewhere that I wanted to visit, both to see some of the amazing exhibits and also to relive my Night in the Museum dreams, so that's what we did on on Tuesday morning. What started as an idea to help my brother get photographs for his graphics project materialised into a lovely and really interesting trip, and I loved spending time in this museum amongst all of the exhibits.
In the afternoon, we decided to visit Grand Central Station, which was another place on my itinerary that I knew I wanted to visit. I definitely wasn't disappointed, as this building is beautiful both inside and out, and in terms of stations, it certainly puts all others that I've seen to shame.

W E D N E S D A Y   1 4 T H   F E B R U A R Y

Wednesday was sadly our last full day in New York, and since we'd already seen pretty much everywhere we wanted to, we decided to take a trip to the Upper West Side and explore. We saw the beautiful Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, as well as visiting the cafe from Seinfeld for my parents who are huge fans of the show, and it was really nice having a day out in an area of New York that is less cosmopolitan and had a more traditional feel to it. I also got my ashes done since it was Ash Wednesday and they were offering it outside the Cathedral, which was definitely a nice addition to the day.


The afternoon was spent focused on shopping, since I still had a majority of my money left and this was the last chance to spend it. I was a bit worried I wouldn't see anything I liked but I managed to find some really nice things, picking up a variety of clothes and makeup. I'm not going into too much detail as I'll probably write a haul for you guys if that's something you'd all like to see.

Sadly, the holiday came to an end on Thursday, which I was gutted about but at the same time I really enjoyed the trip and did everything I wanted to and more. I seriously couldn't have wished for a better holiday, and so I'm writing this blog post to share it with you and also for me to look back on in the future. I hope you enjoyed it and I'd love to know what your favourite parts of New York are if you've visited, or if not then what you'd most like to see! Thanks for reading and I'll see you again next Sunday!

Love from Daisy x

1 comment

  1. sounds like you had the best time and your photos are absolutely incredible! love all your outfits as well! New York is such an incredible place!
    Kate Xx