The new items were this wonderful LBD from Cece by Cynthia Steffe (which I have already worn more than once and I’m tempted to just wear all the time, it’s a great dress!)
and my favorite piece – this hooded furry vest from Aeropostal (which admittedly I have worn only once but I still love it. I would have worn it more but it’s been rainy in Prague and I don’t want to ruin it.)
I love love love the fact that it has a hood. Also the vest is super soft and totally reminds me of my huge stuffed sheep that I got for Valentine’s day (I love Mr. Sheep).
We had breakfast near Grand Central Terminal (I had pancakes with maple syrup and English Breakfast tea). Then we went to the Manhattan Mall and I bought a Samsonite boarding bag as it was on sale and I needed a good carry on/weekend bag. It’s in silver or grey and I quite like it 🙂 (sadly I couldn’t find a product image and I didn’t take any photos of it but I know I’ll be using it loads, so you’ll probably be seeing it soon.) We returned to the hotel to drop off my bag and then went to the Top of the Rock.
There is a magnificent view of Central Park from the Rockefeller building, I vastly preferred the view (and the system) of the Rockefeller to the Empire State Building, but more on that later. We had tickets so there was almost no waiting and it was a beautiful day so everything was in our favor.
If it’s not obvious enough, I’ll just add that I adored the Rockefeller. I loved it up there. It’s one of my fondest memories from New York. If you are planning on going to NYC and are deciding between Top of the Rock and the Empire State building well hands down, the Rock wins. There is a better view (because you can see Central Park and you can also see the Empire State building, which admittedly is better looking as a building) and they have a MUCH better ticket system so there is only a short wait vs. the Empire State building where you wait forever (well a good ninety minutes at the least).
After Top of the Rock we went to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum. We took a tour of a submarine (I couldn’t believe that at the time it was in use the crew would consist of 125 members; our tour group had 25 people and it was quite crowded in there.)
We left the museum, got tickets for a boat cruise and then went on a restaurant boat to have a lobster themed lunch. After lunch we took the Liberty boat cruise (which went to the Statue of Liberty and back).
We walked across a section of the park to get to the Natural History museum and I loved it there as well. Sunday was just an all-round day filled with love (well except for later that night, but more on that in a bit).
We left as the museum was closing and then I had the
brilliant horrible idea to go to the Empire State building and see the night view. Don’t get me wrong – the view IS amazing and everything (and I love love love all those sparkly lights) but the waiting is absurd. I was very cranky, my feet hurt and M had bought a bottle of whisky that afternoon, which I was positive he would never see again (actually he could leave it at the security desk, he got a number for it and picked it up after we were done). Anyways, the Empire State building is an icon and I think it is worth seeing but maybe buy the express ticket? Otherwise the wait is just super horrible. I mean, you are waiting in line for another line for another line for yet another line still and on and on it goes. (I was super cranky.)
The view was amazing but by that time I was in such a bitchy mood that I just wanted to go to our hotel room and put my feet up. And I was hungry – it was late and we still hadn’t had any dinner. We then stopped by our favorite deli called Bread and Butter and bought loads of food, grumpily walked up those seven flights of stairs and started packing.
Monday we went to get breakfast and then M bought himself a suitcase and then we returned to our hotel, finished packing and checked out of our room (check out was until 12), we left our suitcases at the hotel (they had a place for it) but unfortunately I forgot my phone in my carry on boarding bag (as it was full of things and quite heavy I hadn’t wanted to take it, so I just took my Dunlop bag, but I forgot to put my phone in, ops. It wasn’t really a problem, but I couldn’t take any photos.) We went to the Guggenheim museum and then for a few minutes looked out at the big lake in Central Park and then we went to see a bit of the city, we went to Ground Zero (M wanted to go to the museum but I thought it was too sad, I just couldn’t go) and looked at the new building One, we saw the Trump building, we went to this tiny Police museum, which I thought was very sweet (I really enjoyed the documentary about police women and their uniforms), and we went to see the Brooklyn bridge. Then we returned to the hotel to pick up our bags and headed via the subway and the air train to the airport.
Our flight was at ten thirty at night so suffice to say I was quite tired but excited about going home. As much as I love visiting interesting places and I love going on holiday, there really is no place like home. I missed my flat 🙂 and my pig 🙂 and family but I also dearly missed my closet and shoe collection. Anyways, the wait at the airport wasn’t that bad, we boarded the plane but then the plane had about an hour and a half delay. We were waiting in the plane and it was a bit boring as I wanted to watch some movies and you couldn’t do that until take-off. I wanted to finish watching Labor Day (which I only saw the first half of) but there was something wrong with my headset and it kept buzzing. So I tried some other movies and those were a bit better, I ended up watching La Belle et La Bete (I did finish it but I didn’t really like it), I can’t remember what else I watched. Anyways, we landed in Milan and had another super long and annoying wait until we could fly to Prague. I changed my outfit (completely, from head to toe) – I changed into my DKNY jeans, Kenneth Cole slip ons (which I have been also wearing quite a lot lately and they are so comfy!) and my new Levis jean shirt (which I am also loving). I ate all of my Hershey’s cookies and cream bars (I wish I had more!) and then waited ages until we flew to Prague where M’s parents were kind enough to pick us up. I had a bit of a headache and was feeling exhausted/nauseous so the trip home by car was a bit of a nightmare but as soon as we were home everything was good. I spent the next two days as shown in the last photo – curled up in bed.
Those last two days in NYC were so busy that I decided to skip school on Wednesday (I over slept anyways, jet-lag – I think I may still be a little bit jet-lagged, my sleeping pattern is way off.) On Wednesday night M and I went on a double date with my bestie and I’ll be posting about that outfit on Monday, I hope you enjoyed my NYC posts (and I hope this one wasn’t too long for you. I know, there were A LOT of photos). I really enjoyed writing them and of course, I loved actually being in New York. If I ever visit NYC again I know what I want to re-visit (Central Park, the Rockefeller building, the Met, the Natural History museum, the Statue of Liberty) and I would also plan my shopping a bit better (maybe visit the outlet mall?) Thanks for reading 🙂