A Greatest Travel Experience: New York, New York!
For once put aside the intrepid travelling, the camping in Africa, the solo backpacking through South America and consider for a moment immersing yourself in food heaven, indulging in a city so diverse, unique and cultural that you can hardly believe it’s a westernised city overflowing with people. It’s a city that you can’t imagine you’d enjoy, let alone love, because you despise large busy crowds of people and the sterile feel to modern cities. It’s a city you fell incredible ill in (as usual). Yet you love it. You’d go back there in a heartbeat.
This city is one of the world’s top cities in my opinion, it’s New York.
New York has become one of my greatest travel experiences for its well-rounded level of travel interest. While it can be an expensive city, once you get past the cost of accomodation you can do everything else on a massive budget and still enjoy every moment.
Culture and History
New York is blessed with a wide array of incredible museums and galleries. If you time it right and plan you trip with a handy pocket guide (yes lonely planet, this was possibly the best investment I’ve made over the years with you) — the museums and galleries can be free. I adored MOMA and took the time to see a few others, but I really need to return to make time for the Met and revisit my favourites with the new exhibitions I’m sure they’d have on.
I actually really enjoyed wandering the streets of New York looking at the architecture. To the point someone asked me if I was lost because I was staring up at the sky so much! From historic buildings to new and fascinating designs, New York holds some very unique creations to inspire any designer or architect.
Visiting the 9/11 Memorial was heart-breaking yet eye-opening. Every time I visit a site of such terror around the world it takes hold of me and forces me to really consider what happened and how it affected everyone both then and now. It may be difficult to understand why I keep visiting places that put me in such a sad sombre mood, but I won’t stop, I won’t be blind to what has happened and is happening in the world I live in.
Walks, Pastures and Landscapes
New York is home to some incredible parks and this is what, like London, makes it a liveable city in my opinion.
I loved my walk from the Financial District across the Brooklyn Bridge to Prospect Park. The diverse landscapes I saw and appreciated in all their Autumn/Fall colours were lovely. Then, I’ve course there is the views of the statue of liberty, empire state building and the vast Central Park to enjoy.
Food, Food and More Food
Possibly one of the best bits of New York is its vast amount and variety of food to put any foodie (or foodie wannabe) into a food coma.
One of my favourite things to do was a walking food tour where I was shown around Greenwich and all it’s little fabulous food establishments for tastings.
Second to that was my 7-course chef’s tasting that I did at the lovely Italian restaurant called Rafele.
New York, unlike many cities in the world is one that I would not hesitate to return to. There is still so much to enjoy and experience there!
For more posts about New York check out:
- A Taste of America »
- A Day of Sights in the Big Apple »
- Warning this will make you hungry for American food »
- Halloween Pumpkin Hunting »
- Sizing up New York and Philadelphia »
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