NYC/RDU - Day 3 and 4September 1, 2017 in the United States
We said no to the sugar high this morning and instead opted for a proper New York bagel. We knew we'd picked a good place because the queue was insane. To be honest, that turned out to be a blessing because there was so much choice we had still barely decided by the time we got to the counter! We both opted for smoked salmon and cream cheese (what else?!) in the end, his on garlic, mine on poppy... drool 🤤!!
We ate them on the high line in the baking hot sun then walked to the docks to take our ferry tour. It was a total farce as we waited on board for an hour for everyone to get on, then there was drama with the faulty PA system, then we pulled out of the docks and all looked hunky dory until some total s*@! started threatening to call customer service from the boat about the PA system and made the boat turn round.. idiot. Thankfully we decided to British-complain and got moved to a new boat, new tour and best seats so all's well that ends well, except we had another hour wait for the tour to leave!!
The tour was as classic tourist as you could possibly want! I think we were the only people to see the city through our eyes as opposed to a lens!! Although I do have one picture of the Statue of Liberty that I'll attach!
We walked from the Boat to Rockafella - took us far far FAR to long as we got lost and then realised we didn't know what Rockafella was meant to look like!
It was bloody high. It was swaying. I pretty much scaled the wall until Callum picked me up and carried me to the edge and I looked over and could have sworn my stomach just fell away. Once we were back on the ground we started walking and a guy walked past with a massive Boa Constrictor. She was HUGE and so so gorgeous! I asked to hold her and the guy said yes. I felt much better after that, she helped centre me.
We sat in Starbucks to do the previous days blog post and wait for it to get dark then walked to The Empire State building via Grand Central Station which was absolutely stunning. We hung around and I was hoping for a Flash dance or some sort of dramatic movie worthy moment... no such luck. The ceiling was awesome though.
The Empire State was higher. I mean really high. 86th floor. Callum hung over the edge looking down and I did everything in my power to stop myself army crawling round the top near the wall and crying. We walked all the way round then headed down to the sweet, sweet ground and had a Manhattan cocktail in the bar downstairs before catching the subway to Katz Deli.
My god. That's a sandwich. I had soft salami and Callum had Brisket and Pastrami. It was so late by then that we walked back to the hotel and headed to bed. #wild
The world was swaying still when I got to bed. Vom.
Day 4 -
We got up the next day and packed and headed to the airport after one last cup of coffee. We got to the airport and had a swift boozy drink to say goodbye to NYC before hopping on the plane to Durham to see Jim.
Quick FYI to everyone requiring a pickup from the airport. If your collection doesn't arrive in a Mustang, you just aren't living. Jim's car is awesome!!! We flew down the motorway to Jim's and had a drink on the balcony to celebrate our arrival! We went to a local pizza place called Ricky's and ordered an extra large pizza for the three of us to share. I don't think I will be able to eat pizza back home. The pizza was so so thin it was like a crepe. It was AMAZING. I'm drooling thinking about it! We headed home for drinks on the balcony with full bellys. Perfect end to the day ♡
Dam that was a good bagel. The thing was 3inchs thick. Sooooooo good. The tour was a pain. We upgraded to the tour that went all around Manhattan island (except it didn't!!), and while it was good once we finally got going we both agreeded we should have taken the beast tour, which is a half hour tour down to the statue of lib and back.
Rockafella was awsome once we found it. Fi was bricking it which made it even more fun :).
Then we poped into the Lego store, that was fun.
The Empire State building was just a good. Maybe a little more as it was higher and boy is NYC beautiful at night all lit up.
Then Katz sandwich shop. Omg, we ordered our sandwiches and he put the meat he was using in our bricks on the counter for us to try. Omg omg that was amazing soooo amazing. Unfortunately they were closing so we headed back to the hotel to eat and smelly Fiona made me wait until we were back before I could start my sandwich :( but happy as it was soooo worth the wait.
We left the hotel and a quick coffee before into the airport.
Jim's mustang is sooo cool and I now require to be picked up in this fashion always. Jim's apartment is awsome and the balcony is great for people watching. We have had great pizza and great mustang rides. Such a nice car.Read more