Travel Blog: NYC & The Lady!
Top of the world....rock?
New York City. How much I love this place. It’s filled with people from all around the world, beautiful building’s, always busy. The best place to people watch… 😁 (what a creep, right?) I arrived in NYC ready to see the 9/11 memorial. Last time I was in NY the area was closed off. If you were able to get a peek inside all you could see was a hole. Unfortunately for us our plans changed, and we ended up going straight to bed that night.😔 The next day was exciting; we took a subway to see Liberty Island & Ellis Island.😆 Lady Liberty is my favorite national monument.🗽 From her delicate features, to her broken chain.😍 This monument always takes my breath away. This Roman goddess was a welcoming site to millions of immigrants…how can she not take your breath away? I was eager to see her again, and to also take some great shots of the city from across the NY harbor. This time on my trip I noticed that her bare foot was slightly lifted..SHE POSES! I love her even more! After basically breaking my neck by starring at her grandness, we took the ferry to Ellis Island. This place is many things, and even though it holds more joyful memories, I always find my eyes filled with tears. The idea of leaving your home, everything that you’ve ever known & owned, to come to a foreign country (sometimes with nothing) is just unbelievable to me. I’m a sucker for history. (& drunken history😝) I do have to admit that I was a tad bit disappointed, they redid the entire front entrance, and it wasn’t as amazing as it was a couple of years ago.
After these two historical landmarks, we jumped on the ferry again, and worked our way up to Manhattan. I traveled with a friend who had never been to NYC before. So I wanted to make sure she did all the touristy things I did my first time; all while I enjoyed the city in a different perspective. This meant that we both had to compromise on things. I had already visited the Empire State Building, and didn’t want to do it again. I did do a little research, and found the Rockefeller center to be a great alternative. I have to say, if you are debating between the two I strongly suggest Rockefeller, hands down. I am speaking from experience. The 360 view is amazing, you get a great shot of the Empire state building, and from the moment you walk in you can tell they did a great job in creating this “attraction” for the tourist. If you’re still iffy about it just visit the Empire state building; it’s been there for nearly 90 years, and it was a great architectural achievement as the tallest building in the world for almost 40 years. So why not! We decided to reserve our spot during sunset, and we ended up staying up there for almost 2.5 hours, and every second was worth it.🌅
PLANNING A TRIP?
Some tips worth sharing if you plan on visiting NYC soon:
- Buy tickets in online/advance. It makes your plans go a lot smoother, no ticket lines, & easier to manage a budget.
- Camera buddy. Make sure you have a camera buddy to take awesome shots of you in these (maybe) ones in a lifetime places.
- Reserve a time. Not only does your day become organized, but you can reserve spot to see the sunset.
- Bring a coat. NYC harbor & the top of the rock are very windy places. Come prepared.