Three cheers, yesterday we finally made it back to British soil. Just like you can’t leave out the final chapter of a book, or the final season of a hit TV show, I couldn't leave the blog unfinished, but this my friends….is the final chapter.
We landed in NYC on Sunday evening, this time around staying a lot more down town. We were just 3 streets off Times Square, which was pretty cool, even when it got a little loud at night. When we arrived it had already been snowing for some time and the parks were covered in snow which made for some really nice views. That sunday was also the 33rd anniversary of John Lennons death. We went to Strawberry Fields, this is a small area in Central Park which pays tribute to him, that night there were at least a group of 50 people gathered around, singing Beatles songs. I'm not a massive Beatles fan although I do like their music and I really enjoyed it. Glenn is a pretty big fan of theirs, so definitely enjoyed it too.
The next day, which was our last full day in the states, was started by checking out the cool Apple store, with the glass cubed entrance. It does look good from outside, inside it's just like any other Apple store. Across the road was the Plaza hotel, this is where parts of Home Alone 2 were filmed. So we got some pictures here and done our own self guided tour. It was pretty posh, I'm definitely going to have to watch the film again now, just to see if I recognise anything. We then went on to Central Park, we didn't have anything we particularly wanted to see here, just to walk through it a bit more as we hadn't done so much originally. We walked for about an hour, got some pictures of one of the baseball fields and any other nice scenes we came across. We also spent quite a bit of time in Times Square and around there. It is one of my all time favourite places, everything just looks awesome, we done a tonne of souvenir shopping, had our final Hard Rock Cafe meal and got even more pictures :)
Our next stop was the Rockefeller Center, we wanted to see the big tree they have outside, although it wasn't that big after all :/ not to say it didn't look amazing, because it certainly did. The restaurant area outside had also been converted into an ice rink, if I could skate at all, I would of given it a go, as it looked super fun, I just know I'd of fallen on my ass repeatedly. The nearby Saks Fifth Avenue also has a "Happy Holidays" videos, projected onto their building, this is played every 4-5 minutes and it looked awesome too. They made it look like the building was covered in art and the windows were moving etc etc. I'll try and get a bunch of videos onto my YouTube channel. While here we also done the NBC studios tour, it turned out not being that great, I learnt a few things about a show called Saturday Night Live, but that's about it.
The day we flew home, we were quite limited to what we could do, we didn't have to carry our cases around, but we did our hand luggage, which weighed in excess of 10 kilos each. It doesn't sound like loads, but when it's on your back all day, it's hard work. The main thing we done, other than get a buffet Chinese :p, was to do a tour of Madison Square Garden, it was a really cool looking arena, the previous night Rod Stewart was playing and they had already fully converted it to an ice hockey pitch for that evenings game. Madison Square Garden is apparently the only arena in world with a concave ceiling, this improves acoustic sounds and is also used for video effects too.
After this we made our way to the airport, done some duty free shopping and headed homebound. It has been an amazing trip, we both feel like we have well and truly conquered the United States. Thanks to everyone who has been reading and commenting, I’m really pleased with the amount of visitors the blog has received. As I said earlier I am going to be putting videos on YouTube, I will add a social media link to the right sidebar - where all the others are :D I’ll also add a link to my Instagram, where you can find a load of other pictures.
Road trip shutdown.…. Real world initialise.