Travel:: NYC: Day One

We arrived in NYC on Thursday evening so didn't do much besides explore our surroundings and be amazed our bathroom view (no brick wall for us, but a shot of the Empire State Building!) and find a place to have a drink.

Our real adventure began on the Friday. Jet lag meant we were up at 4am meaning plenty of time to fit everything in! We strolled up to Central Park with a small diversion via Grand Central Station. I'm still blown away by it's size and beauty-Waterloo and Paddington doesn't have anything on that building.

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We stopped by Central Park Zoo which was such a fun way to spend a couple of hours. They don't have a ton of animals (you have to head to the Bronx Zoo for that) but the sea lions provided much entertainment.

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It was so hot on the Friday and we did not pack for such heat and so when the bear got in for a drip I was pretty jealous of her cooling down.

Lunch was supplied in the Rockefeller Centre along with a couple of margaritas (because it was sunny and we were on holiday) and then we spent the majority of the afternoon and evening up high above New York City; Top of the Rock in the sunshine and the Empire State Building at night.

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And from one amazing viewpoint to another. I loved that we did both these sights in one day; one day, one night as there really was a difference between the two. I always think there's something so magical about a city at night and all the twinkling lights of New York did nothing to sway that opinion.

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