Manhattan | New York City

There’s something about this city that just has my heart. When I think of it, it feels like home. I’ve been lucky enough to visit 4 times and it never gets old. There’s always something I haven’t done or seen and I always find myself falling just that little bit more in love with the city each and every time.

One of the big reasons I love New York is that Dan proposed to me there. As a massive lover of Home Alone 2, I cry every time at the scene at the end outside the Rockefeller Centre with Kevin & his Mom. The massive Christmas tree, the angels and all the trimmings just look so amazing and I had always wanted to visit at Christmas. So that’s what my amazing (Now) Husband did. He took me there just before Christmas in 2013 and proposed to me in that exact spot. And that sealed the deal for me! New York has my heart.

I recently visited with my sister and my auntie & uncle in January this year as part of my sisters 21st birthday surprise! I was also nearly 24 weeks pregnant at the time but that didn’t stop me from showing them all the sights that NYC has to offer. The best part was that it had snowed! Walking through central park in the snow is just something else and I am so glad they all got to see it in all its snowy glory.

Everything about this city is magical. The sights, the shopping, the food and the general atmosphere is amazing and that’s what keeps me coming back for more.

One of my favourite sights to see is the whole of Manhattan from the top of the Empire State Building. The views are breathtaking, literally at times! It’s so windy in the colder months but 100% worth it. My uncle was stood with me looking out at all the amazing buildings and he said that when he was little he never imagined that he would get to visit New York, let alone stand at the top of the Empire State Building. I just think thats so precious and if you ever get the chance to visit this amazing place, please spend your money on the memories that will stay with you forever and take the time to really appreciate what you have and where you are in life.

At Christmas time, New York really goes to town with the decorations. Every building is covered in lights and trimmings and everything just looks so magical. The Rockefeller Christmas tree is lit after thanksgiving so if you want to see it in all its twinkling glory, try to time your visit after the holiday.

Obviously, shopping in New York is heaven! 5th avenue is lined with the finest, luxury shops. From Louis Vuitton to Tiffany & Co, this avenue is for the shoppers with money to burn. Time Square is adorned with souvenir shops, drug stores, high street stores, restaurants and cafes. There really is something for everyone!

If your a shopper that likes everything under one roof then your department stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Saks will have everything from your luxury items to high street bargains with a little Magnolia Bakery thrown in there to get that sweet treat and of course a Starbucks to re-fuel.

The Mothership for all makeup lovers!

There’s a feeling you get when you visit the World Trade One site. It’s a feeling that you can’t describe. I always shed a tear for the many people that lost their lives in the tragic events of 9/11 and I am so glad that they have honoured those people with these amazing memorial monuments. A truly beautiful sight to see.

Nothing says New York to me than visiting the Statue of Liberty. Stood on Liberty Island on the New York Harbour, it really is a sight to behold. Signalling freedom and democracy, the statue was a gift of friendship from the people of France and has been stood on that island since October 28, 1886.

Ice skating in Central Park was just one of the best experiences ever! I can’t skate to save my life and was holding on for dear life to those edges but it was just something that I had thought about doing for such a long time and to finally get to do it was amazing. Watching people on movies and tv shows do it it almost doesn’t look real but I can tell you it is and it will set you back about $21 for the pleasure. That includes stepping on the ice and hire of skates.

If your a Gossip Girl fan, you will know where this Christmas tree is!

New York is probably not for everyone but to some it will be everything.

I have visited New York in the height of Summer, Autumn and Fall and to me, nothing beats seeing this city at Christmas time. But I would always recommend doing your research, hunting down the best deals and really planning your trip down to a tee as you really want to fill your time creating memories to last a life time at some of the worlds most amazing attractions.

Laura x

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