Hello!! This post has been a long time coming, i hope i can do it some justice!
So, i was lucky enough to spend a week in New York over the Christmas break...JB and i were even there for NYE!! I had the days to myself whilst JB worked, so i could be a bit of a culture vulture (fact: i have carried out more cultural activities in NYC than i have in Paris, a city i've been living in for over 2 years. SHAME ON ME!) We were unbelievably lucky with the weather: bright and sunny, it only rained once on the first day, cutting my shopping spree on Broadway short (thank goodness!) I was walking around the city everyday and absolutely loving it.
By the way...this post almost happened without pictures, thanks to the bizarre iTunes activity when i plugged in my iPhone to JB's Apple NotePad this past weekend. Luckily, because JB is a closet geek, he found a magical way to do something which got all my photos and music back! High five JB! Yet another reason why i love this wonderful man!
So, deep breath, here goes!
Rockefeller centre! Love! It was so pretty, and the tree even impressed JB. Just lovely, and one of my favourite areas of NYC due to 30 Rock (not due to its close location 5th Ave which is like the Champs-Elysees!)
I also just caught the first 2 episodes of season 6 by the way: i love scenes with Jenna and Kevin the page!!
This was only 12 dollars to get into. They have screenings of films, in fact i just checked out the website today and they're screening "Manhattan" - sad i missed that!! I caught a Jim Henson exhibition, which was fascinating. It's not a huge museum, so you get around it in a couple of hours. It's at 3601 35th Avenue, Astoria, so walking there is probably not a good idea, be warned!
I hit up the Strand bookstore on my first day! It's on Broadway, just by Union Square, and it is a real haven for those of you who like books. I picked up Hemingway's "Fiesta: the sun always rises" as well as Alan Bennett's "The Uncommon Reader" and some short stories by Virginia Woolf. I did look for Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - i was in NYC after all! But only found the covers with Audrey Hepburn on, which i'm trying to avoid not because i dislike her, but i haven't seen the film so i would like to read the book without any film association. The film seems a bit like Marmite...the critics don't always rate it so well from what i have read, but i know some females who just love it!
Strand bookstore is so cheap too! Cashback as a good friend of mine and myself used to say on childrens' camps!
New York Public Library (5th Ave and 42nd St). This building can be spotted in many films, including "13 going on 30" and "Sex and the City" (where Carrie and Big were supposed to get married?) This part of the library was opened in 1911, so i got to catch an exhibition celebrating 100 years, which featured a copy of Hitler's "Mein Kampf", a KKK outfit, a love letter between Fanny Brawne and John Keats, and some T.S. Eliot scribblings...worth having a walk around. I was momentarily jealous of the students who get to go there and study!!!!
Vandaag is a New York restaurant inspired by the culture and cuisine of Northern Europe with a focus on Denmark and Holland. It is just around the corner from the Ukrainian museum on 2nd Avenue. I had a gorgeous spiced hot chocolate, as well as a savoury scone with some homemade nutella and loganberry jam! I also had a chat with my waitress, who came from Amsterdam (but had dual nationality b***h!) and had been in NYC for a couple of months! She was very nice, it's always so cool to interact with people in this city! Let me tell you now, they have one of the nicest and huuuugest rest-rooms ever, and free wifi which works very well. Worth taking a pit-stop here if around that area!
I'm going to leave it at that for now. My 2nd blog post on NYV will talk about the food we ate, the drinks we consumed, and what we did on New Year's Eve!
I hope you're all having a wonderful week and please keep your fingers crossed for me as i had some good news re a job interview that should get finalized next week!!
Love, Lou xxxxx