Hello again! I am back home from my holiday, and after almost a week of unpacking and jet lag I have finally managed to sit down and look through my photos from New York City. We had a wonderful time. We flew across the Atlantic on the 19th of July, and arrived in NY around midnight local time after forcing ourselves to stay awake during the entire flight. It took a good handful of episodes of Fringe to get us through it, and we were dead tired when we finally crashed into our hotel bed, but it was so worth it. We stayed at the Distrikt Hotel during our entire stay and absolutely loved it there. The room was nice, and the staff made us feel incredibly welcome. If you are planning a trip yourself then I would gladly recommend a stay there.
This was the view from our room. I felt like a creeper looking down into the apartments below us, but hey, when you live in a swanky-looking location like that you’re bound to attract some curiosity!
No walk around the city is complete without some Frappuccino-induced photobombing… God, Frappuccinos. They fueled my entire holiday. There is no Starbucks in Bergen yet, but when the day comes I better be able to control myself. The weather was very nice and warm during our entire stay, so we needed plenty of cold drinks to get through the day, and many times we would spend mid-day watching trashy reality shows in our hotel room just to cool down.
There might also have been napping involved. Shh.
We loved Bryant Park. Apparently they have movie screenings there once a week, which we of course forgot completely when the day arrived. It looks like a great place for watching a movie though, don’t you think?
A few days were spent just walking around Central Park, grabbing some food and reading books on benches or on top of my scarf-come-picnic blanket. It was nice to spend some quiet time in the sunshine with grass between our toes. I finished World War Z while I was there, and spent the whole following night dreaming of the zombie apocalypse.
We ended up having quite a few picnics in the park. What can I say, we needed to get some veggies wedged in between all the burgers we ate! The Boyfriend had made a list over all the burger places he wanted to check out, and I can honestly say that I have never eaten so many delicious burgers in such a short period of time, ever. The Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien won first prize in my book.
This is me with a slight tan, folks. Sure, I wore SPF 30 all day, but you’d think I’d get a little bit more of a tan after nearly a week out in the sun? Nope, not me. Not happening.
We didn’t make time to visit many museums as we would have liked, but we did manage to spend an afternoon at the Museum of Natural History. As someone who had David Attenborough as her very first childhood hero I can honestly say that I had a really great time, and the exhibitions were absolutely huge. I am still amazed that we managed to get through all of them.
… Although this particular exhibition started a rather crude game of “which of these have I eaten/hangs on the wall at my parents’ place”. Ah, the joys of growing up around hunters and taxidermy.
The main attraction was of course the dinosaurs. I used to love dinosaurs, and wanted to become paleontologist when I grew up. It was too bad the dinosaur exhibit was at the fourth and topmost floor, because after walking through the three floors below we were way too tired and hungry to appreciate the dinos as much as they deserved. I think Marius gave up on me when I muttered “I thought they would be bigger”. That’s when you know it is time to just get out and find me a snack.
But hey, you know which place got my full range of enthusiasm and then some? F.A.O. Schwarz on the upper east side. As a child-free adult I had a little too much fun in there, but thankfully The Boyfriend will be getting his very first nephew this winter and thus we had an actual excuse to be there. It might not excuse the tiara, but come on – you don’t need a reason to wear a tiara.
You know what else I enjoyed? Sephora. There is no Sephora in Norway, and once I found one I bought my entire wish list in one go. The loot from that little spree will get a post of its own, so instead I give you a photo of a face mask that I received as a sample. It is the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (adlink), and I have regretted the fact that I didn’t buy it ever since I came back home. My skin felt amazing after using it, and I will definitely try to get my hands on it later this fall.
On our last full day in NYC we decided to visit the Statue of Liberty. It was a gray and cloudy day, but still nice and warm, and it felt nice to be on a boat for a change.
It started raining once we arrived at Liberty Island, but we didn’t care – we bought ice cream, went on a walk around the island, and took plenty of tourist-y photos.
And that is the short version of our trip! There are so many things I wish we had the time to see, but the ten days we had went by oh so quickly. I really regret not bringing my DSLR with me, because for some reason I take ten times as many photos with that one as opposed to my little point-and-shoot. It is heavier, but it is so much more fun to use. No worries though – we are definitely visiting New York City again. We had such a great time, and thoroughly enjoyed every second of our trip. I have already made a wish for another trip for my 30th.