For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with the bright lights and tall buildings of New York City.
I'd always wanted to visit and I'd always dreamed of going in December, I think this is down to the countless Christmas films that are shot in NYC.
The view of Manhattan from Liberty Island
Earlier this month I was finally able to fulfill my dream and visit, after what seemed like an eternity in the cab from JFK Airport to Queens Blvd I could finally see the Manhattan skyline lit up in the distance. That image will live in my memory forever.
After checking into our hotel we headed immediately to Times Square which was just a few blocks away, I couldn't take in how busy and vibrant it was even at 11:30pm. I understood why New York was called the city that never sleeps.
Statue Of Liberty
The next morning we managed to see a lot of the famous landmarks and attractions like The Statue Of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge & The Empire State Building, pausing to pay our respects at The Ground Zero memorial.
Looking North from top of The Empire State Building
That evening I got to see the most amazing Christmas Tree I'd ever seen, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, an enormous tree over 65ft tall. It was so magical and brought out the child in nearly every adult there.
The Rockerfeller Tree, one of the biggest Christmas trees in the world.
I remember seeing the tree in Home Alone 2 and thinking I have to see that one day, and it did not disappoint!
New York has something to offer on nearly every block or corner and yet in the middle of it lies Central Park, which is beautiful and yet so peaceful.
Manhattan Skyline from The Top Of The Rock
My wife got to fulfill her dream of Ice Skating in Central Park, something that I can say I also tried but did not enjoy! Watching her skate for 45 minutes without a care in the world made me feel happy.
Another highlight was seeing the incredible effort NYC makes in making the city feel Christmassy like the giant baubles or supersized fairy lights, everywhere you looked was something amazing.
The giant baubles on 5th Avenue
Supersized fairy lights on 5th Avenue
New York has left a lasting impression on me and given me so many happy memories and I am already planning on going back, it's just a case of when...
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