Back in January, Paul and I took advantage of the BA Sale and booked flights to New York for the day after Paul’s 30th Birthday. You can imagine how excited we were as our love for the US is just getting stronger, especially after our epic Californian Roadtrip last year. (You can find posts in the travel section.)
Fast forward 10 months (!!) and we were packing our bags for all of the seasons due to the crazy weather forecast: 28 degrees C on our first day dropping to around 11 degrees C by the end of the week.
As we knew we would be pretty jet lagged when we got there, we booked the first slot of the day to go to the Top of The Rock at 8am. The alarm was set for about 5.30am, but we had another wake up call at around 5am… The fire alarm in our hotel started going off! Throwing on some clothes, we made our way down the 7 flights of stairs to be greeted by an NYC Fire Truck all ready and waiting in front of the hotel. Luckily, it was a false alarm, but definitely a pretty exciting/American way to start our trip!
We walked from our hotel to the Rockefeller Centre as the sun was just rising and Manhattan was only just waking up. Porters were hosing down pavements, breakfast food trucks were setting up and the sun was beginning to glint off the buildings making it feel like something out of a movie. As we walked the near empty streets, we were able to take everything in and it felt like we had walked nearly 50 blocks in no time.
Our hotel was located in Greenwich Village, which is a really nice part of Manhattan. Over the course of our trip we found it an ideal location to get everywhere. We ended up walking 70 miles in 6 days!
I think we couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to go to the Top of The Rock as there were only a handful of people waiting to go up with us, so it almost felt like we were up there on our own. As soon as we stepped out of the ‘elevator’, I definitely let out an audible ‘wow!’. That first moment you look out over New York City is pretty incredible and the fact that the sun had just risen, gave the views a lovely hazy quality.
The early bird definitely caught the worm in this case…