So Day Five of my US trip posts is actually related to Day Six of me being out there, because I ended up having to spend the whole of my actual Day Five in bed dosed up on painkillers watching Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares and Parks and Recreation. Yup, in case you didn't see my pitiful tweets last week, just as we were getting ready to catch the Megabus to New York...I sprained my neck...whilst brushing my hair. HOW?! I was in so much unbelievable pain, poor Sean was probably weighing up the pros and cons of taking me to an emergency room (the main con being that you have to pay for treatment in the States...)
By the evening though I was ready to brave the bumps and jolts of the bus journey to get to the Big Apple, although I did regret that for a moment when walking through Time Square at peak time. First thoughts of New York were not positive I have to admit, that area of town is very loud, very noisy, very dirty and there are constant flashes of light everywhere from the eye-watering displays.
Our hotel was an oasis of calm though - a total bargain when we booked it and located right by Central Park, we were on the 44th floor of the tallest hotel in the area! I felt a bit queasy when I walked into the room for the first time and looked down at all the tiny ant people on the streets below (the second photograph is the view from our window!)
The next day was spent making up for lost time as we did a tour of some of the main places I wanted to see: The High Line, West Village, pizza on Bleecker Street, the new World Trade One building, the 9/11 memorial and the view across to the Statue of Liberty. The 9/11 memorial was enough to make you tear up - it's an awe inspiring sight but the constant flow of names and the flowers laid gently on the edges remind you that this isn't just another vacation landmark. The only part of the day I didn't like was our wander through the financial district AKA Wall Street - again the dirt and the noise and the crowds just really got to me!
If you are heading to NYC in the future I would 100% recommend checking out The High Line - its an abandoned rail track that has been transformed into a 'linear park' above the city. Its chockablock with greenery and seats to relax on and there are various food and drink carts along the way, I imagine its the perfect place to sit with a good book on a sunny day. It was certainly more scenic than the Subway and more interesting and relaxing than walking that distance I can tell you that.