After 19 years, I finally did it! I popped my Big Apple! And I am so very happy I did, Julien and I had a short but yet amazing stay in New York City.
We left on Friday morning, super early, after a big scare because the taxi we had booked never showed up but thank god! I have Uber ;) The Megabus at Union Station was waiting for us and we left at 5.20am.
Almost 5 hours of excitement before getting there! And after driving in the fog, there it was! New-York skyline!
We got off the bus and after wandering around, a little lost, we headed to our first stop: the Highline. It is a place of New York I actually had never heard of before last summer and it was beautiful, but mostly fascinating.
It is this mix of nature take-over and relics of man’s industrial time, above the craziness and noise of the streets but among the tall buildings. We were very lucky the weather allowed us to enjoy the warm and shiny sunrays while we walked along the rail tracks covered in green plants and flowers.
We stopped under what looked like a warehouse and was probably and old station for some yellow watermelon flavored shaved ice.
Julien and I sat down to gaze at the Hudson before reaching the end of the Highline. We hopped on a yellow cab!
Destination: Freedom tower!
Not having thought things through, we were caught off guard by the long queue for the 9/11Memorial so we had to give up on that plan and took the metro to uptown.
We got off at Columbus circle to relax and stroll around Central Park where we watched a bit of a senior Softball game before sitting at a café for lunch.
Once our feet had rested enough, we continued walking toward 5th Avenue.
We passed by the Apple Store where the line was gigantic! It was the day the new iPhone was released (in 3 days, Apple sold 9 million iPhones… crazy!)
I had to capture the moment when we saw the Tiffany&co store and pretended for a minute I was Audrey Hepburn.
We also saw the biggest Juicy Couture shop EVER and I walked in the Abercrombie store to take the traditional photo with the model at the door.
We finally arrived at the Rockefeller center, which faced the hotel where we were staying: the Jewel.
Our room had a lovely view and even though we didn’t get to spend a lot of time enjoying it, the terrace was very nice.
Busy busy morning in Manhattan, but I guess that’s what living in the dynamic city feels like. And I like it!