We are upto day four already! I am exhausted just thinking about all that we did when we were there but we were in the city that doesn’t sleep! We walked upto central Park to go to the Plaza hotel as there is a food court below with several patisseries. We got freshly squeezed orange juice and a pastry and ate it surrounded by Plaza luxury! We then took a sneaky exit past the Palm Court and through the lobby area. Not at all expensive and I think we are going to be doing the afternoon tea there the next time we go! We then walked into the park. If you go to Central Park, you need to really research beforehand which areas you want to see. I have been before so I left all of this to hubby. He really just wanted to go to the fountain and have a little walk about. You are literally stopping every 30 seconds to take photographs too as the juxtoposition of the skyscrapers against the greenery is stunning. You are also surrounded by areas that you instantly recognise from TV and film and at one point we just sat on a bench and pointed out different areas. During the summer months, they have a lot of events on in the park and we walked by a Stihl saw event (lumberjacking!!!), that we didn’t have much interest on but there was a full itinerary of events. You can see these at The Dairy which is a gift shop/information centre. We didn’t do the zoo when we were there but just due to time constraints! It is on the list for next time.
We saw people rowing on little boats and being the adventurers we are, decided to take a little trip around the pond. It was quite cheap to hire and you got a full hour rowing – it was red hot and we managed to get some shaded areas but the photographs from the boat are the best (in my opinion) as well as the cute little tortoises resting on the rocks!! We finished up at the Loeb Boathouse afterwards which is a little pricey but we went to the little snack bar at the back for lunch (sandwiches were gorgeous). On our way out of the park we visited Strawberry Fields. It is a large area, gifted by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. We also visited the Imagine circle although this was extremely packed and crowded with tourists – there are a lot of street musicians playing Beatles music which would have been quite beautiful if not for the swarms of people. As you leave the park, you can also see the apartment block where Yoko Ono lives and the lanterns that have been lit for John, as he was shot just outside these apartments.
Deciding on a siesta (it was soo hot) we jumped in a cab and freshened up (and had a nap) at the hotel. The plan for the evening was Times Square and this was literally 2 minute walk from our hotel which made a change! We went to the superdry, mac, sephora, h and m, disney and Toys r us and spent a lot of time in those places. Both Mac and Sephora have a DJ working in them – absolute craziness. The Disney shop is a paradise for children (and adults) and Toys R Us actually has a three storey ferris wheel inside it which was just so surreal. You can actually go on it!
We were going for food at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. but weren’t quite ready to eat so we took a detour to Hard Rock Cafe for cocktails. They didn’t skimp out on measures because we were truly half cut before we got to the Bubba Gump Shrimp. We had to wait a little while for our meals but they were gorgeous. We had a bit of souvenir shopping beforehand so that killed time. Food was lovely and the service was fab. The decor of the place was amazing and the theme just ran all the way through; we even got quizzed on our knowledge of the film!