Last year, during my North America travels, I finally visited the one city I had always wanted to go to: NEW YORK.

My excitement about this city really first came about from watching films like You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, The Devil Wears Prada, etc. and it always seemed to me like somewhere I could really feel at home and enjoy.

So when I was planning my travels it was first on my list!

Brooklyn bridge!
I had previously been part of a +G Adventures tour starting from San Francisco, that went cross-country to the Big Apple in 3 weeks. Our last night as a group was in the city, but we ended up staying in Brooklyn; I didn't get to see much of it unfortunately, but it's definitely somewhere I want to revisit and explore more of.

Sundays in Brooklyn

We arrived and unpacked our bags, before we hopped on the subway from Brooklyn and headed first for the Brooklyn Bridge. It's FAR longer than you think so I wouldn't necessarily recommend walking the whole thing! We managed half and turned back around haha!

Next stop was Battery Park, which is a little park right at the south of Manhattan Island; it's where you can catch the ferry to Staten Island, and it looks out towards the Statue of Liberty, so it's definitely a place to visit! The park is beautiful, but small, and there are loads of food places around to pick up something between attractions. It's also down the road from Wall Street, and the One World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial - which are well worth a visit too.

One World Trade Center
After dinner, we all went to Times Square, which was one of the brightest and busiest places I've ever been to, but it was amazing! Pictures of it just don't do it justice, it's something you must experience for yourself.

Times Square

Later, the group said our goodbyes and split up, and my friends and I thought we'd make the most of our short time in the city (I was only there for a few days) to do as much as possible. We headed to the Empire State Building.

NYC from the top of the Empire State Building!

Empire State Building
The view was absolutely incredible! We went late at night when everything was lit up and it was beautiful; I definitely recommend visiting at this time.

Over the next few days, once my boyfriend had flown in (after NYC, we had a road trip to go on!), I explored the incredible city that New York is; including Central Park, the 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center, The High Line, Rockefeller Center, and Staten Island - we only got the ferry to and from the island; we wanted to see the Statue of Liberty up close, as well as the full city skyline, but it was free!

Radio City Music Hall

Lady Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry!

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Plaza

Cooling off at The High Line

The city from the top of Rockefeller Center

At the top of Rockefeller Center with Central Park in the background!

Central Park

Overall, we probably explored the tiniest part of the city, but it has left an imprint on me. I desperately want to go back and explore more of the less known places, as well as find some individual cafes, restaurants and boutiques. I would've loved to have had the time to visit Coney Island, the Hamptons, Brooklyn...that's the thing about New York - there's just so much to do! :)

(Fingers crossed I win the lotto and can afford to go back hahahaha)

Grand Central Station (pretending I was in Gossip Girl)

The Chrysler Building

The BEST candy store in NYC!

A wonderful welcome to the city..

Have you been to NYC? What are your favourite places?