Welcome to the Big Apple!

Welcome to the Big Apple!

IMG_6434 5am is not an appealing time – a time I never like to see, not even if I am coming home from a night out! But that is when we were getting up this morning, to catch our bus to New York City. Armed with my pillow and ear plugs, I settled in for the 4 and a half hour drive to the Big Apple. I was out like a rock for the whole time (unfortunately Vanessa was not due to being stuck sitting next to chatty high school girls). We were all happy when we had finally arrived. We headed straight to the apartment in Brooklyn which was incredible (pictures to follow tomorrow) and then it was time to head back into the City for the David Letterman Show! IMG_6410 We had managed to win these tickets last week when we were in Nashville and were so excited because Paul Rudd was going to be on the show. Sophie was more excited by the fact she found a meat pie shop outside the theatre (the US doesn’t really do meat pies and I too have missed them a lot!) IMG_6415 IMG_6414 We were the whisked to a bar to wait to get into the theatre. IMG_6421 Once we got in and were basically told to laugh at everything David Letterman said, “don’t think just laugh, and then think about the joke letter when you’re at home”, the show begun. Paul Rudd is very small and so is Cristen Milioti was brilliant, but the stars of the show were UK Band Alt J! We were so impressed by the end of it! We then headed to meet Danny and and Vanessa at Ellen’s Stardust Diner IMG_6429 IMG_6422 – renowned for finding many broadway stars, because the waiters perform while they are serving! We had a great meal and great entertainment, including some songs from Frozen which I loved!
It was still fairly early so we decided to try and fit in some more tourist attractions – first heading to Times Sqaure. IMG_6439 I was in complete awe of the place, and suddenly felt very small. IMG_6443 IMG_6444 There was also so many people around – the hustle and bustle was crazy. We then headed into the four floored Toys R Us, It was incredible! IMG_6461 There was even a ferris wheel in there that Vanessa and I enjoyed a trip on! IMG_6493 IMG_6460 There was also a barbie dream house!!! IMG_6523 And of course Sophie and I found the minions IMG_6530 and I found the sweets IMG_6537 (though the only thing I bought in the store was a 50c bouncy ball!)
After getting a recommendation to visit Rockefeller Centre at night we headed towards 30 Rock, IMG_6558 which is also where the famous tree is found. It was one of the biggest I had ever seen, and the ice rink looked beautiful beside it. IMG_6556 IMG_6566
But the highlight of the day – the Rockefeller Sky Deck at night. Although we had had snow all day, the visibility was perfect and it wasn’t too windy at all up there. Here are some of the shots I managed to get:
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Our night ended with a trip back to Brooklyn, being serenaded by a performer on the subway. I am already in love with New York and it’s only day 1! IMG_6637 IMG_6635

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