For my partner’s birthday last month, I booked us a very special trip.
We was both super excited to be visiting the US for the first time and to be spending eight nights in the Big Apple!
We started our trip, by heading to Gatwick Airport in London. As we checked in and had plenty of free time, we grabbed a veggie lunch at Pret.
I browsed around the makeup & beauty stands, bought myself a new book and then it was time to board our flight.
Obligatory plane selfie.
The journey from London to New York.
View as we headed west.
On the way, I watched a movie, read magazines and used a face mask to keep my skin hydrated.
Nearing our destination.
After landing at JFK airport, we spent several hours getting through immigration and then finally we was free!
We jumped in a taxi and headed to the Arlo NoMad Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
I only got a few photos of our room, as we was both exhausted by the time we arrived.
As it was for a special occasion, I booked one of Sky Rooms as they have floor to ceiling windows.
View of the Empire State Building from our window.
After taking in the room and views, my partner got us a pizza slice each from Bodega. Bodega is a 24-hour pantry/shop downstairs in the hotel and despite the pizza looking pretty simple, it was fantastic!
After enjoying our pizza, we got our pyjamas on and got ready for bed. Tired, but excited for our first full day in New York.
Our day started with unpacking. We’d been too tired to unpack a thing, so we tackled putting everything away.
Once the boring tasks were out of the way, we could fully appreciate the view from our room in daylight.
As I started to get ready, my partner popped downstairs and got us a cream cheese bagel each from Bodega. I ate it before I got a picture, but we had bagels most mornings as they was delicious.
Selfies in our room with a view.
The downstairs area in our hotel.
The brilliant Bodega.
Near our hotel.
Our first stop of the day was at the Korean Bakery, Paris Baguette.
We tried a Mini Sweet Rice Donut, which tasted like a regular sugary doughnut, but more chewy in texture.
We also tried a Cronut. A hybrid of a croissant and a doughnut, it was deliciously flaky.
Paris Baguette had so many amazing looking cakes, I could have eaten them all!
After Paris Baguette, we browsed the shops in Koreatown and started to head towards Macy’s.
On our way we saw a food market.
Where I saw a stall called Jars by Dani.
We shared a jar of Cake Batter. It mostly tasted of sweet frosting, but it was still nice.
And then we arrived at the famous Macy’s store, which is huge!
I spent a long time exploring the store and still didn’t see half of what it had to offer!
After Macy’s, we crossed the road to Sephora. Sephora was one of the shops I most wanted to visit on our New York trip, so I certainly made the most of it.
After Sephora, we passed Madison Square Garden.
We went into the Whole Foods Market, which was foodie heaven for us!
Painted pumpkins outside Whole Foods.
Then weighed down with shopping, we walked back to our hotel to drop our stuff off and rest our feet.
After a quick rest, we went to Bath & Body Works which I was excited for. I spent until closing time buying goodies.
Again, weighed down with bags we headed back to our hotel.
(I’ll be doing a shopping haul post soon).
After a day of walking, we decided to grab some more pizza from Bodega and rest up. Ready for day three.