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Walking in a Winter Wonderland (and other stuff)

I woke up on my second morning in NYC sick. My throat was like razor blades and it hurt to talk. Fortunately (but sadly at the same time) my friend Kelli from New Jersey couldn’t make it in to the city to see me that day due to the weather so I didn’t actually need to speak to anyone. After dilly dallying about what to do I decided to check out the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N at the Discovery Centre Times Square anyway even though Kelli couldn’t join me. Despite having eaten some of the leftover cheesecake from Juniors for breakfast I decided that second breakfast was in order and Googled some… Read More Walking in a Winter Wonderland (and other stuff)

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Meeting an old new friend in NYC

As I mentioned at the end of my last post after leaving the 9/11 museum I was off to meet a friend for lunch. When I first booked my trip to NYC I was really excited about finally taking a solo trip somewhere and not having to fit in with someone else’s schedule but then my friend Cait said that she might be in the city at the same time and I was so excited about meeting up with her. I’ve been online friends with Cait for almost six years and despite sometimes being in the same country we’d never actually been able to meet up so this was super… Read More Meeting an old new friend in NYC

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Jetlag, celeb stalking and teardrops

Thanks to my stupidity of falling asleep way too early I was wide awake at 3am. After a couple of hours American television I realised I probably wasn’t going to get any more sleep and I may as well make the most of it by hitting the city early. On my last trip while we drove over the Brooklyn Bridge we didn’t walk it which is kind of an NYC rite of passage so I decided that was exactly what I was going to do. In time for sunrise. In -14°c. Not the smartest plan. I took the subway to Brooklyn then crossed back over to Manhattan. I only saw… Read More Jetlag, celeb stalking and teardrops

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Review: Hudson Hotel

The Hudson lobby has quite possibly the most impressive hotel lobby I have ever seen. You enter the building at ground level via a set of lime green lit escalators and emerge in a veritable forest with a great big chandelier and more of that eerie neon light illuminating the place. There is dark wood everywhere which is a theme throughout the hotel. I was a bit nervous having read some of the reviews of the hotel which bemoan the tiny rooms especially since I was booked into a single but I was pleasantly surprised to see a larger than normal single bed and an inset cupboard that was more… Read More Review: Hudson Hotel

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Why I didn’t like flying Delta

I am not a morning person and I struggle to leave the house on time to get to work for 9am as it is but there’s something about traveling for a trip even if it’s just a short distance that makes getting up early totally worth it! Although my flight to New York wasn’t until noon I ended up leaving at 7:30am to make sure I got there in plenty of time – I’m a bit of a panic traveller and like to get to the airport between two and three hours before my flight. Since I was travelling on my own the earlier was definitely better meaning I was… Read More Why I didn’t like flying Delta

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My 6 Top Tips for Visiting Paris

1. Use CityMapper to find your way – and make sure you have international data enabled on your phone before you go! 2. Walk or take the Metro rather than using cabs – the major tourist hotspots are almost all within walking distance of each other or just a stop or two on the underground. 3. Knowing at least a little French helps – in particular when it comes to reading the menus in restaurants. 4. Enjoy the love lock bridges – but don’t add you’re own. The weight of the current ones is causing damage to the bridges, any more and they could collapse 🙁 5. Free entry to… Read More My 6 Top Tips for Visiting Paris

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Review: Hotel Vice Versa

One thing I am very good at (and my friends will back me up on this) is that when it comes to getting a good deal on a hotel I am the queen! I mean I scored this beauty for just £125 for the night when the rack rate was a whopping £460! I love a luxury hotel in fact beautiful hotels rooms and things like Secret Escapes are like porn to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not snobby about it and will more than happily spend the night in a budget hotel when the need arises but if I can get something a bit nicer for just a… Read More Review: Hotel Vice Versa

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Misdirected Meanderings

I’m usually an over-planner. I like to know the best kept secrets of the places I’m going so that I can make the most of my trip but I’m trying to go with the flow a little more this year and not stress myself out too much. When it came to Paris though this wasn’t such a great idea! To start with my mobile failed me (apparently you need to activate this with Three before you go abroad which I never had to do when I was with O2) so upon arriving in Gare du Nord we had to find a map and try to figure out which direction we… Read More Misdirected Meanderings

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Travelling on the Eurostar

The Eurostar is twenty years old with the first channel tunnel crossing having taken place on 14 November 1994. To celebrate there have been some usually rare deals to be had on the site including return journeys from just £59 per person. Not one to miss out on a bargain (and having a couple of days holiday to take carried over from last year’s allowance) my best frex Matt and I bought tickets for a whirlwind visit to the French capital last week. While the tickets were a bargain to make the most of the short time we had we to set out at the ludicrously early hour of 6:30am… Read More Travelling on the Eurostar

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Castles, Crazies and Crumbling Cloisters

Before I headed back to the big smoke from Ipswich Matt and I went out in search of a castle and ended up spending the day in Colchester. Colchester castle is set in a beautiful park and even on a rather dreich day it looked pretty amazing. Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Luckily it didn’t suffer too much action which is why most of it still stands today but it was frequently used as a prison and county gaol throughout the centuries. Disappointingly for me not much of the original castle still stands and it’s more a shell which houses a fantastic interactive museum. That’s not… Read More Castles, Crazies and Crumbling Cloisters