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Today was our last day ☹️

We woke around 7am and Mum and Alfie went to the Starbucks opposite the hotel for breakfast and brought it back to the room. We all had the same as yesterday, talk about adventurous!
We finished packing our cases and were out of the room by 10:30am, we left our luggage at the Waldorf and headed to the Rockefeller Centre.
Once there we had our pictures taken on the famous beam, Alfie decided to buy it despite me trying to put him off as I though it was a lot of money 😳



The views were good and we spent a while taking snaps of each other.












After travelling down to the ground floor we visited Ben & Jerry's, we all had ice cream of some sort, it was very sickly!






After this I went to the Nintendo Store to get some Christmas gifts for Alfie while Mum took him to watch the ice skaters outside the Rockefeller.



Next we walked on to Central Park to find Fluffy's Cafe. We got to Columba's Circle and decided to go in the Times Warner shopping centre mainly to look for a Pandora store, they didn't have one.
Alfie was particularly taken by the bronze statue - avert your eyes if you're easily offended 😳



We left the Times Warner and walked up to Fluffy's which was only 5/10 minutes away.

I had pizza, Alfie had a pasta dish and mum had strawberry cheesecake. It was a shame we weren't staying near here as it was excellent value and great for a quick bite to eat.






We decided to walk back towards our hotel as time was getting on and we needed to collect our luggage.
We walked via the Pandora store near Madame Tussaud's. I wanted the Snow White Apple as a reminder of our trip but when I put it on my bracelet it just didn't look right with the rest of my collection so I went for a Mickey head clip instead. I must say the member of staff that I dealt with in there was really pushy, trying to tell me my bracelet is unbalanced (it might be but I'm not really bothered &#128530 and talk me into buying more charms.



Once back at the hotel we grabbed our luggage and the bell hop got us a large black cab to take us to the airport. It was such a hairy drive, I certainly wouldn't do it again, how I managed to hold on to my lunch I'll never know! The cost was $70 plus tip.

We checked in using the self service kiosks and dropped our bags.

Our flight was delayed by almost an hour, once on board we started pushing back as soon as our bums hit the seats.

Both Alfie and I fell asleep quickly (probably due to the Dramamine) but not before Alfie was sick!

We woke up just in time for landing at Heathrow, we didn't collect our bags as they were tagged through to Manchester.

We had another Starbucks and waited for the flight to Manchester which left on time. It was an uneventful journey but at least it was vomit free!

Our bags were first off and we waited around an hour for our train back to Leeds.

So, that's the end of our trip, thank you to everyone who has read/commented, we're now looking forward to our first Christmas in Orlando.



Today was our visit to the Statue of Liberty.

We left the Waldorf at around 9am and had breakfast at the Starbucks around the corner. Alfie had chocolate croissant and a hot chocolate, Mum and I had breakfast sandwiches, Mum had hers with tea and I had a cotton candy frap 😝 It took a while to get seats in here due to lots of people sat working on laptops without drinks or food 😡

We took the subway to Brooklyn Bridge



We changed here and got off at Bowling Green



We walked a short way before reaching the ticket offices where our NY passes were scanned and we were given real tickets.

We went through scanners having to remove coats, watches and scarves before boarding the boat to over to Liberty Island. The boat was called Miss Ellis Island, we were packed on like sardines and it felt a little scary 😱



We had a look around the gift shop after getting of the boat and bought two Christmas baubles, a couple of pencils, foam headband, Coke bottles and biscuits.



We had a look around the statue but all of us said we'd seen more impressive landmarks 😳 for one Big Buddha on Lantau Island which is wayyyyyy more impressive in our opinion!

A family asked for us to take a picture of them so we did and they returned the favour, although they chopped off the top of Lady Liberty's torch grrrrrrr 😡



We waited for the boat to take us over to Ellis Island, got off and had a quick look around but didn't stay long as Alfie was complaining he was hungry and didn't like any of the options in the cafe there 🙄

We took the boat back to mainland and headed to the One World building and 9/11 memorial.












It somehow didn't feel right taking pictures of the memorial so I just did one and left it at that.

We headed to the subway and caught the blue line to Columba's Circle and walked to Steak and Shake where we all had burgers and shakes costing $35.



After this we walked to the Disney Store in Times Square so I could get the medium sized Minnie Mouse dressed as Lady Liberty Tsum Tsum (because obviously we don't already have enough!). Alfie also got a Bing Bong plush which smells of cotton candy.

We attempted to find the Rockefeller Centre but couldn't and the crowds were just too much for us so we made or way back to the hotel.



I got together all of our purchases making sure they'd all fit in the case before going to bed.









Today was our day trip to Washington DC!

As we were getting over the jet lag we woke later than usual and rushed to get ready to make sure we got to Penn Station on time for our 09:35 departure.

We arrived at 08:30 after getting a taxi from outside our hotel, this cost $9.20 before tip.

We found a Starbucks inside the station and Mum and Alfie had hot chocolate and croissants and I had lemon pound cake.

We waited in the Amtrack area for our train which was around 20 minutes late.









We boarded and set off just before 10am.

The seats were large and comfortable, so much nicer than our trains in the UK. The picture above shows how much leg room I've got, it really felt very spacious.



By around 11:30 we were getting a little hungry so Mum and Alfie went to the cafe coach in the centre of the train and brought back pizzas and cans of soda - $22 for three pizzas and three cans.



We arrived in Washington at around 1:30pm and had a quick look around the beautiful station.









We took a taxi (they're red here) to the White House which cost $10. Unfortunately President Obama wasn't there, he and his family were apparently holidaying in Hawaii.






We also took a few pictures of the Eisenhower building before walking to to the WW2 memorial and reflection pool.












We then walked to the Capitol building before walking back to the station to catch our train back to NYC.












Back at the station we grabbed some food, Mum had Starbucks, Alfie Subway and I had a McDonalds. Whilst I was paying for my meal there was an elderly lady stood at the side of me asking for someone to buy her food, so looked dreadfully ill so I bought her a meal too.

We boarded the train and I slept most of the way home arriving in NYC around 9pm. We took a taxi to the hotel and tried to get a Starbucks from the store around the corner from the Waldorf but it had closed at 8pm.

We got some lovely pictures of the outside of our hotel and were in bed by 10pm, a late night for us!












Today is shopping day, something I was very much looking forward to!

We left the hotel at 8am and took a taxi to Port Authority bus station, this cost $12. When we arrived we found that the Woodbury Common bus was on floor 4 so made our way up there. Unfortunately we hadn't realised that the bus driver wouldn't accept our NY Explorer passes and that we had to have "real" bus tickets so after reaching the front of the queue for the bus we had to go back downstairs to exchange our pass for tickets 🙄.

Anyway, tickets in hand we were back on the bus which departed at around 9am. Our driver was lovely and slowed the bus right down when we apparently came to "the best photo opportunity in New York" so that we could all take photos - luckily we were on the right side of the bus for this!









We arrived at Woodbury Common at around 10am after taking a detour as the traffic was so bad on the motorway.

First stop was food as Alfie was "starving." We all had pizza and soda for breakfast 😁 it was very good and only cost around $20 for all of us, this was followed by waffles - mine had raspberry sauce and Nutella drizzled all over it and was delicious!



Our first stop in the outlets was North Face where Alfie bought a fleece jacket for just $18! A few shops later Mum bought a Kipling bag for $35 and three large Yankee Candles. I spent ages in the Kate Spade store deciding which bag I wanted and then decided to get the matching phone case and ring, talk about overkill 🙄. We also visited the Disney Store where I bought a Peter Pan tree decoration that had sold out in the UK and Alfie bought more Tsum Tsum's as he clearly doesn't have enough already!

We stopped for lunch just grabbing a McDonalds as we knew we wanted to eat at the Tick Tock diner later that evening.



We caught the 4pm bus back to Port Authority, the driver was hilarious telling jokes and complaining about other drivers. In fact we hit another car on the way out of the car park but no one bothered to stop! The bus was lovely and new as well.

The drive home took an hour and a half, traffic was really bad as we approached Port Authority.

After leaving the bus we walked to Tick Tock diner which is located under the New Yorker hotel.



Mum and I ordered grilled cheese sandwiches with fries and Alfie has pizza, we all had Coke floats but Alfie didn't like his. We were full from our meals but really wanted to try the Key Lime pie so decided to order one to share - we were really disappointed with it as it didn't taste of much at all, certainly not lime!












We paid our bill leaving $72 and then got a taxi back to the hotel and were in bed for 9pm.



I was wide awake at 4am and didn't manage to get back to sleep ☹️. Mum and Alfie got up at some point later and we were out of the room by 9am after eating M&M's in the room as a pre-breakfast. We walked up to the Rockefeller passing Saks on 5th Avenue.



We took a few pictures of the ice rink, which was way smaller than I was expecting.



The decorations around the ice rink were lovely 😀



The tree was huge but looked a lot prettier when lit up



We intended on going to "the top of the Rock" but security advised against it as they said it was zero visibility so we saved our ticket for another day.
We had a quick look in the Lego Store near by and Alfie bought a NY magnet.



We had breakfast in Sean's Irish Bar & Kitchen on 87th Street, no photos of the food - we must have been hungry!



The breakfast was good, service just ok. We paid our bill and walked to Times Square where we were accosted by a group of rappers trying to sell their CD's - Alfie was very impressed with them as they said he looked "hip hop" 😂



We walked to the Empire State Building passing a few oversized decorations on our way



Giant baubles!



We arrived at The Empire State Building at around 12:30 and swapped our New York explorer passes for real tickets. The queues were short and the process was efficient.



Real tickets.



We took the lift up to the top, my ears were popping like mad on the way up 🙄



We took plenty of pictures, I won't bore you with them as they all look pretty much the same to me!
We could have gone up to an outdoor viewing platform (not sure if this is extra or not but decided against it, Mum isn't great with heights).



Next we got a yellow cab to Bloomingdales costing $12 including tip. We looked around but it was quite expensive, a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick was $35 - over here they're around 23.
After this we walked to Central Park.



I'm not sure if it was the time of year or not but the place looked quite shabby and had a distinct smell of sewage to it 😷
We got some Nutella filled crepes from a snack van and wandered across to the Apple Store where Alfie played on the new iPad Pro's - they were lovely!



We then had a look in Nike Town for the elusive Jordan trainers! Whilst we were there we saw a football that Alfie has at home, think it was around 20, over there it was nearer 60!



It was now evening and we walked back to the hotel getting caught in the scrum outside Saks, it was hellish - people pushing and shoving just to get across the road. It felt really unsafe although here were police officers everywhere.
Back at the room we ate Pringles and biscuits in bed 🙄



All awake at 6am and it was snowing outside ☃



After getting ready we took a few photos in the hotel lobby, it was truly stunning.



Mum and Alfie wrapped up for the day ahead.



Me!



It was around 8:30 when we left the hotel and headed to Grand Central Station. It was lovely walking in the snow and felt very festive!



We had a look around Grand Central, it was so pretty!



Beautiful artwork on the ceiling - unfortunately my picture doesn't do it much justice.



We exited Grand Central and came across Pershing Square Cafe.



As I'd read good things about it on the Dibb we decided to go in. It was busy, mostly locals I think. We were seated within about 5 minutes.



The atmosphere and decor were fab.



Breakfast was served quickly and was very good (although I must admit it doesn't look great in my pic!). Mum and I had the same, Alfie just wanted toast 🙄



We paid our bill and left heading for Times Square.



We arrived at Times Square after about 30 minutes and a wrong turning!



I must admit neither I nor my Mum were very impressed with it and both thought it would be much bigger.



Alfie wanted to go in the Disney Store to add to his 300+ collection of Tsum Tsum's so we did and got 2 more along with a lovely Minnie Mouse Statue of Liberty shopper.



Next we went to the M&M store where we all bought pick and mix M&M's and I got a tree decoration that looks like the picture above.



Next we decided to walk to Macy's even though we were cold and wet 😟 The decorations in the windows were fabulous!



We took the lift up to the eighth floor for Santa Land and met Mrs Claus in the queue



The queue took around 50 minutes but was well worth it in my opinion. I even bought the photo package at the end.



After walking around the store for an hour or so we only managed to buy a Tommy Hilfiger jumper for Alfie and a Kate Spade hat for me!



We had planned on going to Ellen's Stardust Diner for our evening meal so just had coffee and cake in the Starbucks within Macy's.
When leaving Macy's we spotted a children's Footlocker store and went in as Alfie was looking for a certain pair of Jordan trainers. We didn't find them but the price of most things in here was the same if not more than at home.



After walking all the way to Ellen's (we didn't realise how far it was!) we were met with a queue of around 200 people waiting to get in. None of us could wait that long so we headed back to the Waldorf and ordered pizzas from the room service menu - they were delicious! We ate up and were in bed by 8pm!



Purchases



My alarm went off at 5:15 so I got showered and dressed before the others got up.

The hotel reception called us a taxi and we arrived at the airport in less than 10 minutes.

We checked in and dropped our bags before heading to Costa where Mum had a toastie, I had the sickliest hot chocolate ever and Alfie refused to eat anything 😐

We boarded our flight to Heathrow and took off at 9am. We were sat in row 7, I don't have any pictures but I remember the plane was quite nice (not sure why I was expecting it wouldn't be &#128563.

We landed in T3 at around 09:50 and took the tram to T5. As our gate hadn't opened we had a quick look around duty free but didn't buy anything.

We boarded our flight at around 10:50 and Alfie watched Ghostbusters until we pushed back, which was around 40 minutes late due to something to do with the cargo from T3. This made me a bit worried as to whether we'd get our luggage when we arrived at JFK.

I managed to sleep until the children's meal was delivered at 1pm.



The children's meal was Mac & cheese, bread roll, yogurt, fruit and a Cadbury's Freddo. None of this was eaten as we hit some pretty bad turbulence causing Alfie to vomit several times 😷 I too was feeling quite ill and therefore didn't eat any of my meal. The turbulence lasted for around 45 minutes and it was quite hairy at times, some of the other passengers were gasping and we heard a few muffled screams! The turbulence stopped for around half an hour or so before starting again for around 20 minutes.

Some miniature KitKats were brought around about an hour and a half before landing. Alfie and I were starving by this point so we ate ours as well as sharing my Mum's.



The plane landed around 14:30 and we couldn't wait to get off! We were through security and on the other side by 3pm.



We caught the airlink to Jamaica station and then took the LIRR to Lexington and 53rd Street before walking to the hotel which was only around 5 minutes away.



Park Avenue at night



We checked in at the hotel and were allocated room 673.



The bathroom

Alfie got changed and we walked to Johnny Rockets for our evening meal.



We all had burgers, they were nice but not as good as the ones in Florida!



I had a Fanta float, it was delicious.



We paid our bill and walked back to the Waldorf, falling asleep as soon as our head's hit the pillow 😴


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