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Two Countries and Eleven States - Day 3 Birthday Treats galore!

21st October 2017

Happy birthday to me! As birthdays go Ive not spent very many of them aboroad and forgive me for being quite giddy to spend my 50th in New York!
Id brought some of my smaller presents and cards with me to open so thats what I did
I spent sometime replying to Birthday messages and saying hi to family but as it was an early start again by 9am we were at the subway.

We headed up to the Flatiron Building and then headed to the Highline

We walked along this for quite a way, wasnt looking its best at this time of year but still nice to walk along there away from the traffic and noise.


The boys really enjoyed it but by this time it was nearly and we were getting hungry!
We had heard about the legendary pizza slices for $1 and more by accident than design we were in the Garment District and found such an establishment on W 40th St where we all indulged in a big slice of delicious pizza

The boys had cheese and I had pepperoni, best pizza of the holiday and yep just a dollar a slice, best bargain too.
We headed up to the ESB

There had been many discussions about what to do in New York but not for this day. From the start it was always going to be the ESB. This building epitomises NYC for me and I was soooo excited to finally be here. We had finally opted for the Explorer tickets and decided on the ESB, TOTR, The Ride and a standard bus tour. The pass meant we bypassed the queues which impressed DH
The inside, wow! Beautiful beyond anything Id imagined.

The boys were equally impressed.

We had the obligatory photo with King Kong.

Cheesy but hell what can you do?
On up to the top on a beautiful sunny day perfect as you can tell from the smiles it was very special.

Fantastic views but wont bore you with them.

Just the odd one
Amazing visit, event the lifts were fab and one we are repeating in July.
Anyway eventually it was down to earth and onto Central Station for a quick visit. The boys and I tried the whispering gallery and shock! surprise! It worked!

Yes it is amazing and beautiful and huge and you feel the history all around you. I can understand why Jackie Kennedy Onassis wanted to save it.

Passed the library and sat on the steps discussing Day after Tomorrow We are total film buffs.
However we had another visit to make and this was about my birthday so...
We headed down 5th Avenue passing

Good to see the armed guards outside but thought we would leave off trying to say hello

Finally got to a certain shop and made a purchase

Took the opportunity to spray myself liberally with their signature perfume, gorgeous and left before we were totally bankrupt
It was definitely time for food and Im not sure why but we hadnt managed to decide on anything special for my birthday. Epic planning fail. Wed talked about Juniors and a couple of other options but we were now starving.
We found ourselves at a classic Irish bar Gabby oHaras and ordered beers and cokes. DH was desperate to eat and egged on by boys I gave in. I was disappointed initially we hadnt sorted anything better but when the food arrived I was anything but. I ordered a salmon salad and it was scrumptious

We all enjoyed our food, boys had mini sliders and fries and DH had a steak - all good and delicious.
Our waiter was a proper Irish lad who had just come over in April. He chatted away to DH about sports and was lovely.
Full tummies, no room for dessert which was a bit of a theme sadly and we were off.
We headed back to Times Square for a wander, booked ourselves on The Ride for 7.45. Saw another Cake Boss

Saw some wacky statues of commuters

Went to get on the bus for our tour only to be told it was running late and we should come back in half an hour! It was actually more like an hour late by the time we got on. DH was all for forgetting about it and heading back to the hotel. He kept saying it had better be worth it. Luckily the boys were happy staying out and wanted to stay for the tour so we did.


We all loved it!
I wont say too much as I dont want to spoil it for anyone but just so much fun!
What a way to end a spectacular day singing New York at the top of our voices!
Oh and then there was cake
mmmm delish.
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Another fab day. The high line is great to walk along. Love the photo of you all at the top of the ESB. Did you go in the library? It's beautiful inside we could have spent hours there, if not the maybe squeeze it in next time. We also went on the Ride it was so much fun. I hadn't told DH or the kids anything about it and just did we are doing a bus tour, they weren't really looking forward to it...but we all found it hilarious.
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Love the High Line. It was 30 odd degrees when I was on it last summer.
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Originally Posted by Goldia View Post
Another fab day. The high line is great to walk along. Love the photo of you all at the top of the ESB. Did you go in the library? It's beautiful inside we could have spent hours there, if not the maybe squeeze it in next time. We also went on the Ride it was so much fun. I hadn't told DH or the kids anything about it and just did we are doing a bus tour, they weren't really looking forward to it...but we all found it hilarious.
Thanks for reading yes the kids really enjoyed it, so different from plodding the streets! I wanted to go in the library but we just didnt have chance maybe this year, hopefully. The Ride was fantastic, perfect end to a NY birthday. I was the same hadnt said what it was just that it was a bit different. My boys thought it was hilarious and they won the quiz which just made their night hence the sunglasses theyre wearing which was their prize!
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YorkshireT. Hoping for high temps this summer, October was perfect but eldest son not bothered about the High Line so wont be doing it again sadly.
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Another fan of the Highline! The kids mot so much

You packed an awful lot in again - and how lucky with the weather!
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Originally Posted by Melbatb View Post
Another fan of the Highline! The kids mot so much

You packed an awful lot in again - and how lucky with the weather!
I know! We had come prepared with big coats, boots, scarves, hats and gloves well they didnt see much daylight. rain coats ah well thats a different story - but that comes later
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Another fab day! Pizza for a dollar, I must find this place lol Can't wait to go to Tiffany
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