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New York adventuring

You'll be pleased to know this is the last post about my New York adventures :)

Golden NYC

The obligatory wander down Fifth Avenue and around Times Square had to be done for the amazing shop window displays and general bombardment of colour, lights, music, people....It was sooo busy. I didn't even manage to get my camera out down Fifth Avenue - the crowd was thick and deep and moving so quickly.... So much to look at, every which way, and so much to distract you!

Times Square
Neon
Times Square
Look up - look every which way!

On our list of places to eat in NYC was Bareburger - and after what felt like an eternity we managed to track one down for lunch - and we weren't disappointed (just as well as I think Candy Pop was about to eat my arm - we were ravenous!). I was pleased to see there were lots of good gluten-free options. And I loved the decor. We also tested Five Guys and I can confirm their fries are amazing.

Bareburger
NYC
View from Central Park

We packed so much into our last day. A leisurely stroll from our apartment took us to Soho. So much eye candy and so many beautiful shops... I loved nosing at all the beautiful window displays and marvelling at the amazing architecture.

Soho
Soho
Soho

I had a lovely long look around Anthropologie - I just adore all their displays. I treated myself to a beautiful soft grey cardigan and snuggly pink snood with my birthday money, and the most amazing owl plate I have ever seen :)

Anthropologie loveliness
Anthropologie loveliness
Anthropologie loveliness
Anthropologie loveliness

So much walking requires regular sustenance, so we had to stop at Georgetown Cupcake to recuperate - I had the most divine and velvety smooth gluten-free cupcake I have ever tasted. Nom! Highly recommended if you are looking for an alternative to the Magnolia Bakery.

Georgetown cupcakes
Soho
Soho

We made our way via Greenwich Village to Chelsea Market and found a fabulous screen printed NYC cycling map for our walls (pics to come - need to get it framed!). I really enjoyed mooching around all the fantastic eating places and we eventually opted for the most amazing freshly made gourmet sandwiches that we ate in the sunshine on the nearby Highline. I can really recommend the Highline - we wandered up and down the entire length of it taking in all the amazing views.

Shadow self-portrait at the Highline
Views from the Highline
Parking New York Style

Because we hadn't walked enough, we decided to round-off our last day with a quick trip to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and a visit to the 9/11 memorial site. Such a moving, peaceful place and a truly beautiful tribute. Night fell as we were there and the sight and sound of the water tumbling down the foundations of the towers under the moonlight will stay with me for a long time.

Gentle sunset over NYC
9/11 memorial by moonlight

Farewell New York - you were amazing, chaotic, exhilarating, exhausting, and so much fun! You can find the rest of my photos in my New York set on Flickr.

Brooklyn and a sparkling Manhattan by night

So, day one of our New York adventure kicked off with a whistle-stop tour of Brooklyn. We'd all been to New York before, but never Brooklyn, so figured we'd get stuck straight in, and round off the day with some night time photography of the Manhattan skyline from DUMBO.

Bright lights, big city: Manhattan skyline from DUMBO *7*

Bodies still confused by time zones, we were wide awake at 5am and headed out for breakfast as soon as it was a vaguely acceptable time. We were staying in a fabulous apartment in Tribeca (more on that soon) and didn't have far to wander before we came across a fab place called Mulberry & Vine, where I had the most amazing (and healthy!) gluten-free breakfast - some kind of kale/herb frittata, followed by a pumpkin muffin. Om nom nom. Fuelled up and armed with some recommendations from an old issue of Mollie Makes we headed out to Williamsburg.

Bike anyone?
French Cafe in Brooklyn

Of course, we were there far too early - things don't really get going until 12ish in this neck of the woods. So we whiled away the time and rested our aching feet in a hip french cafe, drinking lemonade out of mason jars. Followed by a gentle photo amble and some shopping. My lovely husband found a fabulous hat in Goorin Brothers - so many beautiful and impeccably made hats...

Al found a rather cool hat in Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Brooklyn

We came across lots of amazing graffiti....I just adored the cat!

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Brooklyn

From Williamsburg we headed to Park Slope and marvelled at the architecture and the halloween displays - so impressive.

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Halloween decorations in Brooklyn, NYC
Spooky decorations in Brooklyn, NYC

We wound up in Pacific Heights and DUMBO, where there are the most fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline.

Photographing the Manhattan Skyline
Brooklyn
Brooklyn

Despite seriously flagging at this point, Al and I decided to stay out to catch the sunset and grab some long exposure night time shots. I'm so glad we did. It looked so pretty as darkness fell and the lights started sparkling. We kept meaning to go and get some dinner - but there was just "one more shot" from some new vantage point - so we didn't get home or eat dinner until 10pm!!! But it was all worth it. I think the night shots were my favourite ones from the New York trip.

Bright lights, big city: Manhattan skyline from DUMBO *8*
Bright lights, big city: Manhattan skyline from DUMBO *5*
Bright lights, big city: Manhattan skyline from DUMBO *3*
Bright lights, big city: Manhattan skyline from DUMBO *10*
Bright lights, big city: Manhattan skyline from DUMBO *11*

I didn't have room for all my photos here, so you can see the rest in my New York set on Flickr. Still plenty more to come from our other days, so watch this space!