New York

This is so long overdue that it isn’t even funny.  I mean it has been a month! I actually cannot believe I have been home from America for a month!

Anyway I am going to fill you in on NYC. I loved it there. I mean it started off emotional for obvious reasons (seeing my Mam for the first time in three months) and then it got back to being comfortable between us. The same as normal. Though obviously I have changed a little but things are being adapted now.

So on the first night we stayed out at the airport in the hotel because I arrived in so late (BTW I just LOVE JFK. It lived up to what I imagined it to be). The next day we travelled into the city and I felt like it was a film set. I think it was because I have seen it so many times in the films and programmes that I felt like I had already been there before.

So we checked in to our apartment (nicely situated on the west side of Central Park) and we started to explore the local area. We walked to the Hudson River; well I think it was the Hudson river. It actually doesn’t tell me on Google Maps!

Anyway we walked along there and I tried to take some artsy fartsy shots. The weather was really humid while we were there. Quite overcast and a couple of times it rained but still very warm.

The next day we walked around downtown and I loved it. We went into all of the shops like Macy’s and went to Madison Ave.

The third day was the day of Times Square. We went there after the Met. It was amazing at the Met. I have never seen so much art! So many masterpieces in the one place was just mind boggling. We went to the Alexander McQueen exhibit which had a queue a mile long but it was so very worth it.

Then there was a WHOLE ROOM of MONET! Only my favourite artist EVER! So that was a dream come true.

After that we headed to Grand Central station and it was something out of this world. It was so busy and big, I have never seen anything like it and it really wasn’t like I thought it would be. There was a food market in there with some really amazing produce. Actually in most of the stores in NY there was a selection unlike anything on the West Coast. I think because it is that bit closer to Europe things have made it over a bit easier.

Anyway so we picked up dinner from there and then caught the Metro to Times Square. It was so huge and so busy. We saw the Naked Cowboy and Mam finally got around to buying a toothbrush since she had forgotten to bring one with her.

Later on in the evening after the meal we decided to look in to the local area and have a bit of a night out. We went first to a cocktail bar/eatery. So after a couple of happy hour cocktails and some perving on the locals we went down the road to a gay bar.

Now this was my first gay bar and it was kinda subdued to what I was expecting of one. According to one of the men “New Yorkers are So Over Dancing”. But it really did not stop us. We danced and shimmeeed our way into Gaydome. It was a happy day for the community because New York had just allowed Gay marriages which was really nice for them. It was also gay pride.

Anyway Mam didn’t know it was a gay bar for quite a while but it was so very cool.

Part two coming soon.

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