New York | A Love Letter To My Favourite City

view from top of the rock

It’s 9:16 am and I’m sat on my sofa, cradling my first coffee of the day. After a terrible night of broken sleep, I definitely need a caffeine hit. Although it is supposedly spring, there’s still a slight chill in the air and my cold fingertips welcome the warmth of this somewhat comically oversized coffee mug.

starbucks nyc mug

It’s the mug I bought on my first visit to NYC and I reach for it every morning. Embellished with iconic yellow cabs and skyscrapers, it holds more coffee than you’ll actually ever want to drink in one sitting and I absolutely love it. Although I have work to do today, I’ve once again found myself dreaming of one of my favourite places to be. Like an old familiar friend, New York often creeps into my thoughts and makes me smile. There’s always a slight longing to return.

Bryant Park picture

At a time when I needed it the most, NYC helped to shape my outlook on life and gave me the wake up call I needed. After a couple of traumatic events in our family, I found myself stumbling through life for a few months. I was generally ‘okay’ but do you ever find yourself just existing rather than really living? That’s what I realised I was doing.

The decision to face my fears and actually book the flights and say yes to an amazing opportunity a few years ago was the first step in changing things, and as corny as it sounds – in finding myself again. When people call NYC ‘the city of dreams’ – they are absolutely right. You see, there’s something special about New York. The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps! It’s the most captivating and vibrant place, and one that somehow has us all completely under its spell. Whether you’ve gazed wide-eyed at it on the big screen or read about it online, chances are you’ve dreamed of experiencing New York for yourself.

view from brooklyn bridge

Our first visit to NYC was booked as part work, part family vacation. Myself, my husband and our teenage daughter arrived in New York in the middle of one of the hottest summers the city had ever seen. Even the locals were struggling and the heat was intense, but amazing. Our trips to New York have always been in August – nothing beats the feeling of walking around the city in beautiful sunshine and exploring new places and sights.

Everything is vibrant, bustling and alive. The city has so much energy and an irresistible charm. Returning to New York after a long time away is like reuniting with an old friend with whom you instantly feel safe and content.

Like any city New York obviously has its flaws but you’ll happily forgive the often pungent smell of garbage on the sidewalk, and learn to kid yourself that it totally wasn’t a cockroach that just scurried across your foot in a souvenir store in Times Square. It was probably just a leaf…. a really cockroachy looking leaf …..

central park lake

In a city filled with skyscrapers and towering buildings, I find it so endearing that there are also plenty of green areas and beautiful parks with endless places to relax. It really is like having the best of both worlds and don’t worry, New Yorkers know just how lucky they are to call it home. You can spend the day boating around a lake in Central Park and then walk straight outside to hit up your favourite designer stores and restaurants in the evening.

new york times square night

As someone who had once become quite isolated after dealing with grief and anxiety, I knew that this city and the amount of people, sights and experiences to take in at once would either make or break me pretty fast. Luckily as soon as I arrived, something just clicked and I felt happy and excited to be a part of it all. Maybe I was always meant to be a city dweller?

new york

During our time in NYC I found my confidence, I owned my work commitments and met some amazing people as a result. As a family we did things that were so out of our comfort zone, but they lead to life-changing events that will never be replicated.

We ended up having an ‘accidental’ VIP trip to a Yankees game on the very same day that one of their biggest players retired. We jetted off to exciting events and launches all over the city and ‘popped into Gucci’ as you do where I ended up sipping champagne and chatting to the friendliest staff, before leaving with the designer bag of dreams. Not your every day occurrence for little old moi!

I’ll definitely write more about those experiences soon as there are so many stories to be told from our various trips. For now, let me just say that if you are debating booking a trip to NYC then I wholeheartedly recommend it. It’s the best experience and an amazing place to spend time with friends and family.

So, NYC the truth is – I love you. You’re the best. See you again soon? 

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