I’m a bit funny about big cities when I’m travelling. They often leave me cold, but some cities I just love from the second I arrive there and feel like I could live there forever. So far my list includes Bangkok, Tokyo, Vancouver and of course: New York.
I went to New York with my mum in 2004 (nearly 10 years ago – argh!), along with Boston, a trip to Niagara Falls and a stay at a family lakeside cabin in Michigan. Looking back at my photos now, I’m surprised I took so few (I think there are probably more on my mum’s computer somewhere) but the memories are as strong as ever. I loved drinking bubble tea and shopping for trinkets in China town, eating pizza and giant pretzels, wandering wide-eyed around Times Square, taking the ferry out to Staten Island and walking miles and miles around Central Park.
I read the blogs of a fair few New Yorkers these days (this is my favourite) and while I wouldn’t choose to live there with my kids now, I can still see the attraction. There’s just something special and magical about New York City and it’s easy to understand why dreamers and creative types are drawn there.
My friends and I had all been planning to have a trip to New York together when we turned 30 (we’d decided this in our mid twenties) but I was already living in Bali by then and 8 months pregnant with Maya so it wasn’t to be. I still think it would be an amazing place for a get together, now we’re scattered around the globe and there are plenty of cheap flights to New York in 2013. Although the US is a looong way from Bali. From the UK it’s a relatively short hop across the pond….
There are so many things I’d love to do in New York with the kids now. I think we could spend days just exploring the amazing toy shops. All Abroad Baby have got a great writeup of some of the best toy shops in New York. I’d love to go there just before Christmas… maybe one day when the kids are older and I’m rich, ha!
But seriously, there are some fantastic things to do in New York for kids. I mean just look at this guide from Time Out. I never made it out to Coney Island when we were there before but they have a sand castle building competition! And then there’s the zoo and central park and all the museums… I’d prefer not to raise my family in a big city but I can totally see the attraction for those who did. You’d never be bored, that’s for sure.
Who else has been to New York? Did you love it as much as I did?