The first couple of days in NY were the busiest for us. We had a lot planned and we wanted to complete as much sightseeing as physically possible in a single day.
Day 1- morning- breakfast
We got up really early on Saturday and had breakfast at the hotel, which wasn’t bad but it was also not the best; in comparison to an English breakfast. The eggs tasted like they had been reheated several times until all the flavour evaporated. The sausages were too small and tasteless for my liking and don’t get me started on the tea. I had to use 3 tea bags to get the tea to my liking otherwise I would be having watery milk. Nevertheless, the breakfast sufficed and we didn’t go hungry for the morning.
After breakfast, we started on our sight seeing journey. I had made a checklist of all the places I wanted to visit. The first on the list was of course Central Park. My only impression of Central Park was probably from movies like Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Gossip Girl and Friends. As you would expect in Winter, Central Park was cold, and filled with dead trees but yet it was somehow still picturesque.
We strolled through the park on our way to Times Square. We stopped in the park to take a couple of pictures. It was quite lively for a winter morning with the laughter of children, people walking their dogs, others jogging, venders selling food and others doing their own things. I enjoyed setting my eyes on the “famous” Central Park. It was definitely worth the visit.
For the rest of the morning, we walked through Times Square. We specifically chose the morning time to avoid all the tourist rush since it was a weekend. Besides the big billboards, there isn’t much to see there and a quick walk though is enough. From Times Square, we made our way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or The MET. The MET is absolutely gorgeous with so much history and art.
The MET has 4 wings and we only managed to complete a quarter of the first wing on day 1- the South wing which if memory serves had the African, Oceania and Americas displays. We had to come back over the next 2 days to see the rest of the displays. Good thing the tickets were valid for 3 days. I will discuss more of this visit in another blog.
After The MET, we went out for dinner at Le Steak. We had high expectations for this place since it was supposedly a French restaurant but we were utterly disappointed. The food was burnt and tasteless and the service was terrible. We had to shop for snacks afterwards. That was our dinner.
Tip: If and when you go to NY, please get the Citi pass. It’s a little money saver. It works as a discount voucher. You pay $20 for one pass and you can save over $100 in admission fees and food places. We didn’t get one because we didn’t know. And we came wise to it too late.