Day 2- Morning
Day 2, here we go. Again, we got up really early. We were still excited to explore the city. We had Cheetos and left over snacks for breakfast. After breakfast, we wrapped up warm and continued down our checklist.
Rockefeller Centre – Top of the Rock
I wanted to see the city from above. So what did we do? We walked to the Rockefeller Centre. More specifically, the Top of the Rock. I queued to get the tickets to go to the Observation Deck. Tickets were $35 dollars each. The lady behind the counter asked me if I had a Citi Pass. I said no. She said are you sure because you get 30% off the ticket price. Sadly, I said no because I didn’t have one. You can imagine how I felt in that moment. The lady probably thought I was crazy to pay the full price. Oh well! You learn.
Anyway, we queued up with the rest of the group heading in our direction. It was only a 15 min wait. They had different time slots as per the ticket. We had to wait for our turn. Was the view worth the price? Heck Yes!!! I loved it. My partner on the other hand had mixed feelings.
Afterwards, we walked around the city taking pictures as tourists do. We then made our way back to the MET stopping by Grand Central Station. I had to! It was beautiful as advertised.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art- (The MET)
While at the MET, we saw the first Christmas tree ever! You know, since it was the season! We didn’t spend much time at the MET though. I was exhausted from all the walking the day before. So we went back to the hotel. On the way, we stopped by Fairway (the equivalent of Sainsbury’s) for some food- that was our dinner. We then relaxed for the rest of the evening and nodded off.
The second day wasn’t as eventful as Day 1. We felt quite lazy, seeing as it was a Sunday. However, saying that, we managed to see everything on the checklist in 3 days.
Day 3- Christmas Eve.
We made it our goal to finish seeing the MET exhibitions. This was the last day we could use our 3 day museum tickets. So as usual, we got up early and got dressed.
This time we decided not to have snacks or hotel breakfast, so we went out to find something to eat. I am a very indecisive person and those that know me would strongly agree. The last thing you could do is to ask me to pick a place to eat. Chances are, you’ll starve before I decide what and where I want to eat. My boyfriend knew this about me but still gave me the option to decide. You might have guessed it. It took me a while to choose a place to eat. Every place we walked past wasn’t appealing to me.
We came to a small Toad-in-the hole place opposite the Square Garden. There were lots of people inside so we figured the food must be good. I ordered something from the breakfast menu. Honestly, the food was awful and it was served on plastic plates with plastic cutlery. The cutlery you would get from a takeaway shop to have with your chips and sausage. The tea was also disgusting. I will say it again, tea is not watery milk. That’s not tea! it is diluted milk. Anyway, we finished our breakfast seeing as we were hungry and had no other choice.
Madison Square Garden was not on our tourist list but I wanted to see “The Grinch” show since it was the season. However, we got there too early as the show wouldn’t start till 10 am. We went through the security checks only to be told we can’t go any further. We were furious but since we didn’t know any better, so we shrugged it off and continued with your tour.
Afterwards, we headed to the MET and finished off most of the art displays. It was absolutely tiring since we only had a few hours to see everything before closing time. Honestly, this was the best use of our time. The Egyptian wing was my favourite.
From the MET, we made our way to the Subway via the New York Library. I read reviews online that this was supposedly one of the best libraries in the world! So obviously, I had to see it for myself. It was big, but we only saw one section of the library. We also had restricted access, so we couldn’t go past some areas and photography was not permitted. The architecture of the library on the other hand is beautiful. We didn’t spend long here and continued on our way to the Subway.
Journey to Brooklyn
My boyfriend has a relative in Brooklyn who invited us to spend Christmas day with her. As such, we embarked on what seemed like a 2 hour subway ride to Brooklyn going through the Brooklyn Bridge. Not the best subway experience but also not the worst. There was free entertainment on board in the form of dancers (as they believed) and a very loud and annoying drummer. I personally think he was high. There were varied segments of entertainment.
We spent the evening in the company of my boyfriends’ relatives, good food, drinks and stories. This was the first time we had anything remotely close to decent food while in NY. Why? Because it was fresh home cooked food. It was a delightful evening. The perfect way to end the day.