As promised, and as a small thank you to the masses of excellent advice I've taken from you all during the planning of our trip. Then the unfortunate cancelling and rebooking following a family death, here is our trip report from our holiday. We arrived back this morning at 11am and this is partly to keep me awake!
First, a little background. I'm Kelly, I'm 32 and I travelled with the other half who I call Mr Big, so he can keep that name. Partly due to his massive stature, ginormous hands and ridiculous feet, mostly due to my Sex and the City love!
So, here goes!
Day One - Off we go!!
We arrived at Heathrow early. We couldn't get away from the business quick enough, so everything was packed and we left for the airport by 9am for our 4pm flight. We got to the airport and the very convenient Virgin "bag drop" by 1pm and settled into holiday mode with a quick beer followed by Mr Big's first experience of Sushi. He's always managed to avoid it for the last few years but today he was up for trying new things. To my shock horror, he actually enjoyed it! Another beer followed then on to the flight.
Big had never been on a jumbo jet before, only much smaller planes when we go to France/Italy every year. I had only one experience of a jumbo jet (my last trip to New York about 10 Yeats ago, the experience was horrific but that's another story that we'll get to!). To my delight, the jumbo was named "lady Penelope" which matches the name of my car, so I was immediately thrilled and got the camera out for the first photograph of her.
We settled into our flight. I'd chosen the seats in the very back row. I knew that this would mean that we would be delayed at customs in the USA but Big is SO big that I knew he would be more comfortable for the long flight if he could stretch his feet into the aisle and put the seat back without getting in other peoples way. As it turned out, the flight was almost empty. People were laying across the five centre seats to catch a few hours before their holidays. We took advantage of the films on offer and settled down to watch a few of the latest blockbusters with popcorn and ice cream provided complimentary by virgin. It was a comfortable flight. We hit a few scary spots, and I'm not the best flyer since my last New York flight left me traumatised, but we got through the winds quickly and arrived safely and excited in Newark airport.
We got through immigration in about 20 minutes, collected our bags which were waiting and stepped outside into the air to feel how cold it really was. And to be honest, we were pleasantly surprised. New York was no colder than winter in Cardiff! We're obviously climatised to bonkers weather and snowfall so we found it perfectly tolerable.
We jumped on the air train (very easy thanks to the tips on here) then changed to the regular train to take us to Penn Station. We walked up the ramp and it's the city and looked behind us to see the Empire State Building glowing red in the moonlight.
We walled the two blocks to our hotel. The hotel Metro on 35th street and checked in with every intension of going straight back out to explore........ And then proceeded to fall fast asleep by 8pm!
We slept very well indeed. The black out blinds always confuse my body clock and we never know when it's morning but when we checked the clock it was 6am.
Wide awake and excited to explore, we put on a layer of thermals under our regular clothes and headed down to breakfast and to plan our first day in the big apple :-)
K xEdited: 12 February 2014, 14:50