New York - One World Trade Center, Woodbury Commons, Empire State Building and The Ring

This is my last New York post and it sums up the last 3 days of our trip and boy what a fantastic last 3 days they were! I can't believe we've been home for over a month.

Sunday 3rd April
We started off Sunday morning with some essential Facetime calls then booking and printing off tickets for the One World Observatory while we munched on the breakfast muffins. It was so handy having internet, being able to get on the computers and use the printers all for free in Yotel. Then our first stop of the morning was Ground Zero. We couldn't believe how freezing cold it was outside and we weren't prepared for the temperatures so did everything we could to get inside quickly. 

The view of Manhattan from The One World Observatory

Me sitting in front of the view towards Brooklyn Bridge Park (and THE steps)

Beautiful blue skies from The One

I would highly recommend The One Observatory to anyone visiting New York. The 360 views were amazing. The glare from the windows was a bit of a nuisance and you really had to take a few photos to make sure you got the right one. It was really busy but the queueing was bearable and it didn't feel to packed and overwhelming. Because the whole observatory was inside it was a good one to do on a cold day as it didn't matter. You really could see for miles!

One World Trade Center

The World's Most Expensive Train Station - the Oculus

We bought tickets from the TixToday app for a musical and the best prices we could get for School of Rock was Sunday afternoon. Not the best if you're short on time but because we'd already done lots of sight-seeing we were able to fit it in. It was handy being able to just pick up the tickets outside the theatre on the day. The musical was absolutely amazing. Really funny, excellent music and the talent of the kids on stage was unreal. Definitely one to see!
School of Rock at Winter Garden Theatre

Times Square at Night

Monday 4th April
I was looking forward to our day trip to Woodbury Commons ever since booking our bus tickets at the start of March but I was looking forward to it even more now that we'd be buying my engagement ring here. We got the bus from the Port Authority Terminal which was just a couple of blocks away from our hotel. The bus journey took around an hour and it was totally worth it. It was quite quiet, chilled out and had an excellent selection of shops.

Michael Kors at Woodbury Commons

We spent the whole day there, from our 10am arrival to leaving on the bus at 5pm. We bobbed in and out of shops, eyed up different bargains and spent some of our well earned cash. My favourite shops were Michael Kors (obvs), Aeropostale Outlet and Superdry. I shared my purchases in my beauty and fashion hauls. But the best bit was definitely our visit to Kay Jewelers. The women in the shop was so helpful. Neither of us had a clue what style of ring we wanted but it didn't take long to pick out the perfect one. The simple, elegant ring with a princess cut diamond looked and felt amazing. We bought it, the in-store jeweller sized it and we picked it up an hour later. 

My Engagement Ring

Tuesday 5th April
On our last day in New York we had to be back at the hotel by 2pm. After checking out and putting our suitcases into the storage we still had plenty of time to get out and about. We had free tickets for the Empire State Building with our Freestyle bus tickets. Unlike Top of the Rock, you have to go to Empire State Building and queue. We were there quite early in the morning and joined the queue around the corner outside. If you've only got time for one or the other I'd recommend Top of the Rock. I was a little bit disappointed by the Empire State. Maybe because we'd seen the views twice already. Maybe because it was absolutely freezing outside at the top. Or maybe it was all the queueing. None the less, I've got some fantastic pictures and I'm finally able to say I've been there.

 View of Flat Iron Building from Empire State Building

View from The Empire State Building

When we reached the ground we did a bit of last minute shopping including American sweeties and souvenirs. We had lunch at Tick Tock Diner next to Penn Station, which was delicious and had an impressive breakfast menu. Then it was time to be picked up and from Yotel and head on the long journey home.

On to engagement celebrations! 

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