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New York- Brooklyn and Coney Island

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Brooklyn Bridge from the Subway Carriage

Day two in New York and we decided to leave Manhattan and head out to Brooklyn.  This was my first trip to NYC but I’d never been to any of the other boroughs before, Brooklyn seems huge by comparison.  There were a few places I had starred on my map to visit but trekking back and forth around Brooklyn was too much.  It was about 4 celsius (google says that’s 39.2 F), and I had a terrible migraine but other than that it was a fun day out!

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We took the subway to Prospect Park, we passed the carousel but it was closed.   So we headed into the zoo.  It was $8 each which seemed reasonable given how expensive it must be to house animals (bit suspicious of cheap zoos and roller coasters).  It’s not very big but was nice to look around, and thankfully most of the animals were inside where it was nice and warm!

Day 24We walked across the park to find somewhere for lunch.  There were some other things in the area like the Brooklyn Public Library, and a fair at the Grand Army Plaza but I was dying of jetlag so we had to give these a miss.

On 7th Ave we found a burger place to get lunch, Bareburger, which is a hippy eco-friendly hipstery place that did a pretty yummy milkshake.  7th Avenue had some cute shops, a lot of which had anti-Islamophobia signs up, something of a theme of the trip as a whole.

We headed up to the top of the street to get the subway again, this time further South to Coney Island.

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Coney Island isn’t really an island, more a little man-made sticky out bit.  Unfortunately, the theme park, Luna Park, was closed.   I think the snowstorm they had delayed the Spring opening but there were people cleaning the park, presumably in preparation for opening.  This meant most of the shops and stands along the water front were also closed.  This Brighton Beach area has a lot of Russian-speaking immigrants, and there are a lot of Russian shops and signage.

Manhatan is so built up it’s easy to forget it’s an island surrounded by water.  And even in Brooklyn it seemed weird, to me at least, to be walking along an actual beach.  Like I said it was a little (a lot) chilly, but in the summer I can imagine it would be fun down here.

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New York- The Lego Store

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We wandered out on day one in New York in the drizzle to get breakfast at the Argo Tea Cafe in the Flat Iron Building, which I recommend.  And just around the corner was the Lego Store.  It’s not actually that big but it quite fun because of the models they have made out of the Lego.

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Day 13There are a few Loge stores in NYC, this is just the one we visited, I definitely recommend a visit if you have kids or are a big kids.  Lego is pretty expensive these days though, so I settled with a key ring.

 

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New York- The High Line

We spent our 3.5 days in Manhattan entirely South of Central Park.  I found, you can, very quickly, get used the steel and stone jungle that is New York, and sort of forget that grass and nature exists. There are little parks and squares dotted around, but I’m not sure they’re the reason people travel to NYC.  Not to burst your bubble, but it turns out Madison Square Garden is neither square or a garden…some kind of entertainment venue…

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Anyway, the weather turned much nicer (it jumped from 4 celsius to 18 the next day).  So we, and everyone else in Manhattan, decided to walk The High Line.  The High Line is an old railroad that runs about 20 blocks (1.5miles) that has been turned into a kind of park.  It runs from 34th street to Gansevoort street on the West side.  I would say it’s mostly a raised walkway with plants along it.  It was quite pleasant but at times we were trudging along behind people we couldn’t get around.  It was, however, a much quicker way to move through the streets of New York than on street level!Day 32

Above and below are some views from The High Line.  It’s a little hit or miss with what you see, Manhattan is so built up that at various points you’re just surrounded by sky scrapers.  But there is some interesting street art dotted around. In between the buildings though you do get a few good views along the long straight streets.   It’s a free activity in a city that can get quite pricey.

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New York- Places to Eat

Argo Tea Cafe

It’s a tea place- duh! We went for breakfast here on our first day in New York (I got croissants and straight up green tea).  When we came back to New York to fly home we stopped off for an afternoon drink and I got hot apple cider (in USA cider is non-alcoholic unless specified).  All the drinks can be hot or cold, and they also sell lose leaf tea.

They have some seasonal tea that you can sample as well.  I tried to the iced strawberry green tea which was rather nice.  I wanted to buy a bottle of it but we were heading to the airport and I wouldn’t be able to take it through security.  These are the type of places I wish we had in the UK.

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Argo Tea Cafe                                                                                  Hangawi

Hangawi

I had never eaten Korean food before, and this was a veggie Korean place next door to our hotel.  On entry we were asked to remove our shoes, as that’s Korean style.  The staff were very friendly. We ate at lunchtime and still spent about $60!  I had a jasmine green tea, and I got a tofu soup, with rice cakes.  I was expecting the rice cakes to be the crunchy kind but they were gelatinous white blobs in the soup.  They didn’t taste like much so I’m not complaining. Boyfriend got a spicy,  We also got given some kimchee which is unpleasant fermented cabbage.

Pronto Pizza

We tried Famous Original Ray’s Pizza, but the staff was so rude to boyfriend we left.  So we wandered in the rain for a few blocks and found Pronto Pizza.  It’s another pizza place where you buy by the slice for $3, although the slices are the size of a small house.  Inside it’s not very exciting, the staff were not native Americans, or Italians but they obviously knew how to make pizza.

It’s simple, cheap, and yummy.  It was very good.

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Pronto Pizza                                                                   Andrew’s Coffee Shop

Andrew’s Coffee Shop

We went here for breakfast on Sunday morning, around 9:30am and there was a queue. I don’t know if that’s just a Sunday thing but I took it as a good sign.

Outside it’s not particularly glamorous and inside the orange/beige decor had been jazzed up with Easter bunnies.  It was only a few minutes before we were seated by a friendly waitress. New York service staff are never gonna be the chatty types especially on a busy day but she was polite and helpful.  I got a green tea, oatmeal, and a croissant.  Boyfriend got an omelette, but in America omelettes come with potatoes and toast.  It tasted good, it wasn’t cheap but didn’t break the bank.

Umi Sushi

Umi Sushi was boyfriend’s find, when I was feeling rough and we needed somewhere to eat nearby.  It was pretty small, more like someones living room (although I think there were more seats in the back).  It’s a sushi place so there weren’t tonnes of veggie options but I got a decent vegetable tempura and green tea (do you see a theme in my drink choices?).  Boyfriend got a fairly huge plate of Sashimi.

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Umi Sushi

 

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New York- MOMA

One of the things I did not get to do last time in New York was visit the Museum of Modern Art, or MOMA.  I can’t say it was actually very high on my list of places to visit but boyfriend thought it was worth a look so we went.  But MOMA costs $25 each which is a lot!  However, they have a free Friday night offer which, strangely, is sponsored by Uniqlo.  I was hoping that meant we would get given free clothes, but obviously not.

Day 11It was pouring with rain when we arrived and we were pretty soaked and added to the general chaos of the foyer. There were groups of people loitering around inside, presumably sheltering from the rain, and a giant queue.  Thankfully the queue was for the cloak room and we were just handed a free ticket straight away. And, after the customary bag check, we headed upstairs to see the art.

Or rather look at the backs of people’s heads!  It was extremely busy, to the point where we wondered if they were breaking fire safety rules! It definitely undermined my enjoyment of the gallery. It was hot and loud and hard to see things.

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The free Friday night starts at 4pm (until 8pm) and I think you would be pretty pissed off if you paid the $25 at 3:30pm and then the place still got overrun with soggy tourists.

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London- Harrods

Whilst in London town we wandered past Harrods.  Last time I was there it was rammed with people and I lasted about 3 minutes before I had to leave.  But it was much quieter this time, and we had a look around the food hall.

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There was yummy looking cheese and chocolates.  And I finally got to the see what a cronut was (half croissant, half doughnut).  I wonder what it’s like to work in Harrods, it must be incredibly busy most of the time.  And mainly with tourists who must be quite annoying, and always taking pictures of cheese…

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But the only thing I bought was some tea!  There were a lot of flavours of regular black tea, but it was really green tea that I was after.  They didn’t have many in tea bag form, and I decided to go for a white tea (with hints of cucumber and watermelon) which was £5 for 20 bags.  Not the cheapest tea ever, but possibly the cheapest thing in Harrods!

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Dalby Forest, North York Moors National Park

1480274304118.jpgWe took a very. very cold walk in Dalby Forest.  We took the yellow route which was only a few miles, so it was about 1.5hrs.  It was a little hilly, and at one point I might have tripped over a tree root…

This, it turned out, was the ‘Stick Man’ walk and there were various images of Stick Man who, if you didn’t know, is a stick that’s also a man but keeps getting mistaken for a stick with horrifying consequences (eaten by a dog, burnt on a fire etc). Continue reading

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Sicily Vs Tenerife

Sicily a large island off Italy, and Tenerife part of Spain but nearer to North Africa offer quite different holiday experiences.

Main Attractions

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Aggrigento, Sicily                        Siam Park, Tenerife

One of the main attractions in Sicily is the temple ruins in Aggrigento and we took the train across the island to visit them.  They were impressive and fun, although it was incredibly hot. In Tenerife we went to Siam Park, which was my highlight, which is a big water park.  In October, the queues were minimal, I think in the height of summer it would have been pretty hellish though.

Volcanoes

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Etna, Sicily                                              Tiede, Tenerife

Sicily has Mt Etna, Tenerife has Tiede.  We took the trip to the top of Mt Etna (not really the top but as high as you can go), which was really too expensive for what you got and sort of a waste of a day. Not a mistake we made in Tenerife where we just looked up and thought I wonder which of those pointy bits is the actual volcano.

Art

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Palermo, Sicily                           Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Sicily definitely had a more arty and cultural feel, but that’s not really why people go to Tenerife.  The small art gallery we visited in Palermo had a weird fixation with a breast feeding Virgin Mary.  Tenerife had a lot of statues of animals like big prawns or crocodiles.  It’s up to you which you find more entertaining I suppose.

Food

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Pizza, Sicily                Paella and Club Sandwich,    Tenerife

Oh Spain, why do you hate the veggies so much, what did we ever do to you?  In Italy and Sicily I had no problems finding food, and it was all covered in cheese (ok vegans might struggle).  In Tenerife, I thought I would do ok as it’s like England but warmer and all the menus were in English.  But then I remembered how hard it is to find veggie food in England.  There was always something I could get but mainly at the Italian restaurants!

Old Vs New

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Catania, Sicily                            Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Sicily, obviously has had new developments and shops and what not but still sells itself on it’s history as you can see from the ruined Roman arena in the middle of modern day Catania.  Tenerife (on the South side anyway) seems obsessed with newness and building and expanding new touristy bits. Although in a weird way it all looks stuck in a bygone era of the 1980’s when traveling from the UK to Tenerife was the height of glamour and excitement.

 

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Santa Cruz Tenerife

We took a bus from the South of the island to the North to visit the capital Santa Cruz.  It’s much more like ‘real’ Tenerife, whatever that means.  Or  maybe Tacky Town in Little England on the South side is actually the ‘real’ Tenerife and Santa Cruz is the anomaly.

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CC Plaza del Duque- Tenerife Shopping Centre

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Just some silly snaps from the funny mirrors in the shopping centre near our hotel in Tenerife.

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