Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Sadly I am not free to celebrate Halloween this year, although I haven’t actually celebrated it properly since being a child. So in the spirit, no pun intended, I thought it would be cool to share some photos that I took whilst in New York. Whilst there, it was clear how seriously most Americans take the newly established holiday seriously. Many shops and houses were adorned with Halloween decorations, and it was surreal to experience this as the UK doesn’t really celebrate it on the same level. So behold, some Halloween photos! The first three photographs were taken from probably the best display we saw during our time in New York, and probably are overall within the city. The house in Brooklyn which displayed its magnificent Halloween exhibition has previous form, and such decorations have even been seen around the internet and on the TV!

Surgery gone horribly wrong...
Surgery gone horribly wrong…

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Those with Ebola have been quarantined
Those with Ebola have been quarantined
These little fellas report on the devastation to the right
These little fellas report on the devastation to the right

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Cute Halloween display in a food shop
Cute Halloween display in a food shop

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One house display for Halloween in Brooklyn!
One house display for Halloween in Brooklyn!

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Halloween cakes
Halloween cakes

Our New York Trip

Our New York Trip

What a week. Our time in New York has come and gone, but boy was it amazing. It seems just like yesterday we were stepping of the plane and heading into the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. For anyone reading who knows my family personally, you will all acknowledge that my parents are extremely organised and like to have the holiday planned to the tee. Although being in New York for just under a week, we managed to cram so much into these few days. Unfortunately, this meant that whilst there I didn’t have the time to write up any blog posts to update everyone on what we were up to, as whatever spare time we had was taken up my sleeping (!) Therefore, I have decided to just do a quick summary and include some of the photos that I took whilst out and about. There are a few things that I want to blog in detail, such as our visit to the beautiful Cloisters Museum (which was so tranquil, you would not think that you were still in New York), and I was lucky enough to go and see the Crusader Bible of King Louis IX that is currently on exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum. So keep checking out my blog for updates on those.

It was three years ago this summer that I was lucky enough to go to New York with my Auntie, and whilst there we managed to also see most of the sights. However, we went during the height of a summer heat wave, and it was incredibly hot – not very nice when you want to walk around and see the city. Plus, due to the nature of it being the summer season, this meant that we were not the only tourists in town, making it slightly more uncomfortable as you waded your way through the crowds of people. However, this time around was perfect. Overall the weather was brilliant, except for our first day when we were greeted by rain and wind. The following days gave us sunshine and heavenly blue skies. We spent the first three days completing my Mum’s intensive itinerary, which included going to Ellis Island to see if we could ‘feel’ the spirit of my great-great-grandfather there (turns out he didn’t come to Ellis Island as it wasn’t open when he came, oh dear!), paying our respects at the World Trade memorials, climbing (not literally thank goodness) to the top of Rockefeller Centre, exploring the exquisite Central Park, walking across the High Line, took a water taxi from Brooklyn to Manhattan which revealed to us the breathtaking views of the city at sunset, taking a ghost tour around Wall Street and so much more! We also enjoyed leisurely strolls through West and East Villages, NYU campus and checking out various places in Brooklyn and Williamsburg … plus so much more. Even though we managed to see and do a lot, there is still a considerable amount that we sadly didn’t manage to experience. What can we say? We must leave some things for the next time we come back to New York.

I had an absolutely unbelievable time, and cannot thank my family enough for taking me as my 21st birthday present. It’s safe to say that we all had an incredible time, and still can’t believe we were just there! Here are just a few of the photos taken during our vacation.

The One World Trade Center hiding in the clouds
The One World Trade Center hiding in the clouds
The Registry Hall in Ellis Island
The Registry Hall in Ellis Island
View of the new One World Trade Center
View of the new One World Trade Center
Names of those whose lives were taken in 9/11
Names of those whose lives were taken in 9/11
A view of the city from the High Line
A view of the city from the High Line
Amazing artwork on the side of a building seen on our walk on the High Line
Amazing artwork on the side of a building seen on our walk on the High Line
The Naked Cowboy entertaining the crowds...
The Naked Cowboy entertaining the crowds…
Exploring Brooklyn
Exploring Brooklyn
Washington Square Park Arch
Washington Square Park Arch
Dinner time!
Dinner time!
Cake for everyone
Cake for everyone
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Brooklyn Graffiti
Sundaes, shakes and cones
Sundaes, shakes and cones
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
West Village
West Village
'Friends' anyone?
‘Friends’ anyone?
A rainy night in Times Square
A rainy night in Times Square
Watching the sun set on New York
Watching the sun set on New York