Ice hockey, skyscrapers, galleries and snow
02.02.2015 - 06.02.2015
A fantastic city to visit. So easy to get around - we've walked for miles (literally) or grabbed a cab to cover all the main highlights from our Uptown Manhattan hotel - and the locals are really friendly and genuinely proud of their city. We've had some nice chats with all kinds of people and they clearly enjoy living here amongst the hustle and bustle of a city with so much to offer.
Hotel is sweet, even has Gigi's Cafe down the road for really tasty meals of all kinds - seems like everyday the locals grab their evening meals and wander home with them.
Wandered through the snow falling in Central Park to hit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, if you're in the know) and Times Square. Kids did really well and enjoyed the sights of the gallery and the massive building etc.
Empire State Building was amazing - views for miles on a very crisp, clear day showed off New York at it's best. It was even better because we arrived by 930 am and there was no (as in zero, nil,zilch) queueing to do anywhere - wandering past the empty rows where queues form made it even more satisfying!
Obligatory wandering along 5th Avenue and time looking at the all important (well, for some in the family) shops went nicely before the big highlight of an NHL game at Madison Square Garden between the NY Rangers and Florida Panthers (see the photos to work out who we were supporting). The whole thing was amazing - made even better by the locals winning.
A big walking day, 4.5miles through and around Central Park to Guggenheim Gallery, then the Zoo (Anthony and Mum) and Ice skating (Caitlin and Dad). Zoo was fantastic - snow leopards, bears and penguins very happy in the cold, skating was amazing - almost surreal being surrounded by such big buildings - a shame the crappy rental skates were't as good as they rent out in Queenstown, let alone being as good as our own skates.
Then there was the obligatory the next game for the Rangers in the NHL to watch on TV - an American way to end the day!
The plan is the Natural History Museum which is meant to be fantastic then the Met (another gallery on the other side of Central Park) before the challenge for Gigi of squeezing all the belongings back in their bags before our day time flight to Aspen and hooking up with our buddies out there for some more sweet skiing!