In May I was lucky enough to take my first trip to New York City. It's always been on my bucket list of places to visit (as I'm sure it is on most people's). When the opportunity came up, I couldn't say no. I attended as a blogger for Paper Muse Press, with my boss and longtime friend Sarah. Our main purpose was to visit the National Stationary Show, but we had plenty of time to soak up the culture of New York, and I loved every minute of it.
We spent our first day exploring, and walking around the city. The first spot we visited was the Chelsea Market. There were cute shops, and restaurants. I loved Spices and Tease, and bought some as a souvenir for my mom, who loves tea. Around every corner there was something new to look at, and a famous landmark. It's funny to see these place in real life when you've known them through movies, and books.
The Highline was definitely a highlight of our day. After walking around for hours and hours, it was nice to find this beautiful green spot, take a rest, and just enjoy some people watching. Plus the view wasn't bad either.
We ate so many delcious meals all over the city. The restaurant scene is so competitive that every place had amazing food, and great service. One of my favorite restaurants was Five Napkin Burger. Huge burgers, yummy fries, and cocktails. Plus the fun atmosphere. Delicious.
After dinner we wandered down through the broadway area, and into Times Square. I know, I know, it's a tourist trap, but it's a must see in New York, especially for someone whose never been. Great people watching again, so many different languages, and tons to look out (maybe a little sensory overload even). We took a seat while the sunset, and I noticed this building covered in images of people, and snapped a photo. Turns out it was one of the many installations for the Inside Out Project, but I didn't realize it until I got home and saw the documentary on HBO. The building was covered in photos of some of the real people of New York. Such a cool idea, check it out if you get a chance.
On our very last night we made our way to Little Italy, and ate a delicious dinner. It was one of my favorite areas of the city, by far, and I wish I'd had more time to check out all the unique boutiques, and eat at all the amazing restaurants. Walking around this section of the city you really got a feel for the history, and how old the New York really is.
Ahhhh, I took way, way more pictures, but these are my favorites (especially the first shot). Such a great trip, I'm so glad I got the opportunity to go, and can't wait until I get to head back someday!