The jet lag had already hit me as I awoke at 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I played a few games to pass the time and eventually it was an acceptable time to get up.
After the disaster of the day before, we looked out of the window to confirm our suspicions that the sky was clear, and declared that today would be perfect to see the whole of New York atop the Rockefeller. Before we could attempt that, we were both in agreement that breakfast was needed and we would see what we could find close-by. We stumbled upon a pub called Megans and from the outside it looks inviting, as well as offering some amazing options for breakfast. This was where decided to eat and were not disappointed in the slightest.
After a morning beer and some lovely nosh, we plodded up a few streets until we arrived outside of the Rockefeller.
The views were absolutely stunning and we couldn’t have picked a better day to go up. You’ll see why as the posts go on.
After an hour at the top, we headed back down to ground level and back to the hotel to grab some gloves and wrap up a bit warmer, before walking up and down various streets to see what random places we could find. Not too far from the hotel was the New York Library, however it wasn’t going to be open for a few hours; therefore we continued to walk down 5th Avenue until we found a coffee place to sit – although not for long, as the Fire Alarm was triggered and a Fire Engine turned up. It gave us enough time to kill until the Library opened though, so with that we headed back up to the Library (but not before catching a sneaky glance at the Empire State building).
The Library was absolutely stunning, both inside and out and the pictures do not do it justice. If anyone is planning on visiting New York I would highly suggest this place. Especially for any book lovers; as you can sit and read within the Library, as well as see the various rooms that are hosted within.
We managed to kill a few hours in there before leaving, at which point we realise just how close to Grand Central Station we are. As the day is edging nearer to ending we thought it would be interesting to see just how grand it is, and boy were we amazed.
We had a look around the various shops and restaurants before trying the whispering wall (which was mind blowing), before heading back to the hotel; which was literally 2 minutes away.
For anyone who has watched a film called 1408, you’ll be please to know that it is based at the Roosevelt Hotel, so while we were returning to our room, we thought we’d stop 2 floors shy of ours and hunt down the room number. It took us a while to find it as it was actually hidden down an individual corridor by itself.
With that out of the way, we ascended the final two floors and flopped on the bed. We were beat. But we didn’t want to end it there and both agreed we would nap for an hour or two and then head out one last time, to Times Square to see what all the fuss was about.
We arrived to what could only be described as a frenzy. People were absolutely everywhere and entertainers were there in their hundreds. Following families around, trying to get them to take a picture of them in order to acquire payment. Overall, it was a bit overwhelming, so we promptly jostled through the crowd toward a shop so that we would be free from the crowd. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but at least we can say that we went there at night (during the day is a whole different story).
While we were there though, we did head into the M&M store and had a look around, before heading back to the hotel to sleep. The jet lag had hit us pretty hard at this point and all we wanted to do was nap. With that, we were out within an hour and off to the land of nod!
You can see various photos that I uploaded via my Instagram.