Ticking off the must see icons of New York

Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
Trip End Dec 16, 2012

Flag of United States  , New York
Friday, July 6, 2012

Two action packed days and I'm ashamed that I've not yet written my entries. I would have fallen asleep yet again if it wasn't for the extra energy provided by American 'Goobers' and 'Nips' candy that I'm devouring... 

Our first stop on our way to Times Square was a visit to Macy's department store. We had heard that this was a 'must do' in New York, however the overall impression was a little disappointing. Although boasts the title of the largest store in the world, it is much like any other department store and if anything is looking a little more run down and worn than most. The most unique part of the experience was riding the rickety wooden escalators up and down the levels.

We spent practically a whole day in Times Square. Yet another hot a humid day, a reason to be scouring out for the most air conditioned shops. Today Emma discovered H &M and we both Discover Forever 21, and what followed was a hearty dose of shopping. (Tristan, I think you should be relieved to not have had this inflicted on you ;-) )

The atmosphere in Time Square itself is over the top and chaotic. So much to see and do, however we were glad to find a quiet and dimly-lit coffee shop to have a sandwich and a cold drink to digest it all and recharge.

Some of the discoveries we made include 'Hershey's world'. They sell everything from Hershey's chocolates to Peanut Buttercups, Maple syrup and everything in between. Of course they also stock is the relevant merchandise... T-shirts, Caps, Lip balms, toys etc. This was interesting but nothing compared to the scale of m&m world across the road. We were welcomed into the store by a staffed with a bright red m&m. On further exploration we discovered that the building has three levels of every conceivable and inconceivable m&m product imaginable. It also houses the largest wall of chocolate in the world. 

Toy's R Us was one of the last stops in Time Square and we were blown away by the sheer size and magnitude of the store. The store is on three levels and boast's it own Ferris wheel, Wonka land and Barbie Castle. It was one of my favourite stores in Times Square.

We had planned to have dinner out, but fell asleep exhausted as soon as we get home. I did not wake till about 10:00pm. Emma had woken a little earlier than me and had brought me some Juice, Chocolate biscuits, Dried Apricots and Twizels for supper. 

The Next Day took us to the top of the Rockafella Centre in which we saw an amazing view of the city. We then journeyed on down 5th Avenue past Tiffany's, as expected the urge to enter the building was too great and before we knew it one of us was leaving with a little blue bag and a little less cash. We then hit another Toy store FAO Schwarz and had a nice stroll through central park.

That night we booked tickets to a New York Comedy Improv theatre Called 'The Pit', where we were delighted and amazed by the amount of raw talent on Stage. The Second show called 'Hello' was particularly amazing as it showcased Musical improv theatre. A pianist backed the singers/improv artists as they made up these amazing stories and songs on the spot. They offer drop in classes, $20 for three hours. Hopefully we will have some time to go to one before we leave, it looks like a lot of fun!
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Anna Edwards on

I like walking the Brooklyn Bridge too.For restaurant deals and bar specials I use the book 365 Guide New York City www.365guidenyc.com Nothing but deals so I can afford the city.

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