The Big Apple: NYC♥

New York. A bustling, fast paced,and captivating place that I have had on my list of cities to visit for awhile. From the concrete jungle streets to the peace and serenity of Central Park there is truly a never ending list of things for everyone to see and do. Although only there for a few short days, I made it my mission to cross as many things off my list as possible.

Day 1: Times Square & Bryant Park
Fact: I got elbowed about a bazillion times and pushed once by a woman, however, it was all worth it. I truly have never seen so many people congested into one spot. It was incredibly busy at the famous square but I can totally understand why. Times Square is filled with high energy and excitement.There are street performers, jumbotron TV’s, bright and flashy ads, restaurants, shops and much more.

timesswuareBryant Park was close to the hotel I stayed at and I was genuinely so excited. This little park outside of the New York Public Library is adorable. There was an audience sitting in a grassy area in the middle of the park enjoying a live band, a small outdoor cafe, the Bryant Park Grill Restaurant, and my favourite part was the chess and checker tables that you could use freely. It was such a great spot to hangout and socialize and the string lights that lit up at night made it a cool and relaxed atmosphere.

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Day 2: Central Park, World Trade Center Memorial, & the Brooklyn Bridge
I’m just going to put out a PSA warning that if you are anything like me while traveling and will stop at nothing to see as much as you can in one day, you may want to invest in shoes that don’t make your feet want to fall off. Day two was a lot of walking and exploring.
I’m unsure if it was as clear to me as it is now but Central Park is massive. You could get lost in there for an entire day. It is a beautiful spot and almost surreal that this park is surrounded by buildings and skyscrapers.

13537536_10153605500440846_3441212410889508839_nVisiting the 9/11 Memorial site was an extremely unreal and emotional experience. It’s hard to put into words how it feels to be sad but also in awe of how something so horrible in the world has transformed into this beautiful memorial that ties and bonds people together. Being somewhere like this, especially with all the things happening in the world today, really makes you appreciate every day you have. It makes you realize how irrelevant the small complains and worries of day to day life are. 

13501627_10153605500600846_1235192724911466363_nI would like to state that I grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. We have a bridge in Hamilton called the Skyway Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is nothing like the Skway bridge in the sense that it is actually extremely pretty. I’m used to the Skyway Bridge that has three – eyed fish that swim beneath it and that has a smell that only a person from Hamilton could truly understand. The Brooklyn Bridge is the complete opposite. I could probably stand on this bridge gazing out at the gorgeous skyline all day. The bridge itself has almost a beach boardwalk feel. It is incredible and it is something you must see if you’re in New York. (You are also able to bike across the bridge if you choose which would probably be really nice if you aren’t clumsy and would bang into every person in your path.)

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Day 3: Yankee Game & Top of the Rock
I always feel like a slight trader when my boyfriend and I visit other baseball stadiums because Toronto Blue Jays is where it’s at for us. However, we love to check out stadiums in the states because they usually have a ton of detail and sheer beauty to them. Now, I vow to be completely honest in my blogs and I am about to throw some shade about the Yankee Stadium…the popcorn sucks. The stadium? Beautiful. Popcorn? 0/10. Tasted like cardboard and I highly do not recommend. Other than that slight problem, the game was awesome and I had a great time. If there is a game while you are there check it out. (Just get the pizza slice or jumbo pretzel instead)

13495063_10153605499985846_6452230514081615856_nThe last and personally the best part of New York for me was the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center. You take an elevator up to the 68th, 69th, and 70th floors of the Rockefeller Center and from here you can see the best 360 degree views of the city. On one side you will see Central Park (from the top you can really get the full picture of how crazy it is to have a park in the middle of the city). On the other side, you will get views of the Empire State Building, the Freedom Tower, and all the way out to Brooklyn. Ah-mazing. Tip: Try to go in the early morning or the evening for the best photos up here!

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Thanks for the great time NYC!


 

 

 

 

Driving Down the 101

In’N’Out Burger. Santa Monica Pier. The Grove. Disney Land.

I had been lusting over California for years. There was something about the calm of the beaches mixed with the fast paced city life that intrigued me and had me spending hours of my days planning out my trip. Last Summer I made my dreams a reality and headed to the west coast for the first time.

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I can truly say after spending only 4 full days, California has my heart. From the city views at Griffith Park to the beautiful sunsets at Point Dume State Beach in Malibu I fell more and more in love. I made the trip with my boyfriend Mike (my favourite travel partner) and we set out to see and do everything on our checklist.

Day 1: Disney Land & California Adventure Park

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Day 2: Driving the Coast (Laguna Beach to Santa Monica)

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Day 3: City Sights & Malibu (Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Sign, The Grove, Point Dume State Beach)

 

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Day 4: Shopping & Baseball  (Rodeo Drive, Third Street Promenade, Angel’s Stadium)

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 I can definitely say wholeheartedly that I will be heading back to California in my lifetime and I can’t wait to explore it even further.

Hasta Las Vegas, Baby!

As 2016 was rolling by and bringing us into March I was starting to realize that it was time for a bit of a get-a-way. Having a few trips planned this year, I didn’t want to break the bank so my boyfriend & I decided that Vegas (which neither of us had been to yet despite being well over 21) was where we wanted go. We figured we could mix in two experiences into one trip: the excitement of the Las Vegas strip & the adventure of road tripping down to the Grand Canyon.

On day 1 we got there mid-day so we decided to walk the Strip & be typical tourists. We walked down to the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ Sign, saw one of the famous Bellagio fountain shows, & gambled a bit in Caesars Palace. The second day was similar to the first. We wanted to get our bearings and check out all the hotels on the Strip. One piece of advice that I received before going, which became a complete reality, was that things are a lot further away than they seem! You may think that the Venetian is 10 min away but it will probably end up taking you 45 minutes!

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The adventurous side of me was probably the most excited for Day 3. We decided to rent a car and drive to the Grand Canyon and stop at the Hoover Dam along the way. I can’t lie the drive is long at just over 4 hours but with the right company the time passes pretty fast. The awe of the Hoover Dam and the breath taking views of the Grand Canyon are worth every scratchy country song, can’t-stretch-your-legs moment of the drive. Oh, almost forgot to mention, stopping half way to get In-N-Out Burger was also not terrible!

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On Day 4 we were back in the city for our last full day. We started the day off by going to the Wicked Spoon buffet in the Cosmopolitan for brunch. It was hands down the best buffet I’ve ever been to and I highly recommend it if you go to Vegas. There is endless amounts of gourmet food and desserts and you will 100% need to walk it off by exploring the rest of the Strip. On this day we got a bundle pack of tickets at a kiosk in Mandalay Bay for $57.00 /person which allowed you to pick 3 attractions along the Strip. We chose the Shark Reef in Mandalay Bay, the Secret Garden at the Mirage & the Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor. As night approached we ended it off by having a few drinks, walking the Linq/High Roller shop area and testing our luck at the slots in the Bellagio.

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As sad as I am to be back I have a feeling I’ll be back very soon.

Until next time, Vegas.