Travel Diary | NYC Day 1 | Flying, hotel and Times Square

14th April 2015

Times Square New York

This is the first of my 4 Travel Diary posts on my trip to New York. The plan is to post one a week, every Tuesday, for the next four weeks. I hope you enjoy them!

I had an early start the day we flew out to America. First of all we had an internal flight from Manchester to London Heathrow; a whole new experience for me.

We had issues getting through Manchester because there was not enough staff with it being Easter Sunday and so we spent half the time in security queuing and waiting. Not fun.

The internal flight was with British Airways and was really short (less than a hour), however, they still gave us a complimentary breakfast sandwich and drinks.

We were rushed through Heathrow when we landed because our first flight was delayed. It was a little bit crazy, but we made it with plenty of time. The American Airlines staff there were fantastic.

The flight was just over 7 hours and was with American Airlines. I was really impressed with the service we received and the complimentary meals and drinks. We even got ice-cream about half way through the flight and this went down well with the on-board entertainment. As I’ve never flown long-haul before I was a bit overexcited by the individual screens. I watched a couple of films and tried to sleep for a bit, but failed miserably.

View from Element hotel New York

By the time I’d got to New York it was about 2pm local time, and I had got up at 3am UK time, so I was exhausted. However, as soon as we got to the hotel we went straight out in an attempt to fight the jet lag. We stayed at the Element Hotel in Times Square which was in a great location and I highly recommend it for the complimentary breakfasts and drinks in the evening. Above is the view from our room on the 16th floor. There was also a roof terrace on the 41st floor.

Midtown Comics Times Square New York

Midtown Comics Times Square New York

The first thing we did was head to Times Square. On the way I found Midtown Comics, one of the places on my bucket list. They had so much great stuff – so much better stocked than my local comic store. I bought Tyrone a tshirt with the Midtown Comics logo on it as he was the one who told me about the store.

Times Square New York

Hersey's World Times Square New York

Times Square New York

Yellow cab and USA flag Times Square New York

Hard Rock Cafe Times Square New York

I went in most of the shops in Times Square including Toys R Us, Hersey’s World and the Hard Rock Cafe. As we’d eaten well on the flight we decided to just pick up a McDonalds for dinner.

American McDonalds is a lot better than the UK McDonalds. Just saying!

Empire State Building New York

We then headed back to the hotel and to bed, because we simply couldn’t go on for any longer having been up almost 24 hours. Along the way we found the Empire State Building. I don’t know about you but to me it didn’t look as fancy as I thought it would up close. However, the inside was incredible and the view from the top was just as stunning as you expect it to be, but that’s for another day and another post.

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  1. Jamie

    Looks like you guys are having a blast in New York! I wish there was enough time for us to meet. But, I understand. I’ve always wanted to travel (outside of California and Nevada). I hope you guys have fun here in the states.

  2. Kya

    It will be very interesting to read more about your adventures. It would have been so tiring after the flight and trying to fight the jet lag, but it’s so great that you got to see many great sights! πŸ˜€

  3. I can’t wait to read all the posts. NY looks so colourful and busy πŸ™‚

  4. Cat

    I really like the individual screens and on-demand entertainment on those long flights πŸ˜€ I had them on my flight to London last year and also on my flight to Japan. Definitely was glad to have it on my 12 hour flight to Japan!

    Looks like you got a great view from your hotel! I’ve been to Manhattan many times, but I’ve never been to Midtown Comics. That looks awesome though. I’ll have to look it up the next time I’m in NYC. I rarely go to Times Square when I’m in NY, but I always like how bright and colorful it is!

    • Holly

      American Airlines had such a good choice for films and Tv shows. British Airways on the other hand (who I flew back with) was not so great.

      Midtown comics is definitely worth a visit. I think you’d like it.

  5. Elena

    I really like your pictures. I want to go to New York so badly, so it is really fun to read your posts. It is great that the long-haul flight went well, and that you got to see things even though you probably were exhausted.
    Can’t wait for more of these posts!

    • Holly

      Thanks! Hopefully I will be able to share some tips in the next few posts so you are prepared when you go someday. πŸ™‚

  6. Connie

    Oh how exciting! I’ve never been to NY but it’s on my list of places to go. Your pictures are great!! It’s definitely not an overstatement when people say that NYC is very lively. I’m happy your flights were well! If I had eaten ice cream on a plane, I would’ve died LOL I’m lactose intolerant. I hope you have fun on the rest of the trip!! πŸ™‚

    • Holly

      Honestly, NYC doesn’t sleep. I was in a taxi about 2am heading back to the airport and it there were still loads of people walking around.

      Oh no! Maybe they would have had dairy free ice cream? American Airlines seemed like the type of company who would. πŸ˜‰

  7. Oh, wow! Your photos are amazing, and they’re making me want to visit NYC even more! NYC is on my list of places to visit, and if I ever make it to the states, I’ll be going there! πŸ˜€

    • Holly

      Thanks you! I think it’s just one of those places you have to go and do all the touristy things. I loved it.

  8. Aw it looks so good! I’d love to go back! American McDonalds is amazing. I couldn’t get over the fact they had different sizes of McFlurry! Is the T Rex still in Toys R Us?

    I agree with you about The Empire State building. in natural light, from outside, it just looks like a tall office block! I can’t to read your next few New York posts =]

    • Holly

      I wish I’d had a McFlurry now. They had Oreo ones!

      Yep, the T-Rex is still there, with lots of cool Lego stuff too. Oh and the Ferris wheel was just amazing

      I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t even realise it was the Empire State Building at first when I was up close. I mean, I recognised it from the place when we were coming into land, but up close – nope!

  9. New York looks so awesome…
    As a blogger who is interested in travel blogging, Holly, I must say you have found a perfect topic right now!
    All the pictures are so beautiful!

    New York and Mumbai are often compared and New York is always said to be better (dirtiness is the prime reason that pulls Mumbai back πŸ™ ) and that the main reason I am looking forward to more posts from you on this city! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    BTW, how different is McD US as compared to McD UK? The Indian version version of McD is very spicy as we cannot handle bland food πŸ˜›

    • Holly

      Travel blogging is my favourite type of blogging. I hope I get more opportunities to talk about travel in the future.

      Spicy McDonalds sounds amazing! In America the portion sizes are bigger and there’s a bigger choice of meals. Oh and burger bread is sweet!

  10. HOLY SH*T! I need to visit Midtown Comics – it looks amazing πŸ˜€

    Times Square looks amazing and I definitely need to go to Hard Rock Cade, as well. I’m really excited about McDonalds, haha.

    *breathes heavily* I’m so excited to go

    • Holly

      It is AMAZING! I wish I hadn’t gone the day we flew out to New York because I was so tired and couldn’t appreciate it as much. If I’d been a little more alert I probably would have spent a lot of money!

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