Travel Diary | NYC Day 1 | Flying, hotel and Times Square
14th April 2015
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.