Travel Diary | NYC 2017 | Day 3 – Central Park
31st October 2017
Here is day 3. Central Park, Museum of Sex and even more walking!
After the rain we had the day before, we were pleasantly surprised to wake up to sunshine. Perfect weather for exploring Central Park.
Central Park was about a 15 minute walk from our hotel. We picked up a Starbucks for breakfast (because we’re basic) on the way and ate it in the park. It’s lovely to just sit and watch the world go by.
Then it was time for a stroll around the park. It was incredibly hot so I had to break out the sun cream.
We spotted a few animals along the way; lots of dogs, squirrels, turtles and even a rat. But sadly no raccoons.
We stopped on a bridge to take some photos when we realised that two people were getting married on the other side of the lake in a secluded area. I’m sure they wanted a private ceremony as it was just the two of them but it was lovely to be a part of their day, even if they weren’t aware we were there! Everyone on the bridge clapped when they finished the ceremony.
After a lovely walk in the park, we headed back to the hotel so I could swap my Converse for my sandals, and ditch my coat because it was so warm!
Along the way we called in a few more shops such as the Ferarri shop and the Microsoft shop. I wanted to see a Surface Studio in person after drooling over pictures of them online! But now I’ve seen one I want one more than ever before.
We also went past Trump Tower and obviously raised our middle fingers to it.
There are loads of incredible shops at the bottom of the Rockefeller centre, including the Nintendo Shop. I saw people leaving with awesome carrier bags so I was determined to buy something, just to get a bag! I ended up buying an Animal Crossing t-shirt because Animal Crossing is one of my favorite games of all time (have you seen the 3DS Tyrone bought me?!).
Museum of Sex
After our little shopping trip, we decided to go to the Museum of Sex.
And you know what? It was fascinating!
Personally, I think it’s a bit expensive for what it is (I’m convinced we missed some of it), but interesting none the less. You can see it all in a couple of hours.
Remember the Explorer passes I mentioned in the post about day 2? You can use it at the Museum of Sex is you wish, but we didn’t because we wanted to save our pass for some of the more expensive attractions.
Sorry there’s no pictures (apart from of my wristband). It felt a bit…awkward!
After the museum, we took a very, very slow stroll back to Times Square in hunt of some food. Our feet and legs were in absolute agony and we needed to rest and refuel.
We had dinner at a place called The Counter in Times Square. It’s basically a build your own burger place, where you can choose the protein (vegetarian option available), the bun, the cheese, the sauce and the topping. We also got free fries because a guy was handing out vouchers for them outside. Considering the location, and the size of the portions, The Counter is relatively inexpensive. We loved it so much we went again on our final night.
(I’m obviously no food photographer because I’ve managed to make this massive burger look tiny!).
By the time we got back to the hotel I was dying for painkillers because my hip was in agony. I think in total we had walked 11 miles that day, which is basically unheard of for me with my hip dysplasia.
I just wanted to point out that this wouldn’t have been possible without committing to intensive muscle building workouts everyday for a month before our trip to New York, extra strong painkillers that made me drowsy, and lots of sit down break throughout the day. It wasn’t easy for me, but travelling is my greatest passion in life, and I’m not going to let anything stop me!
Make sure you check back for day 4 where we go up the Empire State Building!