Travel Diary | NYC 2017 | Day 3 – Central Park

31st October 2017

I really hope you’ve been enjoying this travel series so far! If you missed the previous two posts, you can catch up with day 1 here, and day 2 here.

Here is day 3. Central Park, Museum of Sex and even more walking!

Central Park

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.

Central Park, New York

Then it was time for a stroll around the park. It was incredibly hot so I had to break out the sun cream.

Central Park, New York

Central Park, New York

Central Park, New York

We spotted a few animals along the way; lots of dogs, squirrels, turtles and even a rat. But sadly no raccoons.

Central Park, New York

Central Park, New York

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.

Central Park, New York

Central Park, New York

Central Park, New York

Central Park, New York

Central Park, New York

Central Park, New York


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!

Central Park, New York

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?!).

Nintendo Store, New York

Museum of Sex

After our little shopping trip, we decided to go to the Museum of Sex.

Yes. Really!

New York

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!

The Counter

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.

The Counter, New York

(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!

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  1. It’s a shame you didn’t feel good. The pictures look great, it looks less busy than I was expecting. πŸ™‚ The Sex Museum sounds interesting, I had no idea there is such a thing in NY.

    • Holly

      Apparently New York is a lot quieter in August, but Central Park is so big that it doesn’t seem that busy at all!

  2. Amy

    I WANT TO GO TO CENTRAL PARK! Everyone’s photos look so pretty, and it just looks huge. It’s cool that you got to watch a wedding too, that must have been so sweet.

    THE NINTENDO SHOP! Why have I never been to New York?! I love the photos you took in there – that Pikachu is so cute. And I’d definitely have wanted a bag too.

    I would have been so embarrassed in The Museum of Sex. I bet it’s so awkward to look at things with so many people around.

    THE COUNTER SOUNDS AMAZING! I love places where you can pick all the bits of your meal. Those burgers look so nice too!

    We walked ten miles in London and I was almost crying when I got into bed because I was in so much pain. I cannot even imagine what sort of pain you must have been in with your hip. I’m glad you didn’t let it stop you from doing everything you wanted to do though!

    I’m sorry that lots of this comment is in CAPS. I’m getting way too excited for my own good. I WANT TO GO TO NEW YORK!

    Glad you had an amazing 3rd day!

    • Holly

      It really is pretty! Especially in the sunshine.

      The carrier bag I got has Mario on it and I’ve kept it to stick in my scrapbook haha!

      It was really awkward! But we just laughed most of the way around it. And I just kept thinking I’m never going to see those people again haha!


  3. Cat

    haha, thank you for giving the Trump Tower the middle finger πŸ˜‰ That’s nice that your hotel is a short walk to Central Park! I love walking through there; it always feels so relaxing. That looks like the perfect weather for it!

    I also love Nintendo World! They have so many things I want to buy. In the past, I’ve gotten my DS and 3DS cases there because they had designs I haven’t found elsewhere.

    I actually didn’t know about the Museum of Sex, but that’s good to know that it’s a cool visit. I’d feel awkward about taking photos too, haha.

    Yum, the Counter sounds like a good place, and that’s nice that you can build your own burger! Now I gotta catch up on your other entries πŸ˜‰

    • Holly

      Yeah, I think Central Park provides a nice break from the madness of the city. I think Bryant Park is my favourite park though, even though it’s not as peaceful.

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