As part of the Very Merry Blog Tour to celebrate the publication of A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn, I jumped at the chance to write this post. Faye asked me to conjure up a list of things I would like to do in Manhattan at Christmas, which was easy because... I will actually be in Manhattan in December and I hope to do all the things on my list.
So here is my list of Top Ten things I plan to do in Manhattan near Christmas.
1) Iceskating in Central Park
I've wanted to do this since I was a child. I've lost count of how many times I've watched the film Serendipity, where Jon Cuzack and Kate Beckinsale finally meet up again on the ice skating rink. So this time round, I will actually be skating there myself. I really hope it snows too, as that will just make the whole experience even more magical.
2) Go to the top of The Rock.
I'm rubbish with heights, to the point where my legs literally freeze when I go up a ladder. I can't stand next to windows that are on high floors of buildings and I hate going up in lifts, so this really is an odd one for me to want to do. I'm going to go to the top of the Rock so that I can see the whole of Manhattan and Central Park. I'm hoping to conquer my fear of heights or at least make sure it doesn't beat me.
3) Visit Serendipity 3
A visit to New York would not be complete without visiting Serendipity 3. Especially as it's my favourite word ever! I visited the restaurant last year and loved it. Especially their Frozen Pineapple and Lime! It was to die for. There is definitely something magical about this place, even if it is a bit of a trek to get to.
4) Eat a hot dog from a street vendor
I've always wanted to do this. Just roll up and buy a hot dog, because I know it will taste awesome. How many times have I seen it done on TV? I've lost count.
5) Visit Highline.
This was something I missed out on last time as we ran out of time, but I desperately want to walk along the Highline. For those of you who don't know, the Highline is a public park built on a historic freight rail line above the streets of Manhattan. I love that they have recycled something that has been disused for such a long time.
6) Go inside the Chrysler Building.
When I think of New York, the first building that comes to mind is always the Chrysler Building. It's one of the most iconic buildings in New York and the one I desperately wanted to see the most when I went last time. I had tears in my eyes when I saw it. I didn't think you were allowed inside, but I've discovered you can go into the lobby. So this time round, I will definitely be going in.
7) See the Christmas windows.
I love seeing all the windows in London at Christmas time, so I honestly can't wait to see the window displays in Manhattan. I can only imagine how stunning Macy's and Bloomingdales will be.
8) The New York Public Library.
Last time, I only got to see the outside of the library. This time I'm most definitely going in. It's the second largest library in America and fourth largest one in the world. It sounds like book heaven to me.
9) Visit the Strand Book Store
Home to 18 miles of books! It basically would be rude of me not to visit such an iconic book store.
I grew up watching Breakfast At Tiffany's. And ever since I saw inside Tiffany's in the film Home Sweet Alabama, I've always wanted to go there. Just to look at all the beautiful jewellery. I can't wait.
These are just some of the places I intend to visit while in New York in December. What would you do if you were going?
Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities.
Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.
In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?
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