I've been off air for a while, partly due to the fact we all went off to visit my second eldest daughter in the States. She's based in New Jersey, but we also spent three days and two nights in New York. I'm generally not a fan of cities, finding London almost unbearable at times, but I have to say I loved New York. We visited Times Square, the Rockefelle Centre, Central Park, the 9/11 memorial site, Soho, Greenwich Village, Manhatten, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Staten Island ferry, the Stock exchange and Wall Street, rode the wooden escalators in Macy's and took in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. We must have walked miles, but it was such a great way to drink in the various flavours of New York.
We ate some amazing vegan food too. If you are visiting New York, I can recommend Beyond Sushi between the Rockefelle Centre and Central Park; Peacefood Café on the Upper West Side; the Butchers Daughter in Greenwich Village; Candle 79 on the Upper East Side (posher, but really good food) and By Chloe on Bleecker Street. All served fantastic vegan food with excellent gluten free options too. You certainly wouldn't miss your meat if you weren't vegan!
All in all we crammed so much in that it felt as if we had been there for two weeks. Our daughter is amazingly at home there, knowing her way around both geographically and culturally. She's so confident and relaxed which is great to see. Her host family (she's an au pair) are lovely and she's made great friends too. Such an adventure! It was hard to leave her again, but I take great comfort in the fact that she is doing something she has always wanted to do. I suspect it's just the start of the travelling adventure for her.
We got back this morning and are off again on Monday to Shropshire to start some house viewings. I'll let you know if we are bowled over by any!