Thursday, January 4, 2018

Christmas In New York City

Good morning my dears,

We had a rather delightful Christmas in New York City. 

Christmas Eve Eve

Charlotte  ⟹ LaGuardia 

All aboard, as we're flying amongst the cotton-candy clouds to New York City. 

Fortunately, for us the flight was a mere hour-and-a-half, so enough time to snack on biscotti and sip on a cup of tea. Which makes me wonder, what drink of choice do you order when flying? 

After our arrival, we collected our luggage and proceeded to our reserved limousine which drove us to the front door of our hotel, in style. It isn't as pricey as you'd assume - a mere $34 and a handsome tip. For us it was worth every penny.

We checked into our hotel, The Inter Continental Barclay, and our room was on the 15th (top) floor overlooking one of New York's finest, the Chrysler building.

The location was conveniently next to Duane Reade (Walgreens) and a small market with fresh fruit and bottled water, which we purchased so we could have breakfast for the next few days in our room. 

Christmas Eve

After getting dressed we noticed that my outfit unintentionally matched our hotel room floor. I decided to wear black trousers underneath my dress, instead of nylons or leggings, in the hopes I still looked dressed up enough for the ritzy hotels, but could remain warm at the same time. Ha ha!

We took a yellow cab to The Plaza. And my dears, because its a tourist attraction, you have to have your name on the list to be able to enter the lobby. Thankfully, we made our reservation months ago, so we were allowed indoors. 

We had a champagne high tea at The Palm Court. I had a sample of rose champagne and a pot of lavender tea. Whilst taking our tea we overheard the gentleman (on the left on this picture) saying;

"she eats so daintily, she even uses her knife and fork to eat a sandwich."

We had a wonderful experience. I'd definitely recommend trying high tea wherever you go, because life's to short not to - right?

Afterwards, we went on a romantic and cozy carriage ride through Central Park. 💕

We walked through Bergdorf Goodman's, past the LOVE statue, to Radio City Music Hall, because we had tickets to go see The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. We arrived early and got to wait under heat lamps and be one of the first few through the doors. 

We also got our picture taken with Rockette Danielle, who was very gracious.

Rockefeller Plaza. I'm sure any 90's kid who watched Home Alone II knows the significance of seeing this tree. 

Times Square, exactly one week before New Years Eve.

Christmas Day 

On Christmas morning we got a yellow cab to the Downton Abbey Exhibition. We were early, so we stopped by a local coffee shop and had lattes beforehand. The exhibition also had a coat check, which was nice, and an opportunity to get a photo taken as the Lord and Lady of Downton Abbey.

Afterwards, we went for a walk through Central Park, before having a Christmas Day luncheon at The Russian Tea Room. Behind us, is the ice skating rink filled with eager participants, me? Not so much. I spent the first eight years of my childhood in South Africa, where it was summer on Christmas Day. I didn't even see snow until I was nine or ten, and even though I learned to ski - somewhat, I've never learned to skate. I'm sure you're all pros though, right?

That evening, we went to the Broadway production of the School of Rock. Again, we arrived early and got to wait in the theatre lobby, instead of outside in the cold. HIGHLY recommend doing so, especially in the winter months. The play was fabulous. All the singing and musical instruments were sung and played by the cast, the majority of which were elementary school and middle school ages. They received a standing ovation and got everyone into the spirit. 

Boxing Day 

As our final day descended, we got a yellow cab to the Natural History Museum. There's so much to take in, that it can't all be done in a day. My hubby said it wasn't what he'd expected and that he preferred the Natural History Museum in Washington DC. 

Then we headed home sweet home for New Years. 

Our Holiday Card Picture

Thank you. To any of you who take the time to read my blog, or watch my vlogs. I enjoy seeing how other people live - and we all have one thing in common, we like to remember these little moments, because maybe, just maybe the little moments are what matter the most. 

Kiki Nakita

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Nadia Marie said...

I am so glad you got to do all the things you wanted to and had such a fun experience of New York City! It is my favourite city in all the world, I grew up going there and lived close by for a long time so seeing your photos and reading about places I have been to brought back many fond memories! Thanks for sharing your experience with us all! Lovely photos and that tea looked scrumptious!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Sounds like a wonderful visit. Lovely photos too.

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