Our last full day in New York City began with the news that Trump had announced a partial government shutdown…All together now…🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄
A partial government shutdown occurs when the government suspends all non-essential operations. Essential operations including hospital staff, FBI agents and airport security are required to work unpaid, meaning they have missed their first pay of the year – and won’t be paid until the end of the shut down, which is now in its fourth week.
The Saturday before Christmas is known as Panic Saturday in the States as it’s the biggest shopping day of the year, meaning this news could cause mayhem throughout the City.
Our plan for the morning was to take the ferry across to Liberty Island to see Lady Liberty herself and thanks to public funding, The Statue of Liberty remained open.
We had done some research prior to our trip and found that the best time to visit The Statue of Liberty in the morning to avoid crowds and get the best out of our trip.
A gift to the United States from France, The Statue of Liberty was designated in 1886. Originally a penny-brown colour, the statue turned green by 1906 due to the patination process that occurs when copper is placed outside.
Our hotel was only a short walk to the port so there was no need to take the subway that morning.
Once we arrived, it was a short wait from getting our tickets to the airport-style security. The ferry ride was a pleasant journey, with plenty of seating, a shop serving up drinks, snacks and souvenirs and an upper deck for warmer weather.
It was so incredible to see The Statue of Liberty in real life and is one of those moments I’ll never forget. We both did say we expected the statue to be bigger though!
After a walk around the monument and a visit to the giftshop, we hopped on the ferry back to Manhattan.
Once back in Manhattan, we decided on heading to TriBeCa for a little wander around after falling in love with the area the previous day while driving through.
After a little stroll and dreaming of a cute little apartment in the area, we made our way uptown for a trip to Ulta.
I’ve been after a Kylie Cosmetics lip kit for sooooo long but can’t quite justify the shipping and customs fees, so when I heard they stocked them in Ulta, I had to go!
As soon as we arrived we headed straight for the nearly-empty Kylie Cosmetics stand (it was only 3 days until Christmas!). I managed to bag myself a couple of kits for both myself and my friends.
Then Megan spotted the new Becca BFF’s Khloe and Malika collection which had only launched that very day and wasn’t yet available in the UK, so as BFF’s ourselves, we bought matching palettes.
All shopped out, it was time for lunch. Realising we’d been in New York for four days already and not had any pizza, it was about time. $1 slices the size of your head? Sign me right up!
After lunch, we made a stop back at our hotel to drop off our new goodies before heading back out to explore more of Downtown Manhattan, including the spectacular One World Trade Centre.
Before heading back to the hotel to get ready for the evening, we popped in Target because, well, it’s a lot more exciting than Tesco. I bought some American candy for people back home and got far too excited over the many choices of Chips Ahoy! flavours. I also wanted to take home some Mountain Dew but I didn’t have enough room in my case, sad times.
Showered, changed and ready for our last night, we headed uptown for the final time.
Tonight we were going to witness the spectacular views from The Empire State Building! When we arrived, there was a really long queue but the wait was SO worth it. Once at the 82nd floor, we could head up to the outdoor observatory for an even more incredible view. The queue for the lift was really long, so we decided to take the stairs…which was a great idea until after 2 flights up I was yelling I NEED TO GET BACK TO THE GYM!!!
Little workout completed, the views from the top were out of this world and you really need to see it to believe it. No photo will ever do it justice. Miles and miles of twinkling lights and even some of the tallest buildings looked minute compared to where we were. Looking over at Times Square, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it was daytime the lights shined so brightly.
We decided on Planet Hollywood for dinner and made the ultimate rookie mistake of not booking a table. It was Saturday night in the heart of New York City, afterall!
The waitress informed us it would be a 40 minute wait for a table, which was no problem as we could chill and enjoy our surroundings, but as there were only two of us, we got a table much quicker than expected.
If you have ever been to Planet Hollywood, you’ll know just how magnificent the interior is, with larger-than-life decor and original memorabilia throughout.
The food was just as magnificent…our starter came out on a FERRIS WHEEL! The menu says it serves 4 people and let me tell you, it absolutely does not serve 4 people. We smashed it out of the park and demolished the whole thing.
We were defeated by our mains, the Five Cheese Macaroni but it was sooo worth it. I don’t even like cheese that much and I’m nearly drooling just thinking about it.
We had been saying how we had wished it had snowed during our trip and thanks to Planet Hollywod, it did! Fake snow fell in front of a backdrop of NYC itself and that little moment made our trip even extra special, rounding the last night off perfectly!