Quick video of the Saks 5th Ave Christmas lights display in NY.
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Christmas is such a special time to experience New York City.
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Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
It is rare that all 4 of us are in a photo together as one of us is usually behind the camera. Sometimes we set up our tripod and put our camera on the self-timer but again this is rare and takes time and the kids never keep still long enough. So we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Wanderloud, an Aussie company who have photographers based in many locations around the world who meet you on location and take photos of you. We had the lovely Melinda in New York City spend 90 minutes with us and one of the locations we chose was the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. I especially liked this photo as we are actually facing the camera and you can see all our faces in the moment and I like how it was framed by the cables. And Kalyra's pose of course :) One to frame on the wall.
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I'll be cozied up on my couch with my UGG boots, a glass of wine, and the wit of Harvey Specter and Mike Ross.
You can't go to NYC and not see the Manhattan skyline from above at night time. This was my view from the "Top of the Rock" which is the top of the Rockefeller building. Although next time I would like to go up here during daylight hours as you get an awesome view over Central Park which was in darkness during my night visit. If you plan to go up here for sunset, it's very popular so book your time for at least 1 hour before sundown as the lines and security take time to navigate.
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Don't do this drive in one day like the crazy tour buses. Take your time and explore everything it has to offer. This is what we did!
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Best way to explore NYC is on foot. After we walked along the High Line in Chelsea we just kept walking and exploring the nearby neighborhood.
What's great about New York is how it's laid out in a grid system of streets and avenues so you have a good idea of where you are and how many blocks to your next destination.
On this day of wandering around we stumbled upon "The Grey Dog" on west 16th street between 7th and 8th Ave which proved to be a nice place for lunch, a place we didn't know existed until we walked past.
And the best way to feel the heart beat of any city is on your feet, especially a city like NY! Ride the subway, jump in a cab or Uber when needed, but walk as much as possible.
Plus it's a good way to wear the kids out ha ha. :)
Finally got close to the Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas light show on the exterior of their store in NYC. And the famous Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza. We made the mistake of attempting to go last Saturday night and couldn't get very close at all, so avoid the weekends if you can! The light display is on every 10 minutes and runs for about 4-5 minutes. It's pretty cool, and festive, and gets you in the Christmas :)
Have you ever lost a child while travelling?
This was our experience of losing Savannah in a high rise hotel on the busiest street in Melbourne. Gulp!
I want the wine bag!!!
We had the pleasure of meeting Samantha Brown in New York. She's just as sweet and lovely in real life.
I'm loving the design and feels of her luggage line.
The wine bag is gold!! Tag a friend who wants that!
Hey everyone! Just to let you know we are home in Raleigh. We arrived home last night. Many people are asking if we are okay and safe.
Thank you so much for your concern - we appreciate it.
We're so glad that the incident in New York this morning wasn't as bad as it could have been. We were in that area for about 2 hours on Saturday night.
New York has such a powerful and resilient spirit. I think it's vital that each of us continue to practice love and peace in our lives. It's the only way we can overcome this madness.
Be Safe. Be Well. Be Happy. xx
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"Empire state of mind".
Was so cool to stand at the top of the Empire State Building, an icon of New York City and one of the most famous buildings in the world. Many movie and TV scenes have been shot from up here, and the 360 degree views over Manhattan are incredible. Have you done this?
1st snow experience for Savannah. And Kalyra was 10 months old for her 1st experience so doesn't remember anyway.
Thanks New York City for turning on the magic. 😀
Wandering the streets of Dumbo in Brooklyn and came across this view of the Manhattan Bridge. In the short time we had in DUMBO we became big fans of this neighborhood which I believe stands for "Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass". Correct me if I'm wrong?
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Roast chicken is usually a big part of an Australian Christmas and I LOVE Chardonnay so I'm going to combine these two this Christmas.
Thanks to Dish our Town for making my day easier with this recipe!
Empire State Building off in the distance. Amazing 360 degree views from top of One World Observatory (World Trade Center)
Do you love hiking with kids?
Our girls usually start with much grumbling but then end up loving it. They loved the rock scrambles and the alpine tundra scenery of this hike up to the summit of Mount Mansfield in Vermont!
Definitely worth doing when visiting Stowe.
Nice view of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Would be awesome here in the warmer months, bit cold here yesterday for us Aussies 😁
This is the sunset I saw last night from the Top of the Rock in NYC. Nice view over the Hudson River!
Always important when choosing a hotel, especially if you travel with kids like us, and especially when visiting places like NYC. We've stayed at hotels right near Times Square before and the rooms have been tiny and the area crazy busy and noisy all night long affecting our sleep, so we appreciated our recent stay at the Innside New York NoMad Hotel in lovely Chelsea and the Flower District (west 27th and 7th Ave).
The area has more of a neighborhood feel which we always love, it was quiet at night time and we could either walk to Times Square or jump on the subway at 23rd street (Yellow line) or Penn Station at 34th street (Red line).
You can also walk to landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Flatiron Building, and Madison Square Park. We love to walk as much as possible and discover a place by foot and NY is very walkable and was great to stay away from the crazy but within easy reach. #Sponsored stay. Anyone heading to New York soon?
Top of the Rock last night in NYC whilst the girls went to watch The Lion King on Broadway. Was COLD up there but cool views of Manhattan. Got some great shots on the DSLR will share soon. P.S. if you want to go up there for sunset book your ticket for at least 60 mins prior to sundown as very popular and lots of waiting in lines.
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Last night we saw The Lion King on Broadway here in NYC. What an incredible show. We have always wanted to see a show on Broadway and our kids absolutely loved it. In fact, Kalyra said she enjoyed this production more than the movie. Tickets cost us $440 for the three of us. Have you been to Broadway?
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