New York, New York!

On July 29th, I had my bags ready, passport in hand and was off to the airport to spend three wonderful weeks in beautiful NYC.

My airline of choice...Emirates Airlines :) The best airline in the world for 2016. 

I boarded the luxurious A380 straight from the Business Class lounge at Dubai International Airport, and was led to my seat by a friendly flight attendant. I was ready to begin the most relaxing 14 hour flight to New York. My seat reclined to a full bed (with a seat mattress, comfy pillow and thick blanket/quilt, of course), Mimosa in hand and Arrow on TV...what more could a girl ask for? 

    

I arrived to JFK airport fourteen hours later, relaxed and refreshed. My driver was waiting for me at the arrivals hall, ready to take me to my destination.

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On Saturday July 30th, I was invited to a bachelorette party. A black stretch limo picked us up from the house,  champagne chilling inside the car and we were on our way to dinner. Our first stop was Tao in uptown Manhattan for dinner, the followed by bar-hopping to three different bars, one of which was a rooftop bar "Upstairs" at the Kimberly Hotel between 3rd and 4th avenue, with a gorgeous view of the city.


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My first dream-come-true moment took place on August 3rd. I was going to watch Real Madrid (my favorite soccer team) play Bayern Munich (a team I do not like at all) live at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

I have always wanted to watch a soccer match live in a stadium....and to actually watch a game where my favorite team was playing was something I never thought was possible. Let me just say that after watching a match in a stadium, I can never go back to watching matches on TV...it's just not the same....

I got to see my favorite players, cheer loudly for my favorite team and of course, Real Madrid won the game 1-0 which made the experience even better.

During half time, Red One performed their song "Don't You Need Somebody", alongside Shaggy, R.City and Serayah McNeill...unfortunately, Enrique Iglesias wasn't there to perform with them.

Nonetheless, it was an exciting evening.

  

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My other dream-come-true moment took place on August 11th, when I went to see Cats, the musical, on Broadway.

When I was in 9th grade back in 2001, I was studying music as one of my classes. Our music teacher introduced us to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's music through one of his musicals, Cats. We listened to the music, read the sheet notes, learned how to play Memory on my piano by myself and on the violin. I was obsessed with the musical and even bought the DVD to watch it. 
I've always dreamed about watching it live, but sadly, it was no longer running on Broadway...last show was in 2000.

A couple of months before traveling to NYC, my cousin and I were planning all the places to visit in NYC and thought about checking what shows were currently on Broadway. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that Cats was returning in July to Neil Simon's Theatre, and it was also starring Leona Lewis as Grizabella!

On August 11th, I had my ticket in hand was standing under the pouring rain waiting for the theatre doors to open...
The show was amazing! It was a dream come true because I have waited 16 years to see it live on Broadway. I was singing the songs in my head along with the cast, and I just never wanted the show to end...

I even managed to get the cast to autograph my ticket :)

   

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I love NYC so much, that I can never be bored of visiting the same sights over and over again. And it's always more fun when you are showing them to someone who has never been to NYC before.
It was my cousin's first time visiting NYC, so our agenda was full. We purchased our New York Pass cards online and picked them up from Madame Tussauds. We can visit over 80 attractions in NYC, get discounts in NYC and sometimes, skip long lines for attractions that are marked 'Fast Track'.

Over 3 days, we visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, Museum of Modern Art, Circle Line Cruise (sunset cruise around Manhattan) and Madame Tussauds.

We also spent hours in Central Park, visited John Lennon's memorial, took a boat trip on The Lake inside the park, and just walked around the park.

We visited the financial district, 9/11 Memorial, spent a day in downtown Manhattan walking through TriBeCa, Soho, Little Italy, China Town and Greenwich Village before going up to have lunch at Bill's Bar and Burger in Meatpacking District.

We walked the from 1st avenue to 12th avenue, saw the United Nations building, visited Grand Central station, walked through the Upper East side of Manhattan before crossing through the park and waking around Upper West side.

We travelled like the locals by taking the subway everywhere :)
And we ate a lot during the trip...especially at burger places...Shake Shack, Five Guys and Bill's Bar and Burger to name a few.

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We spent a lovely day in upstate New York, where we visited Bear Mountain and Stony Point Battlefield and Lighthouse.

The drive was amazing, the weather was perfect and the views were unbelievable! We had a picnic in the park at Stony Point, then walked up towards the battlefield grounds and lighthouse.


         


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Sadly, every amazing trip has to end...but I will always have the memories and new friendships I made during this trip.


For more photos of my amazing journey, follow me on Instagram: @nadz207

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