I love cities. Can’t help it. The vibe, the people, the restaurants, the shops and then especially how totally different all of these things feel in every single one of them. I know that my number 1 favorite is not very original, but that doesn’t make a difference to how much I love it. Let me tell you, it doesn’t make a difference at all.
The city that never sleeps, the big apple, the city where almost everybody gets in an empire state of mind (God, I love that song). Probably by now it’s very obvious which city I am talking about. That’s right! It’s up to you, New York. New York.
The home of Sex and the City, Gossip Girl and Suits (just to name a few) has some kind of magic all over it. And every time I get there, I discover the most awesome, fabulous or cute new venues. But what I love most about the city is the atmosphere. The ultimate feeling of the American Dream. The feeling that anything can happen…
The first time I arrived in this city, must be like 7 to 8 years ago. My dad went to New York to run the marathon, my parents had just split up, which was in only one way convenient for me; I got to accompany my dad to New York!
The moment we landed I immediately felt a little at home. We first got through security (man, what a hassle that is) and after that we got into a yellow cab as soon as possible and I’ll never forget that feeling that goes through your whole body once you see the skyline. Wow, just wow!
The hotel that we stayed in was almost as good as that view. It’s called the Hudson Hotel. It’s very, very close to Central Park and scenes from Sex and the City and Gossip Girl are recorded over there! It’s such a fashionable venue that when I got there at first, I felt a little bit overwhelmed. But it didn’t take me too long to get used to this fabulous place.
And what a week we had! We had breakfast at Wholefoods, which has such delicious, green, organic products. We strolled through Central Park; my favorite park in the whole wide world. Off course we also went to Times Square and Lady Liberty. (When you go to NYC for the first time you just have to do things like that!) We watched the Halloween Parade, met lots of fun people, ate at brilliant restaurants, had some delicious sushi and a dozen cups of Starbucks coffee (which by then hadn’t moved oversees to Holland yet) and I shopped. A lot. While my dad was running, I had time to discover stores like Tiffany’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, J Crew, Henri Bendel and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Just to name a few.
It was a beyond wonderful week. I remember strolling through the streets on the Upper West Side and sending my best friend a text message (no whatsapp yet): ‘I feel sooooo Carry Bradshaw right now!’ And that’s the thing about New York. You feel like the city is your tv-serie, and you are the star. Although I hadn’t my Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte with me, I felt amazing.
‘Stay tuned for our next episode’, because next week I’m going to share some of my favorite NYC hangouts with you! Xoxo…