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30 Posts of Travel – What is your Favourite City?

3rd March 2017

As my first 30 Posts of Travel this must have to be the easiest one to answer.

New York.  I first visited New York on the 28th August 1997 (not that I remember this stuff) at the start of a coast to coast US trip and like everyone always seems to say it was more New York than I ever imaged.   Fire hydrants, yellow school busses, steam coming from the pavements, the Empire State in the distance.  I was ticking off every NYC cliché.

I’ve been to New York since then about 35 times since that first trip.  Sometimes I travel with friends, the other half and quite often by myself and I never get bored of the place.  In the last twenty years I think I’ve ticked off all the tourist sights I have any desire to see, although out of all these I never get bored of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, along the Highline or looking over the whole city from Top of the Rock.   That is one view that constantly amazes and humbles me.   In New York, as with most cities I’ll visit the real feel of the place is discovered just walking the avenues and streets finding that random little mom and pop restaurant the guide books never tell you about, or seeing a random bit of architecture or street art.  You miss this zooming on the Subway from one tourist tick off to another.

One aspect of the city I will never catch up with is the dining scene which is, in my mind, the best in the World.  From three Michelin star tasting menus to hole in the wall Mom and Pop joints New York has it all and with New Yorkers being an ever fickle bunch there is always somewhere new to try.   Keeping apace with all the new restaurant openings is an impossible task but I try my best aided by some great review sites The Infatuation and TimeOut New York.

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