Happy New Year!

Since moving to Austin the girls have been missing snow and our 6 year old even claims she doesn't remember the snow we had every winter in England :( so with some other English friends we decided to head to New York for Christmas, the city which can rival England with its low temperatures and would you believe it...New York had the warmest Christmas Day since records began!

So Christmas Eve arrived and we flew to New York for four nights, we stayed in a hotel in Times Sq which was as busy in the middle of the night as it was in daytime. After finding our extremely small room we went straight out to explore before it got dark and chose to walk everywhere as this is something we all miss being in Austin.

Arriving from the airport

A unique resident or visitor of New York City!

We found our way to Bryant Park which actually had tonnes more to do and see than we realised but after browsing through the Christmas market stalls we pitched up and watched people ice skating with a drink each.

Bryant Park

Reporting on the events of Christmas Eve in New York

After taking in the sights of Times Square we found a British Pub to head to for dinner where the food actually tasted the same as home, we squeezed in a quick visit to the Rockefeller Center and afterwards we bought some wine to have a night cap in our room.

 We also bought a carrot to leave out for Rudolph ;)

We woke early on Christmas Day, Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus) did find the girls in New York and had left presents in their stockings at the end of the bed, always an excitable moment! We then headed down stairs for breakfast which was basic and self serve but who cares when you are with your own little family on Christmas Day in New York...

We had all been desperate to get to Central Park and luckily with the weather being warm and us staying in Times Square we were able to walk there easily. Family in England began to Skype whilst we walked, we are so used to talking to family and friends on Skype that it didn't feel too strange to be so far away from them all even though it was Christmas Day. We of course miss them all very much ;)

Christmas dinner was at a restaurant called The Writing Room with another English family and some of my husbands work colleagues, although the decor was not necessarily Christmas-y it was fun and exciting to get the children together and have drinks and a laugh with everyone.

Boxing Day arrived and we had booked tickets in advance for the American Museum of Natural History, we loved it here and well I think I'll just let the photos speak for themselves...

On the 27th we planned to go to the One World Observatory Building next to the 9/11 memorial but unfortunately that particular day is was too foggy to see anything. The weather had become pretty cold that day but as we were already there we spent some time walking through the 9/11 memorials, even though it was busy including young families it was eerily quiet and peaceful.

That afternoon was spent doing some shopping and sightseeing down Fifth Avenue...

On the early morning of 28th it was time to fly back to Austin however rather annoyingly our flight was cancelled, by lunchtime we finally had a flight to Atlanta booked and we had to stay in a hotel in Atlanta.

The following morning we caught a flight to Dallas THEN we had to hire a car in Dallas and drive three hours back to Austin. As you can imagine after such an amazing time in New York I was not happy, after receiving my strongly worded complaint letter United Airlines gave us an apology and a voucher for $400.

Leaving this post on a happy note, even though I still suffer from sporadic homesickness I came across a UKTV box which streams all UK channels onto your TV wherever you are in the world, its costing me $30 a month and its worth every penny so far! UKTV Everywhere


  1. I'm moving to Dallas next month and I was feeling so sad about having to say goodbye to UK tv! So glad I saw this post!!!

    Tanya xoxo


    1. Thank you Tanya! All the best with move to Dallas, I've heard great things about Dallas, enjoy! Caroline xo