16.08.2013 - 22.08.2013 30 °C
This photo was taken at 6.30am on 16th August 2013; before we went to check in, and before we found out we weren't booked on a flight to New York, at all, ever. Shaky start, with a big mess up from our travel agents. Countless calls, a few tears shed, many unhelpful BA staff, some gin and tonics and two hours later than planned we set off for New York.
These happy faces awaited us, on the most amazing rooftop of their apartment in Manhattan. Beers and lots of catching up followed til sunset.
Our first night was a blur of jet lag, margaritas, amazing tacos and gin and tonics.
Day 2, saw an early rise for the 1920's Lawn Jazz Party on Governors Island, which Claire and Jeff treated us to. Our limited attire didn't quite stretch to full 1920s glamour, but we did our best, with a little help! A ferry trip over to the island, prepped with a wine and cheese picnic courtesy of Claire and our day looked like this.
The next few days featured copious cocktails and beers in Brooklyn, many city walks, exploring Central Park, Dosas, mimosas, open air cinema, New York Giants at Met Life stadium, Brooklyn bridge walk, 2 bros $1 pizza, tea at the Plaza (for Chiara and Claire), surf bars, diners, flea markets, the high line, dog surfing, East Village, and good times with good pals.
The day Claire and Jeff flew back to London was a sad one as we won't see them for ages, but it marks the beginning of our trip, and our Amtrak train journey across America. Chicago... See you soon!
Michael enjoying his last slice of 2 bros pizza a bit too much.