A trip to New York isn’t complete without a walk along the High Line. It’s a disused rail line which used to transport goods from 34th street down to the meatpacking district in the 1930s. The last train rain along the line in 1980 and it wasn’t until 1999 when planning began to turn it into a public space.

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Since 2009 various sections have been opened up to the public and it’s a really special attraction that is also free to use! I’d been with parents a few years ago and had a tour guide take us along but this is the first time we’d been back and can see the change they’ve made. We started at the top and walked our way down, it’s a great way to see the city from high up and perfect when the flowers are in full bloom. We were so lucky with the weather but definitely worth a visit for anyone who hasn’t done it yet.

If you start North then you can end up at the Meatpacking district under the Standard hotel, which the top bar is well worth a visit in the evenings, watch out for the clear toilets where you sit and look down to the city, not for anyone afraid of heights.

We stopped for a spot of coffee at Santina which also gets great reviews for food and is known to be a celebrity hotspot. Instead we waited until later to eat and then we split off to continue exploring the city.

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Lawrence and I went on a long old marathon basking in the sunshine and stopped for lunch at a place we stumbled upon called Quality Eats, with the ‘M’ cleverly crossed out. Was a great brunch place with a substantial kick to the mixed veg, felt like a proper neighbourhood joint.

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We continued on our way further up North to meet parents at Michael Jordon’s Steak House in Grand Central. It’s one that probably wouldn’t write home about, very convenient being in the station and great people watching but is another steak house. Although I did go off piste and had a very nice tuna steak salad!

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Our next day we were proper locals and visted a friend over in Williamsburg, which involved walking across Williamsburg bridge – the not so pretty one but still a good view all the same. Bit more hardened and ‘local’, with graffiti covering. We were there to watch Chelsea lose (much to Lawrence’s joy) in a great named bar, the Banter pub.

We made our way back to Manhattan for our evening meal which was at Keens Steakhouse, a very old establishment which started in 1885. It’s bizarre claim to fame is having the largest collection of clay pipes, including ones previously held by Albert Einstein and Roosevelt. It’s quite a traditional American steakhouse and my god the meat is huge. We shared a Prime Porterhouse for three which was so very filling, could barely walk afterwards.

Although we did manage a walk via the Christmas lights back to our hotel including the spectacular Rockefeller Christmas tree and cherubs.

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What was pretty impressive was the Saks Christmas lights display complete with music. As you can tell this is pretty delayed, talking about Christmas when we’re already halfway through the year almost, scary how time flies.

It was yet another fun filled day and the steps on the FitBit proving just how much walking was done. Just one more post to go!

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