I arrived home this afternoon and am trying to stay awake to ward off any jet lag despite being exhausted, yawn!
I had intended to write my trip report as I went along while it was fresh in my mind, but short of writing a few scribbled notes at the end of the day before I flaked out, I didn't get anywhere near writing the report.
So first of all, I'd like to really thank everyone on here who has offered me help and advice over the course of planning this trip (which I started booking nearly a year before we went!). Your help and the forum in general was invaluable for everything. I'm hoping that this trip report will be me paying a bit back into the forum info bank, although I have a sneaking suspicion that I won't be going cold turkey on my TA addiction, so I'll probably still be about on the boards.
I'll give you a bit of background about who we are etc and then post the days as separate posts below as I don't think I'll get the whole thing done tonight somehow!
Who we are:
I'm 26 and have been to New York once before with a friend. A bit of honesty here, but I really didn't like NYC the first time around. I thought it was boring and ugly (I know, right?!?!?! What was I thinking?) The first time round, I stayed in a hotel in midtown and didn't venture out of midtown except to go to the Statue of Liberty/Central Park. We also got the City Pass so ended up doing things that we might not necessarily have bothered with (Madame Tussaud's anyone? Awful!).
This time I went with my boyfriend (for the purpose of the report, I'll be super inventive and call him D on account of his name being Dave, who is 31). He hasn't ever been to New York, or America, and stayed quite hands off with planning, except for telling me a list of things he was interested in doing and watching Crocodile Dundee God knows how many times.
We've never been away for more than 4 days together on our own, so this could have gone either way. I was at least slightly (read very) concerned that he would find me and my travel OCD unbearable.
We travelled out to NYC on the 30th of Dec for a week and then flew out to the Dominican Republic for a well earned rest, we then headed back for a day before flying home.
We stayed at the Wall Street Inn, which we couldn't fault at all. It was quite a perfect location for us really. We were due to spend the night of the 13th at the Hotel 91, but changed last minute to the Hotel Pennsylvania to save a couple of extra £'s as we'd only be there a few hours. It was alright. I wouldn't have liked to stay there the whole week and am pretty sure that the bed had been slept in as it wasn't made when we arrived, but it was 2.30am and to be honest we would have slept anywhere. I'll get round to doing reviews for both at some point.
Think that'll do for background....as you can probably tell I'm quite liable to rambling on, but if there's anything you want to know, just ask :D
Thanks again everyone!