Day 20: Shoes and Pizza and Snow, Oh My

If you could go on only one more vacation in your lifetime, where would you go and why?

Well, like I said in yesterday’s post, I’d love to visit New York City. I’m not really a big fan of sun-type holidays. Sitting on a beach or around a pool for hours on end just gets tedious after a while, plus my pasty Irish skin burns to a crisp pretty quickly. New York City (probably in Winter) seems like the perfect holiday destination to me.

First of all you’ve got the shopping. Now I know it’ll be a long time before I can afford to buy anything from any of the shops along Fifth Avenue (although these shoes might be worth skipping a couple of months rent), but I’d love to even just browse the iconic shops of New York City. As much as Brown Thomas in Dublin tries, I doubt it’s Manolo Blahnik corner can compete with what Saks can offer me. Plus I really want one of those Bloomingdales Little Brown Bags.

I also really want to try proper New York style pizza. I mean, most pizza is amazing, but New York style just seems like the best kind of pizza. The size of the slices alone is enough to make my mouth water. There’s a pizza place in Dublin called DiFontaine’s and they do New York Style Pizza. It’s possibly the greatest pizza I’ve ever had and I’ve been told by a genuine New Yorker that it’s the closest to real New York style pizza that she’s had outside of New York itself. So I feel like the real deal would be worth the travel time.

I feel like going to New York in the winter, around Christmas time would be fun. It’s probably a bit romanticised in my head but it seems like it’d be cosier. In Dublin, and Wales for the few years that I’ve been here, winter is rainy and windy and miserable. It’s not pleasant in any way. I feel like winter in New York would be nicer because it doesn’t rain as much (or so I’ve been told) and it snows. It seems like it’s how winter should be, cold and snowy. It’s easier to be cosy in winter like that where you can wrap up warm and enjoy looking at the snow, rather than here where you’re just constantly wet because no amount of layers can keep the rain out.

New York around Christmas time would also have a lot going on. I’d love to see the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre (Home Alone 2 is one of the best Christmas films ever) and, after celebrating Thanksgiving with my American friends for the last few years, I’d quite like to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and see what all the fuss is about.

Obviously during this trip I’d like to see all the iconic landmarks, Central Park, Times Square, things like that. And I’d love to go and see a show on Broadway. The Book of Mormon is on my list.

So yeah, that would be my ideal holiday. I just have to find a way to not be terrified of the eight hour plane journey.

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