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New York Trip – February 2015
Friday 27 February 2015
Written by Sophie, Year 11
After a long morning of travelling, we finally arrived at the ‘Big Apple’. We checked in at our hotel and went to find some lunch at ‘Dunkin Donuts’. We then ventured forth to the jaw dropping Times Square. There were more shops than the eye could see; we were surrounded by Disney Stores, M&M Stores, Reese’s Pieces and Hershey Kisses stores. The first shop I went into was a gigantic Toys ‘R’ Us. Inside, there was a giant moving carousel filled with awestruck children, a mechanical T-Rex and a large Candy Land.
Here are some photos taken by one of our GCSE Photography students
During our stay in New York we ate at many restaurants – my favourite was ‘Planet Hollywood’ and ‘Hard Rock Cafe’. We headed back after a long day to our hotel for some rest. At around 9 am the next morning, we had breakfast and headed onto the subway to the Metropolitan Museum and the Guggenheim Museum.
In between visiting the amazing art we went to Central Park. We were welcomed by soft, white snow and many photos were taken by all. After visiting the museums, we headed by bus back to Times Square to have dinner at the ‘Bubba Gump Shrimp Co’. When we were there they held a quiz about the movie and gave out prizes that we all thoroughly enjoyed. After our interesting meal, half of us explored Central Park to find the ice skating rink which seemed invisible at the time, to realise that due to the weather conditions it was unfortunately closed but we still enjoyed the still, snowy magic of Central Park.
On Saturday morning we headed out in the freezing cold with frostbite warnings to sail on the Staten Island boat trip to see the Statue of Liberty. To warm ourselves up we visited China Town and went for dinner near the Empire State Building. After our stomachs were stuffed and plates where cleared we went to see ‘Les Miserables’ on Broadway. The people sitting behind us, before the production started, seemed highly fascinated with our British accents and asked us many questions – for example “Do you cry during every emotional scene?” Our response was “not all of us”.
After the show we re-entered the bitter cold and went back to the hotel for some well-needed sleep. Sunday morning approached and we headed, bright and early, to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and experienced the artwork of famous artists like Van Gough and Picasso.
As there was a slight problem with a room key at the hotel they treated us all to lunch at ‘Ellen’s Stardust Diner’. We all loved the live performances by the waiters on the tables and their amazingly tasty food. After many hours indulging in music and food, we went to the observatory on the Empire State Building. I cannot describe how amazing the views of New York City are when the sun is disappearing past the horizon.
On the last day we had a bit of a lie in and packed our suitcases to head back home to England. Before we went to the airport, we left our suitcases at the hotel and could choose to visit either the MOMA or the Natural History Museum where the ‘Night at the Museum’ was filmed. I chose the History Museum. We met together at the MOMA at around lunchtime and went shopping around 5th Avenue. The array of shops was astonishing to take in, however we did have to head back to the hotel at 5 pm to take the coach to JFK Airport. We were allowed to check in at the first class area, which we all were rather happy about.
Once we all were checked in, we went to find some last minute souvenirs and food before the long journey back. Overall, I can speak on behalf of everyone that participated, that this was a once in a lifetime trip with amazing highlights and I hope we can visit again in the future.