Hi all, sorry for the unintentional blogging break!! My PC has been in to be 'fixed' but I'm still not entirely convinced it's sorted so I'll get as many posts done whilst it IS still working!!
So, it turns out that turning 40 is not so bad after all! ;) I had loads of fab presents (shoes, jewellery, personalised gifts, a clutch bag, restaurant voucher, Jo Malone perfume & enough pennies to go & treat myself to my fabulous Tissot watch that I've been lusting after for months!!) & of course, the highlight of my birthday was our trip to New York. I'm going to have to do a couple of posts as there are mannnnny photos.......!
Hubble & I flew down to Heathrow the day after my birthday as we were staying at the Ibis hotel the night before (absolutely brilliant hotel btw for anyone needing to stay at Heathrow airport!) our flight to JFK. We flew with Delta, an airline we've never used before but they were great & we wouldn't hesitate to fly long haul with them again. We landed in grey, drizzly weather but we were quickly through customs & in a cab on our way to Manhattan & our base for our holiday, the Sheraton Times Square. We were an hour early for official check-in but we asked at reception & our room was ready straight away. Unbeknownst to me, Hubble had emailed beforehand to let them know we were celebrating my birthday so they kindly had upgraded us to a larger room on a higher floor & gave us a voucher for a full breakfast the following morning! (We could just see Central Park from our room!!) We dumped the cases & then headed straight out into the now-sunshine. Times Square was only a 6 or 7 minute walk from the hotel so we headed there, where I promptly entered my first Sephora! We spent a couple of hours wandering round & then ate before walking back up to Central Park to enjoy the sunset. Jetlag was seriously setting in at this point but we forced ourselves to stay awake until 10pm (3am our time!)
Day 2, after we'd enjoyed a fabulous breakfast, we knew it was going to be a sunny, hot day so we wandered down to the Empire State Building. I was surprised that I remembered so easily where all the landmarks were & was off leading the way like it was only yesterday since I'd been there - rather than the 22 years it actually was!!
We did some more exploring - and shopping - then Hubble had to buy shorts & trainers as he was sweltering in the 28 degree heat! That evening, we headed to Top of the Rock as I really wanted to see the sun set from up there & it was absolutely stunning watching the low sun reflecting off the skyscrapers & then the sky turning dark. I didn't want to leave......