New York City

New York City – Things to Do

New York City

New York City, big apple, the city that never sleeps. According to Wikipedia NYC is the most densely populated city in United States. Home to the United Nations, center for international diplomacy and where Statue of Liberty is. It is also the home to 2 of the world largest stock exchange. A very diverse and vibrant metropolitan city.

Below are a couple of activities I did while I was in the city.

1. M&M’s World

M&M’s World is located in Times Square. The store front is decorated with huge billboard and brightly coloured “chocolates”. A all-time favourite candy store to all children and children-alike. A must go-to place when visiting Times Square.

You will be greeted with a gigantic M&M character once you stepped in. Consistent with its chocolate colour theme the store was decorated in rainbow colours. A feel good, happy place. Mural on the wall depicts the humble beginning of the cartoon characters and how the characters evolved.

If you looking for souvenirs you will not be disappointed in M&M’s World. The store is packed with merchandise and memorabilia like magnets, keychains, t-shirts and plushies.

Here’s a quick tour of the store.

The coolest thing and the best souvenir in my opinion is to personalise your M&M’s chocolates.

The final product, a bag of  M&M’s chocolates with customised text and designs printed on it.

2. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

Treasure hunting when i’m in overseas is always fun. I enjoy browsing and going through items from the by-gone era, clothes worn by the military personnel, 70s and 80s shoes and bags which make a come back.

3. High Line

An former railway track which has been given a new lease of life – greenway which cuts through the downtown district spanning some 2.33 kilometers in the city center. A innovative way to bring greenery and parks in an urban city.

4. Chelsea Market

And you can pop-by the Chelsea Market to check out the fresh produce as you walk along the High Line.

5. Top of the Rock 

A place you must go! The view is spectacular. Day view of the city is very different from the nights. As you can see buildings are brightly lighted with neocolours and from the digital screens in Times Square.

Do note, you have to book a time slot after buying the tickets. Don’t expect to see sunset when you buy your tickets at 5pm, the earliest time for you to get up might be 10pm.

It has been a fun 2 days exploring NYC and to do some shoppings. I would have to say the weather in the city is crazy! It was clear night sky when i went up to the Rockefeller Center and snowing the next morning.

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Paris Paris Paris!!! Day 3

Montmartre

Sacre-Coeur Basilica

Sitting at the top of the hill is Sacre-Coeur Basilica, or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. The highest point in the city where you can get a panoramic view of Paris.

I started my day early. Set off from my hotel at 8am, grab a muesli bar and coffee from a nearby Starbucks and off i go… Montmartre.

Entrance to the Basilica is free. However, if you want to go up to the dome or the crypt you’ll have pay.

Getting to Sacre-Coeur is relatively easy. You can get there by metro. Just alight at Anvers station.

While you’re at the Basilica do explore the neighbourhood. Montmartre is known to be the gathering for the artists, and many drew their inspirations from the area.

 

Flea Market

In the same area you can find a Sunday flea market (Rue des Martyrs).

I would definitely recommend exploring this flea market. It has many interesting findings like, vintage Chanel brooches and trinkets, refurbished retro furniture, old coins, books, toys, porcelains, etc. If you like treasure hunting, this would be the place.

Canal Saint Martin

A young trendy neighbourhood with cool cafes and hipster shops.

A pleasant surprise during my trip, a popup flea market in an existing premises. They even had crepes at entrance! How interesting.

There were a few cafes that were packed when i was there. Hence, i didn’t get the chance to try out the food. However, i did enjoy my time having my sandwich and juice by the canal. It’s not hard to find a supermarket and get sandwiches in Paris. Plus, there are many parks and spots in the city to sit down and have your take-outs.