New York – What Really Happened – Day 2

New York City woke us bright and early on Day two.  Even though our hotel room was on the twenty-fifth floor, I could hear the car and taxi horns outside.  Day one had been very eventful and I wondered what Day two had in store for us.

New York BloomingdalesLooking at the clock, it was five forty-five in the morning, which was not too bad considering in the UK it was coming up to Eleven in the morning.  While John had a battle with the coffee-making machine in our room, I munched my way through some of the Shortcake biscuits Anna had purchased at Heathrow airport.  Wherever we are, we always start our morning with a cup of tea and shortcake.  Battle finally won, I drunk my tea while we discussed plans for the day.

A quick phone call to the UK to check Toby was behaving, and we met Anna for breakfast.  Wow, I’d forgotten just how big a breakfast in America could be, but that did not stop me eating my corn beef and potatoes, followed by some peanut butter on toast.  Asking for ketchup was a little daunting and seemed to be a challenge for our waiter.  When he finally arrived back with three small bottles of ketchup, it became a competition to find out who could get the seal and cap off their ketchup bottle first.  My goodness, I think breaking into Fort Knox would have been much easier, but at least our waiter provided us with some small knives so we could scoop the ketchup out.  Nice touch, I thought.

Breakfast done, we headed off to Bloomingdale’s in one of the yellow taxis as it was raining and very cold.  We must have been one of the first through the doors as it was quiet inside the store which I was very glad about considering I was on a mission.  Both John and Anna were in a shopping mood because clothes are generally much less expensive in the USA compared to the UK, and the currency rate was in our favour.  It wasn’t long before both made their first purchases and before long we all wanted to sit down and have a coffee. My mission would have to wait.New York Bloomingdales

Finding somewhere to have a coffee in Bloomingdale’s was quite a challenge and a rather rude assistant pointed us in the direction of a very small area on the first floor.  “Do you mean the ground floor?” I asked.

“No, I mean the first floor,” said the sales assistant while sticking his nose in the air making me think somebody nearby had done a bottom burp.  I looked around at John and Anna, before lifting my arms and taking a sniff under each pit to make sure I had applied deodorant.

“So what floor are we on now?” I asked.  He looked at me as if I was asking if the clothes he wore were purchased second-hand from eBay, and pointed to a large number one on a nearby column.  “But I thought this was the ground floor,” I said, convinced we had not gone up any escalators and forgetting that Ronovan had told me that in the States there was no ground floor in stores.  I got a very long hard stare which can only be described as the stare of death from the Sales Assistant before he turned around muttering something about how rude British people were.

I’ve no idea why, but we ended up on the fifth floor and each enjoyed coffee and a cranberry muffin.  I got talking to a rather nice man sitting with us at our table.  He was from Chicago and told me he had left his wife at the hotel so he could get some peace and quiet.  He was here for Thanksgiving which he was dreading as they were spending it with his wife’s family.  Then a rather attractive lady arrived, kissed him on the cheek, and off they went.

New York Bloomingdales CandyOutside the rain had turned to snow and we made our way to Bloomingdale’s Christmas department which was full of twinkle, colours, sweets and candy.  It was as if we had been transported to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory.  Anna could not resist and made a few more purchases while I looked at my watch wondering when I was going to complete my mission.

When we left the store it was snowing heavily, so we jumped into a taxi and made our way to the shopping mall in Columbus Circus.  First stop there was Hugo Boss and while John and Anna made more purchases and tried on various clothes, I sat on a lovely comfy sofa and was offered a bottle of water by one of the assistants who must have felt very sorry for me.New York

“Where are you from?” he asked.

“London,” I said, thinking he would not know where Hove was.

“Oh my god, you must know Susan and Todd, they live in London,” said the assistant.  Now it’s very difficult to stop me talking, but this comment completely shut me up for the next twenty minutes while I heard all about Susan and Todd’s engagement party, wedding, and how they liked dipping certain parts of their bodies in chocolate.

“Doesn’t that kinda ruin the sheets?” I eventually asked, seeing that John and Anna were now ready to move on, to which the assistant nodded his head and said I should try it sometime.  ‘Not on my whiter than white pure Egyptian cotton sheets’ I thought.

After the shock conversation in Hugo Boss, we did a little more shopping before deciding we should go for a light lunch.  Thinking we had all ordered a light lunch, we all ended up with a huge sandwich and fries that could have fed the whole of New York City.  One too many cocktails at lunchtime had also made us drowsy, so we headed back to the hotel.

New York Radio CityWe had to be at Radio City at five to see the Christmas Spectacular.  Anna and I were in seventh heaven at seeing this show (part of which was in 3D) and we all had our pictures taken with one of the Rockettes who had the longest legs I had ever seen. They just seemed to go on and on and, not wanting to put my arm around her while our photo was being taken, I was surprised when she put her arm around me.  Visions of the loving couple on the flight over to New York came flashing into my mind and I stepped away a little from Miss Rockette for fear that she was going to fall on top of me from the eight-inch stiletto heels she was wearing.  Boy, I would have fought her for those shoes but I didn’t want to ruin her dress!  I fell in love with Radio City and it would become our centre point while in New York.New York Big Red Baubles

After the show, we decided to walk back to the hotel as it had stopped snowing and we all wanted some fresh air before dinner.  I was so glad about this as I came across the biggest red baubles (yes, I said baubles), I’d ever seen. “Just imagine wearing two of those as earrings or tassels” I shouted out to John and Anna as I took their photo.  The man at the back of the photo looked rather shocked by my words.

Dinner eaten, we all retired.  My last thought of Day two was that I had not completed my mission, but at least there were another three days in New York ahead of us.

Want to know what happened on Day 3?  Then click here.

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  1. I’m having so much fun reading about your adventures and enjoying your photos, Hugh! Definitely laughed at the “bottom burp” comment – never heard that one before but I’m meeting up with some London friends this weekend (in NYC!) and will have to try that bit of knowledge out on them. Well, not the act, just the vernacular 😉

    And, yes, welcome to American food service, where single portions can feed a family of four! Dreadful practice …

    Day 3 awaits …. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Stacy. I have to say we had the best time ever (and I know you have my other three day posts to read). Rather than write one huge posts and include all five days, I thought it best I broke each day up into one single post.

      As for those positions sizes, well I’ve just been shopping for a new suit, as I have two Weddings to attend in the New Year, and I was rather embarrassed that I seem to have gone up a size in the waistline. I ended up not buying a suit and am determined to go down one size by the New Year. But then there’s Christmas to think about!

      1. I love having your story in installments, Hugh! I feel as if I’m traveling right there with you 🙂 As for clothes sizes? Ummm, can I say I’m right there with you. An extra ten pounds and my holiday clothes from last year don’t fit me, and I’m heading off on holiday where I need them. Next week as I’m packing, I’m not going to be a happy camper! Good luck to both of us 😉

  2. Breakfast is the best meal of the day in the US! (well, in my opinion, lol). It’s actually the only REAL meal I eat each day. After that, it’s all up in the air, haha.

    It sounds like you had quite the adventure in NYC! Can’t wait to read all of the installments (I’m a little behind the times here. But I’m doing my best to catch up!)

    1. Thanks, Jen. Yes, our trip to NYC was amazing, despite one or two mishaps. This was my fourth visit to the city and I’d certainly go again (providing they’d have me back of course). Breakfast was a huge affair every morning but it kept us going for most of the day (apart from the odd muffin). On the final day, I even tucked in to the blueberry pancakes and maple syrup. Now I’m on a diet until Christmas day 🙂 Hope all is well with you.

  3. Radio City Music Hall is on our list for our next trip. And yes even compared to Canada, the portions in the U.S. are huge. My wife and I have gotten into the habit of sharing one portion between us, otherwise it’s just too much food.

    1. Great to hear, Norm. I understand ‘The Rockettes’ do shows all year long, so you are bound to catch one of their spectaculars. As for the food portions, that is a great idea to share one portion between two, and next time I visit the States (if they will have me back), I plan to do just that. I just hope my eyes do not become bigger than my belly again :0

    1. Thanks, Eloise. If you saw the shoes she was wearing you would have seen what I meant by wanting to fight her for them. Only to try on of course, there is no way anybody could have walked the streets of New York in those shoes. Enjoy reading Day 3. Day 4 will be posted later today, and the final day, tomorrow.

      1. They sound fab! Yes I just read day 3 and was so disappointed to hear you didn’t get to enjoy a proper Turkey dinner and dessert. But meals are just the embellishments to the whole picture which sounded fun and wonderful. Looking forward to day 4 and 5. 😊

        1. The whole Radio City Christmas Spectacular show with the Rockettes was amazing, Elosie. If you ever do go to New York between mid November and the end of December, be sure to go and see the show. I am positive you and the family would just love it. Those girls were amazing.

        2. Now that kind of trip is best done without kids to be honest! They have plenty of time to enjoy it as adults or when they stop whining…whichever comes first! Im hoping to do a bit of travelling on my own or a friend as the Hubble has seen it all on his business trips without me. 😊

        3. I hope you will post pictures, and give us a rundown of your trips when they happen, on your blog. I’ve really enjoyed posting details and pictures of my trip to New York and I’m glad I have done it sooner rather than later so that I don’t forget anything.

        4. Me too! It was wonderful sharing your experiences and travelling through your eyes. Yup, if I ever do get to travel I would love to blog about it. Until then, I shall have to venture out in the universe of my books!

  4. No ground floor in the states?
    And yea you must know everyone in London? 😉 Now if you asked about someone you know in Namibia there is a pretty good chance I know them or know of them, er maybe…. okay probably not and our population is less than a 10th of yours… 🙂

    1. No, over in the States, what we call the ‘Ground Floor’ in the UK, is called the ‘First Floor’. It can quite confusing to us Brits but I guess the Americans think the same when they come and visit us. I don’t know, maybe one of my American blogger friends will let us know.

  5. I’m quite curious about Susan and Todd myself. Did the person honestly feel that London is so small that you would know them? And those are some baubles- wow!

    1. Yes, he honestly did, Kat. I was so gobsmacked when he said that to me. It’s very hard to shut me up when I get talking, but that comment completely floored me. My mouth was stuck in the shock position while he told me the whole story about Susan and Todd. It hasn’t put me off chocolate though I’m pleased to say 🙂

      1. I just can’t imagine. The chocolate component is all the more reason to avoid Susan and Todd…….if you come across them. Talk about awkward! 🙂

  6. OO..I’ve been amazed by the gigantic portions of American food (not that I complain anyways..I love my cheese and fries) sounds like a spectacular day two..I’ve never been to New York so loving your narration of your experiences there.

    1. Thanks for sticking with us on our trip to New York, Nishi. I must say that sometimes my eyes are bigger than my belly, but the portion sizes in New York were huge. A light lunch ended up being a whole day’s worth of food for me so, yep, I’m on a diet now until Christmas to get all those extra pounds I gained off the waistline. I need to have a waistline like that Rockette lady at Radio City, before Santa visits.

  7. Well Hugh, you didn’t know Susan and Todd…but you do now. LOL! I too wouldn’t want chocolate on my sheets…custard maybe, but not chocolate!
    This is so funny and well written. I’m dying to know what your mission is.

    1. I sure do. If I bump into them on my next trip to London I just hope there is no chocolate around 🙂 As for the mission, there’s a clue on my blog but that’s all I’m saying. You’ll have to wait until Day 5 to find out if I completed it.

  8. Fantastic UH! You’ve brought it all back with your customary wit, fun & humour! It really was a blast wasn’t it?! R u doing a part for each day? Hope so! It’s great to re-live the experience Xxx

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