25 September 2015

My Favourite Places in New York City // Part 1

Before we virtually travel together to one of the most amazing cities on this planet, I have to say right off the bat that I love New York (soooooo much!) and I wish I could list 1000 places for you to see, but even that would never be enough. Big Apple is a very special place and it is the city that stole my heart once and forever. 
Before I went there, I imagined it thousands of times in my mind. What I saw with my own eyes was so much better than any fruit of my imagination. Let's jump back over 10 years ago. Do you see a teenage girl from the middle of nowhere in Eastern Europe, standing in the heart of Times Square and crying? Yup, I cried rivers because my huge dream came true. With a little village behind my back, big scary world of higher education in front of me, I applied for a scholarship to study in the US. They called me one sunny day mid-April and told me I was among 100 other candidates (out of 45,000) who received a grant to study in the United States. God had a plan for me to go there and I did. 5 months in and the same girl started to study and live in the City That Never Sleeps waking up every morning with a thankful heart :) I went to NYC a number of times after leaving the US back then but that first time will always be extra special. Last time I woke up in Big Apple was a year ago on our honeymoon. I can't even tell you how amazing it is to make such beautiful memories together <3 New York does win you over quickly and sucks you right in with its beauty and versatility, culture and noise, history and vibe. 
Come visit New York with me as I take you to my 5 favourite places in Manhattan, NYC - Part 1.
{In the next post I will show you another 5 must-see spots in gorgeous Big Apple}


Located at 89 E. 42nd Street (at Park Avenue), this iconic place has been featured in a number of movies (on top of my head: Friends With Benefits, The Switch, MIB2, Madagascar - lol). Insanely busy yet such a romantic train station probably has witnessed even more love stories than any airport. Last time we visited it (by we I mean hubby and myself) there was a wedding photo shoot happening there. Ahhh, this place would get you teary. And if you are a big fan of HONY (like myself), you probably have seen Grand Central Terminal in many of Brandon's pictures and stories. 
Must-do: 
+ take a pic in front of the clock
+ get up the East & West Balconies
+ visit the Whispering Gallery (an archway between the Oyster Bar & Restaurant)
+ do not call it Grand Central Station ;)
+ buy something delicious at a gourmet market
+ pretend to be a local so Brandon of HONY asks for your photo

When you visit New York, you absolutely MUST go and walk (or/and ride a bike) down the Brooklyn Bridge. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn so you would get to see Dumbo on the Brooklyn side and all the 'big city lights' of the island of Manhattan side. Hubby and I walked it twice together. First time we did it in winter in the evening which was very romantic but extremely freezing. However, if you wrap up & wear your Uggs, you'll be golden ;) Next time we walked it in the summer when we were in New York as a part of our honeymoon. It was a perfect day to walk the bridge both ways. 
Must-do: 
+ walk the bridge both in the daylight and in the evening
+ visit picturesque Brooklyn Bridge Park 
+ rent a bike and ride
+ get sporty with the view at Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse

You haven't been to New York City if you haven't visited Times Square. It is often called The Crossroads of the World or The Heart of the World, and it is definitely obvious why. TS is located at the junction of Broadway & 7th Ave and this place is booming 24/7! A number of years ago I was there when the clock struck 12 at midnight on New Year's Eve. It was out of this world! However, I wouldn't do it again haha. Being stuck in the crowd of over a million people for over 6 hours (yes, over 6 hrs because you need to get there early to get a good spot) is fun to do once for the bucket list purposes. Some people camp out from the early morning on Dec 31st! Times Square is a blend of everything: shopping, food, theater, music and lights! 
Must-do: 
+ New Year's Eve (if you are up for a challenge to check it off your bucket list)
+ spot the ball which goes up & then drops at midnight on Dec 31st
+ shopping (anything from M&Ms World to SuperDry!)
+ eat (there are over 100 restaurants in TS!)
+ take a few steps and you are on Broadway

My love for Central Park is limitless. Not only it's probably the most relaxed place in the whole city, but also it has a lot of spots to see across its 843 acres (= 421.5 football fields - I did my Maths lol): Strawberry Fields, Sheep Meadow, Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Fountain, the pond and so many more! In winter there is an ice-skating rink with a gorgeous view of the Plaza Hotel (I showed it in my post here). Central Park is incredible in its beauty, no matter what time or season of the year it is. I took the above picture last summer from our lovely hotel which is a tall-standing neighbour of the Plaza. Also, if you love Home Alone and have watched Lost In New York million times, you must see Central Park because it will feel just as if the movie is coming alive before your own eyes :)
Must-do: 
+ go to Strawberry Fields and find Beatles' Imagine mosaic
+ have a picnic or sunbathe at Sheep Meadow
+ go up to Belvedere Castle
+ take a photo with the Plaza Hotel in the background
+ walk the Gapstow Bridge (remember Kevin met that bird lady there?)
+ go ice skating in winter or visit the open-air market in summer
+ explore Conservatory Garden
+ walk down The Mall (a street with a row of American elms - google it, you've definitely seen it) 

Last but not least, I wanted to include maybe a less popular tourist destination but it's definitely worth paying a visit! Located at 1011 3rd Ave, this massive store will make any visitor jollier than Santa :) Fun fact: the owner and the founder of Dylan's Candy Bar is Dylan Lauren, a daughter of... *drum roll* Ralph Lauren! She says she was greatly inspired by Willy Wonka and it is very much obvious. The design of the store is gorgeous and sweet. They don't just sell candy/sweets/chocolate/chewy-gooey goodness, but also stationery, home goods, clothes and so on. On our last visit to DCB I got a notebook, candy and we took a tonne of pictures. Delicious must-see spot!
Must-do: 
+ eat candy
I hope you enjoyed walking down the streets of New York with me and are already getting excited to see where Part 2 will take us ;) I will give you a few hints: 1) Carrie Bradshaw would be proud and 2) let's go up, way up. 
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Let me know your thoughts on this post. 
Leave a comment if you're ever been to New York or planning to go, what places you saw / would like to see & what Big Apple spot is an ultimate must-see. 
P.S. Part 1 is a little built-up (a pretty amazing one, right?).
Part 2 will bring something even more special ;)
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66 comments

  1. Great post! I have only been to NY once over 12 years ago now and I'm desperate to go again! I visited Central Park and Times Square but not the other 3 places. They are definitely on my list now! Gemma xx www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. You should definitely go soon, hon. I will be uploading Part 2 this weekend - I am sure you will love it ;)
      It is just so difficult to pick only 10 places, I could choose over a 100 to recommend :)
      xox

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  2. Oh my God this is amazing! I really REALLY want to visit New York one day!

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    1. Glad you liked it, Maria :) New York is definitely so special for me <3 I hope you will get to visit it one day! Stay tuned for Part 2 ;)
      xox

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  3. I'm so jealous of you but I absolutely loved this post. You're gorgeous and so are your photos! Definitely going to save this post for future reference when I finally get the chance to visit NY. Can't wait for part 2 lovely! xxx

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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    1. Aww thanks honey :) New York is incredible and I wish I could recommend 100 places to see but that post would be like a giant essay haha. Hope you get to visit it soon and I will be uploading Part 2 tomorrow morning woot woot :)
      xox

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  4. I am so happy that I am not the only person who loves New York so unconditionally. The first time I went there I was 16, I fell in love with it and keep falling in love every time we go there. I really enjoyed your post love!

    Xx

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    1. Thanks so much Phoebe :) yay, so lovely to see your comments on my blog, girl! Hope you are doing great. I know right, it's impossible NOT to fall in love with New York City, there is just something about it that leaves everyone speechless. What a stunner NYC is... :)
      xox

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  5. So jealous! This made me really want to go, definitely going to visit these places soon!

    xx Jasmine | http://www.jasmineworewhat.com

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    1. Tune in for Part 2 tomorrow morning, Jasmine! You might love those places even more ;)
      Thanks for a comment & welcome to my blog, girl.
      xox

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  6. Wow that is so cool and such a blessing you got to study in New York! I seriously can't wait to visit here one day, I've heard how amazing it is so many times and my heart seriously would love to visit so thank you for this post! Central Park would have to be the top of my list it looks and sounds so wonderful! Must also say you are such a stunner Nadia! <3

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. Awww thanks so so much, Rainbow-Rose, you are such a kind soul. It really was a blessing and such an amazing opportunity to visit NYC for the first time and every next time as well :)
      I can't even explain to you what it is about the city, but it just makes you fall for it! Central Park is incredible hon, soooo huge as well so there is a tonne to do there :)
      Part 2 is coming tomorrow, you will love it ;)
      xox

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  7. amazing places, I have never been in NY but I have this place on my wishlist :)
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    1. It is worth all the wishlists, girlie! Hope you get to visit it one day. You will LOVE it :)
      Welcome to my blog ;)
      xox

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  8. This post couldn't be any more perfect! I fell in love with new york through several movies and have yet to venture out of europe. I'd love to go to new york for a long period of time and see everything. It's somewhere I always wanted to live even though I've never been!
    Cant wait to see Part 2!

    - Darcy Victoria
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    1. I had this amazing opportunity to explore it sort of inside out :) It was amazing to be there every single day for over a year. I walked Manhattan up and down so many times but would it a million more times.
      You will definitely enjoy Part 2 girlie ;)
      Plus, there are a few special bonuses there <3
      Thanks for a lovely comment, Darcy Victoria.
      xox

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  9. Awww. A fellow New Yorker! hope to bump into you some time :)


    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. I wish, Jessica :) I explained my little story in the intro there (did you read it?) but yeah, would love to be a New Yorker ;)
      xox

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  10. Wow! I've never been to NY but your photos look amazing! Great post! I loved that you placed "must-dos" for people who haven't been there yet. x

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    1. Thanks so much Bee, I am glad you enjoyed this post & my "must-dos" :) I think it helps whenever you point out what's worth seeing. Hope you visit NYC one day soon ;)
      Welcome to my blog, girlie.
      xox

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  11. Love this! Really want to visit NY - I will one day! Plus your photos are amazing lovely!

    Robyn xo
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    1. You definitely will, girlie! :) You got the right set of mind for that goal!
      Thanks so much for a sweet comment.
      xox

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  12. Now I can't wait to go to NY, what a beautiful post and photos! I guess my first stop will be candy world :) xx

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    1. That is a good stop, Ela ;) You will love it!
      Hope you get to go to New York soon girlie <3
      xox

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  13. Ahhhhh - I need to get to New York, it looks amazing and I bet it's even better when you're actually there! :)

    Layla x

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    1. It is amazing to see it in the movies or photos but yes, it is definitely absolutely incredible when you go there :) I hope you get to visit NYC soon, Layla ;) Thanks for a lovely comment, girlie.
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  14. I love New York ! :) Amazing post :)
    please help me with collaboration :) : THE COLORFUL THOUGHTS

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    1. Aww thanks Naďa! NYC is amazing ;)
      Glad you enjoyed this post girlie.
      xox

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  15. I was extremely lucky to visit New York last year with my dad, even though I only visited Central Park and Times Square on this list. They are such beautiful places! I nearly cried when we got off the bus! Hahaha <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

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    1. I can relate, Bash :) NY is incredible and it's so amazing you got to visit it. It can't compare to any other city in the world, right? ;)
      Thanks for a sweet comment hon.
      xox

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  16. I was only in New York for one day, 5 years ago... I will never forget the sensation it gave to be surrounded by such an electrical, vibrant atmosphere.

    Lovely post :)

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    1. Very true, Nicole. The city is so special! No matter how long it has been since the last visit, it's impossible to forget it ;) Thanks for a lovely comment, girlie.
      xox

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  17. I love NY! Can't wait to visit it again! Lovely post x

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    1. Same here, Damla! :)
      Thanks girlie, glad you enjoyed it and welcome to my blog ;)
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  18. да-да-да!!! вторую часть жду с нетерпением!!
    Надюш, ты действительно, как солнечный зайчик, такая светлая и душевная)) Мне показалось, что я даже почувствовала своей кожей всю гамму твоих эмоций, когда ты попала первый раз на Times Square, один на один со своей мечтой! Как же это здорово, когда мечты сбываются. И тут нельзя сказать, что просто повезло, что это удача и т.п. Все верно, Бог благословил тебя и дал шанс перевернуть свою жизнь, но за всем этим стоит твой ум, терпение, трудолюбие и твой личностный рост. Я уверена, без всего этого ничего бы просто так, по удаче и везению, не случилось. Ты просто имеешь все то, что заслужила. Это очень круто!!!!
    Потрясающие фото, вы невероятно красивая пара, любуюсь вами!
    Приятных тебе выходных, солнце)) И жду Part 2))

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    1. Моя хорошая, спасибо тебе за твои теплые комментарии и доброту! Действительно слов не хватает сказать спасибо сто раз тебе, Ксюшенька))) Ты права, все благодаря Богу и Его милости, это не везение, поэтому и моя благодарность за такие моменты в жизни не имеет границ)) Рада, что ты все прочитала, увидела все моими глазами и почувствовала сердцем)))
      Часть 2 уже опубликована - ура)))
      Цем
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  19. Oh I absolutely adored New York when I lived there! There really is such an abundant amount of things to do. I was so lucky to call it home.

    Stephanie @ Sartorial Diner

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    1. That's so amazing, Stephanie! :) I'm sure it's been wonderful and you loved it so much. Did you move away for college/work?
      Thanks for a lovely comment hon.
      xox

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  20. Love NYC! I agree with all your suggestions! New York City is a beautiful place, I am going to have to make another trip there soon :)

    x Arwa
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    1. Thank you so much, Arwa! :) Aww, hope you enjoy your next visit, make sure to share the pics afterwards honey <3
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  21. New York is beautiful and fun place. Wish I could visit some day too!

    Vicky
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    1. Absolutely agree, Vicky :) I hope you will girlie!
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  22. We too went to New York as part of our honeymoon! :) and it was probably my fave part of it! I so much fell in love with the city. Brooklyn bridge was one of my favourite places we visited but I loved Central park as well. I absolutely must go back someday, and can't wait for your part 2 -post!

    Emma xx
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    1. Thanks hon, you are so sweet :)
      Yay for honeymooning in Big Apple! How long did you stay there for?
      Really appreciate your thoughtful comments <3
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  23. awesome POst! Damn i want to go to NY!
    Great blog

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    1. Thanks, Joanna :)
      I hope you will get to visit it one day ;)
      U will LOVE it <3
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  24. What an awesome opportunity to get to be one of very few that get a scholarship to study in the US! Your friends and family must have been so proud of you. I love to visit New York, although I know that I could never live there..a bit too overwhelming for me. Brooklyn, on the other hand, I could live there...I really love the small, neighborhood feel.
    When my boyfriend came to visit me for the first time in the US, we spent three days in NYC and did all the touristy things, a lot of which I had never done before even though I lived in New Jersey and had been to NYC tons of times. Walking the Brooklyn bridge was definitely a highlight for me. It was January so it was pretty cold, but it was a beautifully sunny day and one I will always remember. After crossing the bridge, we had pizza at Grimaldi's (located right at the base of the bridge). Ah, the memories!

    Can't wait to see your next post!

    xx Chrystin
    http://amateandarottweiler.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. Awww thank you Chrystin :) It was an amazing experience and I loved every bit of it.
      I know exactly what you mean - when you live in the city, you don't really take advantage of so many things, we just take it all for granted. I have a friend who has lived in NYC his whole life (28 years if I'm not mistaken) and has never gone up the Empire State Building or walked the Brooklyn Bridge. He just goes "meh" haha. But yeah, it is so nice to get to see more of the city. How could I forget to mention Grimaldi's? I must've not been too hungry when I was writing this post lol.
      Thanks for a sweet comment, girlie.
      xox

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  25. После "Секс в большом городе" мечтаю побывать по местам из сериала)

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    1. Это просто обязательно))) Я как раз в Part 2 написала о квартире Керри)))
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  26. One of these days I will have to get to New York. It is high on my visit one day list.

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

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    1. I'm sure you will hon! :) Make sure you visit all these places ;)
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  27. Love this post so much <3
    It's been a little over a year since I've been to New York and I still miss it so much :)
    The only place I didn't have time to go to last time was Grand Central and the Brooklyn Bridge, but it's okay! This just means I have an excuse to go back hahaha! :D
    Thank you for sharing this lovely post, Nadia! <3

    xo, elizabeth t.

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    1. Definitely an amazing excuse to come back, hon! You will LOVE walking the Brooklyn Bridge! It is so amazing!
      So glad you enjoyed this post, girlie. Your comments are so amazing, as always <3
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  28. люблю, люблю, люблю город мечты!

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    1. same here :)
      It's the best, isn't it? <3 <3 <3
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  29. Hi hon! It's impossible to read all your posts now that I'm in uni, but I'm reading them all when I have a little bit of time (I'm waiting for my bus to go to a French course, busy lady lol).
    About the post and places, I have to say that they're amazing! NY is my favourite city of all over the world. I love big, crowded cities, and this one looks like heaven to me. I loved it before I visited it (true Gossip Gilr fan, you know), but I felt in love with it when I went.
    I love the places you've chosen. I didn't go to the Candy Shop, but I will next time I go to NY (hopefully, soon).
    Amazing post as always, hon. You write about such entertaining topics in a such catchy way. Keep doing what you do 'cause you're wonderful.
    Lots of cozy and squeezy hugs!

    Selenaponcestyle.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Aww thanks so much, hon, you are so wonderful and kind to me :)
      I love love love your comments and opinions!! <3
      I hope you manage your busy Uni schedule ok and I yet have to catch up with your posts as well!! :)
      Make sure you visit Dylan's Candy Bar next time, it's worth it ;)
      Hope you are having a great week, hon!!! Big big big hugs back!!
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  30. great post.. my new favorite New York places are The High Line and Chelsea Market..

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    1. I love High Line so much! It just slipped my mind to include it :)
      Under 15 places is not very easy to mention everything awww.
      Thanks for popping in with a lovely comment, Hena ;)
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  31. It's always been a dream of mine to visit all the major cities in USA & New York is top on my list!! I have made a list of all your do's haha! I cannot wait to go one day and until that day comes I shall be living the experience through your post :) <3
    Ramsha | Rose
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    1. I hope you will get to use the to-do's very soon, girlie!!!
      I am sure you will enjoy the experience so much and I am glad this post comes in handy for it :)
      <3
      Thanks for your super lovely comments!!
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  32. This is a great post! I really want to visit New York in the future and you're blog post has definitely added to this! If I ever do go, I'll probably have to print this out as a checklist, as you've mentioned some lovely places and lots of things that I really want to do.

    Love from Daisy x
    Daisies and Delights

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    1. Make sure to check out both Part 1 & Part 2, girlie ;) Ahhh, you will fall in love with New York :)
      Thanks for stopping by my blog. Make sure to pop in any time.
      xox

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  33. Ahhh I'd love to go to all these places! Can't wait to visit NYC one day!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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    1. You will soooo love it, Mikela!!! :)
      Make sure to use this little guide (Part 1 and Part 2): these places are must-see and are so so wonderful <3
      xox

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