The buildings of Manhattan. New York. May 2012.

New York City Getaway

  New York - May 2012

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NYC. Three inspiring initials. New York City, I just got back! It was my first trip to the United States and my first steps in "the city that never sleeps"...

A week in New York

See the skyscrapers of Manhattan! Held up yellow taxis! Climbing the Empire State Building! Climbing Rockefeller Center! Sailing at the foot of the Statue of Liberty! Wander Broadway! Cross the Brooklyn Bridge!

Tourist, me? That's right.

The buildings of Manhattan. New York. May 2012.
The buildings of Manhattan. New York. May 2012.

It was my first time in New York. The city that we know without knowing, for having seen so much of it in movies, in TV shows, and then in the 20-Hours since 9/11. The city "that never sleeps" as sings Sinatra.

I've been there. I spent a week there. Another "bubble from elsewhere", quite different from my trips to Asia!

Larger than life

Verdict? New York, in real life, it's like in the song, like in the movies, like in TV shows. But so much better!

It's bigger. Stronger. More intense. Larger than life ... Even if we play tourists, a visit to New York widens the horizon and cleans the head. The city is overflowing with contagious energy, exhilarating, stimulating.

The only sight of the buildings that stand out in Chinese shadows, on the tarmac, on landing, in the golden light of the sunset, makes the heart beat a little faster.

View of New York from JFK Airport.
View of New York from JFK Airport.

I returned Sunday, dazzled, enthusiastic, happy.

New York is less than 8 hours flight from Paris. And on the return, it's even faster, thanks to the favorable winds of the mysterious jet stream less than 7 hours! In fact, that's close, compared to my previous trip to Indonesia. There is only one ocean to cross ...

I'll be back to tell you all about it soon!


  New York - May 2012

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  1. Hello,

    Well then, we wait for the rest of this article. We would like to have more details about your holiday at big apple please!

    Thank you for sharing the rest, your tips and your favorites.

    1. @Malene: mmmh, j’avais une photo d’un camion qui livrait des poissons, mais je l’ai effacée… 😉

  2. Ahh, New York! It's one of my favorite cities. I'm lucky because for me it's close to Montreal (7 hours drive or 1 hour flight). I plan to return this summer. And as I'm always looking for great deals and finds, I look forward to your next post.

    1. @Mario: je visitais pour la première fois New York, je pense que mes découvertes seront très « classiques »… 😉

  3. Obviously the "New York effect" hit again. Looking forward to reading the rest of your first words ...

    On my side, I ended my ticket on our passage in NY by "... we were there in 2009, you will be there tomorrow! When are we going back? "

    Et j’ai comme l’impression que toi aussi tu as été conquise… et que tu auras envie d’y refaire une escale 😉

    See you soon

  4. Ahhhh la veinarde! J’en rêve, de New York, mais je finis toujours par lui préférer une destination plongée, je me déciderais peut-être à lui donner la première place une fois que j’aurais vu tes photos 😉

    1. @Myriam: yes, I'm a little lucky ... This kind of trip has nothing to do with diving, but I also love!

  5. As you say so well: "It's like in the song, as in the movies, as in the TV series. But in so much better »
    it is fascinating as this fascinating city and as said Frees Bees, we leave with the desire to return. It's been a year, for me and the feeling remained intact. To go back there? to the sacrifices of some bubbles ...?
    Thank you for all your articles.

  6. Since everyone loved NYC, I highly recommend, rather than taking a bus for tourists, to take a guided tour of Manhattan by bike. Besides, it's all flat, except the brooklynn bridge.

  7. Suis d’accord avec Gérard, inutile de prendre un bus pour touristes, mais encore mieux que le vélo, c’est pedibus! Et sur le pont de Brooklyn, pas besoin de zigzaguer, faire sonner le timbre, invectiver les piétons… qui débordent souvent sur la voie réservée aux cyclistes. Les choses vues sont tellement plus saisissantes à pied. 😉

  8. Ah New York, an extraordinary city to discover for the first time. Everything seems already so familiar to us because we already saw it in the movies ... and yet it's so much better in real life!

    1. @Lucie: yes, it's amazing and familiar at the same time. The sensation is really surprising ...

  9. Hurry quickly Corinne suite! Personally, like you, I had the impression to know New York as soon as I set foot there. This city is so much in the movies and TV shows that it feels like walking with Woody Allen in East Village! New York has also been a gastronomic discovery for me: Magnolia's cupcakes, Shake Schack's burgers ... and many other culinary experiences!

  10. Yes! Strongly following! And you do not seem to have been traumatized by the friendly American immigration agents! It's really a strange feeling, is not it? It is a city that is so familiar to us, even without ever having set foot in it and when we are there ... waw ...

    1. @ Melissa: Well, no, not traumatized at all ... the wait was a little long in the queue, but then, the formalities were rather fast. As for the city itself, yes, I'll tell a little all this in posts to come: it feels almost like home, even when it is discovered for the first time!

  11. Quoi NY 😮 , j’ai loupé une étape visiblement, c’est déjà fini les Rajat Ampat 😥 , Ah tu vas trop vite j’arrrive plus à suivre moi!!
    You are caught in the frenzy of the states, it's funny but around me I have a lot of friends who go to NY for a week this year.
    Anyway nice your report.

    1. @Laurence: but no, you did not miss anything! I had the chance to spend a week in New York, May 12-19 (personal trip, family) ... and discover the States !!! I still have lots of things to say about Raja Ampat, do not worry. But first I will try to publish a few things about New York (so it will be a little messy, huh ...).

  12. J’étais là il y a une semaine, on a failli se croiser 🙂
    I liked it a lot too :-) Manhattan, which really has such different neighborhoods. Claire I'm going to make a road movie of a few months in the US!

    I also went to Philadelphia and I enjoyed it too!

    1. @Fabrice: yes, eh, it's New York! All these different atmospheres, from one neighborhood to another ... I love it !!!

  13. This city is simply splendid! Everything is so beautiful, big, gigantic, we do not know where to turn! I have the great chance to go there for 18 months and I hope to do all the corners of the city!