New Views Around New York’s New Skyline
I’ve visited New York City on a few occasions now so when I had a 5 day stopover in the concrete jungle during a recent visit to the States, I didn’t feel the need to repeat the madness in Manhattan like visiting Central park or Times Square. However, I do love big cities so neither was I going to avoid the dense crop of buildings. Plus, with the construction of the One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) near completion, New York’s skyline has changed and I wanted to admire the facelift.
Video: Food Tour of New York City
I recently wrote about my experience with Ahoy New York City Food Tours devouring tasting treats around Little Italy and Chinatown. From simple dishes of mozzarella and prosciutto to sweet Italian pastries like a cannoli, I loved tasting the Italian side to New York. However, I think the Chinese side of the tour won me over. Check out the giant egg roll I devoured and all the other great eats in this food tour edition of TwoBadTourists Talk!
What do you think would’ve been your favorite dish?? Let us know in the comments!
Note: The Ahoy Tours NYC sponsored my tour but rest assured all opinions are mine.
Italy Meets China During This Delicious NYC Food Tour
I recently took a trip to the US to visit family for Thanksgiving. And since David is now teaching English in Madrid with less time off, I decided to make a solo trip to New York City following my visits to Boston and Newport. The highlight of my NYC visit was going on a food tour in Little Italy and Chinatown. New York City has countless activities to choose from but NYC tours focused around food, and specifically eating, are sure to please. And at just $49 for a 3 hour, face-stuffing good time, it’s a bargain and well worth the price.
I stayed with a friend in Brooklyn during my visit, so my 10am tour start time meant that I needed to get an early start to arrive in time. Knowing the subway route already, I figured an hour and 45 minutes would be more than enough time to arrive early. What I didn’t account for was the weekend schedule changes and my natural and unfortunate ability to get on trains without properly reading the train name and destination. Oops.
2 Days in Newport Rhode Island
My motivation to visit Newport was originally based on an arbitrary decision to find a stopover point between Boston and New York City. After spending 7 months in Spain, I was ready to return to the states for the Thanksgiving holiday to reunite with my family. So making the journey all the way to the states, I had the perfect excuse to travel a bit on the east coast (flying into Boston) before heading home to Phoenix (via New York). I’ll admit I’ve never had a burning desire to visit Rhode Island, though this was mostly due to knowing next to nothing about the state. After some quick research, I found that Newport could be worth adding to my fall-time journey of visiting the east coast of the US.
I soon found out that Newport is a beautiful sea-side city where the late 19th century rich came from New York City to build their summer homes and escape the heat. The town was dominated by famous names like the Vanderbilts who made their fortunes building up shipping and railroad empires. Newport’s legacy holds a lot of history – good, bad and controversial – and the city does a fantastic job at maintaining and preserving all the history saved in this small east coast town.
Miami: A Brazilian Touch in August!
We just visited Miami earlier this year for the first time and absolutely loved it! We had the best time couchsurfing, spending time at the beach, visiting museums, and checking out markets. It’s a city we’ll be happy to return to for any reason. One of our favorite excuses to travel is to visit special events going on in certain cities and Miami’s Brazilian Film Festival seems like a great one to see! Check out this post shared with us about the event.
Miami is a centre for the Brazilian immigrant and expat community in the US. Travel to Miami in August and enjoy the Brazilian Film Festival, as well as many other events and attractions.