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A Mini Guide to Philadelphia
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A Mini Guide For A Winter Break In Philadelphia, USA

A couple of years ago I spent Thanksgiving weekend in America, specifically Philadelphia. My sister was living and working there, and it coincided with one of the Jet 2 weekend breaks direct from Newcastle to New York. Just a couple of hours on the train from NYC, it was the perfect way to minimise travel time by avoiding connections. This mini guide to Philadelphia[...]

Exploring the West Village, New York City
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Welcome to the West Village, New York City

When I consider what springs to mind at the mention of New York city, it isn't the towering skyscrapers of Midtown, or the famous tourist sights like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. It's not even the incredible shopping on 5th and Maddison Avenue, the bright lights of Broadway, or the iconic Rockefeller Centre. It's the beautiful, trendy, quaint We[...]

The Time Hotel, New York
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The Time Hotel, New York

Choosing a hotel in New York is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. There's just so much to consider in terms of location, board basis, appearance and of course cost, not to mention the sheer volume of options available. Personally, I'd always choose to stay in Midtown, right in the heart of Manhattan because for tourists and city visitors wanting to get as mu[...]

Exploring the Upper East Side, New York
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Exploring the Upper East Side, New York

The Upper East Side, or UES as the locals call it, spans all the way down the East side of Central Park, between 5th Avenue that stretches right along next to the park, across to the East River. An area largely made up of incredibly wealthy residential townhouses and luxurious apartment blocks, until my most recent trip to New York it was pretty unknown to me. What I[...]

3 Brunch Spots in Manhattan, New York
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3 Amazing Brunch Spots in Manhattan, New York

Brunch is a 'thing' in New York, and tables can be in such high demand that many don't let you book, because they don't need to. Queues can be out the door before opening, with a wait time of up to two hours in some of the more popular spots. Food is a massive part of any holiday, certainly mine, and with brunch being such a popular food endeavour I really wanted to[...]