Lately I have been thinking a lot, mostly about destinations. I also found myself pinning destinations and looking up facts and talking to people about traveling. I have also been reading blogs about where people would like to travel to or revisit. I would like to share with you my nr 1 destination I would like to visit (before I die of course).
I have had this fascination with New York for quite some time now. I don’t really have an explanation; all I know is there is a piece of my heart in New York. My dad asked me why I wanted to go there (he is really not into going over sees as we say). So, I turned to him and asked him why he wanted to visit St Helena (which is basically just one big giant rock off the coast of Africa) and why he wanted to go to Gamkaskloof (this place is as hot as hell if I had to imagine hell) and then I rest my case and he understood. I still remember September 11th like yesterday even though I was not directly affected by it. I just need to go and I am going to leave it at that.
New York is a photographers dream. New York is a foodies dream. New York is a travelers dream. There is SO much to do and see. You cannot possibly be bored there at all! The only decision I have to make, apart from that I am going in 3 or 5 years’ time (depends on the savings) is whether I should go in summer or winter?
Since I decided to go I was saying winter. I want a white Christmas and I want to be there for the dropping of the ball in Times Square on new year’s. It’s just that Central Park is so beautiful in summer, but it is just as pretty in winter. I mean you can skate at the park and who does not like that. Black and white photography is also just so good in winter with the snow and everything. Man, why is it so heard. When would you suggest I go and why? Leave me comment.
I went and googled and Pinterest some pictures. I mean look at these!
New York has a very rich history. I found this nifty website with a whole New York Timeline*. Did you know that New York has 722miles (1161.95km) of subway tracks!? Have you ever wondered why Big Apple? Well, The Big Apple is a term coined by musicians meaning to play the big time. I find this very interesting.
I stumbled across this blog, First timers guide to NewYork *. Obviously I have not been there, but this seem really helpful. Also, if you are like me and like “useless facts of the day” you do want to go and read 40 blow your mind facts about NYC *. I am preparing for this trip and I have lists (I love making lists) about what I want to photograph (and for inspiration) I am following New York Airbook on Instagram*. His photos are amazing and I hope I get the opportunity to take shots like these.
So, these are a few things I would like to do in New York:
♥Visit Ground Zero to pay my respects
♥Get a tattoo at one of the best shops in NYC
♥Eat a corn dog
♥Ride in a yellow cab
♥Ride the subway
♥Ride a bike in Central Bike (maybe through the city)
♥Skate in Central Park
♥Go for a run in Central Park
♥Watch a show on Broadway
♥Visit the Istore..and maybe buy something (hahahaha)
♥Be there for the countdown and dropping of the ball at New Year in Times Square!
♥Ride the ferry
♥Do as much free stuff as possible
♥Get a tour with a local to check out all the local spots!
♥Maybe visit a club…( I’m still thinking about this)
My main objective is to experience the culture, eat funny stuff we don't get in SA and take as much interesting photos as possible. I want to take pictures that people want to look at.
I made a photography bucket list:
♥Aerial shot from the top of a building (empire state if possible?)
♥Black&White shots ALL OVER the city
♥Grand Central Station in colour and Black&White
♥Times Square at night!
♥Skyline at night (and day)
♥Central Park at day and night, colour and Black&White
♥Brooklyn Bridge at funny angles in Black&White
♥Central Park on Christmas Day
♥A Yellow Cab! I need one of that photo’s like I have above in B&W with the yellow
♥A street vendor selling corn dogs (and maybe a doughnut or two)
♥Buildings, buildings, buildings and did I mention buildings (any suggestions?)
♥The sunset at Brooklyn Bridge
This is my dream. This is where I would like to go. I will probably work in a side trip to Washington DC as well and of course visit my friend. I am going to do anything and everything in my power to make this dream a reality.
I would like to hear from you if you have a destination that tickles your fancy? Please share your dream destination with us!
I will speak to you soon!
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