The hills are alive with the sound of … cow bells.

I am often asked how I choose my holiday destinations. More often than not they are well known places that I have read about or places friends have already visited. But recently, a new trend seems to have formed thanks to the power of social media (Instagram in particular, although the Earth Pics twitter account also has a lot to answer for). This trend involves me simply seeing an amazing photo of an amazing place and thinking ‘Where IS that?’ and ‘Can I feasibly go there?’. I have form with this, see here. For this reason alone, a trip to Lake Gosau and the village of Hallstatt – a UNESCO World Heritage site was planned.

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Okay, so we already covered the south of Manhattan in Part One. Let’s take a look at the rest.

One of the differences on this particular trip from previous ones is that most of our travelling within Manhattan was done by foot (apart from the occasional taxi ride). The good thing (for the most part) is that it’s flat. So long as you have a sensible pair of shoes then walking isn’t really too taxing. Well, not until you get past the 10 mile mark on a particular day anyway!

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I have visited New York City four times now. In fact, NYC was my first ever trip abroad as a teenage university student, with £199 burning a hole in my pocket ready to spend on a return flight with Kuwait Airways. There were definitely some interesting moments on that trip (I could write a whole blog post on it), but they were the moments that gave me the travel bug and the desire to explore the world. I also have fond memories of visiting the World Trade Center pre 9/11, memories I will always cherish.

For my second trip, I stayed with a friend –  a true New Yorker brought up on Roosevelt Island (that sliver of an island between Manhattan and Queens that the cable car from the Spiderman film goes to). She was living in the Colombia University district when I visited, so it was nice to get a feel for that neighbourhood. She also introduced us to some more local, and less touristy places.

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