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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It’s not so grim up North, you know. My choice of using mostly black and white photos isn’t the best way to convince you of that but take my word for it.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea is small coastal town in North Yorkshire, situated on the North East coast of England.  It is, for one thing, a beautiful place for a stroll on the beach to blow away those cobwebs.

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