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Peaceful Vermont

So I arrived in Burlington, Vermont (a city in northwestern Vermont) around midday. After checking in, I walked about 5 minutes to a small breakfast café to sample their pancakes and of course, Vermont’s speciality: pure maple syrup!

I spent the rest of the day exploring the town centre and Church Street Marketplace, there were all kinds of small, independent boutiques/cafés etc. The local supermarket was more of an organic indoor farmers market…so quaint!

The following day, I took the local bus to South Burlington to explore, including spending quite a while in a Farm shop/local producers market taking advantage of the many free samples!

That afternoon I walked to a nearby chocolate factory, a did the free tour and again, ate lots of samples!

Exploring Historic Boston

So I arrived in Boston (from New York) in the evening…around 6pm. After checking in, I headed to a well-known ‘crab shack’ on the waterfront to try my first ever ‘Boston Clam Chowder (a chowder soup containing clams and broth, usually served with oyster crackers) and it was absolutely divine! I had the half-portion and it was more than enough as it’s quite rich for a soup. The seafood restaurant itself was completely packed, I actually battled to get a table!

The following day I took the subway to Cambridge (another city in Massachusetts) to tour around the Harvard University campus. A lot of the historical buildings on the campus date back to the 18th century!

I then headed back to Boston on the subway and walked to the start of the Freedom Trail (a 2.5 mile long trail through downtown Boston that leads to 16 historical sites including the Old State House). I then walked to Faneuil Hall Marketplace which consists of historic indoor and outdoor market stands (part of three historic buildings named North Market, Quincy Market and South Market) and a picturesque promenade.

Next was Beacon Hill (a famous, picturesque neighbourhood in Boston lined with Victorian brick row houses), Charles Street (lined with antique stores, boutiques and cafés) and Boston Common (an historic park). Before heading back to my hotel, I made a scheduled stop at a traditional bakery for a slice of Boston Cream Pie. Again, it was my first time trying the specialty…a simple dessert that’s simply delicious!

NY, NY: the city that never sleeps…

So I arrived in New York City on Friday afternoon (24th of Aug) and instantly fell in love. As cheesy as it sounds, it’s everything I imagined it to be! I did my best to fight the jet lag and after a quick shower at my hotel, I headed back out to explore the Upper West Side (where I was staying). After stopping for lunch, I took a wonderful stroll through Central Park – I only managed to walk about 30 minutes before getting tired…I knew Central Park was big but wow…it’s huge!

On the Saturday morning (my first full day), I headed over to Greenwich Village (a neighbourhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan) and Tribeca to explore. Around late morning, I made a stop at the Dominique Ansel Bakery. The inventors of the ‘Cronut’! For those of you who don’t have the privilege of knowing what a ‘Cronut’ is, it’s a cross between a croissant and a donut…and it’s as delicious as it sounds!

I then walked to/over the Brooklyn Bridge…what stunning views of the Manhattan skyline…as well as Brooklyn itself of course! I walked around Dumbo (a trendy neighbourhood in Brooklyn) for a bit and then walked back over Brooklyn Bridge to head to North End Avenue to jump on the ‘Liberty Cruise’. This was a 2 hour long ferry that sailed around the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governor’s Island, the World Trade Centre and Brooklyn Heights. What a day!

On the following day, I took the subway to see the Rockefeller Center (a large complex that faces Fifth Avenue), I then walked to the New York Public Library and Grand Central Station. Unfortunately, the library shuts over July and August (which I didn’t realise in advance!) but the outside of it was incredible! Grand Central Station was so surreal to see…I’ve watched many movies where you see the station in the background (as well as the library)!

I then walked to the Empire State Building (the iconic 102-story skyscraper completed in 1931) on Fifth Avenue, I went up to the 86th observatory floor and took in the breathtaking views of the city. I then strolled around Macy’s (the largest department store in the world!) for a bit before heading to Times Square (theatre district, Midtown Manhattan). Times Square is a large, commercial intersection and is a major attraction with tourists from all over the world. It’s full of neon lights and brightly lit billboards! Not to mention, it’s the hub of the Broadway Theatre District.

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