Skyline under the stars

So our last day in NYC. *sob*
We were up early enough again and decided we would walk the Brooklyn bridge as it was a gorgeous day and perfect for it.
We had planned to stroll across the bridge and then grab brunch but we underestimated the power of madeleines stomach. When that girl is hungry she needs to eat STAT!
Getting hangrier and hangrier she became a force to be reckoned with and the moment she spotted a sign for a diner she practically dragged us toward it. Once around the corner though we realised it was essentially in an estate and the average age was 105.


She was daunted. The clientele was sketchy. But maddy never lets anything get in the way of her empty stomach so she toughed it out. And it was gooooood!!!
See how happy she is now??


With stomachs nicely full, we strolled across the bridge in the sunshine. It was a gorgeous walk and such a lovely thing to do.


Once across the bridge we hung out in Brooklyn for a while (or should that be wine??) and then boarded the metro back up to 5th avenue for more shopping.

We headed back to the hotel after a few hours of shopping and got ready for the evening. Once ready, we caught a cab down to the high line and then took an evening stroll down from Chelsea to the Meatpacking district. It was a lovely thing to do and we spent ages looking into windows and imagining ourselves living there as New Yorkers.

Dinner was a stroll away and we had delicious food and wine then returned back for a VERY early wake up call and flight home.
So it’s the end of NYC adventures for now. What a trip. What memories. What fun

Until the next time!! Xx



Bernadette takes the wheel!

Ok now for the famous important guest- writer’s blog!

This NY experience has been a mixture of emotions for myself

Starting with me keeping a secret, I can’t count the times I nearly blurted it out.Madeleine’s joy and facial expressions when she found out that Barcelona was in fact New York! Is one I will remember for ever

I have known Madeleine all her life but am still unsure – how does she eat so much??
We have eaten, drunk, walked, shopped, walked, shopped and seen every famous sight that NY can throw at us.

Katherine has been like Scott of the Antartic and has been our very own tour guide. She has sorted booking in at the airport, navigating around the city and planned and executed the whole experience

Now at the airport I am not sure that the hot dog last night was a good idea- no I didn’t indulge

So for the highlights it’s hard to choose I loved the bus tour our first guide amazing ( our second Chinese I couldn’t understand a word but these New Yorkers have a dialect of their own)
The food has been great. The shopping wonderful!
My feet have been worn away with the walking
Best of all has been this time I have shared with my two beautiful daughters!



Bernadette x

Empire State of Mind


Guest author Maddy here!

Last nights dinner with Viv was lovely. Although we intended to perhaps stay out a bit later, we were exhausted and when dinner had finished we walked back to our hotel and hit the hay.

So today was designated my day. Yay!

We started off the day by taking a stroll down to 9th avenue. Where, we were reliably informed, there was a block of restaurants door to door.

We had Mexican breakfast at the country grill consisting of breakfast burritos and eggs “made our way.”


After eating all our food in a record time of 10 mins we headed out in search of an open bus tour.

Katherine haggled with a ticket man in order to get a tour worth 49 for 35.


We started our tour at Times Square on a downtown loop. We were entertained the whole way by an awesome guide who regaled us with tales from every major tourist spot. Fun fact Ida straus and her husband (Macy’s owner) died on the titanic. Remember the old woman who wouldn’t leave her husband? Yep that was Ida.

We then got off in little Italy in search of some much needed refreshment. The pizza that arrived was pretty darn good. As you can see most definitely bigger than my face.


The cold wine also helped to cool us in the blistering heat. It’s a tough life.


Back on the tour bus and this time destination Empire State Building. I think we arrived at the perfect time, just as the sun was setting.


After some picture times and a trip to the 102nd floor for me we headed back to 9th avenue for some Thai.

‘Yum yum too’ did not disappoint I’ve been told as I am currently suffering a bad cold and couldn’t taste much! we ate to our hearts content and rested weary heads after a long day of sightseeing

Tomorrow we are planning on taking in the sights of the Brooklyn bridge and having a picnic in Central Park.

Lots of love and sunny kisses

B m and k xx

Singing, shopping and the Statue of Liberty!

imageAfter mooching round Times Square we spent last night in a gorgeous bar sipping excellent wine from California (obvs) and enjoying the ‘scene’. Back at the hotel we were soon soundly asleep only to be woken through the night by the sound of the ancient AC kicking into gear. It’s HOT here!!!

Up with the lark this morning we got the engineers in to repair our machine and set of for breakfast. There was only one place we were going to head to – Ellen’s stardust diner. Home of the singing waitstaff, super tacky and cheesy as hell, but sing they did. Maddy was amazed by their vocal prowess and even joined in when they hit the high notes.


Breakfast was huge and delicious – which was important as we had planned our day and would need the sustenance for what we had in mind.
First stop was the 9/11 memorial. Incredibly poignant and quite beautiful in a somber sort of way. We visited the small church opposite the site of the WTC and admired the new buildings which stand in place of those which were destroyed.

Then shopping.
And shop we did. For HOURS. Shoes, handbags, clothes. You name it, we bought it.
With heavy bags and lighter bank balances we then headed down through the financial district and past the stock exchange.


Through battery park to the Statten Island ferry to catch a glimpse of the Green Lady herself. It was a gorgeous day to cross the water and we took millions of snaps and soaked in the view.
And what a view.


Dinner with family tonight and adventures on the high line! We can’t wait
Love K M & B x

NYC adventures featuring special guests!

The blog is back. But this time rusty has bowed out to stay at home and play with the Captain whilst maddy (my sister) Bernadette (mother dearest) and I hit NYC for half term.

So it was a surprise for mads -for no particular reason – which made it all the more surprising when we announced it at the airport this morning. We were not in fact journeying to Barcelona but to the Big apple.

Her face was priceless image


So after freaking out (a little) and getting excited (a lot) we were on board the plane. We all know how much I love flying, but armed with my trusty Valium and some g&ts it was painless.

We had arrived


Adventures R us and we can not WAIT!! (Even though Bern looks a little befuddled in the picture – believe me when I say it might be the best we get all week.)