On our first full day in New York, we decided to visit the museum at Ground Zero. While not being your usual Honeymoon activity, it was something Himself and I really wanted to do, so off we went
It is such a heart wrenching experience, but a worthwhile one. The exhibition has been thoughtfully put together and before we left, I had definitely shed a few tears for all who were affected by this horrific tragedy the world over.
After paying our respects at the water memorial, arm in arm, we headed back towards the hustle and bustle of the city, only realising after we’d left, just how quiet and still Ground Zero is.
Over a hot drink, we watched the ice skaters at Rockefeller Centre. Himself is not one for ice skating and I’m not a big fan when on my own, so we were content to just people watch before heading back to the hotel to dethaw, as it was still freezing.
Later that afternoon, we had a date with one of my top priority “to-buys” on our New York list. LaDuca Shoes!
LaDuca is one of THE shoe fitters for Broadway shows and American Tours. Your first pair is a BIG deal – people have actually cried out of sheer joy. LaDuca has a small collection of styles, one of which (so the story goes) is sure to fit your feet perfectly and in turn, rock your world!
The style I ended up with is called Alexis 3″ Soft Sole and it has literally been a game changer since I’ve returned to London. They fit like a glove and are above and beyond the best dance shoes I’ve owned since I started dancing predominately in heels, back in 2006.
If you’re a dancer and planning on visiting New York, get saving those pennies because while the price tag is a hefty one, with the amount we put our feet through, you won’t have a single regret on spending the extra mula when your tootsies are living to fight through another gruelling rehearsal day!! I highly recommend getting yourself a pair.
Himself was mortified with the amount of photos I had him take of me with the bag outside the shop, but I was just too excited that this day had finally arrived!
Note: do NOT attempt to buy these online, each fit is so different, you really need to try on all the styles to work out which is right for your foots shape (obviously once you’ve done that, any subsequent pairs could be bought online cause you’ll know your measurements. They also do custom orders…!)
Just look at them! Those who dance will understand my joy, those who don’t, just think of the most beautiful pair of heels you’ve ever owned, then think of them still being comfortable after been upright at a wedding for 6hours with a lot of dancing and no sitting down. That’s what these shoes do for me!
After my delirium over the shoes, Himself reminded me of the time, so I threw myself in a shower and got ready to go to the theatre. We had tickets to see “Noises Off“, a farce…Guys, I LOVE a farce!!
We arrived good and early and capitalised on that to no end!!
After having a laugh downstairs, we went up to the bar area and Himself ordered a beer and a prosecco, the latter of which, turned out to be the LARGEST “small glass” of prosecco that either of us had ever seen – although – I wasn’t complaining!
I was a huge fan of the TV show SMASH, so when I saw that Megan Hilty was playing the role of ‘Brooke Ashton’ I nearly fell out of my seat! After whispering the news frantically at Himself and receiving a “oh right, very good”, my eye roll went relatively unnoticed as at that moment, the lights came down!
The play was hilarious, really well done and every actor was so strong, it was hard not to have a handful of favourite bits…per character!
We walked towards our hotel, rabbiting away about the show, only stopping momentarily in Times Square to take a few photos
Afterwards, we followed the pretty, twinkly lights, all the way back to our temporary home
Where upon we realised it wasn’t actually all that late and thought it’d be really quite rude not to open the champagne – so open it we did!
^ Very exciting so it was!!
We kicked back, relaxed and laughed a lot at some fabulously terrible American soap opera