This is a guest series called “Unforgettable Travel Moments“. We all have our special travel moments: a memorable meal, meeting someone, an embarrassing faux pas or simply being awestruck by scenery. With this new series, I hope to uncover the moments, the anecdotes and the tales which make travel special. This week’s post and photos are brought to you by Katy Stewart.

Unforgettable New York City

“What do you think? Pretty special, isn’t it?”

I turned to look at the man who had spoken and smiled. “Yes, it’s pretty special.”

We fell back into silence, intent on getting good photos. After snapping away furiously for a while, we stopped and introduced ourselves properly. He was a photographer from Germany; I was a student from England. It was his first time in New York, my first time anywhere in the USA. At that moment in time we were standing on a narrow ledge at the top of the Rockefeller Center in New York. We gazed out over the city as the sun set and realised it was futile trying to capture this image on camera. It was far better just to stand there, at possibly the best vantage point in the entire city, and drink it in. The Empire State building dominated the view, while the Brooklyn Bridge glittered in the distance. In the balmy evening air, it was unbelievably perfect.

As dusk set in, we decided it was probably better to clamber back down onto the main viewing platform, which was crowded with entranced tourists, all clamouring to get a good view. As we joined them, we knew that we would never see each other again, but that we had shared a brief and extraordinary moment.

“Well, enjoy New York,” he said with a shrug, at a loss for what to say.

“You too,” I replied. As he disappeared into the throng, I turned back to look at the city, watching as darkness fell and the millions of lights seemed to shine ever brighter. Far below, Times Square pulsed with colour – the heartbeat of New York – and I was struck with a feeling of euphoria, a sense that in this magical city, anything was possible.

About this week’s guest writer
Originally from Salisbury in the UK, Katy Stewart is a writer with wanderlust. She is constantly inspired by the places she visits and writes for numerous travel sites. “It’s the only way I stay sane when I’m not on the road”. Katy is currently planning an adventure to South America where she hopes to spend several months travelling. Read about Katy’s adventures on her blog: Starry Eyed Travels.

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3 Responses

  • New York is indeed magical, and Rockefeller Center is awesome. I’m so glad you pointed that out as one of the places worth visiting. There is tons in that general area to see and do – the Strand Hotel has a really good article about doing a midtown walking tour, including Rockefeller Center and some other nearby attractions.



  • Beautiful article! Love your pictures! Yes, the city is magical! Next time you are heading to New York you should check out Family In New York! They specialize in custom and private New York tours! They can customize a tour to your interests and show you some great places for photo ops!

  • I live in New York, and I love Top of the Rock. Glad you liked it, too. Though most of its visitors hail from elsewhere, locals scale its heights, too, to admire the city and its exhaustive catalog of real estate. And you’re right — the best way to see the Empire State Building is to view it from another skyscraper, like Top of the Rock.

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