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48 Travel NYC’s the place to be New York, New York... so good they named it twice. Of course, that’s not strictly correct. One refers to the city, and the other refers to the state, but nevertheless it’s a place where you can double up on everything. From the food portions to sheer size of the buildings, NYC likes to go big. From its earliest days, New York was linked with power and fame. It was named after the then Duke of York, who later became King James II. It became the gateway to immigrants seeking a better life in the New World. Today, it’s a city of 8.5m people. Some experts believe there’s about 800 different languages spoken in the city. Spend even an hour in New York and you’d swear they were all being spoken at once. It wasn’t dubbed by the city’s best-known crooner, Frank Sinatra, as “the city that doesn’t sleep” for nothing... As for places to visit, New York leaves you spoilt for choice. ‘Friends’ enthusiasts from across the globe can re-enact the TV shows opening credits and frolic in the fountain found in Central Park. And while we’re on the subject of the enormous man-made open space running through Manhattan almost cutting the city in two, Central Park offers locals and tourists alike a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Whether picnicking in the summer, or enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride through the snow in the winter.
49 And Christmas in NYC is one like no other. Picture ice skating at the Rockefeller Centre around the beautifully dressed Christmas tree worthy of giants, window shopping (or blowing your dollars) along Fifth Avenue, scaling the heights of the Empire State Building and seeing the concrete jungle twinkling below. You never know, you may have your very own ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ moment. More than 15 years have now passed since the devastating terror attacks of 9/11 but Ground Zero still remains a place of reflection. The new World Trade Centre and 9/11 Memorial are living tributes that honour the lives lost and celebrate New York City’s resilience. Travel back in time on Ellis Island and put yourself in the shoes of 12 million immigrants from Ireland, France, Italy and beyond hoping to make a new life for themselves in the land of the free, as Lady Liberty continues to stand tall and proud on Liberty Island, watching over inhabitants as she has done for more than a century. Visit NYC 10 December, 2018 4 Nights Wolcott Hotel (Historic midtown hotel - full of charm) Fly from Manchester (indirect) From £799pp* *price correct at time of print Lovers of the arts must make a stop on Broadway, whether you’re catching a Musical or a play. Think London’s West End on steroids, where it’s all razzle dazzle all the time. And while you’re in the vicinity, head on down to Times Square and see for yourself how many neon and LED lights and signs the square really has. And as we all know, this is one of the most iconic locations in the world to ring in the New Year. NYC Spring-Summer-Autumn-Christmas For the ultimate travel package and/or flight to New York City call us today. Package prices start from £799pp Independent Travel Specialist Protected by 200 Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7PE Telephone: 01744 893291 www.markentravel.co.uk
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