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April 09, 2013

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Claire/Just a little less

Love the vibe of the city that you've captured in these photos. Can't wait to see more. Welcome home xo

jja

Looking forward for more posts :-). Your hotel seems nice and charming, but I was shocked by their rates, 350 $ per person and night...and I thought my city is expensive LOL

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

It didn't look charming (more modern) I have to say but the atmosphere was really nice. Manhattan hotels of an OK standard are SO expensive but staying in the cheaper ones with fewer than three stars usually means not so clean rooms, yucky bathrooms and no breakfast. My colleague stayed in an "affordable" hotel in Chelsea's Meatpacking District not long ago that had bunk beds, non functioning locks on the door and a midnight "visitor" in her room. I'd rather save up and pay a bit more to be safe in a fresh space after a long flight and long days in site :).

Ett stenkast från Fyndet

Lovely New York - must be my favourite city all categories :)

Will be awaiting further posts!

Sara

LOVE Giovanni Rana... The atmosphere, the location and the FOOD! :)

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

I know, it was amazing :).
Wille says thank you for the birthday greeting!

jennifer in France

I am taking notes for the October NY wedding I'm invited to. Hope to find hotel rooms cheaper than Stockholm!

Lucy

I've been a long time reader but rarely comment. I'm so excited you are back in NYC; my hometown. If you have the time you have to try the following restaurants: Freeman's in the Lower East Side, Yaki Tori Taisho in St. Marks, Golden Unicorn in Chinatown for dim sum, Sugar Sweet Sunshine in Lower East Side for delicious cupcakes (the best pistachio cupcakes in NYC), PEEP in Soho for Thai food (go in the restroom to see why it's called PEEP). Have fun in NYC!

Heather P.

Sorry to hear you had so much of a hassle at the airport. Security here can get kind of crazy, especially in bigger airports!

Looks like you had a great start to your vacation!

Lisa

Great post! I love that we'll be able to read the day-by-day in a series of posts. Welcome home!

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

Ah, we're actually back home already :). Thank you so much though, I'll save these tips for next time. Soon I hope!

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

I kind of expected long lines from experience so Wille and I made a mad dash for the immigration area but it turned out that four other planes had landed just before us :).

Josseline

Awsome photos! I thought a lot about guys, hoping all was going well. I'm sorry the weather was so cold. Can't wait to read more about your trip. How were the kitties when you got home?

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

Mini was outside when we arrived and came happily towards us when she came in. Bonus was annoyed with us and we had to coax him out of his hiding place with food. Exactly how we expected it to be :)

~Michelle

Amen. Safety in NYC is paramount!

I stayed in some low ranked places while in Amsterdam and, while I have great stories to tell NOW, at the time? *shudder*

~Michelle

April 1st and no April Fools pranks??? That's a very American thing!

Maybe the customs agents were pranking you with that loooong wait.

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

I pranked Wille that morning as we were waiting for our first flight saying it was delayed an hour and that we'd be late for our connecting flight :).

Sarah

Jättefina bilder Benita, och jag är grööön av avund! Ser fram emot att få ta del av resten av resan! <3

Nadia

I actually live here and am so curious to read your NYC posts. Of course you will find beauty in a fire escape view, I totally get it.
And isn't Chelsea Market great? I practically raised both my kids there, since it's such a friendly and exciting place to spend indoors time with kids during the long winter months.
Can't wait to read your next posts - good chances you passed by my house or coffee place :)

Martha

I'm guessing you and Wille had a shared double so really $350 per night is not bad. Love your photos!!!

Corina

I was at MOMA last Thursday with my duaghter and I would be lying if said I didn't keep a look out for the two of you!!! Looking forward to more of your posts about NYC. Sidetour is a great site to bookmark for next time- lots of wonderful adventures to be had, I'm hoping to go on some tours with them this month- photography in Central Park? Yes please!!! It is wonderfully warm this week- such a pity you didn't get some of the spring weather.

KMP Modern

So far your trip to NYC sounds like a winner. Thanks for the tip about the Hampton Inn. Now that we have children, we're always looking for good bargain hotels, and you need one in Manhattan. We recently stayed at a Hampton Inn by the beach when all the beachfront hotels were booked. We had a wonderful time, with the amazing breakfast and indoor pool. Enjoy your trip!

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

We did. We had quite a large room with two queen size beds which was perfect for us.

jja

I didn't know that cheaper hotels are not secure, from this point I would pay everything what is needed ;-)

laura

We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Soho last year and thought it was great for location, breakfast and free in room wi-fi.
We're staying in an airbnb apartment in October because it seemed to me the Hampton prices had gone up considerably this year, which is a shame :(

Therese

Åh, när jag var i NY i december åt vi middag där, verkligen helt fantastisk pasta! En negativ bieffekt av att ha ätit där är att ingen pasta hemma är i god längre, eller i alla fall inte lika god som man tyckte att den var förut!

Kristín

thanks for sharing Benita! Love that you were able to take this trip with your son - your pictures make me want to jump on the next plane ;)

Holly

Thanks for sharing your journey! I love NYC. My sisters and I go every fall and we're always looking for new places. Brooklyn is #1 on this year's list.

We just got back from Mexico Monday. Our pilot warned us that the recent federal budget cuts have hit the Customs area hard, making for very long lines. There were four international flights expected in at about the same time, luckily ours got in early so we were more towards the front of the line. Even then, it still took over an hour to get through!

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