Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Inspring places

Hello my blog reader,
After being featured on Emerald Magazine, and also asked by expedia.co.uk and even the Syfy.co.uk channel to be featured on this blog, I decided to write the e blog book- based completely on this blog.
I wanted to give it to you, my dear readers for free as it has new content as "Things I learned later" and a useful little guide on your Kindle or e reader.
Alas, Amazon wont let me price it for free for some reason, so please do email them and say that there is a lot of repeated content on this blog and you want it for free, apparently they do that, if you tell them. Where there's a will eh?
The link to it is right here on the left to the UK version, there is one of course on Amazon.com for the US version and available all across the world.
I'd also recommend the Not for tourist Guide to NYC if you're going to live there- so many useful things that you need to know when you're not a tourist and this is a nice compact book to get ideas from- the link is also to the left.
I will of course continue this blog, as my travels to NYC and the rest of the US are ongoing and this one Everything London. Come and join both blogs.

Emerald Magazine UK- sister to Stylist freesheet.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

London and NYC, love hearts and stats...

As if made just for this blog, the people at  expedia.co.uk have been gathering sources from all over the shop and have come up with a list comparing the two wonderful metropolises, suggesting you might 'heart' one of them more...humm, is it possible?

My NYC blog ebook is very close to being published, and will be free to all my blog readers, so join up to the blog- or drop me your email, meanwhile I thought it was worth examining the list...

  • NYC has more people per sq mile and London being bigger than NYC, is able to spread more people out.
When you live on Manhattan Island it's clear you live on a little Island, and there will be pretty much no street that you're on alone any time of the day.

Then the obvious -
  • NYC enjoys warmer temperatures in the Summer, but much colder winters, and wetter months.
  • Public transport is cheaper in the Big Apple including Taxi's. NYC so much more affordable than London in this respect, and you can go much further on less money.
  • Shopping if you're so inclined, is not surprisingly widely available in both cities, and with the pound not so strong, it's not so much a bargain anymore for UK shoppers. Besides there's so much more to do in both cities culturally, artistically and to eat and drink than shopping..just flick through this blog.
  • London clearly has more green spaces and parks, easily taken for granted till you live in NY and see the kids playgrounds one called 'Diana Ross Park' inside Central Park near 84th West playing with a concrete floor, very unimaginative and a bit depressing in winter...
  • Still I disagree with the list, it misses out my fave park in London- Primrose Hill, wonderful views and fab atmosphere chilling out in the summer sunshine, with Camden Lock Market just down the hill
In my opinion in NYC the best park by far, and I'm talking Manhattan here, is Central Park, no contest. See my posts. So many different areas to explore, a zoo, a theater, a boathouse lake with a restaurant and bar, any season and this place is amazing and accessible- they even sweep the paths in the snow. Then there's the absolutely amazing wildlife- raccoons, hawks, turtles, not to mention over a quarter of all the bird species found in the United States have been seen in Central Park and the squirrels have fearless attitude, one jumped down to press my open handed glove, searching me for food.
  • As for pictures... I think skylines of both cities are much more snapped up, because they're ubiquitous. Especially in NYC because as a tourist or a resident, lets face it, you're going to be inside a tall building at some point in your day, and the view will probably be amazing...
Let me know which city you 'heart' more and why, or why you love them both and refuse to choose, comments below...