So far, I’ve shared what we did on the first two days of our budget trip to New York and today, I’m going to share our third full day with you.
If you’ve had a read of my first two posts (Day 1 / Day 2) then you’ll already know that our trip to New York was a bit of a treat holiday which we booked pretty last minute so didn’t get the chance to save as much spending money as we would have liked but we made the best of what we did have and had amazing trip.
We decided to head to Chelsea Market for breakfast on day 3 and because we didn’t get along that well with our first attempt at using the subway on day 2, we decided to get an Uber there instead of trying again. I know that isn’t the best attitude to have when we’re on a budget but I looked at it like we do with most of our financial decisions – saving money is about prioritising and by saving money in other areas, we could use Uber to get around rather than attempting the subway again. 😉
The Uber was around $17 which is only $7 more than the subway and it dropped us off right outside Chelsea Market and we could smell the amazing fresh-baked foods as soon as we opened the car door.
Chelsea Market is amazing and somewhere I would love to spend a few hours just me and my camera – honestly, as if the building inside wasn’t beautiful enough, there were so many different foods and drinks to see and they all looked gorgeous.
We wandered all the way through drooling over the bakeries, cafes and stalls before having a mini family conference to decide what we were going to have for breakfast. The kids decided on Nutella crepes at $8 which were absolutely giant…
I went for a toasted bagel with cream cheese on which was a bargain $3 and tasted delicious!
We then decided to brave the High Line despite it being the coldest day of our trip to date! The High Line is an elevated railway line that’s been transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side. It’s a beautiful 1.5-mile long walk with some great views of the city and it’s somewhere I was really looking forward to visiting.
We use Google Maps to navigate ourselves from Chelsea Market to the High Line and climbed the steps to get up to the park and despite the cold, I felt quite excited to be there. That is until I turned around and saw the kids faces! They were definitely not as excited as I was and had no intention of enjoying themselves – apparently the -1 temperature was not conducive to them having a good time. Seriously, they couldn’t even pretend to be enjoying themselves so my walk along the High Line consisted of a five-minute session with my camera by which time even I was starting to freeze to the point that I couldn’t press the shutter on the camera to focus.
We walked back down the same set of steps and called an Uber to take us to Fifth Avenue where we stopped off in Tiffanys to have some fun in the try on section in there and to get a bit of a warm before we walked back to the hotel for an early end to the day’s sightseeing. We were freezing cold and the tiredness was really kicking in so we just relaxed in the hotel room for a couple of hours instead of doing a bit of shopping as we’d planned.
We had a few snacks in the hotel room that passed as some kind of lunch but when we got hungry for tea, we walked down to the Pizza shop via Grand Central Terminal and Bath and Bodyworks.
The pizza was the biggest thing I’ve ever seen and three slices each for Master Frugal and I was more than enough to feed us and we got Miss Frugal a Panda Express takeaway as she’s not a pizza fan. I did pop to the supermarket next door to the hotel to buy some melon and some cake to have for pudding.
I expected to spend a bit more on our third day as we’d planned to do a little shopping but aside from the things we bought in Bath and Bodyworks and some sweets from a sweet shop we passed which the kids bought themselves with their own money as they were mostly gifts for their friends, we bought nothing.
Uber to Chelsea Market $17
Breakfast $16 for the crepes / $3 for the bagel and cream cheese
Uber back to Fifth Avenue $15
Early Dinner $8 pizza, $10 on Panda Express and $6 on drinks
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