This is the face of an excited girl who has just landed in New York with friends, has explored the hotel suite and is about to go and eat at one of Manhattan’s best pizzerias.
I’ve been seriously lucky this year.
This is my friend Louise hearing her first American accent of the holiday and discovering Magic Mike XXL is on the in-flight film list. As you can tell, she was pretty happy.
Our flight had a lot of turbulence so instead of my carefully planned two-hour kip we bunny-hopped across the Atlantic and I only got a 20-minute cat nap.
But it meant we watched a lot of good films and ate decent airline meals, so every cloud eh?
SLEEP DEPRIVED BUT HAPPY: Heading for our first night out
After a seven-hour flight and braving the rush-hour traffic we landed at our digs The Leon Hotel.
The rooms and bathroom were big, the beds were super comfy, there was loads of storage for our (many) clothes and the TV was huge.
Check out the view we had from our bedroom window. Peeking out from behind that big building on the right is Freedom Tower.
So what do you wear on your first night in the big city?
A fedora to cover up ‘flight hair’, a sparkly green jumper from Oxfam, dark jeans and comfy flats.
ENJOYING THE VIEW: Taking in Manhattan Bridge at sunset
For our first meal we went to Lombardi’s pizzeria. If you’re in or around Little Italy and want to sink your teeth into amazing pizza then this is the place to go.
I really should have plumped for an elasticated waist band – just look at the size of ’em!
This one was half meat and half white pizza. Yes that’s three cheeses and no tomato base. Ay carumba!
In a bid to be good (!) the second was all veggies.
We then waddled over to Spring Bar for a nightcap.
Yes that’s a (model) shark covered in fairy lights bearing the slogan ‘life is short, drink early’.
We hung out with Bruce the moose too…
Louise opted for the American classic of Budweiser while I fancied a Baileys (did someone say Christmas?)
I assumed it would be a small shot over lots of ice. I was wrong.
It took three of us to finish it.
As we tottered back to the hotel we spotted this chap (and pet pooch) looking a little worse for wear…
Keep an eye on the blog over the next few days for a Fitness Friday update, more New York pictures and a couple of reviews.