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Getting Ahead of the Games

Getting Ahead of the Games

by Kelly Sparkes on July 30, 2012

It’s mid April 2012 on a Monday morning. I’ve been travelling to work for two hours so far, had to stand all the way on the overground then had to push my way onto a very busy Victoria line and be squashed up against a man that smells like he slept in a pub cellar.  When I finally get off the tube I see the poster below.

Tube SignThe following few months they start popping up everywhere, announcing things like ‘10.5 million spectators coming to the 2012 games’ and ‘the Vitoria line will be busier than usual’, so Mr S and I decide that we were going to go on holiday for the duration of the Olympics and avoid our daily three hour commute all together.

It was really difficult to decide where to go, but we finally settled on an American trip, spending most of our time in New York.  We usually go to new York every year in late September for a long weekend, and we absolutely love it.  It will be great to be able to relax and enjoy our extended time there, exploring the museums and generally living the New York Life (without the work ;) ).

I can’t believe it’s come round so quickly, we are all packed up and ready to leave for the airport in an hour…Me looking very happy to be in New York!We will be starting off in a hotel in the Upper East Side, plenty of trips to the  Guggenheim.

East SideThen to Miami for a week for some beach time, we will be staying in two different hotels there as we couldn’t choose between them!

Miami BeachBack to New York, this time to the Wall Street area.  We don’t usually stay around here so it will be a nice change.

I took this photo on the day we bought my wedding ring awwww.

Wall StreetThen back to the Meat Packing District to see a different side of New York.

Meat Packing DistrictAt some point during our stay will be visiting Frank Lloyd Wrights Falling Water in Pennsylvania.  I’ve loved this house ever since I first saw a photo of it and can’t believe I’m finally going to visit it.

I will keep you all posted on my adventures.  Do you have any tips on things we should do/ places we should visit?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

tina July 31, 2012 at 1:12 am

You know I still can’t get over the fact you pissed off for 5 weeks from work:) good on you kiddo!!!

Your itinerary sounds perfect to me and I love your photo of when you bought your wedding ring! Magical! The photo of you is great too and I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time. Look forward to all the pics and stories.

Am sure you’ve landed by now so go and have fun for all of us xx


Kelly Sparkes August 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I still can’t quite believe they let me take 5 weeks off work, I was worried they might terminate my contract!

We are here now safe and sound, it’s quite hard adapting to the relaxed New York after usually rushing around trying to fit everything in. I’m sure I will get used to it though ;)

Will have lots of fun, I promise :) xx


Laura Passey July 31, 2012 at 8:05 am

What an itinerary! I’m looking forward to seeing your discoveries.

I am an enormous Frank Lloyd Wright fanatic. Oak Park in Chicago is a wonder! His personal life makes quite a read too!

It’s been a while now since I went to New York so my tips are probably out of date. I loved searching out all the little bistros and stuff though. And maybe go hear the New York Philharmonic at the Lincoln Centre if they’re not in summer break.

Will miss you while you’re away! Xxxx


Kelly Sparkes August 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Awww I’ll miss you too, come and visit me, we can go to Falling Water together :) Failing that we should plan something in for the week I get back.

Thanks for the tip about the New York Philharmonic, we are heading over that way tonight so I will have a look at what’s on. xxx


Sam Lennie August 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

Such a shame we are going to miss each other, but we’ll have to do something on your last night and our first night in NYC. I shall be expecting some input from you on what I should be doing whilst I’m there please lady. You guys are very cool jetsetters, we shall thoroughly enjoy keeping up with your antics these next few weeks xx


Kelly Sparkes August 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I know, such a shame, but we can have lots of fun on that night. By the time you get here we will have lots of tips for you! xx


Van Bueno August 2, 2012 at 12:08 am

What an incredible itinerary you’ve planned!

Here are some tips on a few things I’ve seen/done in the past in NYC and some I know it’s happening right now:

Summerstage in Central Park – a series of free summer concerts in the park.

The MET period rooms.

The Cloisters is a favorite place of mine – a medieval castle up in Washington Heights with a lovely view of the Hudson River.

ABC Home and Carpet in Midtown is a must-see for home decor, and close by is the Strand bookstore – great deals on design books.

Immaculate Infatuation is a great app to find reviews on restaurants around NYC.

I’ll also be in NYC from tomorrow till Sunday and I’ll be taking Abigail Ahern’s class on the Ace Hotel on Saturday! I’m beyond excited.

It would be lovely to meet for a coffee if you are still around Friday or Saturday :)



Kelly Sparkes August 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Thanks for the great ideas! I will be visiting them all, I’ve been to ABC Home and Carpet before and it was already on the list, such a fabulous place.

I can’t believe you are doing Abigail Ahern’s class on the Ace Hotel on Saturday, I am too! Such a lovely coincidence. I look forward to seeing you there, so exciting! x


Annie August 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I love that photo of you Kelly, you look so cool!

This may be too late but have a cocktail at sundown at the bar of the mandarin oriental hotel on Columbus circus. Best view of central park. Beautiful x


Kelly Sparkes August 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thanks Annie! Unfortunately was too late, but i’ve added it to the list for next time we go :) x


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