09 January 2013


Towards the end of December 2012 I was extremely lucky to go with my family on a trip for 4 nights to New York City. It was one of the best holidays I've ever had and would love to go back sometime in the future. It's a beautiful city which is really easy to get around and there are so many things to see and do. This is a pretty picture heavy post, but below are a few photos I took whilst I was there and also my thoughts on a few of my favourites places I visited whilst there.
The Staten Island Ferry/Statue of Liberty
 I would highly suggest going on this to get a good view of the Statue of Liberty. From our hotel it was about a 10 minute Subway ride and about a 5 minute walk to get to the Ferry port. The ferry is completely free so it's a great and cheap way to see the Statue. The ferry doesn't get you as close to the Statue as the one that is specifically designed for viewing of it but the ferry does take a nice path so you can still get an amazing view.
Empire State Building
The views from here were amazing! Standard entry with give you access to the Main Deck which is 86 floors up. It was freezing when we went up, mainly because it was December but also it was really windy on that day so I do suggest taking a coat. If you pay a bit extra you can go all the way to the top deck which is 102 floors up. The top deck is a lot smaller than the main one, but I would really recommend going to the top because the view you can see into the distance is incredible. This was I think probably one of my highlights of the trip.
Times Square 
This was a lot closer to our hotel than I first thought, so we ended up visiting it quite a few times. At the weekends there are A LOT of people there, it is so busy! When you go on a weekday it seems like a completely different place as a result of the traffic running through it. At night the billboards are amazing! The lights are so bright and the place is bustling. The whole area is filled with atmosphere and was an awesome place to visit and would love to go back and check out the surroundings blocks.
9/11 Memorial
At the moment there is quite a bit of building work going on as they are currently refurbishing the area and in the future they are going to make the area completely open to the public from all of the side walks surrounding the site. The ponds there are beautiful and the area was very peaceful even with the work being done to it. Entrance to the memorial is free but they do ask for donations as they are currently refurbishing the area and in the future they are going to make the site so that it can be accessed from all surrounding streets and completely open to the public.
L-R Tiffany & Co, Giant Christmas tree lights!, Empire State building gift shop, Traffic in Times Square, Grand Central Station, Abraham Lincoln made from gingerbread!, taking the Subway and the giant piano from BIG. 

We did visit more places whilst there like F.A.O Swartchz, Tiffany's and Co, 5th Avenue and a lot more. This holiday was amazing and I can't wait to go back one day!

06 January 2013


Hello my name is Abi and welcome to my blog, A Floral Crown. I've been thinking about starting a blog for a while now and so here we are. I thought I'd start with a Sunday Summary as I plan to make it a regular thing and thought it would be a nice place to start a blog at.

1. I chose this photo as it's one of my favourites I took whilst I was in New York, a place which I was really lucky to visit for 4 nights in late December 2012. This photo really reminds me of a great time and I would love to go back in the future!
2. I had a great week catching up with people and relaxing watching movies. I watched the Amazing Spider-Man for probably the 7th time (just as good as the first time I watched it) and also went to the cinema to see Pitch Perfect which I would really recommend.
3. Some things I purchased online recently have started to arrive so I'll do a post on the products I brought when they all turn up.
4. I thought I'd finish this post by mentioning a couple of things I hope to feature on this blog. I already have a mini series on my time in New York planned, DIY's and also product reviews. Along with this I plan to write general lifestyle posts which I hope you'll enjoy.