Hi, from a very chilly Big Apple


Although I’m technically on annual leave, I promised I would show you a few pictures of the first three days of my holiday spent in New York. It definitely isn’t as cold as it has been, they had -12C a couple of weeks ago, but it has been hovering on or just below freezing since we arrived on Tuesday.

I’m not going to lie, despite wrapping up very warm, my face has felt like an ice block at times and I have been very grateful for my Elemis and L’Occitane beauty products to protect my skin in such severe conditions. My Centigrade coat has been a blessing too.

On Tuesday evening we met up with Renee (Attitudes by Renee) for a belated celebration of her birthday, and an early celebration of our anniversary.

Tuesday had been merely bitterly cold when we went for an exploratory walk near our hotel, and I took the picture of Times Square (at the top) – which is not really a square at all. Then on Wednesday, when we had booked to get the ferry across to the Statue of Liberty island, it was snowing even before we went in to Balthazar for breakfast.

By the time we came out again it was settling, although it ended up only being an inch or so. I was very pleased I had taken my Winter Trax as I always feel a little unstable on my feet in icy conditions, which I put down to my polio affected leg.

It was absolutely freezing on the ferry over to Liberty Island, but I couldn’t resist the temptation of being out on deck for a photo as the lady herself appeared out of the driving snow.

I found the trip fascinating, learning how the statue was made in France and then shipped over in pieces to be re-assembled on the plinth. We climbed to the top of the plinth – approx 250 steps – rather than waiting for the elevator… listen to me, I’ve only been here three days and I’m already calling a lift an elevator.

After lunch at a restaurant recommended by Jackie Kabler (a New York regular) we visited Ground Zero. It is very sobering that I can still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the awful news broke over 16 years ago. The two pools, which mark where the twin towers themselves had stood, seemed to be the perfect mark of respect.

After a very busy day of sightseeing, we went to see the Broadway show, A Bronx Tale, and even had front row seats – what a treat.

The show is very good with some excellent singing and acting, but if I’m totally honest I didn’t think any of the songs were as memorable as my beloved West Side Story.

Today, we had breakfast overlooking snowy Central Park, then went for a walk around it, and then toured the American Museum of Natural History, followed by yet more walking; this time The Highline. It has been one of my favourite things as it is a walkway along the old freight train lines by the west side of Manhattan Island, which have now been turned into a public park.

The views are fabulous andm although there was nothing in bloom as we are in the depths of winter, it was clear to see it would be a joy from spring onwards – definitely a must do in New York, in my opinion.

So, now you are up to date with my trip so far and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the photos – maybe it will even tempt you to visit.
Speak soon,
Julia x


  1. Alison January 19, 2018 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    Ah Julia so lovely to see you enjoying New York…I went in September/October for two weeks and it was absolutely beautiful. Admittedly the weather was sunny every day and in the high 80’s and it didn’t rain once, so I was very fortunate, but reading your blog brings back lots of happy memories… I too thought the World Trade Centre Memorial was very fitting and a place of calm & reflection despite the awful events of that day….So glad you had a good time…Enjoy the rest of your break! 🙂 x

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

      Hi Alison,
      Funnily enough I really enjoyed being in New York in the snow but if we go again I would choose the Spring I think before the heat really kicks in. Amazing place.
      Julia x

  2. Debbie January 19, 2018 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I’m so glad you are enjoying your time in Manhattan. My husband and I visited a few years ago as our daughter was there for a year on an internship with her uni! It’s a brilliant place to visit. At least the second half of your holiday should be warmer!!?best wishes Debbie X

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

      Hi Debbie,
      The second part of our trip was definitely warmer! How lucky was your daughter having that kind of experience while still at uni – has she been back?
      Julia x

  3. Josephine Jennings January 19, 2018 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic photos Julia, like the hat, you look warm and toastie.

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi Josephine,
      Everybody liked my owl hat – the ferryman on the Statue of Liberty ferry wanted to swap with me!!! I wondered what everyone was staring at ? Glad you liked the photos
      Julia x

  4. Teresa Karasavvas January 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    Great photos Julia – enjoy yourself.

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

      Hi Teresa,
      Glad you like the pics – we had a fab (if rather exhausting) time
      Julia x

  5. pam stephens January 20, 2018 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    loving the pictures Julia //have visited New York a few times and loved it but im a Londoner born and bred so a bit drawn to London more even now I live in Cambridgeshire my heart is in London/// Hope the rest of your USA trip is wonderful but come back soon we miss you love Pam xx

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pam
      It’s nice to be missed – I’m back on QVC Monday 29th. I know what you mean – definitely planning on doing a few of the ‘sights’ in London – when you live somewhere you don’t bother so much and London is a wonderful city full of history.
      Really enjoyed both parts of our holiday thanks
      Julia x

  6. linda broadhead January 20, 2018 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for sharingyour photoswith us they are great enjoy.

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda,
      Glad you liked seeing them – there were loads more but I didn’t want to bore you all ?
      We had a great time thanks
      Julia x

  7. Janet styring January 20, 2018 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    Love seeing your pictures.

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Janet, I’m glad you enjoyed them
      Julia x

  8. Denise scanlon January 20, 2018 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Looked a fabulous trip and you look so stylish in such a cold climate, just proofing you can look fabulous no matter the conditions xxx

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

      Hi Denise,
      Not sure I was particularly stylish but I did keep warm in my Centigrade coat, hat, gloves & thermal socks!!
      Thanks for the compliment
      Julia x

  9. Sandra Gregory January 20, 2018 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Glad you are having a great time. The photos are lovely. Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Happy Anniversary to you and Chris xxx

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sandra,
      Thanks for the anniversary wishes for Chris & me – 40 is a scarily BIG number! We both enjoyed our trip enormously
      Julia x

  10. Carole Maidment January 20, 2018 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Love New York. Been before but going again in December. Love all the Christmas decorations and cereal park!!! Glad your having a good time!!!xx

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

      Hi Carole,
      I guess the weather in December will be similar to what we had…. freeeeeeeezing! Actually, we bought a Christmas bauble from the year-round Christmas shop near Time Square! Would have liked to see the tree at the Rockerfella Centre although we did watch the ice skating fo a while.
      Absolutely loved Central Park – one of my favourite bits!
      Julia x

  11. Carole Maidment January 20, 2018 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Sorry Central park???

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

      ??? – I got it!

  12. theresa January 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Julia, even though New York was cold you looked cozy, I also wear winter trax bought several pairs years ago for family and friend, as you say they make you feel more secure when walking in snow. So pleased your enjoying your break and thank you for taking the time to share it with us. Look forward to your next blog till then enjoy your holiday.

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi Theresa,
      We did manage to stay warm and cozy apart from our faces – almost numb with cold!
      I had my winter trax on when we went on the ferry to Statue of Liberty but the other two didn’t wear theirs so they showed up when their bag was scanned. The security guard was very interested in getting some as he goes running!
      Julia x

  13. Carol January 21, 2018 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    fab photos hope you continued to have a good time

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

      Glad you like the photos Carol and yes, the second part of our trip was just as good as the first.
      Julia x

  14. Joanna B January 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Wow Julia it looks amazing. Glad you are enjoying a well earned rest. Bet you are glad you have your centigrade coat : )

    I work in my son’s school as a Midday Assistant + my long centigrade feather + down coat has been a godsend!

    Have a wonderful break.

    With love Joanna xx

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

      Hi Joanna,
      I was very grateful I had my Centigrade coat – it was looking a bit ‘grubby’ so I washed it before we went, hood and all, and it looked as good as new.
      Glad you’re making good use of yours too.
      We had a thoroughly enjoyable time, thanks
      Julia x

  15. Joanna B January 21, 2018 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Hello again

    I just wanted to thank you for your reply to my new years message. I did have a good Christmas thank you and spent some quiet time reflecting on those no longer with us during the day (whilst prepping veg for lunch!)

    Thank you for your kind words. I hadn’t realised you had replied when I sent my earlier message.

    Joanna xx

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

      I’m glad you got through the day okay xx

  16. Elizabeth keenan January 21, 2018 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    Glad you are enjoying your trip to New York, I have never been but its on my bucket list.
    Gorgeous pics especially the one on the ferry with the statue of Liberty in the background.
    Take care
    Much !ove
    Elizabeth ?

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      It is definitely worthy of a place on your bucket list!
      It was very very cold out on the deck of the ferry in the snow but didn’t want to miss the photo opportunity – glad you liked the pics.
      Julia x

  17. Sue French January 21, 2018 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to read about your trip. We were lucky enough to go to New York last year and The Highline was my absolute favourite, what a haven in such a busy city. Take care. Sue

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2018 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue,
      Loved The Highline – what an innovative use of the old freight line. I think they are extending it? Loved the feel of Greenwich Village too &, of course, Central Park.
      Julia x

  18. Christine Milnes January 22, 2018 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Great photos looks really cold but very fresh hope you are enjoying your holiday miss you on QVC.xx

    • Julia Roberts January 29, 2018 at 9:36 am -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      So pleased you like the photos & you’re right, it was bitter! Warmed up nicely in Antigua though.
      I’m back on QVC today at 4pm – nice to be missed
      Julia x

  19. martin forbes January 24, 2018 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    hope you chris daniel and sophie had agood xmas i had a quiet one.glad christmas and new year is over for another year .if you dont mind me asking did you find out what caused your sons daniels pains what as wrong with him .meanwhile 2 weeks on friday 1 am taking a2week break holidays from work to watch the winter olymoics from south korea loking forward to having a nice quiet holiday ,happy new year to you r family are you.dont know about you but waht along month january is too pass .

  20. Marina April 14, 2018 at 10:25 am -  Reply

    Hi, what kipling bag do you have? It looks a lovely colour. ?

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