New York: Day 4

New York: Day 4

After a while of delicious on the go breakfasts, you can’t help but long for a decent sit down breakfast that allows you to sit back for an hour and TRULY enjoy some good food. City breaks can involve a lot of walking, less sleep than usual and a lot of outdoor activities, depending on where you are, so it’s important that you do allow your body some down time too or else you will be completely burnt out by the end of trip and end up feeling like you require another holiday.

Now if you’re looking for an extra delicious breakfast in New York then it’s worth venturing a little bit out of the way from all the skyscrapers and hitting up Clinton St. Baking Company. From our hotel this involved a 20 minute train journey and a little bit of a walk but we got to pass the famous Katz Delicatessen from When Harry Met Sally whilst on route to what was going to become one of my favourite breakfasts of all time.

CLINTON ST. BAKING COMPANY 

Clinton St. Baking Company is (surprisingly) located on 4 Clinton Street making some of the “best baked goods” in the city according to their website. A bold statement but after dining here I soon could see why as it was completely true.

This place was buzzing with people just as eager to have a delicious breakfast as we were. I can just imagine the stress of trying to get a table here on the weekend, but thankfully it was a week day and we were quickly squeezed into a table at the window. Sweet or savoury? That was the question, and this was a hard decision to make given the options that are available here. However, with my favourite breakfast option, Eggs Benedict on the menu screaming “pick me”, I had to go for this, and to satisfy my sweet needs I ordered a peppermint hot chocolate. The hot chocolate itself would have been enough to fill me up so I drank it tactfully, making sure I left plenty of room for the actual breakfast itself. Sangeeta ordered the cheesy scrambled eggs, buttermilk biscuit with Mexican hot chilli and America’s version of a hash brown. Unaware of the portion sizes, Sangeeta also added two poached eggs on the side, which was quite funny as the man taking our order was questioning the addition of these two items, and it was no wonder when we seen the size of our breakfasts.

Eggs Benedict is one of those dishes that’s actually hard to go wrong unless you ruin the hollandaise sauce, but Clinton St. Baking Company got it ALL right. No eggs Benedict will ever top this, and it was actually the buttermilk biscuit that the eggs and bacon were perched on that sent me completely over the edge. I’m so used to having sourdough bread or a toasted muffin with this dish, but the buttermilk biscuit was a game changer, it’s just a shame this is unheard of in the UK. I just couldn’t stop going on about what I ordered and I wolfed it down until I was on the verge of exploding – honestly I’ll never get used to American portion sizes, especially at breakfast time, my stomach didn’t know what had hit it…but I’d happily do it all over again.

THE NEW YORK WATER TAXI

After breakfast we headed to Battery Park to look at getting the ferry that would allow us to see the Statue of Liberty up close and personal. Now the original plans we made involved getting the free ferry to Ellis Island as you get views of the statue from this, however, as soon as we got to the ferry terminal we were pulled aside by a couple of the many tour operators eagerly trying to sell us tickets to see the Statue of Liberty via their tour. Tours can involve either getting off at Staten Island and getting real close to Lady Liberty or a boat that pulls up as close to the island as possible. We were more than happy with the free option that we had heard about, however, we learned that the tour operators will do whatever they can to put you off going for the free ferry option, stating that it goes nowhere near the statue, the windows are dirty so the view is blurry, and so on.

Their sales pitch was good as we ended up purchasing tickets costing 35 dollars for the the New York Water Taxi that goes as close to Staten Island as possible, and also one that allowed us to be dropped off near to Times Square, which was convenient for us. I’d say the only downside about the company was the misleading information from the man who sold us the tickets. As soon as we were handed our tickets we were left to our own devices. We weren’t told how long the walk along to the pier where our boat departs from would be, and he told us that we could get the 12.55pm boat, which when we arrived there in plenty of time were told there wasn’t a boat at that time. As a result we ended up making a visit to a local bookstore for a refuelling stop from the cold whilst we waited on the next boat an HOUR later. The 45 minutes or so that we spent in this bookstore, I felt like I was in the Netflix series ‘ You’ and I half expected Joe Goldberg to pop out of nowhere and ask if I needed any assistance.

TIP: Looking further into the free ferry option, it actually looks great and offers some stunning views so you could save yourself some money doing it via this route. You will get views of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan just like the New York Water Taxi (except you don’t have to pay), and you can find more information on this here.

STATUE OF LIBERTY

If we could have picked any day to do the Water Taxi to Staten Island we sure picked the worst one in terms of temperamental weather. It was cold of course but as soon as we stepped on that boat and rushed up the stairs to take one of the many empty outdoor seats, the rain started, followed by wind, hail and then snow. Now I’m not the best of travellers when it comes to boats, but I can imagine on a beautiful Summer’s day being able to stand and walk around the boat quite freely, however on this particular day I was reluctant to even go near the edge due to the water being very choppy. I may have looked all cute and content in my big cosy jacket as the tour just started and the boat had pulled out from the pier, but by the time we reached Staten Island my hair was everywhere, my can of San Pellegrino was all over me and I was numb to the bone, but the Statue of Liberty stood proud in the background, as she does in any kind of weather.

The views of Lower Manhattan were truly spectacular, and despite the Statue of Liberty not being as big as I had expected, seeing it in the flesh was still a ‘wow’ moment for me. I remember back in high school learning about the Statue of Liberty and how it was supposed to signify hope and the American dream, and in that moment on that boat with Manhattan’s skyscrapers in the background, I felt like I was living my own American dream.

MACY’S

Due to the weather, we thought it would be best sticking to a little indoor activity and so opted for an afternoon of shopping at Macy’s. This is an upscale department store located at Herald Square, and due to it being close to the world famous Madison Square Garden, we decided to pass this before heading in to Macy’s for some warmth. You could so easily get lost in Macy’s as it is massive, with floor after floor of goods to spend your hard earned cash on. Tip: International visitors can get a ‘Visitors Savings Pass‘, which entitles you to 10% off thousands of items in store. This can be used over 30 days, which is even better, meaning you aren’t restricted to using it on that particular day of your visit. Information and the digital pass itself can be found herebut you can also get it in person at the store if you show your passport at the visitor centre. We actually never had to show any ID at the visitor centre but I would recommend taking it incase.

You can get some great deals in a store like this, and given that it was January there was still some seasonal sales. I managed to pick up a pair of Michael Kors trainers for £52, which were pretty much identical to ones I had seen and fallen in love with in the UK costing over £150. I also managed to grab some bargain gifts, a Calvin Klein scarf that was on offer from 49 dollars to 12 dollars, and I got some of Macy’s own merchandise including a large and sturdy make-up bag which is a great piece for travelling with and can easily hold all of my makeup and toiletry essentials.

THE PLAZA FOOD HALL

After an afternoon spent at Macy’s we headed to The Plaza Food Hall, an upmarket food court located in the lower level of the luxury 5 star Plaza Hotel across from Central Park. The reason we ventured here was to pick up some treats from Laduree to take back to the hotel.

Now if you have never tried macarons then you are seriously missing out and I highly recommend changing that whenever you can. A trip to Paris many years ago was when I first tried macarons from Laduree, and from then on, nowhere else compares to the macarons from this iconic place. You can get single macarons or a box of them, depending on the occasion or how much you want to treat yourself. Due to the wide range of flavours I opted for the box of 6, which also meant I got the pretty box to keep them in. Some of the flavours included passion fruit, salted caramel, raspberry and blackcurrant-violet. These can be pricey but I would splurge out on these any day as they truly are exquisite. If Laduree is good enough for Blair Waldorf, then it is good enough for Holly.

SHAKE SHACK

Shake Shack has been somewhere that I’ve been desperate to try for years, especially given the fact that it’s not a thing in Scotland (can this change please?!). Surely Shake Shack is just another McDonald’s and I was getting myself hyped up for nothing? As I looked at the menu deciding on what to order, the place was full to the brim with so many individuals and groups looking for a table…..right, it must be good then. I ended up ordering the Shack Burger (cheese-burger) and of course the cheese fries as these are one of the most popular items on the menu that I have seen on many Instagram posts and stories over the years.

I was handed a buzzer that would vibrate when my order was ready and I stood continuously looking around me hoping for a table to free up so I could sit down and enjoy my first taste of Shake Shack. A few minutes later we had our trays firmly in our hands and even managed to get lucky with a table, where I sat down and took my first bite of deliciousness. Shack Shack, is it overrated like some people may argue? Personally I loved it, and I would have to say that it was the cheese fries that done it for me, I could have ordered another 5 portions of these and been absolutely content.

THE SKYLARK

Despite the fact we were slightly overdressed for Shack Shack, it was all for good reason as we were headed to The Skylark for some drinks that evening. The Skylark is a cocktail lounge on the 30th floor of one of New York’s typical tall buildings offering amazing views of the city, including the Empire State Building. Now I won’t go into too much detail about The Skylark as at some point I will be featuring this in another post relating to some of New York’s finest rooftop bars. However, all I will say is that this was a night to remember, from the extra special treatment from the staff, the private tour of the open rooftop despite it being closed to the public for the Winter season, and of course the amazing cocktails. American alcohol measures truly put the UK to shame, and although I’m not much of a big drinker and never have been, I feel like America helped make my alcohol tolerance that little bit better.

If you’re curious about day 5 then I’ll give you a couple of hints….Brooklyn, a trip to Tiffany’s and designer lattes, you can read about it here.

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  1. lindapurcell724gmailcom
    March 4, 2020 / 6:12 pm

    Thanks. Going to NY in May.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 4, 2020 / 10:24 pm

      Enjoy!

      Holly

  2. March 4, 2020 / 6:13 pm

    I loved your whole New York series, I’m so jealous of your trip, I’d love to go one day x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 4, 2020 / 10:24 pm

      Thank you so much!! 3 more posts to come and it’s all over.

      Holly x

  3. March 4, 2020 / 6:25 pm

    So glad you are enjoying your stay here in New York. Yes New York has sooooo much to see and do. I feel like this when I go to Paris. I always go for FW so I feel like I do not see as much of the city as I would like. Restoration Hardware has a great rooftop cafe, it has got really big with influencers.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

    • Holly
      Author
      March 4, 2020 / 10:19 pm

      It definitely does! I went to Paris many years ago and I feel like there is so much for me to see and do if I go back in the future! Wow!!! I just googled Restoration Hardware and it looks amazing! Definitely a must if I go back.

      Holly x

  4. March 4, 2020 / 6:58 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I went to New York about 10 years ago and loved it! We did the water taxi too! | lanalikes.com

    • Holly
      Author
      March 4, 2020 / 10:16 pm

      It’s just one of those places that you completely fall in love with isn’t it?!

      Holly

    • Holly
      Author
      March 4, 2020 / 10:17 pm

      Also, I’m trying to get onto your blog but the link isn’t working?

      • March 4, 2020 / 10:19 pm

        Oh no really? Lanalikes.com if you go here it should work!

        • Holly
          Author
          March 5, 2020 / 12:26 pm

          Thank you! I think it was linked to your old WordPress.com URL when I clicked on your name/picture on the comment.

          • March 5, 2020 / 1:33 pm

            Oh, thank you! I’ll look in to that

  5. March 4, 2020 / 8:31 pm

    Wow! I am so fascinated by NYC, hope to also be able to visit soon. That breakfast looks so delicious. Good to know about the free ferry and tours. 🙂

    • Holly
      Author
      March 4, 2020 / 10:15 pm

      I hope you get to visit soon also!! Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  6. March 4, 2020 / 8:56 pm

    What an amazing day in New York! I’m a huge eggs benny fan so will definitely be putting Clinton St Baking on my list! When we were in New York, we did the free ferry to Staten Island and it was a cool experience and great way to see the Statue of Liberty.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 4, 2020 / 10:13 pm

      Isn’t eggs benny just the best?! Always my go to whenever I’m out for brunch! I’m glad you enjoyed the free ferry, it seems just as good as the options that charge!

      Holly x

  7. March 4, 2020 / 9:06 pm

    I want to go to New York for my 30th next year and this post makes me want to go even more! That food looks delicious! That water taxi looks awesome too! I can’t wait to explore! Thank you for sharing your experience! Looking forward to reading more!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 4, 2020 / 10:12 pm

      You definitely should, what better way to celebrate a special birthday than a trip like this! Thanks for reading!

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 4, 2020 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Holly x

  8. March 5, 2020 / 7:16 am

    Wow! I’ve always wanted to venture to New York just to experience it. The food sounds awesome too!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 12:19 pm

      It’s definitely a fantastic experience and will meet all of your foodie needs!

      Holly

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 12:17 pm

      I hope you do too. Any room in your case?

      Holly x

  9. March 5, 2020 / 8:30 am

    New York just looks amazing! I’ve never been but I’ve always wanted to go to be able to see all the sights and eat all the amazing food! Looks like you had an amazing time x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 12:09 pm

      The food is just one of the many highlights for me!! Never tasted anything like it! Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  10. March 5, 2020 / 12:51 pm

    Ugh, this post is making me hungry!!! I love hearing about your adventures in NYC. I’m not too far away and should plan a trip myself, if just for the food alone! That eggs benedict looks divine! I’ve been to Katz’s Deli (my friend stole a salt shaker as a souvenir despite my protests), but none of the other places you mention. We luckily have a Shake Shack in DC (or unluckily if you’re considering calories). Great post!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 8:31 pm

      Awww thanks so much for following my New York series, I really appreciate it! Yes you must for the food. Hahahaha seriously?! Was the food in Katz Deli good? We never got to try there unfortunately.

      Holly x

  11. March 5, 2020 / 1:48 pm

    That water taxi looks so cool, I might go in it when I go to New York this summer.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 8:28 pm

      You should, or the free option would be good also to save some money!

      Holly

  12. Anonymous
    March 5, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    Looks like you’re having a great time!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 8:27 pm

      It’s been fantastic!!

      Holly

  13. allofbritnee
    March 5, 2020 / 2:07 pm

    Will be visiting New York soon and I can’t wait!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 8:27 pm

      Have the best time!!

      Holly

  14. March 5, 2020 / 2:45 pm

    I absolutely need the read the rest of your NY posts because I am going in May and I need to go to the places I haven’t been.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 8:25 pm

      The other 3 days are up at the moment! And the next 3 posts will be up every Wednesday at 6pm!

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 8:19 pm

      I’m glad you want to go even more now!!

      Holly

  15. March 5, 2020 / 5:17 pm

    All of your New York posts have made me so nostalgic. The views from The Skylark look absolutely incredible. It’s such a beautiful city at night all lit up. I found the Statue of Liberty to be such a weird one, it’s slightly underwhelming but still amazing to be somewhere so iconic for the first time? x

    Sophie

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 8:17 pm

      Ugh I’m the same writing them and reading them back!! It’s unreal at night, so beautiful, it’s completely different to during the day. Yes I totally get what you mean about it!!

      Holly x

  16. March 5, 2020 / 5:20 pm

    So jealous that you’ve visited New York! That breakfast looks delicious x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 8:15 pm

      It was one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had!

      Holly x

  17. Kristen
    March 5, 2020 / 5:48 pm

    Looks like a great day in New York. I absolutely love Macys on 34th street.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 8:14 pm

      Macy’s was like another planet, so many floors and so many products!

      Holly

  18. Aisling O'Connor
    March 5, 2020 / 5:50 pm

    I never heard of Clinton St. Baking Company but it sounds lovely, we’re guilty of craming as much into city breaks as we can so it’s important to sit down. I didn’t go on a water taxi either but I’ll keep it in mind the next time we’re in New York

    Ash | https://thisdreamsalive.com

    • Holly
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 8:13 pm

      It’s so so good, you should check them out if you have Instagram! I’m the same, always cramming so much in, especially if I’m only there for a short period of time. Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  19. March 5, 2020 / 9:37 pm

    What stupendous looking food; the ham toast looks amazing and macaroon cookies are one of my favorite treats, especially when they come in a cute box.
    I loved seeing shots of the statue and the streets and ferry on a less-then-perfect day. Even without the sun, the city is attractive.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 12:35 pm

      Oh macarons are my absolutely favourite too! Yes, New York is a beautiful city in any type of weather – I can agree with that!

      Holly

  20. March 5, 2020 / 10:05 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing trip! I would love to visit NY some day.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 12:33 pm

      It was amazing, thanks so much for reading!

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 12:31 pm

      It was delicious!

      Holly x

  21. maidoesthings
    March 6, 2020 / 1:39 am

    I’ve lived in NYC for years but I still have never made it to Katz! I’ll have to make a trip sometime!

    Mai
    ✰ maidoesthings.com

    • Holly
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 12:27 pm

      Let me know how it is – I never got round to eating there!

      Holly x

  22. March 6, 2020 / 2:56 am

    Great post! It looks like you’re having an amazing trip. I’m definitely living vicariously through you! Thank you for sharing.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 14, 2020 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you so much for reading – I’m glad you have been enjoying the posts!

      Holly x

  23. March 6, 2020 / 3:12 am

    I love New York! Thanks for recommending things I haven’t done yet.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 12:24 pm

      I love it too! Thanks for reading

      Holly

  24. Lisa Alioto
    March 6, 2020 / 3:04 pm

    This kind of seals it for me – I need to go to NY. I’ve always wanted to but just haven’t done it but your posts have convinced me of all that I’m missing out on by not going.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 14, 2020 / 8:21 pm

      I’m glad they could convince you! Once the whole coronavirus situation is over you should go!

      Holly

  25. March 6, 2020 / 4:59 pm

    Oh my gosh, how beautiful is NY!. Also the food looks absolutely amazing!.

    • Holly
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 5:47 pm

      Everything about New York is just amazing!!

      Holly x

  26. March 6, 2020 / 5:18 pm

    Absolutely loving all the New York blogs. This is making me so excited for my own trip to NY in July!

    -Mari x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 14, 2020 / 8:40 pm

      This is so exciting, how long are you going for?

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 8, 2020 / 4:57 pm

      It’s honestly just so beautiful!

  27. nortoncharity
    March 7, 2020 / 12:35 am

    All these places look amazing! I have been to the Statue of Liberty before, but none of the others. I would love to go back to NYC someday and see more!
    -Charity http://www.morningsonmacedonia.com

    • Holly
      Author
      March 8, 2020 / 4:53 pm

      You definitely should when you get the chance, there is always so much more to see and do in NYC!

      Holly x

  28. makeupmuddle
    March 7, 2020 / 12:06 pm

    Oh wow I would so love to visit NYC, it’s been on my bucketlist for the longest time. You crammed so much into one day girl! You must have been exhausted xo

    http://www.makeupmuddle.com

    • Holly
      Author
      March 8, 2020 / 4:49 pm

      Whenever you get the chance you should definitely go!! You can get some great deals for around January time. I was so exhausted but the buzz of New York and the excitement kept me going (plus coffee).

      Holly x

  29. March 7, 2020 / 12:22 pm

    Amazing blog! Wonderful presentation, neat, tidy…love the passion you display and so jealous of your trip! Makes me want to visit New York even more!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 8, 2020 / 4:46 pm

      Awww thank you so MUCH – that feedback really means a lot!! You should definitely go if you get the chance!

      Holly

  30. March 7, 2020 / 1:36 pm

    Another brilliant day and post of your New York trip! You’ve hit the hot spots and things to do. And if you are from the UK, you’ve got to go shopping and save yourself some serious money! .Thanks for sharing.

    Mark / Mark’s Travel Journal
    https://www.markstraveljournal.me

    • Holly
      Author
      March 8, 2020 / 4:42 pm

      Thank you!! Exactly, I noticed that you can get certain things for a lot cheaper in America compared to the UK!

      Holly

  31. March 7, 2020 / 5:49 pm

    Fellow psychology graduate, hi! You’re a great writer, I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog 🙂

    • Holly
      Author
      March 8, 2020 / 4:41 pm

      Oh hello!! Thanks for checking out my blog – I really appreciate it! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

      Holly

  32. March 7, 2020 / 7:28 pm

    It is so cool to see the streets of NY! The breakfast from Clinton St. looks DELICIOUS!!! The eggs were made to perfection! I am loving that slice of ham as well. The water taxi looks pretty cool – I never heard of it until last year. I am a big fan of those fancy macarons though!! Glad you had a ton of fun!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Holly
      Author
      March 8, 2020 / 4:37 pm

      The breakfast from Clinton St was absolutely amaaaaaaazing! Thanks so much for reading!

      Holly x

  33. March 8, 2020 / 6:01 pm

    Love this post gal! I went to NY in December for the first time and it’s nice looking at your post and remembering bits and pieces we did. That breakfast place looks insane! We actually went to Katz though and quite honestly, my mouth waters just thinking about that pastrami sandwich!! xx

    • Holly
      Author
      March 14, 2020 / 8:24 pm

      It’s so good being able to reminisce! Oh my god the sandwiches look amazing at Katz Deli, I never got to go but I will next time for sure!

      Holly x

  34. katelyn | embark to explore
    March 8, 2020 / 7:13 pm

    Such a lovely post! I was suppose to go to NYC around Valentines day but the flights were cancelled due to the terrible winds! Such a shame, I guess I can live it through your blog post! Thanks for sharing!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 14, 2020 / 8:24 pm

      That sucks, did you get to reschedule?! Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  35. March 8, 2020 / 8:38 pm

    This is a fantastic blog – I hope to visit NYC later this year so I am going to be bookmarking this! Great tips about Macy’s and the Statue of Liberty 🙂

    • Holly
      Author
      March 14, 2020 / 8:25 pm

      That’s amazing, I am so excited for you! Have the best time when it comes.

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 9, 2020 / 4:57 pm

      It was truly wonderful and so fun to write about!

      Holly x

  36. March 9, 2020 / 5:45 pm

    Every time I read one of your New York posts, I want to visit even more! The food always looks fantastic, that Eggs Benedict is making me super hungry right now! It looks and sounds incredible 🙂 That’s a great tip about the free water taxi, thank you for sharing. I will have to remember that if I ever visit, and will definitely visit The Skylark too – that view of NY at night across the city is absolutely amazing!! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Holly
      Author
      March 10, 2020 / 10:12 am

      I’m so glad and I honestly really appreciate you reading the posts!! The food was one of the highlights for me, there was just absolutely everything to try over there. Yes definitely go to The Skylark, the views, cocktails and staff were all amazing!!

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      March 10, 2020 / 10:09 am

      Thank you!

      Holly

  37. March 10, 2020 / 1:32 am

    Those American portions will get you! Sometimes they are too big for us and we are Americans, lol. I haven’t had the pleasure of eating at Shake Shack yet. It looks amazing but not as good as those eggs!!

  38. March 10, 2020 / 10:52 am

    Looks sooo amazing! I’m planning to go this year too 🙂

    • Holly
      Author
      March 11, 2020 / 12:41 pm

      Ohhh when are you going?

      Holly

  39. March 10, 2020 / 6:08 pm

    Shake shack looks good but not as good as those eggs! New York looks so fun! I can’t wait until we get there!

    • Holly
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 2:04 pm

      Awww thanks so much!! I would love to go back!

      Holly x

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