How To Plan Your New York Trip – From Upper East Side to Midtown

How To Plan Your New York Trip – From Upper East Side to Midtown

I remember my first visit to NYC as a tourist. I was extremely excited, happy and confused at the same time. I was so bad at planning my trip, literally I’ve spent all my time on road. And my biggest mistake was I came to New York with my car!!

Since I’ve been living in NYC last 4 years now, I thought starting my NYC diaries with this post would be a good beginning.map_hoods4

This map actually makes everything so much easier. I found this from google. You can search for New York City maps and you will find this if you want to download it to your phone.

I will write down must see places in each neighborhood. You should search them in Google Maps and save them as ‘Want to Go’. So you will not miss anywhere and you can actually save a lot of time following your map. Let’s start…

View from Central Park

Upper East Side + Central Park + Upper West Side

  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Papaya King
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Lexington Candy Shop
  • Serendipity
  • Roosevelt Island Tramway
  • Subway Inn
  • Central Park
  • Columbus Circle
  • The Empire Rooftop
  • The Boat Basin Cafe
  • American Museum of Natural History



Midtown West + Times Square + Midtown East

  • Times Square
  • Bryant Park
  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not
  • Empire State Building
  • Rockefeller Center
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • See a Broadway Show!
  •  The Museum of Modern Art – MOMA
  • Love Sculpture
  • Burger Joint ( amazing speak easy restaurant)
  • New York Public Library
  • Macy’s Flagship Store
  • Herald Square
  • St. Cloud Social
  • Madison Square Garden

For Upper side and Midtown area, these are the main places you can visit. I will publish another post next week for the rest of the areas which is from Chelsea to Financial District.

I hope this would be helpful for you and you enjoy your New York trip! It is a fun city and you should get as much as you can from it!

Until next week, Adios my friends!

Bahamas Baby!

Since I was a little girl, I was always wondering about Bahamas. I’ve heard a lot about it, how magical the beaches were, the weather and the hotels.

I know it is not that popular anymore as it was in my childhood but I must say, I think it is still magical.


I’ve stayed in Atlantis hotel, and I didn’t have a chance to wonder around Bahamas that much. I only visited Nassau which was, in my opinion, more than enough for a relaxing holiday. But I think island hopping would be so much fun. For next time, it is in my check list.

If you think that Atlantis is just a hotel, and you will be bored; don’t be so sure about it. Atlantis  is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. There are 5 different hotels you can stay in Atlantis; The Cove, Royal, Coral, Beach and Reef. Definitely, the Cove was my favorite. You can go around all the pools, use the accommodations of each hotel, except the Cove. But if you are staying in Cove, you an use any other’s accommodations.


The Royal; This hotel has this mythological, Atlantis inspired theme. It feels like The Lost City Atlantis was here and it was risen from the sea again.


Seriously, the photos don’t even do the justice. It is purely magical.


Also, The Royal is very close to the Water park. We all need to be a kid for a day and the next day have a sore body but happy spirit.

I guess my favorite was River Rides. You literally hop on your inner tube and float around the hotel. Sometimes you come across to small waves or extreme rapids. It is fun and relaxing.



The Royal has casino in it. So if you are a gambler, there you go! Have fun evenings!


The reason I like The Cove better is because it has great pool areas and also the restaurants. You can enter the restaurants but not the pools if you are staying at the other hotels.


I would say get the map in your hand, circle the places you want to see and start walking. I assure you, you will capture amazing pictures.


There is this little village street that is located close to The Beach that you can see the photo of it above. It becomes a very enjoyable street during the evenings. It has small restaurants, mostly casual. It reminded me small coastal villages.


Go to the beach from The Cove side, you will definitely be super happy and get your dream beach photo.


Okay, so from Atlantis, there is a shuttle that goes to The Ocean Club – Four Seasons Hotel. Definitely go there for dinner. I like the service, food and the view. Here is the photo of the view;


While I am writing this blog, I do actually have an urge to go back.

This time, my Bahamas trip was a bit relaxing, enjoying the hotel kind of vacation. My next time will be more cultural explore kind of trip.


Until the next time, Adios Bahamas!



How many places do you know that you can both relax, explore, and have fun at the same time? I am about to tell you about a magical place that you can relax at the beach the morning, join yoga sessions, make friends while you are drinking your margarita, explore one of the true wonders of the world, enjoy incredibly delicious food, shop from unique boutiques and find amazing parties to dance all night!

One cute hidden cafe on Tulum Beach Road

The moment you arrive Tulum, you start feeling like you are back at home. It doesn’t matter if you had been there or not.

Nomade Hotel

I don’t even know where should I start… I went to Tulum in January for 5 days. I stayed in Project Heart camp/family. It was a great experience for me since I got a chance to meet with a lot of cool and sweet people. It was an experience that reminds you of the best of human nature, like helping people without expectations, sharing love, and being yourself without any concern of being accepted. It was magical…

Dinner Area at Project Heart Camp
Dance celebration with Project Heart family in Mayan Jungle

Tulum Beach is the hottest spot I can say. You can find great restaurants, hotels, boutiques… If you have a chance, you should cycle around the Tulum Beach road, stopping at every possible corner to fully experience the people, culture, and all that it has to offer. Here some of the scenes from my camera;

Tulum Beach Road
Must try restaurant at Tulum Beach
You should definitely stop by at Pasha Restaurant
Delicious Turkish food at Pasha Restaurant

I was in Tulum during the “Sound Tulum”. I was dancing all night while Tale of Us was playing their magic!


One of the spots that you shouldn’t miss is Tulum Ruins! It is a picture-postcard view. The photos I took, don’t do it justice. I went there around 1-2 pm and you can see from the photos, how crowded it was! Try to get there early in the morning like around 8 am. You will thank me when you are taking photos.




P.S. Wear your bikinis underneath your clothes.

Chichén Itzá is one of the Great Wonders of the World. There is a lot to say about this magical place so I click on the link to see that post too!


And last but not least Centro de Tulum aka Downtown. It is not as touristic, it mostly has the local shops and banks. Great place to buy souvenirs! Do not forget to bargain:) It has HSBC bank if you are using international card. Trust me, it is a life saver in Mexico. Oh before I forget, do not carry dollars with you. Use Pesos while you are shopping and mostly use cash.

Souvenir shop s in Centro de Tulum
There are great street artists in Mexico