Only last night Vivian says to me:

‘So how long do you think we’ve been in the States?’.

‘Hmmm, I’m not sure – 3 weeks perhaps?’, I answer instinctively.

Try 4 ’, she says. ‘We’ve been in the States for an entire month ’.

Jeeez ’, we both say in disbelief. ‘Time to move on ’.


Who remembers the relentless stench of marijuana I described in my first couple of paragraphs from my first New York post? Well, I have an update on that and it probably explains why we have seen dedicated shops for the stuff but also why we witnessed this on our bus ride from Washington DC to NYC.

For those that can picture my eyes wide open face. Well, yeah, that was very much on display which caused amusement to the girls doing the rolling.

On March 31, New York became the 15th state to legalise recreational marijuana after a long campaign to decriminalize the drug. The NYPD has instructed its officers not to stop and arrest people if they see them smoking pot in public.

All very interesting.


There are five boroughs within New York City and you’ll have heard of most, if not all. Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island.

The main tourist area is, of course, Manhattan but we wanted to at least venture out to another borough so we rolled a dice (not literally) and went to Brooklyn. We’re glad we did as that one day ended up being our most picturesque single day, probably in all of our time in the US.

And for the final few favourites. Images lose sharpness when quality is modified to suit web pages but the originals are sharp and crisp sharp 👌

The Manhattan bridge in all its splendour.

Trying to look cool in 27 degree heat.

Even random people are star-struck by Vivian 😜🤣

Before we conclude our New York travel posts, we wanted to quickly show you ‘Little Island’. As Viv and I are late to the New York scene compared to many of you, so many of the attractions here you’ll have heard of, seen or done. But not ‘Little Island’.

This was a private project by a couple of local Billionaires. Literally a ‘couple’ couple. Their project started prior to Covid and has only just opened and I mean, only just. 

We attended the opening night some days back but couldn’t get in due to the sheer scale of people who had turned up with the same idea. It felt like a bit of a catch-22 situation as I dislike big crowds but at the same time, we knew we would not be able to get in on any other night due to Covid limitation of guests and because people have signed up online weeks prior to reserve a slot.

Therefore we captured images from the mainland and also an image from our boat cruise recently but not from within the island, sadly. Not that there’s much to do but “hang out”, “chill”, all things native to a New Yorker.

Here’s an aerial shot I found online of ‘Little Island’ before it’s opening night.

Be sure to get this visit on your list if and when any of you next come here.

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Now finally our first and only New York video with a little surprise in the last 30 seconds or so.

You can expect the next short post in the following 48 hours. Stay tuned….

5 Responses

  1. Looks like you guys thoroughly enjoyed the Big Apple and made the most of your time there. Great snaps, you finally get to make use of all that practice you have put in over the years model posing 🤣 I for one have always wanted to go to Both Washington DC and NYC. Nat has been to NYC a few years back and loved it.

    Where are you off to next 🤔

    • Hey, Alex. Nice to hear from you. Hope the kids haven’t drove you mad yet 😂

      You should definitely visit DC and NYC as a holiday. It can be pricey but if you plan in advance, you can save a lot of money on accommodation (which was our biggest expense) and do it well. A week should be enough, just add a couple of days for the jet leg and you’re golden. 😉

      PS: Sami says there’s only one model around town and it’s you. Rick, the model Martel – whatever on earth that means 🤔😂

  2. Hi you two, you both take great photos and videos. Its so beautiful there with its beautiful tall buldings, Mahatten bridge , Little Isaland, and the Edge ( don’t think I could walk on the glass ha!) and and if it wasn’t that I hate long journeys I certainly would love to go back and see all what you have seen. Gobsmacked about the weed shop tho.
    Wow you caught the plane meaning nearer to coming home I hope. Hooray.
    Safe journey xxx

    • Hi Teresa, thank you for your compliments ☺️.
      We need to get you back on planes to build up your tolerance but most of the long flights are overnight, so you just need a sleeping pill and next thing you know, you’ve landed! 🛬
      Hope all is well xx Viv

      PS, I would tell you where we are but Sami has an idea that he wants to include in his next post to show you that way where we are.x

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