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We’re chilling out in our LA hotel as we both decided we were touristed out.  So we sprang for internet and therefore another blog!

There are still lots of pics to come but I tweeted these last night and thought I’d do a longer version here.  So, here are my ten favourite things from my New York trip in no particular order.

1. Meeting my editor, Jessica, in person and lunching with her and my agent in Greenwich Village (which was a very ‘hey, I am a writer moment’ ; ) )

2. Going to see Sleep No More….weird, intense, kind of creepy yet amazing and unlike anything else I’ve ever been to. Would love to see it a few more times just to have time to explore all of it. Sadly I doubt it will come to Australia any time soon.

3. Wandering through Central Park on a brilliant blue summer’s day.  The shady green spaces are heavenly and full of intriguing things and, once again, we barely scratched the surface of it.

4. Junior’s cheesecake.  I’m not generally a baked cheesecake fan as I prefer cold-set but Junior’s is awesome. I managed to try three flavours while in New York but I think, as awesome as Devil’s Food or Strawberry Shortcake were, the original was my fave.

5. The Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met. I’m not exactly a fashion girl but I had seen pictures from the exhibition and had heard people rave about it, so it went on the list of things to do in New York.  It more than lived up to the hype.  It was fabulous. Dark and beautiful and intriguing and the muse loved it. So much so I bought the very large exhibition program and shipped it home so I can look at the images again.  In fact, the muse adored the Met in general. The place is a Tardis…it just goes on and on and on and every time you think it can’t go on again you turn a corner and there are more rooms. But that’s another blog.

6. The sunset harbour cruise. Just beautiful to see the sun setting reflected off all the buildings (which reminds me, we saw the most awesome brilliant hot pink sunset flying into LA last night…looked unearthly).

7. The 4th of July fireworks over the Hudson.  I wasn’t overly keen to go see these initially as I don’t like fighting through huge crowds and had visions of New Year’s Eve type madness but Keri wanted to go, so we did and I’m very glad.  The fireworks were wonderful and the crowd wasn’t that huge and very well behaved.

8. Hanging out with my agent and US writer friends.  The hard fact about being an Aussie writer is that you meet lots of wonderful folks (online and in the flesh) who live far away and don’t get to see them in person often enough, so it’s always lovely when you do get the chance to hang out.  Even though the conference hotel was also a Tardis and I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to.

9. Going to Washington for the day.  As I’ve said in my blogs, it’s a very pretty city and I will be going back there again one day to spend more time exploring and museum hopping! Though maybe not in summer…it was also very hot.

10. The shopping (yes, I can be shallow), especially Fluevog.

I could go on but will hopefully talk about some other stuff in the blog posts still to come.  It’s been a wonderful trip.  I wasn’t sure I would like New York as much as I did…it seems to be one of those cities that people love or hate and I thought it might be too full on for me, but I really liked it.  So now I just need to keep writing those books so I have the excuse to return a lot!

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