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My latest trip was a 5 night stay in New York for Lauren’s birthday.

This was a bit of an extravagant trip for us. Lauren has always wanted to travel First Class, so we decided that we would fly with Virgin in their Upper Class cabin, and it did not disappoint.

The whole experience started with a car picking us up from our home address on the morning of the flight to take us to Heathrow. When there we were taken to the Virgin Upper Class check-in entrance, where you are greeted with your boarding cards and are fast-tracked through security and into the Virgin Clubhouse. In the Clubhouse you are able to order some delicious food dishes, as well as drinks (including cocktails). There is a pool table and TV’s, as well as a salon to get a facial, massage or even a quick hair cut! With steps up to the roof, you are able to sit and watch the planes take-off and land with un-obstructed views.

Time to get on the plane, and you are fast-tracked through the boarding process and on to the plane, greeted with a glass of champagne. The upper-class cabin consists of around 20 individual spacious pods, served by 4 dedicated flight attendants. Restaurant quality food is served, drinks and snacks are on tap and if you need it, your seat folds flat to create a bed to sleep in. It’s just luxury!

The flight went very quickly, and we arrived at the other end to pick up another car provided by Virgin to take us to our apartment.

The journey to our apartment was slow going… the traffic in New York does not get any better! We had rented an apartment at the southern tip of Manhattan, and the location did not disappoint. From our window we had views of the Hudson River across to New Jersey, including the Statue of Liberty! Perfect.

As you do when you are in New York, we packed in loads but without rushing around too much. I am not going to bore you with all the ins and out with a detailed report, so here is a map with the places we visited (you will need to zoom in to New York), and some images I took during our trip…

 

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