There’s something special about watching Woody Allen’s film Manhattan when you’re all tucked up in bed in a room on West 44th street and Broadway.
The snow outside adds to the mood and Irving Berlin’s music makes you almost want to dance through the streets flanked with amazing architecture – but it’s too cold!
I couldn’t have picked a better holiday to take the heat down from a difficult 2009. Sure, the wind chill factor isn’t something anyone would want to deal with on a regular basis but most of us in business found last year hard going and I didn’t mind cooling off.
So straight after Christmas we took a Qantas direct flight for a two-week stint in the Big Apple and a week in LA. Haven’t been there for two years and it was time to savour a fortnight in my favourite city in the entire U S of A. Needed the burger and fries fix, and, in New York there’s no end of quality restaurants that have the good old hamburger on the menu. Even Daniel Boulud’s classy eatery DB Bistro Moderne, conveniently located two doors down from our hotel, serves a wagu beef burger and ‘to die for’ fries that alone are worth the trip!
As much as I love the restaurants – Pastis, Balthazar, Buddakan, Le Bilboquet to name a few, and working out in the gym with Billy Connelly was a big thrill – it’s what you learn while you’re in the States that always makes a trip so valuable.
Let me take you through a few everyday lessons I learnt while in the US for three weeks:
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