Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Blog Statistics | July 2017

I started this website, just over 6 months ago and really enjoy looking back at the blog stats. There's something I find interesting reading all the information, reading where in the world people visited the website from.

Page views : 23,463
Page views last month : 4,805

The most viewed countries are from United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Other views are from France, Ireland, Australia, Austria, Philippines, Russia, Poland, Belgium and Netherlands. 

Traffic source

Newyorknirvana.com, Bloglovin, Google and Facebook  

Most viewed posts

Rank in all : 34,622
Rank in lifestyle : 3674

My personal blog (Danielle Mac) was my first blog and I've learnt so much from it. I like to think of my personal blog was where I began and this is my more serious business website. Would you like to see more statistics posts. ? Let me know your thoughts. I think these posts will be nice to look back on and see how far the website has grown.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Planning a trip to New York

I have traveled solo to New York so many times now, rather than trying to convince a friend to come and join me. I've had friends say they wish they could go to New York, but say it's too expensive. The best thing about traveling solo, you're on you're on so there's no planning things with other people. I love the fun of a last minute holiday to New York. I have booked 48 hours before I traveled and it's turned out the best holidays I've been on.    

My Cousin turns 21 in October and is planning to spend her 21st birthday, in New York City. I feel honoured she's asked me to join her and a few other Cousins, in New York. Not only is she spending her 21st birthday in New York, it's also my favourite place. 

I've never been on a group holiday, only family holidays and I have traveled solo to New York. Am clueless what is the best way to arrange a group holiday. Should we fly direct or look into the cheapest way of flying, if stopover flights are cheaper.  When I fly on my own to New York, I always fly direct. It's easier, less panic rushing from one plane to another. If am with other people, I'd be open minded about stopover flights. The thing with stopover flights, you have to consider how much are you saving, what time is your flight arriving compared to the direct flight. Is it really worth arriving late to pay for a hotel for the night. ? I love the direct flight from Edinburgh, it arrives at 12, New York lunch time.    When I've booked to go on my own to New York, the websites I use the price always changes. When we find a flight, hotel and price we all agree to, we could bank transfer to one person to book. However there's been times I've clicked back and the price has jumped up. We would have to be at the pay page and everyone ready to bank transfer, if we agree to that price. Or do we go to a travel agent and we each pay our share. ?   

How long is enough time in New York. ? Ok reality there's never enough time, as when I come home there's always something I wish I done. I always think of New York like . I've always went for 3 nights, except September last year I went for 6 nights. I honestly felt I had the best time staying 3 nights. I loved the feeling of rushing to as many touristy places, late night shopping. Last September when I visited New York for 6 nights it was like having too much time, I was strolling in Central Park enjoying the sun.

I've been five times to New York, however it will be my Cousin's first trip to New York. I imagine they'll want to do all the first time touristy things, e.g. Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Flatiron Building and the World Trade Center. I have seen the tourist side of New York, so do I act as the tour guide. ? I like finding things online, I haven't done in New York and making a list. Should I go of and do my own thing, while my Cousin's do the first time touristy things. ?

Where is the best Rooftop bars in New York. ? My Cousin says she wants to go to Rooftop bars to celebrate her birthday. I've been to Mad46 Rooftop bar and the view was out of this world. I'd really like to visit 230 Fifth Rooftop bar, the photos online make me want to me in New York right now seeing the New York skyline. Is there any other places in New York good to celebrate a birthday. ?

I can't wait to be back in New York, New York is like a dream. If you have any ideas or anything I've missed tweet me, or send me an email.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Share a Coke | New York

Who loved when Coke done the "share a Coke with names". I was lucky enough to find my name "Danielle" on a bottle. The new campaign is city's around the world. If you are someone like my mum this can be bad. My parents have travelled to many city's and they happened to have been to a lot of the places on the bottles. My mum went to the shops and started putting all the bottles of City's  she'd been to in the trolley and my dad goes "calm down, we don't need all these." It is quite expensive if you have been to a lot of the places, as the city names are only on the single bottles. The only city I wanted to find was New York and would you believe it took me a whole week searching the Coke shelves, before I finally found "New York".

Have you found the City you've been to on a Coke bottle yet ?

Friday, 14 July 2017

McDonald's Great Tastes of America | New York

Brands need to stop using name sake names, known if it's called "New York" I'll buy it. Every year McDonald's do "great tastes of America" and New York is part of the limited edition burger. 

The New York stacker has, beef patty, bacon, cheese, lettuce, red onions and a mayo mustard.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Spring Bling

Spring is here ! I went for a walk and found myself taking photos of the spring daffodils. It's amazing the things you take in, when you take in the scenery.  I came across these "Scottish Trivia" boards with Scottish facts, something I've never noticed before and I walk by there a lot. 

Scottish Trivia 

A quote from American President Woodrow Wilson,
"Every line of strength in American history is a line colored with Scottish blood."

More than 100 governors of pre- and post- Revolutionary America were Scottish birth or descent.
Others from Scotland or of Scot  descent in American history:
35 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 25 of them are in the Great American Hall of Fame.
Almost 1/2 of the Secretaries of U.S. Treasury and 1/3 of the secretaries of the State were Scots.
9 of the 13 colony governors made in the new USA were Scots.
James Pollock, of the Scots descent, put the slogan "In God We Trust" on American coins! 
61% of American Presidents are of Scots or Scot-Irish descent.
A Scot, James Watt, developed the first efficient steam engine and in so doing started the Industrial Revolution.
A Scot, John Logie Baird, invented  the Television.
A Scot, John Napier, invented logarithms and the decimals notation.
A Scot, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, invented the bicycle.
A Scot, John Paul Jones, founded the American Navy.
A Scot, Alexander Flexing, discovered Penicillin.
A Scot, William Paterson, founded the Bank of England.
A Scot, Alexander Graham Bell, invented the telephone. 

Scottish Trivia 

MacArthur; George B. McClellan; Alexander Macomb, general and hero of the war of 1812; William (Billy) Mitchell, controversial air power advocate; William Multrie; George S. Patton, WWII exponent of mobile welfare; Winfred Scott, Mexican War and general; Christopher "Kit" Carson, frontiersman and explorer; William Clark; explorer with Merrwether Lewis; Davy Crockett, frontiers-man who died at the Alamo. Two individuals are listed under the category of "naval." They are David Glasgow Farragut, Civil War naval hero, and John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval hero.
Famous Quote: "If all else fails, I will retreat up the valley of Virginia, plant my flag on the Blue Ridge, rally around the Scotch-Irish of that region and make my last stand for liberty amongst a people who will never submit to British tyranny whilst there is a man left to draw a trigger." George Washington, Valley Forge.
Scottish Freemasonry is now officially recognised as being the oldest in the world and is now recorded as a Guinness World Record.
A Scot invented suspenders.
Although the Scots comprise less than one-half of 1 percent of the world's population, 11 percent of all Nobel  prizes have been awarded to Scotsmen. Quote from "The Mark of the Scots" by Duncan A Bruce.
The world's first university facility of engineering and technical science was in Glasgow.
67 US Politicians were born in Scotland that we know off.
There are estimated to be 20,000 Americans living in Scotland and half a million visit each year.
It is estimated that 15% of Canadians are of Scots decent. 

Scottish Trivia 

Scotland invented branch banking and so brought banking facilities to the people and the world.

"The Reverend Malcolm MacDonald, a native Whitton, Quebec, a descendant of the early Scots settlers and of the first church established in the area, says: The Book of Books was the library they opened, and the Church of Jesus Christ was the first institution they established and that in their homes, and the Gospel of Christ was the philosophy they espoused.'" 

The most casual observer and historian must admit that these early settlers played a leading part in setting the course in which the Nation travels today.
I am indeed grateful that we are privileged to stand in the stream of a noble, spiritual, national cultural tradition, which has flourished in Scotland for centuries, and for some 150 years established firmly on this North American Continent, in both Canada and the United States.
SCOTS emigres to the US are five times more likely to become dollar millionaire than those from any other country, according to a study of wealth. Thomas Stanley and William Danko, in their book The Millionaire Next Door, analysed the ethnic backgrounds of the wealthiest members of US society and discovered that while people of Scottish origin make up 1.7% of the population, they comprise 9.3% of its millionaires. 
At the battle of Trafalgar (The British under Nelson won a decisive battle off southern Spain against the French and Spanish.) in 1805 around 30% of the fleet's crew hailed from Scotland and Scottish industry provided timber products, sails, ropes, iron cannons and iron balls.

Scottish Trivia

A Scot, John charmers, invented the adhesive postage stamp.
A Scot, John Boyd Dunlop, invented the car tyre.
A Scot, Captain Patrick Ferguson, invented the breech loading rifle.
A Scot, Major General Lachlan Macquarie, know as the 'Father of Australia',
A Scot, Sir John Alexander Macdonald, was the first Prime Minister of Canada under confederation .
A Scot, Thomas Blake Glover, was one of the founding fathers of modern Japan.
A Scot, Henry Faulds pioneered the use of the fingerprints as means of undisputed identity of people.
A Scot, Sir Robert Stirling, invented the Stirling engine in 1850.
Stirling engines are being studied at NASA for use in powering space vehicles with solar energy! 
The Scots invented golf.
"History credits the Rev. Elijah Craig, a baptist minister, with being the first in 1079 to make bourbon."
He was a Scotsman. Kentucky is the place for bourbon because of the limestone which makes the water almost iron-free. "The first bourbon recognized by the brand outside Kentucky probably was produced by
Dr. James Crow... a Scotsman who settled near the Rev. Craig's place." He was known by the locals as Jim Crow.
The Scottish-American Hall of Fame contains more plaques for the military than any other category. Twenty-one men are installed including Daniel Boone who is listed as an "Indian fighter."
The list is as follows: George Rogers Clark, Frontier hero of the Revolutionary War; Stonewall Jackson; Joseph E. Johnson; Henry Knox; Arthur MacArthur, army general , father of Douglas

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Scottish Currency

I've had soo much fun this week, showing you all my country (Scotland). Tartan week gave me a chance to let me share with you clips of Scotland and our culture. Today there's a Scotland march in New York. If anyone is going to the March in New York, I'd love to hear about the celebrations.  

When I met Scott while visiting New York, he said he'd never saw Scottish money before. I showed him some of our Scottish notes and coins and he took a photo. I was amazed he said he'd never saw Scottish money.

I went to the bank machine to get some Scottish money, so you all can see our currency. Lets just say, it didn't go so well. I always pay with card, so I didn't have any cash. I went to a cash machine and it just gave out £10 notes, then tried another and another. In the end I had to go into a shop. Typical if I didn't want a £20 Scottish note, the bank machine would have gave me a £20 note haha.

These are some of our Scottish money :

Friday, 7 April 2017

Three Bridges | Review

I was in South Queensferry, on Tartan day and went to the Three Bridges restaurant. The Three Bridges looks onto the three famous bridges, the forth rail bridge, forth road bridge and the new bridge.

I had the rack of ribs and an Irn Bru. I said to the waiter, do you have Irn Bru ? As some restaurants, don't sell the Scottish drink. He replied of course, pointing to the bridges haha.

Smokehouse full rack of ribs
With hickory BBQ sauce, homemade onion rings. Harry's slaw and twice cooked chip shop chips.

The food was nice and it has amazing views, looking into the Forth Bridges.