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The 7 Most Beautiful Iconic New York Buildings to See Before You Die


New York City.

The city we lived in for 18 months and one of the places we love the most in this entire world.

Staying there for so long allowed me to visit most of its famous attractions and also finding out some amazing hidden gems. I’ll do my best to present them here, on Traveling Blog.

Today I’d like to share with you some of my favorite photographs and present you the 7 most iconic New York City buildings – in my opinion.

Empire State Building

March 2010.

Our friend’s mom takes us for our first visit in Manhattan. After half an hour of riding the subway we are now smack on Lexington Avenue, seeing our first skyscrapers.

We come from one of the biggest cities in Romania, but, compared to the tall buildings in Manhattan, we feel like some village people. Compared to our 10-15 story buildings, the skyscrapers in NYC are amazing.

As we walked aimlessly on the streets, husband sees it: Empire State Building. Tall and beautiful.

Here is a pic taken at night from the Gantries.

Chrysler Building

The second building from my list, that we discovered on the same day. Husband saw it first, it’s his favorite.

Easy to spot, if you come from Park Avenue or Central Station.

This gorgeous Art Deco skyscraper is located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue.

At 1,046 feet (318.9┬ám), the structure was the world’s tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.

30 Rockefeller Plaza

Another Art Deco skyscraper, the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. You probably know the place from the movies, as there’s a HUGE Christmas Tree each year and The Rink (a big ice skating rink).

The building was known as RCA Building, GE Building, Comcast Building or, easier, 30 Rock.

Yes, there’s a famous TV show with the same name.

One World Trade Center

We saw it only under construction, as we left NYC in 2012 and wasn’t ready yet.

Now, one of the tallest buildings in the world and clearly an attraction for any tourist in New York.


A beautiful out of the ordinary building, you cannot miss it as you hit the 23rd Street, 5th Avenue and Broadway intersection.

Manhattan Municipal Building

Now this one is not as famous as the previous ones and most people just ignore it, although its beauty is remarkable.

David N. Dinkins Municipal Building is easy to spot as you walk on Brooklyn Bridge (from Brooklyn towards Manhattan) and has a beautiful golden statue on top.

And Civic Fame


Not this is a personal favorite.

It’s not Art Deco (as other New York City skyscrapers), but neo-Gothic and, might I add, gorgeous.

Here is the ‘crown’ and you can see the wonderful details. The building is a masterpiece.

These are just 7 of the great attractions New York City has to offer. I’ll try in the following months to sort through over 20 thousand pictures and find more ‘gems’ for your enjoyment.

7 Reasons Why We Picked Croatia 7 Times for Our Summer Vacation



Husband (boy-friend back then) decided we should try something new for our summer vacation so we took a look at what the travel agencies were offering in the city. Malta stuck to our heads.

As soon as we got back home he decided to look for some places on Booking.com and also remembered how he used to work as a bus driver years ago and a place that he was impressed with: Dubrovnik.

It was clear – we were not gonna see Malta anytime soon.

As I did a quick Google search I also fell in love with the place. A thick-wall stronghold built near a very beautiful blue sea – I was sold and really wanted to see it.

So we were looking for a place to stay near Dubrovnik and we stumbled across a small old fishing village – Cavtat.

It had anything we desired and we get to visit it.

This year marks our 7th time in Cavtat, in the Dubrovnik area and, as long as we live 700 kilometers away from it, we’re not willing to stop coming here.

These are our main 7 reasons:

Rocky – pebbly beaches

Whenever I tell people we’re going to spend our vacation in Croatia, I’m immediately told it’s not such a great location, since it doesn’t have too many sandy beaches.

Well, that’s exactly the point.

I like the rocky beaches, since there’s no sand to get .. everywhere. And daughter loves throwing pebbles into the sea, she can spend hours doing it and not getting bored.

It’s true she also likes playing in the sand, but even here there are shore areas she can access it easily.

The history

We first got here because of the Dubrovnik Old City. And then, after exploring the are, we found out there’s even more great stuff to visit, from Mostar to the amazing Albanian castle ruin named Rozafa, both within driving range.

I love seeing modern buildings and huge cities, but there’s always room in my heart for something medieval or even older.

The people

We talked to the locals since first coming here.

They are nice hard-working people who offer a terrific service and it’s always a pleasure to chat with them.

It’s been almost a decade since we first met and we’re always welcomed here as friends, not just customers.

Great service

One of the reasons we spend 4 vacations in a villa and 3 in the nearby building – these people know their business and were able to make us come back year after year.

Having our room spotless clean, getting early access to it, even if it’s 7 o’clock in the morning (but we’re coming after a long night drive, with a small kid), being told we can spend few more hours in the room, on the day we have to depart, just to make our drive home more comfortable … these are small things that made us feel appreciated and come back.

While the prices are not small, we never felt ripped off, on the contrary, we always felt we’re getting a great bang for our buck and each cent we spent here wasn’t wasted.

It all boils down to the great people who run their businesses here, families who are working together to earn a decent living and provide a great service to their customers.

Over the time we’ve seen their businesses bloom and they deserve each ounce of success they’re currently having.

Very peaceful secluded area

We’re not young anymore and we don’t appreciate a busy street or crazy night life.

Especially after having our daughter, we came to appreciate quiet nights even more. She can play during the day, take an afternoon nap and sleep well during the nights. So can we.

The tourists are either older or families with smaller children. These are less likely to start brawls, get drunk and cause problems.

The crime level is so low, we never heard of any events in all these years. We feel safe and so are our belongings.

The beauty of these places

The mountains, the blue sea, the elegant buildings, the very clean streets, flowers, the spectacular sunsets.

Since I love taking pictures, this place always inspires me to try catch something even more breathtaking.

It feels like home

After spending so many vacations here, we already know the attractions, places to buy good food, where to eat etc.

We usually get to chat with other tourists who stay in the same villa and they are pleasantly surprised to find out so many things about the Dubrovnik area, Cavtat especially.

It makes us happy to share some of the knowledge we got and find out they had a great time taking our advice.

If I come to think about it, there would be even more reasons why we chose the same place to vacation during summer in the past decade, but let’s keep it 7, as the number of times we came here so far.