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29 October 2012 travel stories, USA 6 comments

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours

A couple of weeks ago, I received an invitation from “On Location Tours” agency in New York to join them for a “TV & Movie Tour”. As my friend, Monica lives in New York, I asked her to go on my behalf… especially since she is a “Sex and the City” fan and one of the specialty tours on the menu is… you guessed ! The Sex and the City Tour !

“As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.”

And so we did; on the Sex and the City hotspots bus with On Location Tours.

To say that I am a Sex and the City fan is an understatement. Ever since I was a teenager living in Europe, I was religiously following each episode and I was yearning to one day walk the New York City streets. Time passed, my dream came true and here I was now on the TV show’s tour bus.

When Cezar asked me if I could go on the tour instead of him, I jumped at the opportunity. Although several years have passed since I moved to the Big Apple, I had never gone on the Sex and the City tour. Why that is I don’t exactly know; perhaps because I already knew Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha’s stomping grounds. To later learn I did not in fact know of all the locations was incredibly refreshing.

On the hottest day of October, in a bus full of women, resembling a UN assembly, and two straight men, lost in the sea of Carrie wannabes, on we parted from the stunning Pulitzer Fountain (5th Avenue between 58th and 59th Street), the scene of countless iconic movie shots and the premise for the legendary Plaza Hotel.

The charismatic Stephanie was our tour guide, and a fun witty one, I might add! An actress herself, as all the other tour guides are required to be, I thoroughly enjoyed her comments. The tour came with a series of clips, out of which I am ashamed to admit I knew 99% of them.

The tour’s starting point – at the Pulitzer Fountain right across the Plaza – is where Big and Natasha had their engagement party. For SATC fans out there, you may remember this is where Carrie said her farewells to Big, quoting Barbara Streisand’s famous ”your girl’s lovely, Hubbell,” from the Way We Were.

Just across the street is where the opening scene of Sex and the City 2 took place, where the four women are seen entering the sophisticated Bergdorf Goodman department store. Three years ago, in the same spot, I stumbled upon Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis, filming said scene, amidst a sea of crazed fans; I was happy to live in NY and experience that. Further down, continuing on Fifth Avenue, we looked out the window to see Tiffany & Co where Trey suggested he bought the most beautiful engagement ring for Charlotte. She excitedly repeated what Tray had initially said when asked if they should marry: ”alrighty.”

The bus also drove by the splendid New York Public Library, where Carrie was supposed to marry Mr Big in the first movie, but never did. The side street was where the scene of Carrie hitting her runaway groom with her wedding bouquet took place.

We did not stop for any of the above; as you may imagine, parking a large tour bus on Fifth Avenue is never an option.

The first stop was The Pleasure Chest, a sex shop. My first thought was why are we stopping here out of all the stunning locations? That was until the theme of “Sex” and the City rang a bell. Of course! Needless to say the shop was loaded with SATC books, fun cards, and you know, other things. This is where Charlotte got her pleasure ”Rabbit” vibrator in Season 1.

The next stop was at the amazing Budakkan restaurant in the Meatpacking District, where Carrie and Big’s rehearsal dinner took place. I had previously heard about the venue, but had not seen it yet; I was thrilled to walk around and admire the stunning décor, generous space and splendid chandeliers draping from atop.

We then proceeded with a leisurely 30–minute stroll through the charming West Village on Bleecker Street, the highlight being the famous Magnolia Bakery and its out-of-this-world cupcakes. We also went into a few boutiques, some of us taking advantage of the tour discounts on stores such as Michael Kors and Fresh.

When we hopped back on the bus, we partook of a holy cupcake, courtesy of On Location Tours! Carrie or no Carrie, if you have not tried a Magnolia Bakery cupcake while in NY, you haven’t experienced NY, period. You will recognize it from the long lines, from people staring through the windows, and from its countless positive reviews. This is where Carrie first told Miranda of her new crush, Aidan.

Last stop, and my second favorite after Budakkan, was Steve and Aidan’s old bar, Onieal’s in Little Italy, which went by the name Scout in the TV series. Here we had some well-deserved cosmopolitans, just as the four girls did so many times. Apart from spilling half of it on my pants, it was delicious. I also loved the décor.

From Lower Manhattan, the bus started its journey towards midtown, where we would eventually stop at a souvenir shop at NBC.

As the evening settled in, the tourists went back to their respective hotels, storing in their journals the “Sex and the City” dream, and I went back home, still in NY, a bit closer to being Carrie.

Thank you On Location Tours for such a fun afternoon, and Imperator Travel for the opportunity to share my experience.

 Hotels of New YorK: Plaza Hotel Starting Point

Starting point at Plaza Hotel

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours

SATC On Location Tours

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours

Sex and the City clips on the bus

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours: On Location Tours bus.JPG

On Location Tours Bus

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours First stop Pleasure Chest

First stop – Pleasure Chest :)

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours: Budakkan Restaurant

Budakkan Restaurant

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours: Budakkan Rest Rehearsal Dinner scene

Rehearsal – Dinner Room

On Location Tours New YorK: Outside Magnolia Bakery in West Village

Outside Magnolia Bakery in West Village

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours: The divine cupcakes.JPG

The divine cupcakes

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours: Staring at the cupcakes.JPG

Staring at the cupcakes :)

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours:Through the Magnolia Bakery window

Through the Magnolia Bakery window

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours: On Location Tours West Village

On Location Tours – West Village

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours: Onieal's


Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours: Cosmopolitans


Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours: Drinking Cosmopolitans

Drinking Cosmopolitans

Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours:The end - The New York Public Library

The end – at the New York Public Library

Până acum există "6 comentarii" la acest articol:

  1. Haha, when I first read the title of the article, I was really wondering whether you were a Sex and the City fan! :)

    • Imperator says:

      Oh God… I haven’t seen any episode… but Monica saw all of them at least twice :) So, she was the right person to do the tour… For me, some Godzilla, Independence Day or something like this :) But I guess On Location has tours for all the tastes :)

  2. […] so, that time has come, and for all the juicy details, I urge you to read my detailed guest post Sex and the City hotspots with On Location Tours over at Imperator Travel’s […]

  3. […] Multe! Orice! Mii de lucruri! Vei fi asaltat de miliarde de brosuri si fluturasi, paduri intregi sacrificate pentru ca tu sa cumperi un tur sau altul. Sunt foarte multe tururi – de la a zbura cu elicopterul peste New York pana la tururi culinare. Acum un an am primit o invitatie de la On Location Tours. , o companie specializata in tururi care sa-ti arate locurile unde s-au filmat diverse filme de mare succes – cel mai de succes tur este cel care merge pe urmele serialului „Sex and the City”, iar povestea turului facut de o prietena newyorkeza o puteti gasi aici. […]

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