Category: Travel

Atlantic City 2017

atlantic city

Hi Everyone!

The weather in New York this whole October has been incredible. The weather is really warm like in high 70’s 80’s Fahrenheit and around 25-27 Celsius. We are still in summer dresses and no jacket needed except some nights and cold subways. Surprisingly the weather is above seasonal normals and this makes us feel like summer is not over yet! So there is another convenient getaway for you to explore which is only 2 hours and 30 minutes away. Let’s explore Atlantic City with the nickname of America’s Playground.

Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic CountyNew Jersey, United States, known for its casinos, boardwalks, and beaches. In 2010, it had a population of 39,558.

Atlantic City inspired the American version of the board game Monopoly, especially the street names. ( I did not know this before, this is so cool! ) Since 1921, Atlantic City has been the home of the Miss America pageant. In 1976, New Jersey voters legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City. The first casino opened two years later.

We took the bus to Atlantic City from Port Authority, Manhattan. It takes only 2 hours and 25 mins. We preferred The Greyhound and paid only 55$ per person for round trip which is super affordable and fast. Hotels are also very varied. Everyone can easily find hotels depends on their budget. We preferred Harrah’s Resort which is a little luxury but still ended up paying only 220$ a night for two people. So you can have an idea how much this trip will/would cost you.

This hangover bears were on our way to Bally’s Beach Bar. We discovered last year and had so much fun at this beach bar. They had a lot of games, live band and so many tourists who came to have some fun. Atlantic City is one of the popular places for Bachelor’s and Bachelorette parties and we saw a lot of groups who came for that reason.

One of the first reason to come to Atlantic City for many people is gambling! Gambling is legal in New York City and there are only a few casinos. Generally, in the United States, gambling laws depend on the states. Each state has different gambling laws. In some of them, gambling is illegal. Places like Atlantic City attracts people for a huge variety of casinos, beaches, nice weather, nightlife and so on. Las Vegas is another good option for west coast which has no ocean and so famous with pool parties. ( I am praying for Las Vegas victims and for their families with all my heart. )

This Game of Thrones-themed slot machine took my attention right away as soon as we stepped into the casino. No necessary to talk about it over and over whoever does not watch it missing a lot! I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones with no question! 🙂 I was a little hesitant in the beginning because, I really prefer to not see a lot of war scenes, blood, and plot. However, G.O.T. took control of me which I am super happy about it! 🙂

Here is me! Who traveled Las Vegas a few times, Atlantic City and Cyprus all of the sin cities of gambling and surprisingly never gambled. Until this trip! I decided to take my chance in Russian Roulette because I like quick results and it seemed easier. I ended up winning and getting more than what I bet. I promise myself to spend a certain amount of money and I made it more than double. I was happy and proud of my first real gambling experience which ended very profitable 🙂

We were staying at Harrah’s Resort which we came to “The pool after dark” party in this hotel last year. We had a great time. There was a huge pool by the stage and people were in their high heels, evening dresses and bathing suits and bikinis. People were on pool floats and toys having fun in the pool and dancing to the music.

Our second day, we decided to try the new beach that we just got recommendations about. The Bungalow Beach Bar was the exact place to hang that we were looking for. The cocktail and the food were pretty good! The ambiance of the place was peaceful on one side with no music and hammocks and on the other side two bars and a pool in the middle of the bars, music, and more fun! I loved the place by itself!

I usually go to shopping before every holiday. This year I was trying to be good about it and I can say that I am going very successful. I have so many clothes that I can not even fit in my place properly. I have so many closet space the issue is I have so many clothes, shoes, and bags. I sold some of my clothes to a second-hand shop and gave the rest away to my friends. I decided to be more careful about spending money on less but quality products. I took what I already have in my wardrobe to this trip. I wore some dresses that I purchased a while ago and never wore. One of them is my colorful crochet dress which I bought for Coachella 2016 from H&M Coachella collection. That is actually a perfect beach dress and belong here more than anywhere. Most of my clothing in this post are from H&M and Mandee. Just my bikini is this new season of H&M.

These shorts and my bikini top are from H&M. I love this high waist shorts, one of the best I could find last season which fits me perfectly. The bikini top which has the cut-out bottom is a new season. I really like it but the only thing you should get ready for cut-out pattern sunburns! Lol! 🙂

Out of the beach bar and found this awesome boat says Atlantic City on it. Of course, this is a perfect place for me to get my best memory picture of this trip. My dress is from H&M which Katy Perry was wearing on the advertisement of H&M two seasons ago for Valentine’s Day. My glasses are one of my first purchase of H&M and famous brands collaborations. Anna Dello Russo x H&M collaboration sunglasses with the gold crocodiles. These sunglasses were literally the last sunglasses in the store and I begged someone on the line to get it for me. Success! I thank that mystery lady again for getting it for me! 🙂

Fire Island

Fire Island is a thin Atlantic Ocean barrier island off the southern shore of Long Island, New York. It’s known for protected beaches interspersed with seasonal resort communities.

Fire Island is a great option for New Yorkers because you can drive, take a train and ferry easily to the island. Depends on transportation and ignoring the traffic, it takes 90 minutes to 2 hours to get to the island from New York City. It is really good when you think that you sometimes spend an hour in the NYC subway around the city 🙂 So it is not bad at all! New Yorkers understand better. As I mention usually, we New Yorkers love to run away from the city whenever we have a chance to all the other people who live in metropolitan cities. As soon as my friends get off from their work last weekend, we decided to go Fire Island the little heaven that we never had a chance to explore. We preferred to take the train to get there because it illuminates the traffic.

My very first time hearing about the Fire Island was from my LGBT friends. Because Fire Island has a history of being the friendliest place for LGBT community where they can show their affections more in public back in the 1940s. Lesbians and gay men were living freely and openly in a place called Cherry Grove. The Cherry Grove Community House and Theater opened in 1948, added to the National Register of Historic Places. The theater was cited for being the oldest continuously operating gay and lesbian theater in the United States as Billy Hallowell wrote on 

Planning a fun day trip to Fire Island, home to a diverse range of natural landscapes, from sand dunes to forests, as well as vibrant towns, and nice beaches.

Why do they call it Fire Island? This is the question that I was very curious about and I am learning it with you all by creating this post 🙂

Here is the answer; The island may have been named after Fire Island Inlet, which appeared on a deed in 1789, and the inlet’s name may have started as a simple spelling error. The number of inlet islands has varied over time, and it is likely that “five” or the Dutch word “vier,” meaning four, was misspelled on early maps as “fire”.

A few cute houses on our way to the beach. This place has a unique housing style and I loved it. Super low key and modern at the same time. Just enough for a summer house!

After all these information about Fire Island, we came to the fun part of it. We visited the island when its off season so most of the places were closed and the cool parties were done. But that’s not all, it was still a bit alive and was very peaceful. We still could find a bar & restaurant to eat and grab something to drink. There was an open supermarket to shop. And The Fire Island Parasail was there for us with fun water sports activities. I had an experience to parasail before in Key West, Florida. It was super exciting and peaceful ( Yes, you heard me right because parasailing is one of the calmest and the most peaceful activity I have ever done in my life. Even if you are hundreds of feet above the ground which is kind of scary, you only hear the wind and see the great view up there in the sky. That makes you feel free like a bird and you keep saying how a beautiful view you are seeing that moment. One of my reasons to push myself to do it more is my fear of heights. I believe I am getting much better when I remember the old Busra 🙂 I remember that I was scared to look down from the balcony and windows of tall apartments in Turkey. That time, in my childhood or teenage years buildings, were not that tall like the present. Now living between the skyscrapers and even going rooftops and look down comfortably. I am a Gemini which is one of the crazy soul astronomic signs, and even my fear of heights could not stop me experiencing an unbelievable opportunity to be up there free as a bird. Gemini is also obsessed with her freedom. So my courage makes a lot of sense even if I scared of heights before 🙂

You can see in this picture how I look happy after my turn. Of course, I and my girlfriend decided to go first because as usual gentlemen have some concerns and they want to make sure it is safe 🙂 As we say again, Girl Power! <3

 

I create a new trend. Sneakers and socks on the beach! 🙂 I bought this socks from Forever 21 more than a year ago for my Miami trip that time. I never had a chance to wear it. It matched very well with my Adidas – Superstars. Just right at my age, perfectly!

I rather stay on the beach because the ocean was rough. I did not even try to get in. It was hard to even stand straight by the waves.

Saying goodbye to the beach. Leaving sandals and getting into comfortable shoes and my socks again.

Last pictures with the sunset. The color of the light is very beautiful. I never give myself a chance to miss this.


This photo is from our boat. We are leaving the sunset behind us and promising to be back here. I will love to come back in season next summer. It will be great to experience this beautiful place with lots of people, parties, and festivals. It sounds super exciting and evocative! Can not wait for it! 🙂

Storm King Art Centre

Storm King is one of the world’s leading sculpture parks which has been around for over fifty years. With over 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands, endless fields of grass and wildflowers, Storm King is a site to see. The park includes 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.

It is the largest collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures in the United States. Founded in 1960 by Ralph E. Ogden as a museum for the Hudson River School paintings, it soon evolved into a major sculpture venue with works from some of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century.

The Storm King site and art has been identified by collector Alan Gibbs as one source of inspiration for Gibbs Farm, his private outdoor sculpture museum and landscape in New Zealand.[1]

 

In Season 2 of the Aziz Ansari series Master of None the two main characters visit Storm King and tour the sculpture garden during the Fall Foliage illuminating the beauty of this special time of year.Master of None which just completed it’s second season is one of my boyfriend and I’s favorite shows and the reason that I found out about Storm King Art Centre. After seeing it in the show we were so ready to go and see it.

Depending on traffic, Storm King is around 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from New York City. It’s a great getaway for an artistic adventure. Living in metropolitan cities makes you feel the need to escape from the chaos of the city. The idea of being in the middle of a huge green park with fresh air and lots of art pieces sounds like an amazing withdrawal from the craziness that is NYC.


 

 

For now, I will leave you with some pictures to enjoy. If you have a chance while visiting New York you should definitely go and see this magnificent park. I highly recommended it and will definitely go again without a doubt. Have a great week everyone! Enjoy the last good weather weekends and make your way to Storm King!

The Incredible Sculptures of Gibbs Farm [1]
Jump up ^ “The Farm” by Rob Garrett – retrieved Jan 15, 2015 [2]