The best tour you’ll ever take in NYC*

(*if you’re  Kardashian obsessed. And between you and me – who isn’t?)

Once in every time comes a TV show that gives you a sense of something stable in the unstable world. Usually, we’re talking about very long one, with lots of seasons and lots of episodes, that is always there when you turn on the TV, always on reruns, so after the 7,467th time you saw the same episode – it really gives you the feeling of something cozy and familiar. ‘Friends’ is one of those shows: you don’t need to see it in order to recite key dialogs (“we were on a break!”), you already saw it thousands of times, but you won’t mind watching it again. Over the time, you also starting do develop an obsession about the characters’ hair, Clothes, Etc. I bet you have your own “comfort show”. For me, for over a year now that show was ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’. Yes. I know they are real people, but I like to refer to them as characters in a sitcom. Sue me. When I first moved to London I felt kind of lonely because I didn’t have a job or many friends, but this show was airing every evening and I really found comfort in that and that’s how I really got the know them. Why am I telling you all of that? Just as an introduction to my story about the crazy tour I had in NYC, tracking the Kardashian (and many other celebrities along the way). Hey, I’m not going to deny I love a good gossip story, it was even my job for some time!

So, on my last visit to New York City I wanted to do something different and funny, so I took my dear friend Nim Diamond to the TMZ tour (because there was no chance in hell my husband would have come along…) and what can I tell you? it was AWESOME!
There was nothing cheesy or tacky about it, it was really funny and engaging tour. and OK, I must admit I DID have a drink or two before (I guess on a sunny Saturday afternoon it was inevitable…)  But I promise you will have a good time even if you are not intoxicated:)

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Yep, this is the fancy bus

The tour basically showed us all the celebrities milestones of NYC (at least to the TMZ fans) – like the Standard hotel – where Solange and Jay Z had that fight in the elevator, (B and J are main characters on this tour…), The restaurants on the west village where you can usually spot Rihanna and the club where Drake and Chris Brown had that fight over her, among many other hot spots. (I must say – my friend was even quicker than the guide to spotting all the GIRLS and SATC locations). And of course – no tour is complete without the necessary stop at DASH New York.

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OK, that was embarrassing… Did I look like a pathetic tourist taking pictures inside?( probably yes). Did I still do it while the security guy gave me the pity look (Uhh… yes)? Did I still post it on Facebook (you bet!). But I didn’t buy anything, though, so I saved my dignity! (I hope).

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The sweet treat: On our break, we got a small red velvet TMZ cupcakes! Oh, and I even won a shirt because we had a quiz and I knew what the letters TMZ stand for –  so do your homework 🙂

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the tour costs 43$ and it’s 2 and half hours long. It’s not for everyone, so if you want to know if this is the right tour for you – ask yourself these 3 questions:
– Do you usually read TMZ with your morning coffee? (don’t lie!)
– Do you know all the Kardashian sisters by name? (don’t lie)
– Are you a person that don’t take oneself too seriously?
If you answered  ‘yes’ to these 3 questions – I think you should definitely go!

xx
Ma’ayan

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