Review, Saving Money, Sightseeing

How to get cheap tickets to Hello Dolly with Bette Midler!

Believe it or not, I was able to see Hello Dolly starring Bette Midler, who gained many fans from movies such as Beaches and Hocus Pocus! And nope, I didn’t buy my tickets months in advance, nor did I pay the exorbitantly high prices currently listed on broadway.com.

I was in New York City waiting in line at The Strand for a book signing (more on that later!) when I decided to see whether I could come back after Christmas to see Hello Dolly. The lowest prices for shows in December were $499, so unfortunately, it didn’t look like I’d be able to catch my childhood favorite movie star Bette in the show. I noticed a link for Stubhub and decided to just take a look. Well, lo and behold, there were two tickets for that night’s show for under $100 each!

New York Shubert Theatre Hello Dolly

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Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Let’s visit Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal

We got our delicious pastry at Pastéis de Belém and ate them while strolling around the best market in Portugal. Since we’re already in Belém, it makes sense to visit one of the most famous tourist destinations in Lisbon, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, or Jerónimos Monastery.

This is a pretty impressive building just from the outside, with so many intricate carvings and statues right at the entrance.

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I just noticed that someone is wearing a Paris shirt in this photo I took!

You can tell just how imposing the building is from how small the people looked standing near it.

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The carvings on the exterior reminded me a lot of Canterbury Cathedral in the UK.

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Stunning carvings

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Let’s venture inside!

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Review, Sightseeing, Travel

The best market in Portugal

After you’ve bought your Pastel de Belém at the best pastry shop in Portugal, you’re going to have to find somewhere to eat it! If you read that post, you’ll see in the photos that Pastéis de Belém has no seating. Therefore, you’re going to have to take your tasty treats to go.

Luckily, there’s a lot to see and do in the Belém area, including visiting Mosteiro dos Jerónimos,  a monestary, which  you can even see if you’re waiting in line for the Pastel de Belém at the famous Pastéis de Belém.

Lisbon Portugal Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

However, you have your Pastel de Belém and you can’t wait to eat it. But where can you go to enjoy it AND wander around? The answer: walk across the street to stroll around a fun market in the park.

Paris in Boston Lisbon Portugal

On this day, there was a market with stalls selling many things that I would have loved to buy and bring back to the US.

As far as markets go, I think this was the best because of the various items for sale, the quality of the items, and the ideal location, which is in a park close to Pastéis de Belém.

Let’s check out the market!

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The fanciest and most beautiful shopping mall in Milan

I’ve written about the most beautiful shop and galerie in Paris and the most beautiful café in Budapest, but in Milan, I found the most beautiful place to shop and eat! The first stop during my cruise was Milan, and we were told we were going to a famous shopping center in Milan. I had no expectations, even though I know Italy has many historic and beautiful buildings. Even if I pictured a building in my mind, it would not have lived up to the reality!

Milan Italy Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Review, Sightseeing, Transportation, Travel

Thinking of going on a cruise? Here’s an overview and reasons why you should go!

If you love to travel to many countries in one trip, or you want to start traveling and get a feel of a few different countries, then cruises might just be the way to go! No matter what your age, a cruise has a lot of perks. When you’re on a cruise, you don’t have to worry about unpacking and packing every few days, which makes it even better than booking a vacation with tour company like Trafalgar or YMT. Similar to a typical tour, when you book excursions, you have an informative guide who fluently speaks a country’s language. Plus, when you book excursions with a tour group, the ship will not leave you at a port if you’re running late. I’ve done tours with both companies, and now a cruise with YMT, and I think I prefer cruising the best. I really enjoyed living on a ship!

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You’ll visit so many cities on a crusie, and even if you’re there less than a day, you do get an overview of all the city’s highlights. Usually there is a walking tour around the most touristy places.

The YMT tour I booked is the 18-day, 8-country tour called the Grand European Cruise and Tour. We flew into Milan, Italy and from there went to:

Savona, Italy

Marseille, France

Barcelona, Spain

Lisbon, Portugal

Vigo, Spain

Le Havre, France

Harwich, England

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Berlin, Germany

Stockholm, Sweden

If you are worried about spending so much time on a ship, you needn’t worry. I would say about 90% of the time, it didn’t even feel like we were moving. Out of the all the sailing days, there was only one evening where I felt a little seasick, and that was at the beginning of the cruise  as we approached Marseille when the sea was quite rough.

Our ship was the Costa Luminosa and it was humongous, yet very stately.

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Paris in Boston Places, Sightseeing, Travel

Finding Boston’s Jardin du Luxembourg

While there’s currently no park in Boston that can give Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg a run for its money, there is one park in particular that I think provides the same feeling of contentment and escape from the city.

I stumbled upon it while walking around Boston one day a few years ago, and it was like an oasis in a concrete desert. After seeing building after building, tons of traffic and horns blaring, I did a double-take upon approaching what looked like a place with concentrated trees, flowers, benches, a fountain, and a cute greenhouse looking building.

I googled this place later and learned that this park is the Norman B. Leventhal Park, located in Boston’s financial district.

Boston Norman B. Leventhal Park

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Finding Paris in Boston: A new blog series

As far as I can remember, the first city I ever wanted to visit was Paris. I finally had the opportunity to travel to Paris in the fall of 2006 and it did not disappoint! Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time was breathtaking, not to mention the beautiful architecture and the way Parisians showcase everything as if it’s a work of art. Whether it’s cheese, bread, pastries, tea, or chocolate, stepping into most shops is like stepping into an art gallery where each display is a feast for the eyes.

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The beautiful Stohrer patisserie in Paris

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NYC and the Up Close: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel exhibition

When I was recently in New York, I was fortunate enough to stumble across an amazing exhibit at the Oculus called “Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel”. This was a limited exhibit of Michelangelo’s iconic works of art. Although there was a fee to walk around the exhibits and view them up close, there was no charge to view the works around its periphery.

This exhibit occurred from June 23 – July 23 in The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, but it will travel to various other cities for exhibition: six weeks at the Garden State Plaza from September 1 – October 15, and then six other cities: Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle, Chicago, Annapolis, and San Diego. If you’re close by, you don’t want to miss it!

Oculus Up Close Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

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Let’s visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! – Part 4: Pleasant surprises

In Part 3, we visited the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing. In this post, I’ll talk about some of the cool rooms and unique exhibits at the Met. Every museum must have something unexpected and awe-inspiring displayed, it’s why visitors keep returning for another visit! The Met is no exception. Let’s see what interesting things it has to offer!

Met NYC Marble Patio from Renaissance Castle

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Let’s visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! – Part 3: The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing

In Part 2, we visited the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons fashion exhibition at the Met. After visiting this exhibit, we headed downstairs to see the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

This was the exhibit that I was most excited to see. I first heard about it from an episode of Project Runway where they had to find inspiration in this room for a collection

From Wikipedia: The Temple of Dendur is an Ancient Egyptian temple that was built by the Roman governor of Egypt in 15 BC (my comment: wow, 15 BC!). The temple was commissioned by Emperor Augustus of Rome and has been in the Met since 1978

Met NYC Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing Reflection Pool

I wrote about the ideal places to write in an earlier post, and now I think I want to include writing next to this reflecting pool and huge windows!

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