Review, Sightseeing, Travel

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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France in Boston, Paris in Boston, 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.

Interior of Stohrer Patisserie in Paris
The beautiful Stohrer patisserie in Paris

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Culture, Review, Sightseeing, Travel

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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Culture, Review, Sightseeing, Travel

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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Let’s visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! – Part 2: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons exhibition

Continuing from Part 1 of my trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, in this post, we’ll visit the Costume Institute exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, which is on view through September 4.

This is a FREE exhibition that you can visit with your regular Met museum admission.

This is on the same floor as the Impressionist paintings that I visited in my previous post, so you can leisurely stroll over here when you want to see something completely different!

You’re greeted with the exhibition’s name projected onto a blank wall:

Met NYC Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between Sign

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Let's visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC! – Part 1: Arrival and viewing famous artworks

I recently visited New York and its famous Met museum, and wow, it did not disappoint. I lived in NY for two years as a Masters student and never made the trip downtown to visit any museum, which is such a shame. So on a Saturday this July, I made it a priority to finally visit the Met and see all it had to offer. Let’s see shall we?

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC

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Restaurants, Sightseeing, Travel

Punting and lunch in Cambridge

Once I moved to the UK, I was very intrigued by the boats there called punts. They seemed like such a perfect match for the UK’s tranquil and relaxed way of life – at least in the countryside! Similar types of boats I was used to in the US like kayaks and row boats all require exerting a lot of energy to get around. Plus, there’s not much else to see in a lake or river besides greenery and animals – not that that’s a bad thing at all! However, wouldn’t you rather be relaxing on a boat while someone else paddles? 🙂 When you add in historic sites like the University of Cambridge and its gorgeous campus, you really can’t beat it!

University of Cambridge bridge

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