Daniel Davidson’s 101 Free Things to Do in New York City is worth the $2.99 price tag, if only for the substantial list of free, quality food opportunities. Items #15-45 cover a wealth of free food.
Designed for visitors to the city, this particular section of the guide would appeal to locals as well. Most of this food is offered with purchase of drinks – and the detailed list encompasses many places I’ve never heard of, despite proximity to my home.
Three Nights in Paris: No Seine, Eiffel Tower or Champs Elysee
This is Paris. Really.
Whether to repeat or visit new destinations is the common traveler’s dilemma. Visiting new places usually wins, and yet I find myself returning to Paris as often as possible. Although I’ve been going to Paris since I was 15, I have barely scratched the surface and can easily fill ten days without repeating anything visited on prior stays.
Flying to Malta non-stop from New York is not an option, so when I was investigating flights and realized I could route through any European city, I opted to schedule 3 nights in Paris on the way back to the US.
Planning these 3 days was easy. On the Thursday of my 2010 trip to Paris, I tripped in a pothole rushing to lunch at Bistro Paul Bert and missed the last 3 days of my carefully planned schedule. Two years later, I finally completed that itinerary.
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Tagged cookware shopping Paris, Dehillerin, Grands Boulevards, hidden Paris, local's Paris, Off the beaten path in Paris, Parks of Paris, Passages of Paris
An acquaintance visiting New York for the weekend just asked me if she should take a cab from Penn Station to her hotel 3 blocks away because of her huge bag. How much stuff do people pack for the weekend?
In most cases, if you’re hauling around so much gear for a weekend that a 3 block cab ride is even a consideration, you’re packing way too much. Unless you’re carrying ski clothing/gear or here for Fall Fashion Week, you should be able to work with my very generous packing list.
Book the Carol Bove Art Tour for an Inside Look Before Redevelopment and Public Opening in 2014
Carol Bove’s Celeste on the Undeveloped end of NYC’s High Line
I was never hip enough to sneak up to the High Line before it was developed, even though from living in the neighborhood I knew other people were doing it. However, I got to experience it, albeit with a Ranger and 9 other people. You can too.
Last week, I had the unique opportunity to visit the last stretch of the High Line before it is developed, as part of the Carol Bove art walk tour. Reserving this small group tour enables anyone to visit this end of the High Line before it’s finished, and view some powerful sculptures tailored to this very industrial environment.
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Tagged Carol Bove Caterpillar, High Line Chelsea, High Line NYC, High Line Park, NYC Outdoor Art, NYC Outdoor Sculpture, NYC Rail Yards, Phase 3 High Line, Undeveloped High Line
Water, Fire, Music and Community Meet at Providence, RI’s Annual WaterFire Performance Art Installation
One of the best suggestions an anonymous person on the Tripadvisor Forums gave me was to check out WaterFire in Providence, Rhode Island. Thank you CockleCove, wherever you are! A little research online confirmed this was the type of thing I would want to see – and I planned a weekend around the event.
WaterFire is a living sculpture, or themed performance art piece event with approximately 80 bonfires burning throughout the waterways of downtown Providence. The program runs on specific Saturdays, from May through November. If this sounds boring, I’m not conveying it well. If your trip to New England coincides with WaterFire, it is well worth a detour. If you’ve never been to Providence – this is a great event to plan around during a good time of year to visit.
Bonfires are placed in the water at strategic locations and the community and visitors gather to watch the lighting and the burning. We become part of the art as the sun sets and the fire pits glow around us. Music is a major component as well and changes with each performance.
A rare glimpse of deep inside the Chrysler Building lobby
A Wealth of Free Tours Exist in New York City. You Just Have to Know Where to Look.
Information imparted with wit and eloquence always seems to sink in to my head better and longer, and so I will forever remember the details provided by Peter Laskowich on the Grand Tour of the Grand Central Terminal neighborhood. Buildings tell us things was the theme of the tour; illustrated repeatedly as Peter lead us around the neighborhood, for a rare glimpse deep inside the Chrysler Building lobby, and throughout the terminal. His comedic timing, depth of knowledge and interactive style easily kept us engaged for 1.5 hours.
Although I live here, I occasionally join tours of my own city and this one did not disappoint. Amid the largest tour group I’ve ever been in since grammar school, Peter herded us around what I never knew was Terminal City, the multi block development around Grand Central that was the place to be after it was erected. Few of the original Terminal City buildings remain. Yet, the elite moved to Park Avenue and never left despite the Metro North trains rumbling below their million dollar real estate.
January 29, 2013. 5 Ships in Georgetown, Grand Cayman
Avoiding crowds of cruise ship passengers took on new meaning on Grand Cayman, where 4 ships per day was typical on most weekdays; 5 on Tuesday.
This is not an attempt to bash people who cruise; just evade them.
One of the 5 ships that arrived in Georgetown, Grand Cayman on January 29th – Independence of the Seas – holds 4,370 passengers and 1,360 crew. Even if half the cabins were unsold, there were easily 10,000 cruise ship passengers and crew on Grand Cayman that day. For a snorkeler who prefers not to have others’ fins in her face – it was necessary to be strategic. Plus, craft vendors tend to jack up the prices on the days cruise ships are in town. This isn’t specific to Grand Cayman; in fact Grand Cayman tends to have higher end stores with clearly marked, fixed prices.
To find out how many ships will be in port so you can plan around them check CruiseTT. A quick check of CruiseTT for January 29th showed 4 ships on a day I know there were 5, so if the difference between 4 or 5 ships makes a difference to you, you can also check the site for the port on the island you’re visiting.
Kimpton’s Newest DC Hotel, Well Located for K Street, Dupont Circle and Most Major Attractions
Empire State Building New Years Light Show 2012/3
Greetings from my rooftop in NYC!
My resolution – again – is to be a more active blogger in 2013!
Best wishes for a wonderful, healthy, happily employed and prosperous 2013! May your travels be frequent, fun and fruitful.
My personal Thank You to the management and staff of Kimpton’s Eventi Hotel and the Holiday Inn Manhattan
Eventi Hotel’s food court seating area – a haven for the Chelsea community and hotel guests during Hurricane Sandy
The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy would have been a lot harder to deal with, had it not been for the kindness of the Holiday Inn Manhattan, and the haven that the area behind the Eventi’s food court turned into for a lot of New Yorkers.
While at least one hotel – across from the Holiday Inn – blocked their outdoor outlets, these 2 hotels were saviors to New Yorkers and visitors alike, who needed running electronic devices to maintain a lifeline to family, friends and managers.