South Bank, Tate Modern, & County Hall

We returned from our trip to the Cotswolds for another couple days of exploring in London. My horrible cold had reared its ugly head again overnight, and I awoke feeling groggy and queasy. We had reservations for breakfast at Dishoom and went ahead with the plan, but I had an appetite only for a small…

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Afternoon tea and Churchill War Rooms

Following a full day in London, we continued on with our busy itinerary. On this day, I had originally booked us tickets to tour the Buckingham Palace State Rooms and we were also planning to watch the changing of the guard. Unfortunately, the palace was closed to visitors immediately after news of the Queenโ€™s death…

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Sky Garden, Tower of London, & Westminster Abbey

Despite my scratchy throat rapidly evolving into a full blown head cold, I pushed through our jam-packed first full day in London. We awoke early in the morning and crossed London Bridge toward our first stop of the day, Sky Garden. Along the way, we admired some views overlooking the River Thames and the London…

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On this day: Rome to Florence, Italy

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On June 7, 2018, I was in Florence, Italy. We had arrived in Italy a week ago, and were basing ourselves in the national capital. We spent our first few days in and around Rome, going on a…

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On this day: The Met, New York City

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On December 7, 2017, I was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It was our penultimate day in New York City and we decided to cap off our time in the big city with…

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On this day: MoMA, New York City

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On December 6, 2017, I was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Following a morning exploring Lower Manhattan and crossing part of the Brooklyn Bridge, we headed back up island to visit the Museum…

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Christmas trees of New York City

Christmas in New York City is a magical time. If it weren’t for the pandemic, I would have loved to make another trip there this year. The last time we visited the Big Apple was back in 2017, when we stayed for a week in early December, right on time to enjoy the beginning of…

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On this day: National Museum & Gangnam, Seoul

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On November 8, 2018, I was spending my final day in Seoul, South Korea. It was our last full day in Seoul after a fun week in South Korea, and we had a couple more places on…

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Photo Friday: The Crystal at Royal Ontario Museum

Today’s edition of Photo Friday comes to you from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal was constructed in 2007, as a multi-million dollar expansion to the Royal Ontario Museum located in downtown Toronto. The structure employs a Deconstructivist crystalline form, made of 25% glass and 75% aluminum sitting atop a…

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House on the hill: Casa Loma, Toronto

Casa Loma (Spanish translating to ‘Hill House’) is a prominent mansion and garden located in midtown Toronto, situated at an elevation of 140 metres above sea level. It was constructed between 1911 and 1914 as a residence for financier and founder of the Toronto Electric Light Company, Sir Henry Pellatt. Designed by architect E.J. Lennox,…

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