Tag - tourism

People watching in Bryant Park, New York

In the heart of midtown’s high stress and high traffic stands Bryant Park, a much-needed escape and an oasis to take a moment to refresh and watch the world go by. Bryant Park is as close to the middle of Manhattan as you can get. Bordered by Fifth and Sixth Avenues and 40th and 42nd Streets, it’s one block from Times Square. The New York Public Library adjoins it...

Exploring Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza. We’re both excited to finally visit a site that has been on our bucket lists for years. Built between 750 and 900 AD, the well of the itza is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. A Mayan adventure without the sacrifices. In our minds we’re expecting to hack our way into the jungle to get to this ancient site, like something you would see in an...

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Everybody’s favorite action hero and archeologist, Indiana Jones spent half of his movies exclaiming, “It belongs in a museum!”. But how many of the things you use on a daily basis would you expect to be found by the archaeologists of the future? Luckily you needn’t wait for posterity. There’s a museum made up of the now. The Cooper Hewitt is New York’s very own...

The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art), NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known more commonly as The Met is one of the world’s great museums. The use of art in The Met’s title is loose. This is a serious museum. Sure it has an incredible collection of Van Goghs, rooms of Degas and many pieces that will have you thinking – wow, I didn’t even know that was in America! But this is place is palatial...

Little Italy, NYC

Just the name, Little Italy conjures up images of mafia Godfathers, bottles of vino, great food and Italian flags and in many ways, all of these things are true, albeit stereotypical. But the Little Italy of today is a shadow of its formal self. Now more of a tourist attraction than a community, the real Italian enclaves are to be found in places like Howard Beach...

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is proof that visiting New York shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Ah Staten Island. The fifth borough is almost an afterthought for most New Yorkers. It’s probably more that it’s out of mind more than out of sight. There’s more green space and cheap rent, but probably a little more crime than gentrified-Manhattanites would want to be...

Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, New England is possibly the one town in the world that is synonymous with witchcraft. So was it magical? Enchanting? Or was it just a place to make money disappear? It was somewhere we had always wanted to check out and upon visiting Boston for the second time, without the knee-deep snow of last February, it seemed the perfect moment. In fact the weather was...