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!


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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!


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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


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:


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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?


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Disneyland: Staying On-Site vs. Staying Off-Site

Hi everyone! I just got back from a fun trip to California, specifically Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth!


On this trip, I debated whether I should stay on-site again, or if I should save some money and stay off-site. On both my previous trips to Disneyland, I stayed on-site, first at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and then at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. This trip, I thought about staying at the third Disney-owned hotel, the Disneyland Hotel. Looking at the prices for May 20-24, the lowest price I found was for $390/night, which was way more than I wanted to spend.

When I stayed at the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa a few years ago, they had a deal to “buy two nights, get the third night free”, so the room ended up costing $298/night, which is still pretty steep. However, I really wanted to be immersed in the Disney environment, so I decided that paying that much would be worth it – and it totally was! Read More »

Solo trip to Biltmore, Staying at the Inn at Biltmore Estate, & the Best Breakfast Buffet Ever!

Biltmore Estate

On a trip to Newport, RI, I noticed a poster advertising the best privately-owned homes to visit in the US. The largest and most impressive was Biltmore Estate, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC. The unique architecture of the mansion was what really caught my eye – it’s amazing! I knew right then that I had my next holiday destination!

I read about it online and found that they decorate the estate for Christmas. Since Christmas is my favorite holiday and I usually visit Walt Disney World in December for Christmas, I decided to add an extra three days to my holiday and stop by North Carolina on my way back home from Orlando. This would be a solo trip as I would be spending one week at Disney with my sister, and then we would fly home separately since we live in different states. So how was staying right on the estate as a solo traveler during Christmas?

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Traveling ON Your Birthday

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Just over 3,000 miles to get home! (image source: Google Maps)

Many of us travel to celebrate special occasions, especially birthdays, but what if you had to travel ON your birthday? As in, spend most of the day on a bus, train, and plane? Sometimes the need to save money and book flights with optimal departure and arrival times results in spending a significant time traveling on one’s birthday. This is exactly what I had to recently consider when I was booking my trip back to the US from the UK. So what was it like spending my birthday basically alone, taking on various modes of transportation, and traveling over 3,000 miles? Join me as I relive this not-so-bad day!Read More »