Posts Tagged: North America

Travel
3-days in Mexico City – A Culture Vulture’s Guide
December 6, 2018
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3-days in Mexico City – A Culture Vulture’s Guide
Seeing all of Mexico City (CDMX) in 3-days is akin to getting your mouth around an overstuffed taco. Eventually, the delicious salsa of art, architecture, history, culture and of course, food, will squeeze out the end, slide down your arm hopefully onto your plate, where it will have to wait for the next opportune mouthful. […]
Architecture
Chapultepec Castle: A Mexico City Must-See
November 27, 2018
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Chapultepec Castle: A Mexico City Must-See
Perched on a leafy hilltop overlooking Mexico City, is Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec in Spanish). You won’t just be blown away by this magnificent estate, it’s luxurious interiors and sweeping views, but the incredible timeline of Mexican history it has witnessed.  Chapultepec Castle is the secret must-see of Mexico City.
Culture
Pumpkins, Poppies & Parkin – November Holidays Around the World
October 25, 2018
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Pumpkins, Poppies & Parkin – November Holidays Around the World
From Mexico’s Day of the Dead to the lights of Hindu Indian’s Diwali, here are the must-know November holidays around the world. A 101 on the origin and traditions of each festivity or commemoration, where to experience them and the appropriate greeting for sending well wishes to those observing the occasion.
Travel
Must See in NYC – The First-Time Visitor’s Guide
October 18, 2018
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Must See in NYC – The First-Time Visitor’s Guide
It’s easy to think “I’ll never have enough time for it all” when planning your first visit to New York City. There is so much history and culture crammed into Manhattan, let alone the other four boroughs that make up the City. That’s why I’ve waited until after my sixth visit to write this list […]
Travel
Your New England Summer Road Trip Itinerary
September 27, 2018
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Your New England Summer Road Trip Itinerary
Breeze through significant historical sites, natural delights and creative highlights of America’s northeast with this 8-day New England summer road trip itinerary.  This route will take you to five states – Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine (just), Rhode Island, Connecticut – with a sixth, New York, depending on your choice of airports and the optional detour. […]
The Arts
Chagall Windows – Two Generations of Travelling Creatives & A Modern Art Lesson
August 9, 2018
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Chagall Windows – Two Generations of Travelling Creatives & A Modern Art Lesson
When my mum was young, footloose and fancy-free, i.e. before I came along, she travelled. One of her trips to Europe included a visit to Israel. There she picked up a couple of soulful souvenirs—tapestries of two Chagall Windows. The Windows are a set of twelve created by early modernist artist Marc Chagall for the […]
Creativity
Creative Ideas for Upcycling Your Leftover Mardi Gras Beads
July 12, 2018
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Creative Ideas for Upcycling Your Leftover Mardi Gras Beads
While there is something really heartwarming about seeing New Orleans strung with festive spirit, there is a very ugly flip side to Mardi Gras beads and those plastic throws. If you find yourself overrun with colourful garlands after Carnival season, try these creative ways to repurpose and upcycle your party souvenirs.
The Arts
Art on the Street – Toronto
June 19, 2018
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Art on the Street – Toronto
I found Toronto street art, much like Detroit, to showcase a great array of talent for wildstyle graffiti. If you’re you’re not familiar with the term, stay tuned and I’ll explain in a minute. Like all of the Art on the Street series, this post doesn’t just cover street art, but also public art installations […]
Culture
Beards, Buggies & Barn Raisings – A Traveller’s Intro to Amish Culture & History
June 18, 2018
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Beards, Buggies & Barn Raisings – A Traveller’s Intro to Amish Culture & History
You recognise immediately when you’ve arrived in Amish Country – the buggies and bonnets are a dead giveaway. There aren’t too many places in the world that you can see one culture living so distinct within another. Ohio has one of the largest settlements of Amish in North America, giving you the opportunity to learn […]
Culture
A Day in Amish Country, Ohio
June 12, 2018
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A Day in Amish Country, Ohio
Holmes County, Ohio is home to one of the largest Amish settlements in the world with more than 42,000 community members (as of a 2010 census). and is less than two-hours drive south of Cleveland. Furthermore, the settlement encompasses a diverse group of Amish people of varying orders. Take a day trip to explore a different […]
Nature
The Ultimate Guide to Cherry Blossoms in Japan and Beyond
May 22, 2018
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The Ultimate Guide to Cherry Blossoms in Japan and Beyond
Ever dreamed of getting lost in a cherry blossom hanagasumi (that’s Japanese for “flower haze”)? Here is a fifteen-minute guide to the magic of cherry blossoms, including how to tell them apart from other blossoms, and tips for enjoying their annual Spring bloom in Japan and across the world.
Travel
Designing Travel: Cultural Travel Resources
August 17, 2017
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Designing Travel: Cultural Travel Resources
Previously I shared my favourite trip planning tools for general travel. In this post, I get more specific about the online tools I use for tracking down cultural experiences and visual delights. These cultural travel resources will help you to choose a destination; or pin point some of the best art, architecture and artisan experiences […]