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2016 New York Times Travel Show Starts January 8th

NY Times Travel Show

The New York Times Travel Show will be January 8-10, 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. The first day is a trade day, open to travel professionals and media, followed by doors open to the public on Saturday and Sunday (January 9-10). Events include special on-site deals and specials, travel […]

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How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Five Boroughs

new years eve times square

Ringing in the New Year in New York City is a bucket list item for many people. The annual ball drop in Times Square, as well as other celebrations throughout Manhattan, plus events in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, makes New York City an ideal spot to ring in 2015. For a visitor, […]

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NYC’s Metropolitan Museum Now Open 7 Days a Week

Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

For the first time in 42 years, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is now open to the public 7 days a week, thus ending its policy of being closed on Mondays. This new schedule will go into effect at both the Museum’s main building located at the edge of Central Park along Fifth […]

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See a Broadway Show in New York City

New York City, Manhattan, Theatre District, Times Square, Broadway Ave.

New York City is one of my favorite places to visit for so many of the things that I like about visiting a big city.  There are restaurants in every variety possible and premier shopping from department stores that aren’t at home to funky little shops. There are world class museums, historical sites, and architecture […]

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MoMA VIP Art Package from The Setai Fifth Avenue

exterior MoMA Manhattan NYC

I’m always on the lookout for cool, special packages that combine places to stay and things to do in remarkable ways.  What always catches my eye are value luxury travel opportunities – those locations, experiences, and travel opportunities that deliver over and above the price tag, regardless of what the price may be.  Sometimes it’s […]

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Artfully Displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art

Matisse_The_Dance, MoMA New York

In a city filled with wonderful museums, New York’s MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) stands out as a real gem – and my personal favorite.  From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, the collection has grown to include over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects, […]

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History Lesson at Women’s Rights National Park

Women Right's National Park chapel

Turning on the news these days inundates us with struggles for democracy around the world.  Even here at home, there are reminders to be ever vigilant about our civil liberties and individual rights, and I cannot even imagine a life in which women couldn’t vote or didn’t  have individual freedoms.  But the history is not […]

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New York City Airport Transportation

If a visit to New York City is in your plans, you’ll enjoy today’s guest post outlining your options from getting into the city from the area’s three major airports.  One method not mentioned, and I think worth exploring, in the train/subway connection.  Do your homework and you’ll save time and money. —- Whether flying […]

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Standing Guard at the New York Public Library

New York Public Library reading room

In a city that never sleeps, it’s nice to find a quiet oasis, and that’s just how I think of the New York Public Library.  On your next visit, take some time away from the sightseeing, shopping, and the frenzied pace of Manhattan and check out the library. The New York Public Library was founded […]

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Sex and the City’s Magnolia Bakery

The Magnolia Bakery exterior

With Sex and the City 2 set to premiere May 27th, there’s plenty of talk about those four glamorous women from New York City:  Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte. Entering our lives with a television debut on June 6th, 1998, these four glamorous women drew us into their lives of angst and glamour.  They tried […]

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It’s My Blog Anniversary!

On March 17, 2006, I wrote my first blog post ever on my travel blog then named Flyaway Cafe. You […]

Visiting the Ruins of Pompeii: From Tragedy to Tourism

The ruins of Pompeii are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The ruins of Pompeii have become one of Italy’s most visited sites. On August 24th, 79 A.D., erupted in a […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

It seems like everyone thinks about romance in February, but once Valentine’s Day passes, romance gets short shrift. One way […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]