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Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC, United States

Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC, United States

Articles on the Mid-Alantic American States

 

 

Go Mad for Judith Leiber Bags At MAD Museum in New York

So many bad MAD jokes that I don’t even where to start. MAD Museum  (also known as the Museum of Arts and Design) in New York City is a small and quirky museum located on the west side of Manhattan. After a morning spent wandering around the area, my children and I...

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How the Easter Egg Hunt Become An American Tradition

I always wondered how the Easter egg hunt became an American tradition and what the Easter Bunny has to do with eggs. Was he just a confused rabbit with a secret chocolate addiction? Once again, this American ritual turns out to be a hodge podge of immigrant customs....

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A Bird’s Eye View on a Manhattan Helicopter Tour

My relationship with Manhattan is complicated.  Every time I move away, I am drawn back its siren song of wailing sirens, honking taxis and grumpy sales people.  Even now though I live across the pond, I am in New York City at least twice a year.  Manhattan is...

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Around the World with the Star Wars Costumes Exhibit

Have you ever stopped to think about the fantastical imagery of Star Wars?  I know I hadn't until I went to see a Smithsonian Institution Traveling exhibit in New York City entitled, Star Wars:  The Power of Costume.  The exhibit is currently at Discovery Times...

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Brookfield Place in Manhattan, A Steel and Glass Lazarus

Everyone remembers the tragic details of 9/11 and the fall of the World Trade Center buildings.  There were other buildings associated with that disaster which were severely damaged  at the time.  They just didn't have the spectacular televised downfall of the North...

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A Pictoral Fairytale of New York

I'm not ready for Christmas to be over.  There is such a long lead-time towards the big day and then 'poof' it's over.  The British at least have Boxing Day the day after Christmas day itself to drag out the celebrations a bit longer. The British also have the Pogues...

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A Luxury Christmas at Bergdorf NYC

Bergdorf Goodman is the grande dame of New York luxury retailers.  Located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th streets since 1899, she is the only New York-centric luxury store left in the city.  All the other department stores have spread their influence outside...

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A Winter Wonderland of Christmas Lights in Brooklyn

In New York for Christmas and thinking about visiting the Christmas lights at Rockefeller Center?  Fuhgettaboudit.  In New York City, the spectacle you need to see are the Christmas lights in Brooklyn. Our guide, Marc, from A Slice of Brooklyn showed us a side of...

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The Covered Bridges of Bucks County

Did you know that Pennsylvania has the most covered bridges of any state?  There are 219 covered bridges left in the state.  I set out to explore some of the historic covered bridges of Bucks County in Pennsylvania courtesy of the very handy covered bridge tour put...

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Fun For Kids: Roosevelt Island Tram in Manhattan

While we were waiting for our table reservation at Serendipity, the famous ice-cream store in Manhattan, we had a couple of hours to wander around.  The cheapest and easiest option was to take the kids down the street from Serendipity and take the Roosevelt Island...

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Brooklyn on the Hudson in New York

Hudson in New York is the cutest little town you ever did see.  I grew up in New York state and I don't remember anything remotely this pretty in the area.  After a little bit of digging, I found out why.  Hudson is a trendy little town which has been recently...

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The Melting Pot in Downtown Manhattan

Lower Manhattan is an excellent place to explore the melting pot history of New York City.  Neighbourhoods such as the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown and Nolita are all an easy walking distance from each other.  And, the best part?  This historical...

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Public Displays of The Love Sculptures of Robert Indiana

I had heard that the French artist whose work we saw on the slopes of Val d'Isere, Robert Orlinsky, was inspired by the LOVE sculptures of Robert Indiana, an American artist. I decided to take a closer look at these iconic pieces of public art which appear in many...

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Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum With Kids

Sort of like the moon landings for a previous generation, I'm sure our generation will remember where they were when the 9/11 attacks occurred.  My husband and I had just returned from an amazing honeymoon.  September 11, 2001 was the first day back at work for us....

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Have You Heard Of The Most Haunted Hotel in New England?

Located in the historic centre of Boston, the Omni Parker House has been called the most haunted hotel in New England.  As the oldest working hotel in the United States, its walls have seen a lot of history. The original hotel, Parker House, was built by a man named...

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Kids Can’t Say No to Serendipity

Having heard about the delicious desserts, my children have been begging me to visit Serendipity III every time we are in New York City.  Although we did not order the famous Golden Opulence Sundae, we ate plenty of other delicious desserts.  Never mind the kids, I...

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A Kid in a New York City Candy Store

It's no secret that the children and I have a sweet tooth.  In the spirit of exhaustive research into the global phenomenon known as a 'sugar rush', we have munched our way through French candies, Parisian patisseries, London sweet shops, Portuguese traditional...

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Architecture and Geometry at the Guggenheim Museum

Visiting the Guggenheim Museum was an easy sell to my kids because they remember the museum from the family movie with Jim Carrey, Mr. Popper's Penguins.  In the movie, the penguins that Mr. Popper inherits run amok in the museum. The Guggenheim Museum in New York is...

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Elmo Loves You and Sesame Place

When my children were younger, they loved Elmo from the US hit children's show, Sesame Street, with a passion that defied explanation.  They loved everything about Elmo - his pet goldfish, squeaky helium voice and limited repertoire of ways to express his love. My...

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On A Roll Like A Philly Cheesesteak

In Philadelphia, the cheesesteak is a culinary institution. It's a fast food you can get in food trucks, delis and small restaurants. The cheesesteak is a long roll filled with thinly sliced steak sautéed with onions and cheese.  Traditionally, the cheese was Cheez...

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The Amazing Crayola Experience Tour

Crayola for me is the smell of childhood.  My neat-freak mother did not like the mess that Play Doh made and so would steer me towards the Crayola box every time I wanted to do anything artsy.  Pretty much all the time because my parents were definitely of the ilk...

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Red Cube in the Financial District

The Red Cube (1968) by Isamu Noguchi is one of the sculptures you can find in downtown Manhattan. The sculpture is made of bright red steel and surrounded by skyscrapers on three sides.  You can see the building behind through the grey-painted hole in the middle....

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Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia

Most people have heard about the National Cherry Blossom Festival that is held in Washington D.C. every spring in celebration of the friendship between Japan and the United States.  You can even keep track of the cherry blossoms (sakura in Japanese) that burst into...

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If You Thought You Knew About George Washington

Our children were less than impressed with spending Christmas day away from their presents watching a re-enactment of George Washington's historic crossing of the Delaware River.  So, we decided to impress upon them the importance of George Washington in the history...

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Art and Ice

Have you heard of the Harbin International Snow & Ice Festival that started a couple of days ago in China?  Every year, Chinese artists carve sculptures from ice blocks taken from the nearby Songhua River to decorate a massive 100 acre site....

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One Fine Stay, Indeed

On our recent trip to New York City we rented a flat through the London-based company One Fine Stay.  They rent flats in New York City and London which are privately-owned.  For whatever reason, the owner isn't using their flat during the time it's available for...

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