B&B experience in Geneva *New York*

July 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’d trade a generic hotel stay for a night in this homey B&B in a heart beat!

Unless you’re paying over 100 Euro per night, a hotel experience is very likely to be……let’s say not special. Even paying with that price, you might still have to stay with some boringly tired looking hotel room that screams “renovations”. How to stretch your money on the road? One of the things I do is to stay at Bed & Breakfast. (ok, I also do hostels and short term apartments rental, but that’s for another story)

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The skiing rat

June 11, 2012 § 6 Comments

My first snow angel. Brighton, Utah. February 2008

One day, I got a phone call from my sister saying that she and her friend were planning for a ski trip to Brighton, Utah. I had never skied before, but I heard there were a few newbies in the group too. So I bought ski pants and jacket, and flied over to Salt Lake City to join them. What’s better than renting a cabin up in the snowy mountain for a week with a group of friends, and glide down the slope every day?

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A very strange mansion

April 19, 2012 § 3 Comments

Winchester House. Photo Courtesy: http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com

I used to live in the bay area, so the Winchester House in San Jose, California, was like a stone throw away from way. Otherwise, it is less than an hour drive south of San Francisco. I always love to visit historic home and mansions. Old beddings, uncomfortable chairs, well-crafted writing desk, dainty cabinets… all tell the story of how people lived in the past. However, this Victorian mansion is something more than just an old architecture. It is a story of superstition and psychology. « Read the rest of this entry »

Colorful glasses at a botanical garden

March 28, 2012 § 17 Comments

Cobalt Fiori

It was an unworldly sight at the exhibition "Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens and Glass". May 21, 2007.

It’s always a joyful thing to visit a botanical garden in Springtime, to see flowers blossom in every possible colour. They are elegant, exotic and flat out beautiful. However, a visit is even better when there’s some special art installation going on in it. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S., in May 2007, when artist Dale Chihuly dressed up the garden in vibrant glass sculpture. « Read the rest of this entry »

Why Ithaca?

March 25, 2012 § 6 Comments

You should see what it looks like in winter time when there's a high flow of water running down this cascading Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca, New York. Sep 5, 2008

I’ve been asked several times of why I visited Ithaca. As it isn’t your typical tourist destination, and this town has no train service nearby. Did I go to the college there, or visited someone? Actually I was on a trip to see the Niagara Falls. Instead of flying over from Manhattan or taking the 7 hours train, I went with a even slower route in order to spend a few days going through the Finger Lake Region. This area is known for wine making, so I thought it’d be perfect to visit some vineyards before seeing the Niagara Falls. From mid-town Manhattan, I boarded a Greyhound bus leaving for Ithaca, and I had no idea this was such a pretty little town. « Read the rest of this entry »

Home of the Rockefellers

March 23, 2012 § 6 Comments

Kykuit, a Dutch phrase meaning the "lookout". Sleepy Hallow, New York. Aug 28, 2008.

One thing I love about living in Manhattan is how easy it is to get away from the city, and there are so many wonderful places along the Hudson River. The best of all, they are all easy to reach by train which makes them perfect for a day trip. On a fine summer morning, I took the train from the Grand Central Terminal and headed towards Tarrytown station. Within 40 mins, I was in a very different world. « Read the rest of this entry »

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