3 days on Isle of Skye

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“Sing me a song of a lass that is gone,
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye.”

Every time I hear this song from the opening credits of “Outlander”, it always sends chills down my spine.  But it wasn’t until I stepped foot on Skye that the sense of longing for this place resonated with me. The sweet soothing tune conjures images of wind-swept coastlines, jagged sea cliffs, and fields of wild heather – all the things that I’ve come to associate with the Scottish Highlands. Continue reading

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View of Glenfinnan Viaduct (Harry Potter Bridge)

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I am a big Potterhead and I’ve read all seven books many many times over, devouring every single page. I also watch the movies and yearn to be part of that world. Each time I watched Harry Potter and his friends pull away on the Hogwarts Express on the silver screen, I wistfully looked on, wishing that I am on my way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the Hogwarts Express is real and it’s actually called the Jacobite Express!  This iconic steam engine train runs a twice a day on the 84-mile stretch from Fort William to Mallaig. Continue reading

Hotel Review: Tigerlily Edinburgh

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Finding the perfect hotel is a priority whenever I travel since it is important to find a comfortable home-base when exploring a new city. In the past, we had always opted to stay at the bigger hotel chains like Hilton or Starwood because of our status.  Since that status has now mostly expired, we want to try other options like AirBnB and boutique hotels.  While in Edinburgh, we decided to stay at the Tigerlily Edinburgh, an award-winning luxury boutique hotel.  One of the things that drew me to Tigerlily in the first place was their eclectic design. The lounge and bar areas are decorated like the set of a Tim Burton movie – full of pink hues, mirrored walls, extravagant chandeliers, and flowers everywhere. Continue reading

14 Things to do in Edinburgh

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I have to admit that I had a hard time writing the introduction for Edinburgh.  Not because there is nothing to say; quite the opposite in fact, there is so much to see and share that I didn’t quite know where to start. Our three days in Scotland’s capital city was filled with things to do, yet it never felt hectic.  The compact walkable city is filled with quirky nooks that just beg to be discovered. The combination of medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with hidden gardens, neoclassical buildings,  and tiny windy alleys is what makes Edinburgh special. So special in fact that the whole city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.

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Photo of the Week: Majestic

IMG_1884 Yosemite National Park, USA

This photo was taken from Glacier Point of the majestic Yosemite National Park.  It’s no secret that I love aerial views.   I’ve always wanted to see every place from above, so that’s why I am excited to to finally get a drone.  I’ve thought about this for along time, but never taken the plunge, until now.  I am so excited to try it out when we’re in Scotland.

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Photo of the Week: Oasis

IMG_7983Governor’s Island, USA

Do you have an oasis that you like to visit, to get away from the hustle bustle of the city?  For me, that place is Governor’s Island.  It’s located a short (5 minute) ferry ride away from the southern tip of the city.  In recent years, the island has had a major facelift transforming the abandoned coast guard base into a green oasis. 

The laid-back atmosphere on the island is contagious.  Here you will find people riding their bikes instead of cars, having picnics on one of the many green lawns, or taking an afternoon nap at the hammock grove. 

Even though it feels like worlds away, the looming city skyline in the distance reminds you that you are only a hop and a skip away from the chaos on the other side.  And the best part is that it only costs a $2 dollar ferry ride to get away from it all. 

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New York City From Above

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One of my favorite ways to see a city is from above.  The different perspective can totally change how you see the place. Take New York for example – the chaos that you  feel when you’re on the street falls away once you’re in the air.  That was one of the reasons why I’ve always wanted to take a helicopter tour.  It took nine years, but I finally got to check this item off of my bucket list.

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I took an  open-door heli tour around the city with Wings Air, a heli tour company based in Westchester.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from that day:

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The city looks like a mirage from afar with a beacon of light calling out to all of the dreamers.

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For an hour, our skillful pilot navigated us to all of the landmarks in the city.  Let me tell you, it was quite a thrilling experience with the winds whipping through my hair.

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It always excites me to see the sprawling Central Park, but this is the first time I saw it from the sky surrounded by high rise towers.

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It was exhilarating to be so close to the buildings, I felt like I could reach out and touch them. It was something that I’ll never forget.

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The sun was setting on the concrete jungle as we made our way around the island. You could see the sun reflecting on the buildings creating a soft golden glow.

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Aerial view of the East River, Roosevelt Island, and the Queensboro bridge.

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At one point, our pilot had to maneuver us to the precise spot where we could see the sun peaking between the elevator shafts of One World Trace Center creating an unforgettable shot.

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Photo of the Week: Floating

IMG_1481Kauai, USA

Hawaii is truly a tropical paradise with its lush green fields and cloud covered mountains.  This was the place I choose to stay when I was in recovery from my surgery a few years ago. Even though I couldn’t swim or do any fun physical activities, it was simply enough to sit here and enjoy the view while feeling grateful that I was still able to travel .

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