Photo of Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo Japan

Tokyo Photo Diary: Senso-Ji At Night

I was warned about temple burnout in Japan. Before visiting, I couldn’t image becoming numb to the historic beauty of shrines and temples. This was my first time travelling in Asia, so I hadn’t done the temple trails before. I also didn’t plan on visiting enough temples to put me at risk of burnout. I wasn’t in Tokyo for the temples, so I’d only planned to visit the … Continue reading Tokyo Photo Diary: Senso-Ji At Night

Yanaka Ginza Hero

Tokyo Photo Diary: Yanaka, Northern Tokyo

For a taste of Old Tokyo, head to Yanaka. This charming neighbourhood in Northern Tokyo has largely escaped the fires, earthquakes and WWII air raids that have flattened so much of the rest of the city and has one of the sweetest shopping strips in the city. Temple Trail in Nishi-Nippori & Yanaka We started at Nishi-Nippori station and wandered the backstreets of Nishi-Nippori, passing … Continue reading Tokyo Photo Diary: Yanaka, Northern Tokyo

Intrepid Air Sea & Space museum NYC

Out of this world: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, NYC

Let’s be honest: the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum would not have been my first choice of museums to visit in New York City. In fact, despite spending two months in the city, I wouldn’t have visited had it not been for my boyfriend, who was very excited to go. I was happy to tag along with him but between you and me (and … Continue reading Out of this world: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, NYC

Phantom of the Opera NYC

A NYC Classic: Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

When I was in New York, seeing a Broadway show was on my list of essential NYC experiences, along with seeing a Yankees game, riding the Staten Island Ferry, eating a street hot dog and going for a paddle on the lake in Central Park. Touristy? Yes. Unforgettable? Absolutely. Where would the performing arts be without Broadway? New York City’s most famous street has become … Continue reading A NYC Classic: Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

Notes on visiting MoMA

I went to MoMA for Monet’s Water Lilies but what stayed with me was what I learned about myself – namely, that I can leave the country, but I’ll take Australia with me wherever I go. Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art held the two pieces I’ve been most excited about seeing, impressionist masterpieces Water Lilies by Claude Monet and Starry Starry Night by Vincent van … Continue reading Notes on visiting MoMA

SoHo Cast Iron Historic District NYC

Meeting Manhattan: Behind the beautiful facades in SoHo

We covered a LOT of ground in our first day in New York City. We started in SoHo, then wandered through beautiful Washington Square Park before exploring the West Village. In the late afternoon, we walked through the Meatpacking District and made our way back uptown to Hell’s Kitchen via The High Line. After a brief siesta in the apartment, we headed back out that … Continue reading Meeting Manhattan: Behind the beautiful facades in SoHo

Andy Warhol Ai Wei Wei NGV Melbourne

Andy Warhol – Ai Wei Wei: Even better together in Melbourne

Before visiting Andy Warhol – Ai Wei Wei, the NGV’s summer blockbuster exhibition, I didn’t have a clue why the work of the late Warhol and very-much-alive Wei Wei were mingling in Melbourne’s art gallery. As I worked my way through the exhibitions pace, parallels between the artists popped up, making them seem less like an odd couple and more like kindred spirits.  x  The … Continue reading Andy Warhol – Ai Wei Wei: Even better together in Melbourne