Photo of Brisbane Botanic Gardens lake

A Visit to the Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Beautiful one day, perfect the next.  The old adage about Queensland holds true in the capital. One of the best things about Brisbane is year-round blue skies and perennial greenery. Brisbane’s seasons may be a little one-dimensional, but if I had to be stuck in any season, it’s summer. A Brisbane winter is blessedly a little cooler than its sweltering summers, but blue skies and lush … Continue reading A Visit to the Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Yanaka Ginza Tokyo

Itinerary: One Day in Northern Tokyo

Tokyo is the biggest city in the world, so it makes sense to break the city into smaller regions to get the most out of your time. My itinerary for one day in Northern Tokyo covers Nishi-Nippori, Yanaka, Asakusa and Ueno and includes a variety of temples and shrines, shopping streets, charming neighbourhoods, Ueno Park and the magnificent Senso-Ji Temple. Morning: Temple Trail in Nishi-Nippori, … Continue reading Itinerary: One Day in Northern Tokyo

Views of New York City

12 Amazing Views of New York City

It’s hard to get a sense of how big New York City is from the streets of Manhattan. I’ve rounded up my twelve favourite spots to marvel at amazing views of New York City – perfect for inducing those “pinch me I can’t believe I’m in New York” moments. 1. The Staten Island Ferry Not only is the Staten Island Ferry your free ticket to … Continue reading 12 Amazing Views of New York City

Whiskey, tater tots & mahjong in Chinatown NYC

The best way to see New York is on foot. My boyfriend and I would pick a couple of neighbourhoods for the day and I’d jot down a few addresses of any bars or attractions I wanted to see in the area. Sometimes we made it to those places, other times we didn’t and it didn’t matter. We just wandered around, seeing and hearing (and … Continue reading Whiskey, tater tots & mahjong in Chinatown NYC

NYC Date Night Midtown

NYC Date Night: Midtown Edition

It’s extremely rare that my boyfriend isn’t working on a weeknight so we made the most of it while we were in New York City. It was such a novelty to plan a date night on a Tuesday! This NYC date night isn’t super romantic – it was a pretty low-key evening exploring Midtown Manhattan, but I couldn’t have been happier. Whether it’s with someone … Continue reading NYC Date Night: Midtown Edition

Washington Square Park Fountain NYC

Meeting Manhattan: Washington Square Park

We covered a LOT of ground in our first day in New York City, so I’ve broken this up into a few blog posts. 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 Highline. After a brief siesta in the … Continue reading Meeting Manhattan: Washington Square Park

The Mall Central Park just before Autumn fall

Central Park Mall in Green & Gold

In the aftermath of this week’s tragedies, I feel like my heart is breaking. I swing between feeling determined to be a positive part of the world and feeling vulnerable, sad and sick to the stomach. I expected to cry a lot this week, but I didn’t expect to feel like I’ve swallowed a sack of stones which are now weighing me down, a feeling … Continue reading Central Park Mall in Green & Gold