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3 Days in Washington D.C. – Travel Diary

December 1, 2017

Our 3 Day trip in Washington D.C. was a spur of the moment. For the remaining days of our stay in the USA, we had no idea on what to do. My aunt suggested that we go visit Washington D.C. because there are a lot of things one can do there.

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N

  1. Originally, a land trip to Washington D.C. from New Hampshire should take you around 7-8 hours. But because of traffic and we had a lot of stops along the way, it took us 11 hours.
  2. There are a lot of museums in Washington D.C. The nice thing about these museums is that it is free entrance. Since there are a lot of museums, you won’t be able to finish all of the museums in a day or two. You need to allot at least a week in order to fully appreciate the museums. The museums we went to are the following : National Museum of the American Indian, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Museum of American History.
  3. To buy food and drinks is expensive! I suggest you bring your own food and water bottle. There are water fountains – be it in the park or museums. So, there is no reason for you to not bring any water bottle with you.
  4. Aside from visiting the museums, there were the major attractions like The Pentagon, Lincoln Memorial and The White House. If you were not able to go to any of these major attractions, you haven’t fully experienced Washington D.C.
  5. Since we went during a summer season, expect the weather to be humid. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes so that you can properly walk around Washington D.C.
  6. There are Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tours in Washington D.C.  But, I only recommend this tour if you don’t have enough time to explore or with someone who can’t stand long walks.
  7. If you are on a budget, staying outside of Washington D.C. You can always take the Metro. In our case, we decided to stay in Best Western Hotel located at College Park, Maryland.
  8. Truth be told, there are still a lot of museums and attractions that I will have to check out in Washington D.C.

Below are the photos I took during our 3 Day Stay in Washington D.C. :

  1. Abraham Lincoln Memorial

2. Washington Monument

3. The White House

4. National Museum of American Indian

5. National Air and Space Museum

6. Smithsonian Institution

7. Holocaust Memorial Museum

8. National Museum of American History

Care to share other museums worth going to in Washington D.C.? Leave a comment down below!

 

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Museum Finds : Museum of Modern Art

September 7, 2017

In one of my classes back in college, we would get to talk about different kinds of artworks. From classical to modern artworks, these caught my attention. As we get to discuss more about these different artworks in class, the Museum of Modern Art would constantly be shown in discussions. I told myself that I should definitely visit this museum when I get the chance to go back to New York. Lo and behold, mom and I were able to go back to New York. Among all the museums I had to see in New York, I made sure that Museum of Modern Art will be the very first museum I should visit.

Museum of Modern Artknown as MoMA, is an art museum located at Midtown Manhattan of New York City. Different kinds of modern and contemporary artwork can be found in this museum. There are 2 locations for this museum but I was only able to go to one since we lacked time.

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N

  • Address: 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019
  • Open from 10:30am til 5:30pm, 7 days/week
  • Ticket Adult Price: $25, Seniors: $18, Students: $14
  • 16 yrs. old and below are considered free entrance

H E L P F U L  T I P S

  • If you love going to museums, I highly suggest that you only visit one museum in a day! You’ll get burned out and overwhelmed from seeing too much.
  • I suggest that you start early for this museum. It’s a big museum so you’ll be seeing a lot of artworks. The line to buy tickets also tends to get long.
  • Since time was of an essence, we had no choice but to hurry up. We were only able to stay in the museum around 2-3 hours. So I highly suggest that you take your time when visiting museums.
  • There are audio guides if you want to know the story behind these artworks.

From Andy Warhol’s “Campbell” artwork to Van Gogh’s “Starry Starry Night”, these artworks made a different impact on how I was able to view art. Without further ado, allow me to share the different artworks found in MoMA.

Andy Warhol – Campbell Artwork

Andy Warhol – Marilyn Monroe 

Vincent Van Gogh – Starry Starry Night

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New York Travel Diary

August 7, 2017

Last June 26, my mom and I officially left for the United States of America! The main reason why we had to go to the States was for my grandma. It’s her first time to experience an international flight and we wanted her to enjoy. So, to officially start this USA journey, we started off with New York City (making this trip my 2nd time)

New York City – a place where there’s something new you can do every day. From Staten Island til the Bronx, you surely will not run out of interesting things to do and experience in New York.

Here are a few things you should remember when visiting New York:

  • New York is a walkable city but if you need to go from one place to another, you can always take the subway or taxi.
  • Study the subway and the map of New York. These will be your lifesavers when you  navigate around New York.
  • Wear comfortable shoes since you’ll be walking a lot.

A T T R A C T I O N S

  • Times Square 

You haven’t been to New York if you haven’t experienced Times Square. New York Times Square is a major tourist hub. Giant billboards and bright lights. Costumed characters and people playing instruments. Broadway shows, a lot of tourists and crazy traffic.

  • Museum of Modern Art

Known as MoMA, it’s a museum that showcases different kinds of artworks done by famous artists. Famous artists like Andy Warhol and Van Gogh can be found here. Be wary though, it’s a big museum so expect to have your stay in the museum around 2-3 hours. There is also an entrance fee which will cost around $25. It’s expensive but it will be worth it – that is if you are really interested of museums and artworks.

  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral

This is a famous Catholic Church found at the heart of New York City. What makes this cathedral interesting is its architectural design. The Cathedral is made out of brick but overlaid in marble. Once you enter the Cathedral, you can feel at peace and being one with Christ.

  • Broadway Shows

If you love watching Broadway shows, then it’s a MUST for you to experience watching one in New York. Fortunately, I was able to watch Anastasia. If you get lucky, you get the chance to meet the casts of the certain play you would want to watch. Since I watched Anastasia, I was able to meet Derek Klena (who plays as Dmitri), John Bolton (as Vlad) and Christy Altomare (as Anastasia).

F O O D

Finally, there is this fast food chain that I believe beats McDonalds. It is no other than Shake Shack. Everywhere we went to in New York, you can actually see Shake Shack. When I get the chance to go back to New York, will definitely try their shakes this time!

Umami is a Japanese term that stands for “deliciousness”. They stand true to their word. With every bite I took, I felt like I was in heaven. You can actually taste how juicy their beef was cooked. The size of the burger was just right and worth your money.

Cafe Lalo is a small cafe located at the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They serve mouthwatering pastries that makes me want to go back. We got Strawberry Tart & Carrot Cake. When eating desserts, I tend to share with someone since I can’t really finish it. Lo and behold, I was able to finish the Strawberry Tart by myself. That’s how yummy it was!

Fun Fact: Cafe Lalo appeared in the 1988 movie, You’ve Got Mail.

  • Bibble & Sip

Bibble & Sip is a 3rd wave & hole in a wall coffee shop. I am glad I was able to try this coffee shop. I went to this place twice within a week! They have cute interiors that made me want to stay longer. Sadly, limited seats were available.

O T H E R  A T T R A C T I O N S

Since it’s my 2nd time to go to New York, we didn’t bother going back to the other attractions in New York (Grand Central Terminal & Central Park specifically). At the same time, I still have to go back for the 3rd time because we were not able to go to other attractions when we were there.

  • Statue of Liberty

  • The Oculus

  • Brooklyn Bridge

Care to share other attractions I should go to when I get the chance to go back to New York?