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Postcards

California Dreamin' Hot Air Balloon Ride in Temecula, California

A hot air balloon ride in Temecula

Fun fact: I have the opposite of a fear of heights. I constantly seek the sensation and the perspective of being high in the air, no matter how I'm there. I love helicopter rides, skyscrapers and rooftops, Ferris wheels, aerial trams, paragliding,...
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Tivoli Gardens theme park in Copenhagen

A visit to Tivoli Gardens

When my friend Renee suggested spending my 29th birthday at a theme park, I was extremely dubious. Other than Ferris wheels (which I adore), I generally feel that theme parks are expensive and manufactured and best experienced either as a child or...
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A visit to Cooper Hewitt Museum

To be honest, I didn't really have much of a reason for adding Cooper-Hewitt to my New York City bucket list. I think I maybe saw a photo of the facade of the mansion on Instagram and thought--hmm, what is this beautiful ivy-colored brick wall in the...
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A visit to the United Nations

An activity that was at the top of my list of things I can't believe I haven't done in New York City: a tour of the United Nations headquarters! I finally found some time to squeeze in a tour between meetings last week: one thing that makes it extra...
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A visit to the Guggenheim

One of the things that I'm working on right now is going to all of the iconic New York City things that can get lost in the shuffle when you've been living here for a while. A few weekends ago, I headed to the Upper East Side to visit the Guggenheim...
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Postcard from Central Park in fall

Central Park is one of my favorite places in the city in all seasons, but it's especially hard to beat in fall. The foliage is just so gorgeous! And one of my favorite (and fairly underrated) spots in the park is the Pool, located off 103rd Street on...
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Postcard from Nyack

I'm constantly surprised at how different life is once you leave the five boroughs of New York City: you don't have to go too far before you feel like you're surrounded by fresh air and silence, instead of the constant smog and chaos of the city. The...
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Postcard from the streets of Cannes

I'm still in a bit of disbelief over the events in Nice last week. Six years ago on Bastille Day, I drank champagne and watched the fireworks with friends on that very same promenade. I was in Cannes just a few weeks ago, and I head back to Paris in...
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Postcard from the Cannes market

Market culture is one of my favorite things about France: when I lived in Nice, I used to go shopping at the local market a few times a week, discovering new ingredients like zucchini flowers and stocking up on plenty of fresh strawberries and...
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The best of Portland, Maine

First of all, let me just talk about how confused everyone around me has been because of my visits to Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine within a few weeks of each other. My mom thought that Jillian and I popped over to the other side of the...
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