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GTGL Snippets: Family Night at the Museum for the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition

Ten of the terracotta warriors were on display in Philadelphia for the first time in 30 years at The Franklin Institute. Philly is one of only two cities in the United States to host what is called the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibition, the other city being Seattle. Naturally, we had to see it as it is definitely one of those family outings that we don't want to let pass. Who knows when these archeological gems will be near us again?!

GTGL Snippets: Family Night at the Museum for the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition

GTGL Snippets: Family Trip to The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.

Second time's a charm! 

Our first attempt to witness the cherry blossom trees was a fail. We seized the opportunity to take the trip to Washington, D.C. during the kids' spring break in 2013 (almost two years after moving to the northeastern part of the country, but that's another story). The National Cherry Blossom Festival was scheduled on March 20th through April 14th of that year, and the National Park Service predicted that the trees will have their "peak blossom" on the festival's second week.

GTGL Snippets: Family Trip to The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.

GTGL Snippets: The Igloos at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

The igloos at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar is one of the most popular things to do in New York City during the wintertime. This past December, I finally got to go with some of my friends. The cocktails were great; the views, better; the holiday air was festive; and the company made the experience unforgettably beautiful.

GTGL Snippets: The Igloos at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

[PHOTOS] Picturesque Fall Hikes in New Jersey: Chasing Autumn Hues

The northeast has plenty of gorgeous fall foliage to boast than just that of New England's. My current home state of New Jersey alone has had our eyes feasting over autumn hues. Browse through these photos to see for yourself! 🍂🍁🍂🍁

[PHOTOS] Picturesque Fall Hikes in New Jersey: Chasing Autumn Hues

Veni, Vidi, Bibi: Libations in Miami Beach - Two of the World's Top Bars

While some people look forward to the yearly Oscars or Grammies, I eagerly await the annual list of the world's top 50 bars. This year's awards ceremony took place on Thursday, October 5, when I happened to be getting off a cruise ship in Miami. Noticing that 2 of the top 50 were in Miami Beach, it seemed a visit was in order.

Veni, Vidi, Bibi: Libations in Miami Beach - Two of the World's Top Bars

GTGL Snippets: Fall Foliage Hiking in Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve, New Jersey

New Jersey Audubon is a not-for-profit organization that fosters environmental awareness. It has a number of centers all over the state, which all aim to protect animals and plants, especially those that are endangered, and preserve their natural habitats. We're so lucky to have one of its centers in our neighborhood where we can get our hiking fix whenever we want!

GTGL Snippets: Fall Foliage Hiking in Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve, New Jersey

Meeting blogger friends + slow traveling in Massachusetts

After nearly 10 years of online friendship and 5 or so years of failed, albeit lukewarm, attempts at meeting up, I finally got to meet two of my blogger friends! As they're both currently living in the Boston metro area, my family and I took advantage of one 4th of July weekend holiday to finally go and see them. 

Reflections on our experiences together while hiking through Mt. Tamalpais

For this year's Get There | Get Lost Founders Meetup (I just came up with that, and I'm going to make it a thing!), we had planned a two-day excursion of some of Bianca's tried and tested places in Marin County, and one of them was Mt. Tamalpais. 

I had some reflections on our travels together - how often we see each other, and how it's never enough. 

Reflections on our experiences together while hiking through Mt. Tamalpais

GTGL Snippets: The Italian Water Garden at Longwood Gardens

The first glimpse of it got us all awestruck. We followed the path to the viewing deck, all the while taking glances of the intricate water garden, to have a full scale perspective of the whole thing. 

Pure elegance.

GTGL Snippets: The Italian Water Garden at Longwood Gardens

GTGL Snippets: Independence Hall, Philadelphia

Previously called the Pennsylvania State House, this Georgian edifice now known as the Independence Hall is the venue where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed. It is located on Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th Streets, with its north facade leading to a cobblestone street and to the Independence Mall. 

GTGL Snippets: Independence Hall, Philadelphia

[PHOTOS] Self-guided tour of the Mural Mile, Philadelphia

Philadelphia is long known for its riveting street art culture, which speaking volumes on the city's urban lifestyle, and its people's glorious moments and agonizing struggles. The Mural Arts features the skills and talents of artists on traditional mural-making, who transform public spaces into one big engaging, thought-provoking, and even life-changing outdoor art gallery.  

[PHOTOS] Self-guided tour of the Mural Mile, Philadelphia

GTGL Snippets: Palmer Square on Ice, Princeton, New Jersey

Love is in the air!

Ice Sculpture Philly embellished a little corner in downtown Princeton, New Jersey with super cool (see what I did there? 😜) artworks. For their final piece, the ice artists carved out these linked hearts to commemorate Valentine's Day. 💕

GTGL Snippets: Palmer Square on Ice, Princeton, New Jersey

Tried & Tested: Sure Wins When You Pass Through Carmel-by-the-Sea

There’s just something about towns with prepositions in it. ‘By-the-sea’, ‘upon-Avon’ - okay, those are the only two I can think of at this moment. But, because the town is relative to a place, it already gives you something to visualize.

I've been coming to Carmel for years, but always just passing through - either while staying at Monterey, or to drive people along the 17 mile drive in Pebble Beach. For a three-day getaway to the California coast, this time, we decided to stay in the quaint artistic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Tried & Tested: Sure Wins When You Pass Through Carmel-by-the-Sea

GTGL Snippets: Manhattan, New York City, USA

The larger-than-life ornaments are a New York City Christmas season staple. These giant, red, steel-reinforced fiberglass balls with chrome-finished caps and hooks, are installed every year since 1993 in front of the Exxon Building on the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue). They are among the most photographed holiday decorations in Midtown Manhattan.

GTGL Snippets: Manhattan, New York City, USA

A Trip to Victorian London at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

As we took a stroll down the Grand Concourse, and allowed ourselves to be part of a story, we met a detective helping out a lady find her mother's dog, a widow who scared the crap out of my husband as she asked for directions to the graveyard (I tried to comfort her by giving her a hug 🤗), a drunkard passed out by the docks, a wench trying to make her living, a lady smitten after getting a kiss on the cheek from the prince of Wales, boys yelling out names they have telegrams and roses for, and even Ebenezer Scrooge post the scrooge.

A Trip to Victorian London at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

The Gastronomic Stops in Napa Valley

Napa Valley not only has an expansive selection of top notch vintage, it also boasts a great number of restaurants and cafes to sate every palate: from international cuisines to the traditional Americana, or from quaint local treasures to Michelin-starred favorites.

The Gastronomic Stops in Napa Valley

GTGL Snippets: Barnegat Lighthouse

I was so moved by Bianca’s snippet of the Portland Head Light that I’m sharing one of the many photos I took from the top of yet another United States lighthouse, the Barnegat Lighthouse in New Jersey. It took me 217 steps to get to this point of Old Barney, a nickname that residents has fondly bestowed on this local beacon, which visitors are quite happy to instantly adapt, and to capture this drone-like shot of this absolutely gorgeous pre-summer midday scene below.

GTGL Snippets: Barnegat Lighthouse

GTGL Snippets: Portland Head Light

Looks familiar? That's because the Portland Head Light is one of the most photographed, if not THE most photographed, lighthouses in the US. Even the rugged cliff it sits on, towering 101 feet above the water, is picture perfect. I think it's the white farm style fence and the red roof of the adjacent building that give this whole vista that postcard-ready feel.

GTGL Snippets: Portland Head Light

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With over 10 million visitors in 2015, the Great Smoky National Park is the most visited national park in the United State. Hiking trails, waterfalls, and scenic overlooks all combine to make this a splendid place to spend a vacation.  

We spent three days at the park, and even though we hiked a lot of trails, and saw a lot of natural sites, we did not scratch the surface of what this spectacular place has to offer.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Napa Valley Favorites: Restaurants

Lucky me, this now world-class destination is just in my backyard. We can easily go for coffee, or a Sunday brunch, or make a whole day out of it with a wine tasting tour. We're definitely all for trying something new, But there's definitely those places that we know when we crave for a specific thing, we know exactly where to go - the tried and tested, where we won't be leaving the satisfaction of our cravings to chance.

Napa Valley Favorites: Restaurants

GTGL Snippets: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Hollywood

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood did not disappoint. It's comprised of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. There are two rides - the 3D Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride through Hogwarts, and the small roller coaster Flight of the Hippogriff. You also get in line to Ollivanders where there's a bit of a show for the wand to find the wizard before you shop for your wand. With your interactive wand, there are various spots throughout the park where you can use it. 

GTGL Snippets: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Hollywood

GTGL Snippets: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Mother's Day 2013 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. That year, instead of my husband doing the usual and giving me a bouquet, I opted for him to take me to see the flowers bloom. 

GTGL Snippets: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY, USA

GTGL Snippets: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

It was my first cruise ever, and of course, the cruise itself should warrant its own post. This was the final day, and it was the only stop where we dropped anchor, instead of actually docking. I daresay that was pretty cool. We had this view of the arch, El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, from our balcony. People went on tours to go closer and around it, which I had been curious about as I had seen numerous pictures of this rock formation.

GTGL Snippets: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

GTGL Snippets: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

Lovely display of holiday cheer here at Disney's Hollywood Studios brought to you by Siemens. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is a 20-year-old tradition that takes place at the park's Streets of America.

GTGL Snippets: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA