MAM is the Modern Art Museum of my city. There you can see wonderful pieces of art and have this incredible sunset. Yeah, it’s a “no filter” picture! I love the summer sunsets! 4 months ago
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Aiden and I went to the Long and Scott’s Corn maze in Mt. Dora with Benjamin and his Mom. It was too hot and too dirty too many bugs. Wont do that again but at least we tried it. 7 months ago
There’s a store at Centerpoint and one on 29th. Today I explored the store on 29th… was suprised by its size! 9 months ago
I’m not typically a bar girl, but this place had fancy food and a nice 1920’s atmosphere. Great place to talk and hear stories. 9 months ago
Vegetarian Restaurant. Slightly on the expensive side, but the helpings are enormous and the food is very good. 11 months ago
Today I went to the Musee des arts decoratifs in Paris, it’s in a wing of the Louvre palace (separate entrance).
It was really nice, totally stroller-accessible (a rarity in Paris) and there were some nice touches, like the fact that it wasn’t crowded (even during a school holiday) and there is a free audio guide for the permanent collection. The art deco / art nouveau stuff was great, some really beautiful furniture and I loved the rooms they’ve recreated (in particlar the art deco ones, but there were several from different periods, all interesting).
I’d definitely put this on the list for folks coming to town who have already hit the major museums but love art.
Bonus for us, there was a Babar exhibit on (the reason it was on the top of my list) and that was small but fun – my grandmother gave me several Babar books when I was a kid and I loved them, even today seeing a glimpse of a page brought back waves of memories. I hope to share them with my son when he’s older, but I did restrain myself from buying any, as they were all paper books and right now he’d need a board book…. They are classics, they’ll be around for a long time. 15 months ago
Ive wanted to visit the architecture museum in Paris since it opened a couple of years ago, but finally got around to it yesterday. Yesterday I went to see a temporary exhibit and took a quick peek at the permanent collection, and now I want to go back to see the permanent collection in more detail (and having studied up beforehand). 16 months ago
Went to the Keegan Theater in DC yesterday. I saw the Crucible and it was awesome! 18 months ago
the foodie market in Temple Bar every Saturday so yesterday as I was on my way in to meet a friend, I took a wander around, chatted to the traders (as per ‘community’ goal) and bought a little ‘sample box’ of artisan cheeses as a little presant for A. So many lovely things, and the new venue, spread out along the streets rather than clustered in Meetinghouse Square, is very friendly. 19 months ago
I have wanted to do this for….. thirty years :-) It feel great to have finally gotten around to it, especially since every second tourist has this on their ‘favourite places’ list. And it wasn’t disappointing. I saw the organ where Handel is rumoured to have practised, and of course the part everybody wants to see (and what attracted me as a child), the crypts with the mummies. You can’t shake hands with the mummy of the ‘crusader’any more, (apparently someone robbed a finger some years ago – there are some right muppets out there) but you can gently stroke the remaining fingers and this brings you a years good luch (and keeps an old Dublin tradition alive). The crypts and the graveyard are supposed to have inspired Bran Stoker when he wrote Dracula – I have my doubts, but it’s a good story and the church is a real hidden quirky gem, tucked away amid all the ultra modern appartment buildings and offices. Someone had strung a clothes line between two of the gravestones, and there were cars parked between several others. One of my favourite parts was the carriageway, so narrow and rutted… you can so easily picture bowling up there in your horse and carriage several hundred years ago. And a grave slab in front of the old front door which has been weathered into the most fantastic shape. 20 months ago
I’ve been wanting to go here for years… I didn’t have enough cash to buy anything, but the fresh food looked soo yummy! 21 months ago
I have seen this place mentioned so often on lists of places tourists like to visit in Dublin but of course as a born, bred and buttered native I didn’t even have more than a foggy notion of where it actually is. This is heritage week, and lots of places have thrown open their doors and organised little exhibitions or lectures, so myself and two (polite if not exactly willing) friends ventured in to St Patrick’s Close to finally view the oldest public library in Ireland. It’s a strange little gem of a place but with a real familiar feel that is explained when you think back to the Harry Potter films – obviously the library at Hogwarts is modelled on something very similar. The polished dark wood, the little cages where untrustworthy students of yore were locked in with the books, the rather shambolic reading room where modern scholars examine three hundred year old books on a hodgepodge collection of ricketty furniture and foam book protecters while being clambered over by a steady stream of heritage week visitors made this place a strange mixture of practical learning and pure whimsy. My friends were equally entranced, specially by the tracts on display – the ones on botany from the 18th century with ‘pop up’ displays of fruit and seeds, or the illustrations of various dentistry methods which included drilling to a troublesome tooth via the ear – my own favourites were an account of how wounds could be cured by ‘sympathy’, and a little 15th century tome that claimed women claimng to be witches were suffering from mental disturbances and should not be burned. For this heresy, all copies of the book itself were ordered to be burned, but I am very happy at least this copy survived as a reminder that history should never be taken as black and white. There are always shades of grey! 21 months ago
My granny brought me here as a child but I don’t remember it, so I am sure it counts as new. Dragged A in with me, and turns out his granny used to bring him too, but never past the foyer where there is a very large (and scarey to a child) group of statues, and a dark little grotto where you can fill bottles with holy water under the plaster gaze of a rather stern looking saint. I wanted to see the statue now known as ‘Our Lady of Dublin’, which tradition holds came from St Mary’s Abbey – a 12th century Dublin abbey long disappeared from knowledge and memory but amazingly, a few years ago the remains of the chapter house was discovered in the foundations of some Victorian buildings… right beside Mary St and Abbey St, of course. I would love to see the chapter house, but it is difficult to view. Working on that. However, the status was there, enshrined, pedestalled, surrounded by silver lamps, lovely Germanic style carved golden wood. While we were there, we visited the shrine of St Valentine – his bones are supposed to have been granted to the church to celebrate Catholic Emancipation in the early 19th century. There is a little book on the alter in front for people to write messages and petitions, but it is all very low key and undramatic, which I found lovely. A and I lit a candle for the now elderly ladies who brought us there so many years ago and went off to explore the coffee and book shop run by the church next door. 21 months ago
Good food, good friends, excellent atmosphere. This place has a large selection of Root Beer! I’m definitely a fan. 22 months ago
Although I have been to Hunter Park a few times, today I walked the trails that lead out of the park. I was surprised to find that the trail we took led to trails I used to run from my apartment. I asked my girlfriend, “what happens when we run out of places here to discover?” She told me, ” I don’t think that will happen.” 23 months ago
My love and I have been eagerly looking forward to visiting a popular cafe on the river. When a friend came to town and was looking for a place with some atmosphere, we thought, “Hey, let’s go!” Although the location is perfect and the cafe is awesomely decorated, the service was awful. The food selection was minimal, and the food itself wasn’t particularly tasty. It was a disappointing visit, but at least we crossed one more place off our list! Thank goodness for good friends and good conversation. 23 months ago
Yesterday I packed a picnic with my girlfriend and headed to the outdoor amphitheater for a free concert. Upon arrival, we found that we were visiting the wrong amphitheater, and quickly jumped in the car to try to find the correct one. Our quest for this free concert brought us to the opposite side of the river…and to a new place neither of us had visited in this city. The concert had ended early due to inclement weather, but we’ve seen one more place, and will be visiting next week for the next free concert! 23 months ago
...it was okay. The mushroom soup we had was good. A bit pricey and the menu isn’t terribly cohesive. And they’re in need of some redecoration. I can see what they’re trying to do but it’s about 30 years out of date. 2 years ago
what a fun little bar this is. Perfect place to go on a lazy weekend when you want to sit outside (or inside with the doors open) and enjoy a tasty beverage. Definitely one of Washington Avenue’s better offerings. 2 years ago