Welcome back! I hope your week is going well. Can you believe half of May is already past? Soon 2018 will be half gone. It’s mind blowing how quickly time passes by. Anyway, today I am back to share our visit to another museum in Manhattan, the American Museum of Natural History.
We entered the museum from the subway entrance, which was quite beautiful in and of itself. The mosaic tile art in the subway halls were a peek into what would come. We didn’t get to spend a ton of time here, so we just hit a couple of highlights. We spent our time mainly in the Fossil Halls, exploring dinosaur and mammoth bones, and had a quick walk through the Human Origins and Cultural Halls.
Being that mammoths are a pretty big deal around Waco, many mammoth skeletons have been found in and around Waco, Texas, we enjoyed seeing them in the Hall of Advanced Mammals. However, the highlight for us was seeing triceratops & tyrannosaurus rex skeletons in the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs and the titanosaur skeleton in the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Orientation Center.
I don’t think I’d seen dinosaur skeletons before, perhaps as a kid, but I can’t remember for sure. So it was so remarkable to see these creatures come to life by bone. You can’t really imagine their sheer size without seeing the skeletons put together, so they were incredible to see.
There was so much more to see here, but like I said we just didn’t have a lot of time. We would have loved to have spent more time here, but perhaps we will on our next visit to New York. Hope you enjoyed our account of the American Museum of Natural History, and I encourage you to add it to your NYC itinerary. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend!
Happy Monday! I hope y’all had a great weekend. I’m so excited for today’s post on St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. During my first visit to New York, we didn’t venture inside St. Patrick’s as we were put off by the scaffolding outside. Once we returned home and I began researching the places we’d seen and been, I knew right away we had made a big mistake! So, I was sure to add it to our itinerary during our last trip.
Luckily this time the scaffolding was gone, so we enjoyed every single walk by the cathedral. Being across the street from Rockefeller Plaza on 5th Avenue, our visits to the area were many. We enjoyed passing by several times during the day and a couple times in the evening. The evening walks by were a real treat as the massive front doors were open for all to see in. It was then that we caught a glimpse of the cathedral’s true grandeur.
On our last full day, we enjoyed a remarkable tour inside the Catholic cathedral by one of its long-time members. We were given an in-depth look, understanding, and description of the church’s architecture, past, and beauty of the Cathedral and Catholic religion. Though I am not Catholic, it is a religion that I can truly appreciate. The thousands of years of tradition, attention to detail in its churches, chapels, and cathedrals across the world, and Christian base, of course, make it so intriguing to me. The tour of the stunning St. Patrick’s Cathedral only solidified that appreciation. However, even if Catholicism isn’t your cup of religious tea, anyone can appreciate the stunning architecture, design, and history of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
I highly recommend adding St. Patrick’s to your NYC itinerary, and, if you’re interested, you can find the information for guided tours here. The tours are free; however, a donation is always a lovely gesture.
I hope you enjoyed taking a look inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is a true masterpiece! Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’ll be back later this week for a visit to another NYC museum.
Hey y’all! I hope you are having a great week. Mine is flying by, which I’m not mad about. Anyway, I’m back today to talk more about New York. Seeing & perusing churches in New York City is always a special treat! There are beautiful churches at every turn, and two of my favorites are in lower Manhattan near Wall Street and the World Trade Center. Trinity Church & St. Paul’s Chapel are Episcopal churches apart of the same parish, and both feature two of only seven cemeteries in Manhattan.
Trinity Church is located closer to Wall Street than St. Paul’s, and is said to be one of the wealthiest churches in the nation. The church was built in the mid-1800s, and nearly 175 years later is still in pristine standing today. We were lucky enough to get to peek inside, and I was blown away! The incredible cathedral ceiling and stained glass were breathtaking! It is also neat to make note that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visited Trinity Church in 1976. However, what might be most notable about Trinity Church is that it is the final resting place of Alexander Hamilton. When you’re on your way to the see the bull on Wall Street, make sure to pop in to Trinity Church. Light a candle, make an offering, and enjoy its beauty.
St. Paul's Chapel
Perhaps one of the most remarkable stories stemming from New York City is that of St. Paul’s Chapel, also known as “The Little Chapel That Stood”. It is just a couple of blocks from the World Trade Center sites, and has truly stood the test of time and tragedy. As you can see from the photos, it survived NYC’s Great Fire of 1776 AND the attacks on 9/11. A popular children’s book was written about the remarkable resilience of this chapel. You can find it here. We passed by early in the morning, so unfortunately, we were unable to make it inside, but I imagine it holds many extraordinary stories. Built nearly 250 years ago, St. Paul’s Chapel is an incredible asset to your New York City itinerary. It is an easy walk from the new One World Trade Center, and worth every moment visiting.
There are so many other churches in Manhattan, and these are just a couple with really neat stories! I'll be sharing another famous church on Monday, St. Patrick's Cathedral. See you back then! Thanks for stopping in.
Hey y'all! I hope you had a great weekend. Our's was crazy as usual, but luckily productive! We're excited for warmer weather which means we can get out of the house more. We are trying to limit expenses though, we have some trips we'd like to take in the next year, so budgeting is a must, which is why I'm here today!
Today, I want to talk about my tips to help you pay for your next vacation. I've compiled a short list of tips that should help you determine a budget and budget for a vacation. Take a look!
Plan Purchases + Budget for Travel
Just as you budget for bills, groceries, and savings make travel apart of your regular budget. When you make it a priority, you'll be surprised at how quickly you can save up for a great vacation. Start out small, even if it takes a year or more to save for a small trip, a small trip is more fun than no trip at all!
Also, really think about and plan your purchases. When you are tempted to buy some new home decor piece or pretty top think about your travel goals, and decide if you'd rather put that money towards memories instead.
Limit Eating Out
Eating out and/or that daily coffee or soda can really add up! Here are some numbers to put it into perspective:
1 Soda a Day=$730 a Year=A Round-Trip Plane Ticket!
1 Starbucks a Day=$1460 a Year=A Cruise to Mexico!
Eating Out Twice a Week=$5200=An Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation!
If that doesn't motivate you to limit eating out, I don't know what will!
Plan Ahead + Make a Vacation Budget
Plan ahead with your vacation. Decide where you want/can afford to go, plan excursion/tour costs, and additional costs, and make a savings & budget plan to make it happen. When you have a tangible destination and vacation plan in mind, you are more likely to stick to your budget to make the vacation a reality.
Nix Credit Cards
This is a really big one. STOP PAYING CREDIT CARD COMPANIES INTEREST! If you have credit cards, how much interest do you pay a month if you don't pay them off each month? Odds are it's $50, $100 a month. That really adds up, and can quickly get you a vacation. If you must use credit cards, get one that will gain you cash back or airline miles, and pay them off each month to avoid interest charges. Be sure to pay attention to annual fees as well.
Work with a Travel Agent
Why? Travel agents, like myself, can help you create a vacation budget, and help you determine what is attainable for you. Let your agent know your must haves, things/places to avoid, and your ideal budget. If you don't know, be honest! We'll work with you to figure it out. There are so many options available in many different budgets, so don't think you right off that bat that a vacation isn't for you.
As travel agents, we can also help you set up with a payment plan. If you aren't a great saver, or if it would help you to stick to your vacation goal, a payment plan is a great option!
What do you think? Can believe how the eating out costs add up!?!
Do you have any other tips of your own that help you plan for a vacation or particular goal you have? I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'll see you back later this week.
Happy Friday friends! I hope you've had a great week, and have a fun weekend planned. After 5 o'clock, I'm looking forward to relaxing and taking it easy! In the meantime, I'm back to talk more from our New York City trip. Today, I'm going to share our visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Lovely & I struck out one morning from Times Square, and walked our way to Pier 86, about a mile away. We enjoyed seeing new places along the way, and walking along the river after our visit. But we really appreciated this very cool museum which is actually on the river itself! Housed in the decommissioned USS Intrepid, this museum showcases sea, air, and space travel. We enjoyed the sea & air aspects most, and learning more about the USS Intrepid. This was our second ship to visit together, but the first, the USS Missouri, was a battleship. The USS Intrepid is a huge aircraft carrier making it large enough to feature a full fledged air & space museum as well.
We were able to read about the ship's journeys, see numerous military planes, and touch a bit on U.S. space travel. It was definitely not your typical New York sightseeing spot, but it was a really fun addition to our trip, especially for a guy. If you're going to travel to NYC with your man, son, or any guy, you might consider adding this to your itinerary if you have the time.
I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Hope you enjoy them!
Have a great weekend, and see you back next week.