All posts tagged: beautiful view

Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring is for new beginnings. It has indeed been a rough couple of months, we said goodbye to winter as my family and I bid goodbye to a loved one. And yet, there is promise, that love endures, and there are great things to come in 2015. As we start the year in travel, we look to one of the common places on my boyfriend and I’s V-Day top ten: The Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. This year’s festival was scheduled from March 20th through April 12th, so we originally planned to go the first week. However, due to the severe weather we had this year, the peak bloom was forecasted to be later than expected. Make sure to keep checking the Bloom Watch page for this information. You would also find a live camera feed, where you’d be able to see the blossoms and judge for yourself. We decided to go on April 11th, which was peak bloom, the most crowded time of year to go. We stayed in Fairfax to avoid fighting for parking and save …

Candid at Bodrum Castle, Turkey

What do people see in us during our most unguarded moments? When we allow ourselves to just be, at our most free, one with our truth, stripped to our core, unpretentious, alone with our own thoughts, most honest, most vulnerable? Above photos taken by MW, in Bodrum, Turkey, November 2013. We found Bodrum interesting. There wasn’t as much to explore compared to the other destinations we were to go on the cruise we were in at the time, so we spent most of the day at Bodrum Castle, looking out at the beautiful, pristine water beneath and exploring the castle itself. On our way back to the ship, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant looking out at the water. The food wasn’t as memorable as our meals from other stops so there isn’t much to tell there, but the view is definitely worth sharing. Perhaps one of the most memorable things about Bodrum for me was the walk from the ship to the castle, where we found the coolest-shaped ATM ever. We really find …

On Manhattan

I see it everyday — commuting to work, which is in the Bronx, and more recently, to my classes in NYU (which I will write about another time), and yet it never gets old. The city has a life all its own. A cliche, yes. It is unlike any other, alive and always moving. Beyond its great skyline revered and admired are its people, cultures as colorful as its bright lights, the diversity that makes it the Manhattan we know. I have always said, for instance, that within its most populated places is the best spot to find solitude. One can be amongst many and yet be completely independent of the crowd, choose to stand out or be invisible. I can name a lot of great things about New York, but at the top of my list would definitely be individuals’ collective stance to make their own choices, to be oneself, to simply be. Featured photo taken of the city from The Chart House Restaurant, Weehawken, NJ, August 3, 2014