Stopovers in Iceland with Icelandair

Did you know many airlines offer what’s called a stopover at no additional cost when you fly with them? Say you have a connection in a foreign city, which is a major hub for that airline, before reaching your final destination. Well, you can delay your connecting flight for several days to explore the layover…

Mary in Paris: The Sights

Now that you’ve seen/read about my visit to the Eiffel Tower and What I Ate, how about taking a tour around Paris with me to see some of the other sites? Paris is just as spectacular as you would imagine. Maybe even more so. Sometimes you get so hyped up about a place, which is…

Mary in Paris: What I Ate

Food. It is kind of my thing. Ok, completely my thing. Therefore, it only makes sense to tell you what I ate in Paris. Also, you should assume the components below were all accompanied by large amounts of wine or vodka mojitos. French Macarons French macarons have nothing to do with those flaky toasted coconut…

Mary in Paris: The Eiffel Tower

Ahhh, Paris. What is the one thing that comes to mind when you think of Paris? Must be the Eiffel Tower. That stunning iron lattice structure which is undoubtedly the symbol of romance and architectural artistry. It is the one spot that cannot be missed on a girl’s first time in Paris. Am I right?…

Pubs of Southeast England

Samuel Pepys once said pubs are the heart of England. One of the absolutely quintessential experiences in the UK is to walk to your local pub and order a pint, maybe with a plate of fish and chips or bangers and mash; to meet your friends after work for a few; or to join your…

Chocolate Wasted at Cadbury World

Growing up on Pleasant Street in wee little West Winfield NY, many of my childhood weekends were spent watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the neighbors, the Danovitz’s, along with my sister and a large bowl of homemade popcorn. I have watched that movie as a child and adult no less than one…

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

Can you recall the fanciest moments of your life? My fanciest moment to date only just happened. And it obviously involved food. But it is an experience I will remember for a long time to come. ^^ R for Rosie! And for the Ritz I suppose To celebrate her impending nuptials, my new sister-in-law Rosie…

Sarlat : A photo essay

Known as the Périgord Noir, Sarlat-la-Canéda ((simply referred to as Sarlat)) is situated in the Dordogne département of southwest France. Sarlat was developed around a Benedictine Abbey and became prosperous in the 8th Century. As evident in the photos, much of the center of Sarlat depicts the 14th century town it once was. This preservation…

A Day in Cambridge

Why has it taken me this long to post about one of my most favorite places in England? I have no idea, and quite frankly, feeling a tad embarrassed about it. Without further delay, I’d like to show you this richly historic and easily adored city, just fifty miles north of London. Of course, I’m…

Adoring Rocamadour

Well, it is certainly about time I get back to writing and posting, eh? After a two-week hiatus spent with my family, I finally feel inspired again to give this little blog some attention. I have not yet mastered writing a bunch of posts and then scheduling them well in advance, as many bloggers do….

A Return to France

The entirety of my adult life, I’ve held onto an unwavering hope that I would get the chance to return to France and redeem my 16-year old self, who only spoke English during a 2 week visit in the summer of 1998 with my school French club. I swore that if I ever returned, I…

Seeing Liverpool

Sometimes when you hear a place is dull, doesn’t that make you want to visit it all the more? After I had heard so much negativity about Liverpool over the past several years, I was quite interested to see it for myself. What could be so unfavorable about a city that gave us The Beatles…