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The Vanderbilt Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island


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The Breakers Newport Rhode Island

Highlight on The Breakers – Newport

The Breakers is the iconic gilded age mansion on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. It was the Vanderbilt’s home. Expect to spend 1-2 hours there if you really want to take it in. There is an audio tour so no need to worry about reading up on it before. Everyone walks at their own pace in the mansion, there is also wheelchair access and it’s definitely photo friendly. It’s $15 per person winter pass (when we were there), and you can enter and tour as many mansions as you want! I would recommend walking shoes. There is a charming gift shop with Vanderbilt history as well as other trinkets and fiction novels set in the time of the gilded age. We drove up to Newport through Connecticut from New York, to spend a few days in this historical town on the seaside.

COST: $7 Million

The Breakers Stable & Carriage House is located approximately a half-mile west of the house, on Coggeshall Avenue. Completed in 1895, it is 100 feet deep and 150 feet wide, U-shaped with a carriage house in the center.

Scroll down for pictures of this marvelous mansion! (more…)

Blog, New York

Ancient Egyptian Treasures


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Museum of Modern Art

My throwback travel series has taken me to MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art in New York. More specifically, to the time I spent in the Ancient Egyptian section.

Below – a series of photographs for your enjoyment! Feel free to comment and please subscribe! (more…)

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Ghost walk in… New York


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Ghost walk New York
Edgar Allen Poe’s Front Door, where the ghost walk begins

I did a ghost walk when I was recently in New York. If you have been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve started a ghost series to recount my best walks and give suggestions (and photos or videos where I can). My first ghosty post was from York. Read it here.

Below are some photos with captions of the most haunted spots in NYC! Feel free to ask questions or give feedback about an awesome ghost walk you have done! (please try leave the name of the company and the city you did it in!) (more…)

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A Chocolate Recipe!


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Maison du Chocolat New York
Macaroons from La Maison Du Chocolat in New York 

Today’s post is all about your favorite treat and mine – chocolate! Specifically, a chocolate house in New York called “Maison Du Chocolat” as well as an espresso bar 5 mins away with delicious pastries called “Sant Ambroeus“. If you’re in New York…Definitely visit! I’ve included a chocolate recipe that you can follow to make your very own chocolate!

Founded in 1977 by Robert Linxe, one of the top French artisan chocolatiers, La Maison du Chocolat today has boutiques in various cities including Tokyo, New York, London and Paris

Make Your Own Chocolate! (more…)

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Hotel Pierre, New York


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Hotel Pierre New York
The beautiful lobby of the Pierre Hotel in New York

Highlight on The Pierre Hotel

  1. The Pierre is a landmark on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
  2. Built in the 1920s.
  3. The iconic US flagship of the Taj reopened its doors after an impressive $100 million renovation in 2007.
  4. This New York hotel occupies a pride of place on the corner of Central Park and the Upper East Side, an area where upscale shopping seamlessly blends with residential elegance.
  5. The Rotunda on 5th Avenue, NYC is the signature room of The Pierre, with famous Renaissance-style trompe l’oeil murals created in 1967 by American artist Edward Melcarth.
  6. French-American cuisine at signature restaurant Perrine.
  7. Two E Bar/Lounge is the in-house bar.
  8. Located in the Heart of Manhattan.
  9. Classic Manhattan Style Residences.
  10. Sprawling Views of the Central Park.
The Pierre Hotel
I loved their checkerboard floor
Leaving NYC for Newport at the end of our trip
A fresh Lily in our room daily
Some Christmas shopping
Chanel NO.5 Limited Edition
Chanel No.5 Limited Addition
Christmas Carol Design Ideas
Little Town of Bethlehem Sheet Music
Saks 5th Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue on a Rainy Day
I found a South African favorite – Indian Samosas – on the menu at Two E Bar!
The Rotunda
Louis Vuitton New York
Louis Vuitton nearby
Louis Vuitton New York
Beautiful Christmas displays
St Regis Hotel
St Regis nearby – another gorgeous hotel – decorated with fairy lights and nutcrackers for Christmas
Nello
Enjoyed a dinner at “Nello” near the hotel
Nello NYC
Peony at Nello
Nello NYC
The swanky restaurant is on Madison Avenue
Nello Madison Avenue
Loved the African menus!

 

Children's Zoo NYC central park
Central Park
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Beautiful Christmas flowers
Cartier
Cartier Christmas Display

 

 

Blog, New York

Phantom of the Opera on Broadway


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Phantom of the Opera
Taking my seat for Phantom of the Opera

I’m nearing the end of my travel series of throwback trips from 2018, and I’m ending with my trip for Christmas to New York. Rather the complete other extreme from my trip to Lesotho in Africa only 3 months before! We were lucky enough to see 3 shows on Broadway: Book of Mormon, Phantom of The Opera and Chicago. Book of Mormon was my favorite. I have been to NYC multiple times. I will always remember the time I studied there at The New York Film Academy. Check out photos of the school + more about the course I did here. And more photos of brilliant stuff to do in the city here. I even acted in a short film which you can check out here! For our Christmas trip, we stayed at The Pierre (a Taj Hotel) – more on that in another post.  (more…)

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Visiting An African Prophetess’ Cave


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Maketha Mantsopa
Sitting at the alter to where so many miracles have taken place since the 1800s

This is the cave of Makhetha Mantsopa. The prophetess was a renowned healer, rainmaker and diviner. She was also sister to King Moshoeshoe I – founder and first King of Lesotho. I wrote about Lesotho earlier this week. She was born around 1795, in a place called “Likotsi” or “Ramakhetheng” near present day Maseru (the capital of the Kingdom). In 1851, she predicted that the BaSotho (the people of Lesotho) would triumph over colonial troops led by Major Warden.

There are about 10-15 visitors per week to this cave – where she gave healings, performed miracles, announced prophecies and said prayers. A lot of people pray through her at this place to their ancestors and to God, much like the Virgin Mary in Christianity. The Priory of St Augustine’s is a monastery next to it, established in 1871.

There is a spring at this site, where people come to drink waters they believe are sacred and provide cleansing and good fortune. Watch the video below and read on for photos! Leave any questions you have in the comment section below! (more…)

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The Faces of Africa


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Tami Scripps

I wrote before about Lesotho – the African Kingdom I visited last October. Now, I’d like to put faces to the name. Here are some children at an orphanage in Maseru, the capital. There are also pictures of children I met while on my way to a school in the Maluti Mountains. The culture and history of Lesotho are so rich, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the people and the kingdom. Stay tuned for a piece on a spiritual cave nearby…. where a prophetess used to give healings and prophecies in the 1800s about the future of this kingdom. Have you ever considered going to South Africa? I’d love to know your thoughts + questions!

Tami Scripps
“Dumela” means “Hello” in Sotho
Tami Scripps
A child smiling at an orphanage in Maseru
Tami Scripps
Children ride donkeys to school in the morning
Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Tami Scripps Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Lesotho Food
A buffet breakfast
Lesotho food granadilla
Granadilla
Lesotho
Lesotho Hotel in Maseru …. the Basotho hat is the symbol of the country
Lesotho Herder
A cattle herder in the Maluti Mountains
Lesotho Herder
Herding cattle
Monastery Lesotho
A monastery outside Lesotho