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…)
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
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…)
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…)
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!
Next in my travel series of throwback trips from last year is Lesotho. I’m writing about Lesotho – a Kingdom within the borders of South Africa – because it meant so much to me when I was there. I was very lucky to get the opportunity to visit as part of a Rotary trip; more specifically, a club visit by my mother District Governor Gianna Doubell. Needless to say, I loved it so much that if I could go back tomorrow I would. Unfortunately, I visited such a remote area that chances of that are highly unlikely!
The history of people living in the area now known as Lesotho goes back as many as 40,000 years.
The present Lesotho (then called Basutoland) emerged as a single polity under paramount chief Moshoeshoe I in 1822.
Under Moshoeshoe I, Basutoland joined other tribes in their struggle against the Lifaqane associated with the reign of Shaka Zulu from 1818 to 1828.
Read on for more photos + facts about this fascinating Kingdom in Africa! (more…)
Lake Austin Spa is an oasis on Lake Austin in gorgeous Austin, Texas! Catch it on a warm Spring or Summer day and you’ll have an almost tropical experience you won’t soon forget.
With crystal blue waters, the lake looks positively enticing as you sit and relax by the pool or on the patio in what can be the blistering heat of the Spring and Summer months.
I personally think this is a fabulous photo shoot location for aspiring models and actresses who are needing new headshots in an uplifting environment. I love the interior design, and the background of the water is just fabulous!
Lake Austin Spa Resort is tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It has been ranked the #1 Resort in Texas & the Southwest by Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.
Tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, our all-inclusive luxury spa resort offers a truly unique experience, where we cater to your well-being and provide a sanctuary for rest and renewal. – website
+ They often host expert guest speakers who come to discuss a variety of topics. Conference scheduling can be viewed here.
+ They offer various health & fitness classes, including yoga and cooking demonstrations. View their calendar here.
+ They have delicious resort dining which offers guests various healthy options to enjoy in between treatments. I had the grilled atlantic salmon with fingerling potatoes, fava beans, lemon salsa and the satureja herb cream. See the entire menu here.