Happy Monday everyone! Is it just me or does it feel like summer is going by super fast (which is a-ok with me since it’s my least favorite season!)? Last weekend was jammed pack with so much exciting news! First, there’s going to be so many awesome chances coming to the Disney Parks (I just LOVE D23 weekend!) I can’t wait for all the new attractions and all of the upcoming Disney and Pixar films. Also, have you heard the news that the 13th Doctor is going to a woman (finally!). I’m super excited about it and I can’t wait to see Jodie Whittaker in action! Speaking about TV shows, can we talk about last night’s Game of Thrones!?! Definitely worth the wait. Okay, enough chit chat, now on to the regularly scheduled blog post. I talked about this in my Why I Love Living in Chicago post but one of my favorite things about Chicago is the fact that not only do a plethora of world-class museums call Chicago home but a lot of them offer FREE admission/discount days. Since the Museum of Contemporary Art offers free admission (to Illinois residents) every Tuesday, I like to spend my Tuesday afternoons there exploring all the new exhibits and artwork. Ever since the Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats its Own Leg Exhibit opened at MCA last month I’ve been meaning to go by and see it, so I thought “hey, there’s no time like the present!” Continue reading
You guys, I’m SO excited because I FINALLY got an external hard drive (I know, took me long enough!). In case you couldn’t tell, I take a lot of pictures, especially when I’m traveling. In fact, I have so many photos and different memory cards from different trips that I’ve run out of storage space on my Macbook Air so I’ve been having to upload all my photos to my iMac and its been one big crazy mess (first world problems I know!). Luckily with the external hard drive I finally have one place to store all my photos and organize all of my photos from past trips that I’ve yet to blog out. Speaking of past trips, I know I’ve blogged a little bit about my two trips to Paris last spring and winter (like my visit(s) to Disneyland Paris, exploring the Louvre and Catacombs of Paris, one of my favorite spots to view the Eiffel Tower from and my stay at the Dream Castle Hotel) but I still have a few more Paris posts to share with you all. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from my afternoon at the Musée d’Orsay! In case you couldn’t tell from my various art museums and art exhibits posts, I LOVE a good art museum so obviously visiting the Musée d’Orsay was high on my Paris bucket list! Continue reading
Greetings! Sorry again for the radio silence here on the blog this past week. If you follow me on Snapchat (simplysinova) or Instagram (shameless plug) then you may already know that I decided to take an impromptu road trip to St. Louis on Sunday. As many of you know, I LOVE traveling and even though I’m heading to Disney World this Sunday (woot woot), I thought it would be fun to go on a little mini trip before my two week Florida vacation. I was laying in bed last Friday and a random thought popped into my head, “I really want to go to St. Louis, like ASAP.” Since St. Louis is only about a four hour drive from Chicago, I thought “why not just go NOW?” So I packed up the car, booked a hotel (since I booked the hotel literally a day before my arrival, I got an AWESOME last-minute deal on a great hotel in the center of downtown St. Louis) and hit the road!
Since I’m such a HUGE art lover (if you couldn’t already tell by my weekly visits to the Art Institute of Chicago or by all the art exhibits I’ve posted about in the past), I knew that visiting The Louvre was one of my TOP priorities while I was in Paris (it was basically tied with Disneyland Paris as a MUST DO while on my trip). During my ten days in Paris, I decided to dedicate one whole day to exploring The Louvre. Even though I spent six straight hours at The Louvre (I actually spent a total of seven hours there but after the first hour I decided to make a quick trip to the Notre-Dame Cathedral, since they are so close to each other, before spending the rest of the day at The Louvre), I still felt like it wasn’t enough time. The Louvre is HUGE and even six (technically seven) hours there isn’t enough to cover every hall and exhibit. Strategy wise, I decided to pick out a few paintings and sculptures I knew I really wanted to see (like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo) and after I made sure I saw them all, I just roamed the museum freely. Continue reading
While I was in New York City earlier this month (for New York Comic Con), I decided to take a spontaneous day trip to Philadelphia (because as some of you may already know, I LOVE spontaneous trips!) While I’ve been to Philly (quite a few times) before, I’ve never really “seen” the city (if that makes any sense.) Since I was only going to be in the city for about six hours and didn’t have a lot of time to do in-depth exploring or visit any museums, I decided to do the next best thing and make a trip to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. I’d learned about Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which is a non-profit organization, folk art environment, and gallery space, a little under three years ago and had been itching to visit! To date, it’s the largest work created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar (how cool is that?). Since I’m such a HUGE art lover (if you couldn’t already tell by my weekly visits to the Art Institute of Chicago or by all the art exhibits I’ve posted about in the past), I knew that visiting Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens was my top priority during my quick trip to Philly. Continue reading