Niall Horan: Flicker World Tour (Hartford, Connecticut)

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What an amazing week I’ve had! On Friday September 14, I had the chance to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity, which was meeting Niall Horan! I can’t really describe the feeling, but all I can say is that it was amazing. Niall was so sweet and welcoming, and having the chance to meet him after waiting so long was truly memorizing. Absolutely a day I’ll remember. His setlist has changed a little since I last saw him earlier this spring in Dublin, Ireland. His setlist now consists of songs such as, On the Loose, The Tide, This Town, Paper Houses, You and Me, Dancing in the Dark, Seeing Blind, Flicker, Fools Gold, Too Much To Ask, So Long, Life In The Fast Lane, Since We’re Alone, Fire Away, Finally Free, On My Own, Drag Me Down, Slow Hands, and Mirrors. Even though I loved all of the songs he performed, my favorites included, Flicker, So Long, Finally Free, Slow Hands, and especially Seeing Blind.

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One of the things I really enjoyed before he started singing Flicker, is he asked everyone to put their phones away. Flicker means so much to him as an artist, and he wanted everyone to not only enjoy the song, but also enjoy being serenaded. Yes, I did shed a few tears during the song, but how can you not? Flicker touched me in so many ways that I truly can’t describe. The live version is very different because it brings out so many emotions. In my opinion, I feel that the song means so much more to me, when I hear it live because your right their being serenaded.

During his performance, he had Maren Morris come on stage to perform the song Seeing Blind with him. Both Niall and Maren did a wonderful job performing the song. Definitely my favorite duet. I really loved how Maren’s voice complemented Niall’s voice. Towards the end of the show, Niall gave us a wonderful surprise by singing his newest released song Finally Free from the animated movie Smallfoot which comes out in theatres on September 28. For anyone who’s interested in checking out the remaining tour dates for Niall’s Flicker World Tour, click here: http://www.niallhoran.com/live/

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Maren Morris (Hartford, Connecticut)

Maren Morris is an American country singer who has won multiple awards, including a Grammy. She has also toured around the UK, Ireland, and the US for her sold-out Hero tour in 2017. This past week, I went to see Maren open for Niall Horan at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT. I was truly amazed by her performance. She sang songs off her Hero album which included Just Another Thing, Rich, I Could Use A Love Song, How It’s Done, Second Wind, Once, 80’s Mercedes, My Church, and her latest single The Middle. Even though I loved every song she performed during the forty minutes she was on stage, my top favorites included, Rich, I Could Use A Love Song, 80’s Mercedes, My Church, and The Middle. She did a fantastic job opening for Niall. Definitely, my favorite opening that Niall has had on his tour. Maren is a very talented artist with an angelic voice. She really puts herself out there for the audience to feel her passion and emotions with a lot of energy and excitement when performing. During her performance, two of the songs she got emotional was during My Church, and The Middle. My Church was the first song to be released from her album Hero. It was also the song that she won her Grammy, and it started her career. It has continued to do well on the music charts. Finally, The Middle, which is a song she released earlier this year, has managed to reach number one on the music charts. What a tune!!!! It has more of a pop sound, whereas her songs off her Hero album have more of a country sound. I look forward to seeing her again soon! If any of you are interested in checking out her remaining tour dates with Mr. Niall Horan, click here: https://www.marenmorris.com/tour/. I also recommend checking out some of her music videos .

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Red Sox Game (Fenway Park, Boston, MA)⚾️

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This past week, I went to see the Red Sox vs Astros game at Fenway Park. Fenway Park is a famous baseball park located on 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA. My family has always been big Red Sox fans that goes back four generations. To be able to go to Fenway to watch the Red Sox play for the first time was amazing. It’s an event I’m glad I got to experience, and would be an event I’d experience again if I had the chance. The Red Sox were in the lead until the 4 inning, when the Astros tied the game 5-5. They remained tied until the bottom of the 9th, when the Red Sox scored a home run for the win! The crowd was very passionate about their teams, and would cheer loudly everytime their team scored.

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My favorite part about the game was the Fenway franks. These are the best hot dogs ever! Normally, with hot dogs you buy from the store they taste better with ketchup, mustard and relish, but these Fenway franks didn’t need condiments at all. They were the most delicious hot dogs I’ve tried. I definitely recommend a Fenway Frank the next time you visit Fenway park for a game. Of course, ballgames are great family events to take the kids. They can also be very romantic. During the game, we witnessed two marriage proposals that made the event even more exciting. You never know what is going to happen at a ball game! I have also included the link for Fenway Park, if you are interested. 

https://www.mlb.com/redsox/ballpark

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Bernina Express

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Wow!! Do you like trains? Do you like adventures? Do you love some of the most beautiful scenery in the world? Or perhaps the coolest thing ever, do you want 15 minutes to take a selfie knee deep in one of the highest peaks in the Swiss Alps? If so, then the Bernina Express is your ticket!!! Traveling through Europe, the Bernina Express is definitely a train ride that shouldn’t be missed. Viewers will experience a breathtaking view of the Swiss Alps covered in snow, making the trip one of the most unforgettable experiences of a lifetime. The train winds through the mountains of the Swiss Alps providing a beautiful view of the landscape. The engineering marvels of train travel are inspiring when the cars traverse through the difficult terrain of the mountainous region. The spectacular scenery of snowcapped mountains provides breathtaking views of the stunning landscape of steep glacial mountains with quaint villages in the valley. One of the things I loved about the Bernina Express were the very large side and top windows in the train that has a panoramic view with a first class ticket. This allowed viewers to get amazing pictures of the scenery as well as enjoying the scenery as you pass through the alps and tunnels. The train offers free WiFi that I used todownloaded their iPad app that provided an audio guide with great information that provides facts and stories of the region as the train travels through the mountains. Throughout the ride, the train passes through 55 tunnels, and 196 bridges while going 70 mph. Customers also have the option to purchase a glass or a bottle of wine, champagne or coffee as well as some local cheese platters, pear bread, nut bread. I would definitely recommend the Bernina Express to anyone who is interested in heading down to Italy through Switzerland. Tickets can be purchased directly or through eurail.com. Here are the links:

https://www.rhb.ch/en/home

https://www.eurail.com/en/get-inspired/trains-europe/scenic-train-routes/bernina-express

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Triberg, Germany 🇩🇪

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Triberg is a quaint town in Germany that is filled with many shops and cafés including the House of 1000 Clocks. The village of Triberg is in the mist of the Black Forest. It is home to the highest waterfall in Germany at 163 meters. The waterfall is definitely a must when visiting Triberg. Visitors can choose to go during the day or at night. On my recent visit to the waterfall, I went at night. I didn’t hike all the way to the top since it was dark. I went to the lower area of the waterfall, which had an amazing view of the waterfall all lit up. Although, I would recommend taking a flashlight if you visit the waterfall at night and plan on hiking up to the top. Next, the House of 1000 Clocks is a store that carries a variety of cuckoo clocks made in the Black Forest area and are available in a variety of sizes. The winding mechanisms on the cuckoo clocks are available in either daily or weekly winds. The smaller clocks require daily winds, and the larger clocks require weekly winds. This store also offers worldwide shipping to customers who buy a cuckoo clock that aren’t from Germany. Finally, some of the classic treats that are popular in the town of Triberg include Black Forest Cake and Pretzels. I went to Café Schäfer that isa small café that sells everything from pastries, pretzels, and cakes. On my recent visit, I decided to try the delicious looking Black Forest Cake. I wanted to share the piece of cake because it was so big, and the lady wasn’t very accommodating. She rudely said to me, “one cake, one fork.” The cake was good, but extremely heavy on the liquor which overpowered the flavor of the cake. I have also included the links of the Triberg Waterfall, the house of 1000 clocks and Café Schäferdown below.

Triberg Waterfall: http://www.triberg.de/index.php?id=159

House of 1000 clocks: https://www.hausder1000uhren.de/index.php?language=en

Café Schäfer: http://www.cafe-schaefer-triberg.de/englishversion/index.html

 

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Amsterdam Favorites 🇳🇱

Top Five To Do in Amsterdam

  1. Stromma Dinner Cruise
  2. Xtracold Icebar
  3. Try DE NACHTWACHT’S
  4. Diamond museum
  5. Tulip museum

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My first time visiting Amsterdam was earlier this spring, I really enjoyed it. I was surprised with how nicely the city was laid out, and how easy it was to find the attractions that I wanted to see while I was there. I purchased an I Amsterdam city card that allowed access to all the public transport and many museums and attractions. It was very easy to walk around or take the public transportation of trams, buses, and metro. Also, the spring weather was amazing with all the tulips in bloom. It would often be hot and sunny during the day, and then a little cool at night. The things I enjoyed doing were the Stromma dinner cruise, Xtracold Icebar, Diamond Museum, Tulip Museum, and finally eating at DE NACHTWACHT’S. First, the Stromma dinner cruise is a fantastic way to see the city of Amsterdam at night. The cruise lasts a total of 2 ½ hours giving customers the opportunity to enjoy some of Amsterdam’s famous attractions from the canal while enjoying a four-course meal including drinks. Some of the attractions we viewed included the Anne Frank House, the Westerkerk Church, A’DAM LOOKOUT Tower, Maritime Museum, and the Nemo Science Museum. Secondly, a fun evening in Amsterdam was visiting the XtraCold Icebar. The icebar is an attraction that requires entry by reservations. When first entering the bar, customers will be given three tokens each. Two of the tokens are used for two free drinks inside the icebar itself, and the other is used for a complimentary drink in the lounge bar. Customers are given thermal coats and gloves when entering the ice bar to help keep warm since the temperature is -5 °C. When entering the icebar, customers are mesmerized by the ice room that is lit up in colorful lights. In fact, the mug was even made out of ice. It first looked like a frosty mug that was placed in the freezer, but it was actually an ice shaped mug. Gassan Diamond Factory and Museum is a jewelry store in Amsterdam that offers free tours of the factory. During the tour, customers learn all about the facets of grinding the diamond, as well as the history behind the diamonds. We also learn is the four C’s of a diamond. These include cut, color, carat, and clarity. They have their own patent on the Gassan 121 diamond cut that has 121 cuts in the stone allowing more light to pass through the stone giving the stone a brilliant and beautiful sparkle. Next, if you love tulips as much as I do, then the tulip museum is a must. The tulip museum is a great place to learn about the history of tulips. It is also a great place to take kids, especially with all of the different color tulips. The total time it takes to go through the museum is about 30-60 minutes. Also, I always thought tulips were native to Holland, but instead they are native to Central Asia. Finally, DE NACHTWACHT is a steakhouse in Amsterdam located within a four-minute walk from the Xtracold Icebar. It is the best steakhouse in Amsterdam. They also have a variety of seating throughout the dining room, the bar, and the outside patio. The food is a little expensive, but very fresh, which makes it truly worth it. The staff was very well trained, and they take very good care of their customers. I look forward to going back someday! Here is the link to the I Amsterdam city card: https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/i-am/i-amsterdam-city-card

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New England Aquarium (Boston)

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If you’re in Boston looking for a kid friendly activity, I highly recommend the New England aquarium. The New England aquarium is located across from Faneuil Hall on the harbor on State Street and is one of Boston’s popular attractions. It houses up to more than a thousand aquatic animals.Some of the animals include African penguin, American lobster, Atlantic harbor seal, Sea lions, Sea turtle, Horseshoecrab, Leafy seadragon, Starfish, Sea urchin, electric eel, green moray eel, and a variety of fish. As visitors walk in, they will find a touching tank exhibit allowing kids to touch three different types of stingrays including Haller’s round rays, yellow round rays, and cownose rays as well as zebra sharks. My favorite was the sea lion exhibit. The sea lions loved showing off to the crowd by swimming towards us as we watched them through the glass. I remember as I was taking a picture, one of the sea lions turned its head away as if they were saying they didn’t want their picture taken. On the other hand, another sea lion spotted a group of young kids and excitedly waddled over to the kids to put on a display. I added a short video below for your enjoyment. If you are interested in checking out the New England aquarium online, click here: http://www.neaq.org

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