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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Stromma Dinner Cruise in Amsterdam

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An amazing way to see the city of Amsterdam at night is taking a dinner cruise. Customers can choose between two different cruise lines which include Lovers Canal Cruises and Stromma Canal Tours. Lovers Canal Cruises is a little more expensive than the Stromma Canal Tours. I went on the Stromma cruise, which lasted 2 ½ hours giving customers the opportunity to enjoy Amsterdam’s famous attractions from the canal, while enjoying a four-course meal including drinks. The food that was served was very delicious from start to finish. The appetizers, second course, and dessert were all a set menu except the main course, which customers were allowed to choose between veal, salmon, or vegetable lasagna. For my main meal, I enjoyed the veal served with a potato and bok choy. I enjoyed the variety selection of desserts that included light and airy vanilla curds served with rhubarb, chocolate mousse, and a macaroon. Some of the attractions we passed on the tour included the Anne Frank House, the Westerkerk Church, A’DAM LOOKOUT Tower, Maritime Museum, and the Nemo Science Museum. The atmosphere was very calming and romantic with candlelight in the background and the rope lighting on the arched bridges. I didn’t like that the tables were crammed up next to each other on the cruise because I felt like I was eating with another couple. The customers didn’t have any privacy to talk to their loved ones, especially when the neighboring table would overhear our conversation and interrupt or join into the conversation uninvited. I would definitely do the dinner cruise again the next time I visit Amsterdam.  I have also included the links to the Lover’s dinner cruise and the Stromma dinner cruise if any of you are interested in enjoying an evening dinner cruise on the canal in Amsterdam.

Stromma: https://www.stromma.nl/amsterdam/dining-cruises/rondvaart-diner/amsterdam-dinner-cruise/

Lovers Canal Cruise: https://www.lovers.nl

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XtraCold Icebar in Amsterdam

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A fun evening in Amsterdam was visiting the XtraCold Ice Bar. Inside the bar has a cold room, which is covered in ice. When first entering the bar, they gave us three tokens each. Two of the tokens are used for two free drinks inside the icebar itself, and the other is used for a complementary 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.It sure was cold! BURRR!!!!! 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. I must have hugged my mug to tight because unfortunately my mug started melting too quickly and my drink started leaking out of the bottom of the mug. The bartender was great and replaced my drink with a new frosty ice mug. The two drink options in the ice bar were beer and a variety of flavored vodka shots such as whipped cream and nuts & nougat that tasted like Nutella. They had orange juice for non-drinkers and those that prefer a screwdriver! Following our two drinks and lots of pictures in the ice bar, we hung out to use our last token for another drink in the lounge, which had a full bar. The XtraCold Ice Bar requires customers to have a reservation, so make plans in advance. I have also included the link down below if any of you are interested.

XTRACold Icebar: http://www.xtracold.com

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London Favorites🇬🇧

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For my first time visiting London earlier this spring, I really enjoyed it. It is common to pack your itinerary so full because there is so much to do and see. Yet realistically, it is essential to space each event to account for a long wait in line for each experience. On my recent trip to London, I only had the opportunity to experience a fraction of the attractions that I expected. The average wait time for each event was 1 to 1 & 1/2 hours in line, and it was often cold and rainy making the wait a bit uncomfortable. Be sure to dress appropriately for the chilly rain and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the activities. The places I enjoyed visiting were the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Wembley Stadium Tour, seeing three west end shows which consisted of Wicked, Mamma Mia, and Phantom of the Opera, eating at Pétrus, and finally doing a hop on hop off bus tour. First, the London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel that overlooks the entire city of London giving viewers an unforgettable 360-degree view experience. It is one of London’s famous attractions that is always busy, and has an average of 3.75 million visitors each year. Although I booked a reservation in advance, I found out that was not the time I would be getting on the London Eye, but it was the time that I could stand in line for the London Eye. I still waited over an hour in line to get on to ride the London Eye. It was very frustrating and misleading because I then missed some of the other activities that I scheduled that day. Secondly, Madame Tussaud’s is a wax figure museum that has over 200 life-size human wax figures. It is another attraction in London that gets very busy in the afternoon and evening, so I recommend going during the morning. Some of my favorite wax figures that I saw included Benedict Cumberbatch, Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Captain America, the royal family, and finally One Direction. Wembley stadium is the largest stadium in England, and I would consider it to be the best stadium tour there is! The stadium tour gives customers the chance to learn about the history of the stadium while getting the opportunity to go backstage and see the dressing rooms, players tunnel, press room, and the royal box. Then, at the end of the tour, customers will get the chance to hold the Emirates FA Cup for a photo. Even though I enjoyed seeing Wicked, Mamma Mia, and Phantom of the Opera, Wicked had to be my favorite musical at The Apollo Victoria Theatre. Wicked is about a girl named Elphaba, who is born with green skin and grows up to be the wicked witch of the west. This musical centers around before the Wizard of Oz giving the audience a backstory of what happened before, during and after the Wizard of Oz. London has a variety of restaurants, but my favorite had to be Pétrus, which is owned by Chef Gordon Ramsay. Pétrus is an upscale French restaurant with an amazing menu and service. It has a glass-encased wine room in the center of the restaurant that holds up to 2,000 different bottles of wine. Finally, by day four my feet hurt. The hop on hop off bus tour was a great way to sit back and relax while enjoying the history and enjoying all of the sites in the city of London. Some of the places the bus tour visits include The Tower of London, The London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Zoo, The Shard, and Buckingham Palace. It was a great way to get around London and to visit many attractions. London definitely has a problem with over tourism making it difficult to fully enjoy. Even though I wished I had more time to spend visiting the attractions in London, I am pleased with my experiences. I definitely look forward to going back soon!

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Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty Theatre in London

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While on my recent trip to London, I went to Her Majesty’s Theatre see the musical Phantom of the Opera. The Her Majesty’s Theatre has three beautiful levels of tiered seating with a Victorian grandeur that has great views of the stage no matter where you’re seated. The classical musical created by Andrew Lloyd Webber was so full of suspense and surprises, I was mesmerized.The musical’s first showing was in October of 1986, and has expanded around the world, while continuing to win awards throughout the years. I really enjoyed the evening! The cast did an excellent job and the opera singing was really on point. At times, I felt like I was at the edge of my seat from the powerful voices that surrounded the audience. The Phantom would show up in the most unexpected places, surprising and thrilling the patrons. It is a musical with beautiful opera music that I would recommend to all. I have also included the links to the Her Majesty’sTheatre and Phantom of the Opera musical if any of you are interested!

Website: http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com

Her Majesty’s Theatre: https://www.reallyusefultheatres.co.uk/our-theatres/her-majestys?utm_source=hermajestys.co.uk

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Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre in London

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While in London, I went to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre. The Novello Theatre is a beautiful theatre that has multiple levels of tiered comfortable seating with great views of the stage. The musical Mamma Mia takes place on a Greek island called Kalokairi. It is about a girl named Sophie who goes through her mother Donna’s diary and secretly invites three possible men to her wedding believing one of them might be her father. It was a very funny musical with the audience breaking out into laughter on many occasions. Everyone sang aloud to their favorite ABBA songs with the cast during the show. The musical’s first showing was in London at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1999. It has continued to grow with shows all over the world. I have always been a fan since the movie Mamma Mia came out in 2008, and am looking forward to the new Mamma Mia movie that will be released in theatres next month on July 20, 2018. The show was phenomenal! The cast did an excellent job representing each character. I would highly recommend going to see this show, and guarantee the music will stay with you for a long time. I walked out of the musical still singing my favorite songs! I loved all of the songs, but my favorites had to beI Have A Dream, Mamma Mia, Lay All Your Love On Me, Super Trouper, Voulez-Vous, Slipping Through My Fingers, and Waterloo. I have also included the links to the Novello Theatre and Mamma Mia musical if any of you are interested!

Website: http://mamma-mia.com

Novello Theatre: http://www.novellotheatrelondon.info

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Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London🌪

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While in London, I went to see the musical Wicked at The Apollo Victoria Theatre. The musical Wicked is about a girl named Elphaba who is born with green skin and grows up to be the wicked witch of the west. In the musical, viewers will see that everyone is afraid to become her friend since she is green, yet they’ll make friends with the popular girl named Galinda who changes her name to Glinda towards the end of the show. The story centers around before the Wizard of Oz giving the audience a backstory of what happened before, during and after the Wizard of Oz. The musical first started out in 2003 and has grown tremendously doing shows all over the world both in the US and the UK. In fact, the musical has won around 100 awards. I have always been a fan of the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz and the 2013 Oz the great and Powerful which both relate to the show Wicked. The show was really amazing. The cast did an excellent job, and it is a show that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in seeing the musical. The Apollo Victoria Theatre is gorgeous both inside and out. It has multiple levels of tiered seating. I would definitely see another show at this theatre the next time I visit London. I have also included the links to the Apollo Victoria Theatre and Wicked musical if any of you are interested!

Website: http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk

Apollo Victoria Theatre: https://www.theapollovictoria.com

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