It looks unassuming enough from the outside. It’s just Crif Dogs, the best hot dog joint in the East Village. And then you go inside, just below street level. It’s not that weird to have a phone booth, but why are so many people using it?Read more "New York’s Secret Speakeasy"
When I enter the corridor, she hands me a playing card and a white beaked mask. She looks at me with an enigmatic smile, then quietly whispers “Welcome to the McKittrick Hotel, Mr Allen”. Except we both know that I’m not checking in to a hotel.Read more "The World’s Most Interactive Play"
Let’s face it, nobody visits Niagara for the casino. If the thunderous falls are the only thing you want to see, it’s entirely possible to do without a guide – and you only need to allow a few hours.Read more "Niagara Falls on Foot"
I left Vegas three years ago with a long list of things I’d missed, and no idea if I’d ever be back to tick them off. But this year, I unexpectedly got the chance. But there was an important catch: this was no leisure trip, but my first international work trip. Consequently, my colleague Sarah and I […]Read more "Vegas: All Work and All Play"
We intended to stay in Yosemite for two days, but, as fate would have it, impenetrable fog descended on our second day and we chose to leave the area rather than spend the day moping indoors. Luckily we had really made the most of it the day before, because it turned out to be our […]Read more "One Day in Yosemite (in Photos)"
San Francisco is renowned for being one of the most liveable cities in America, and it has a respect for the arts and sustainable living that puts it on par with Europe’s most forward-thinking cultural hubs. There are so many exciting activities that the hardest part of putting together the killer itinerary is deciding what […]Read more "The Killer San Francisco Itinerary"
Today I learned that you should always check the President’s schedule before booking a shuttle in New York City. Even if you think you’re being clever by making sure that you have door-to-door service (thereby not having to negotiate the subway in peak hour with 8 bags), you’re going to have to walk three blocks […]Read more "Life Lesson #14 – Presidential Treatment"
I love the Tony Awards. At this time of year, all the new shows are starting up, and it’s hard not to wonder which one will take the big prize. I couldn’t resist choosing my own winners! This isn’t so much a prediction, it’s just who I would give the award to. I couldn’t see […]Read more "My Tony Awards"
We woke up feeling bittersweet this morning. That’s a feeling I’m getting used to. I love New York and it feels weird to say that I’m ready to go. After checking out (and having one last lesson on spotting fakes from Snoring Lamp Man), we tool the subway to the Museum of Natural History. We […]Read more "Last Day in New York"
This morning we did the Circle Line, a 2 hour boat trip around Manhattan that has some great views of Lady Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey. I’ve started to get anxious about London and haven’t slept very well the past few nights. I’ve been doing research whenever I get the chance […]Read more "Day Seven in NY: The Circle Line"