Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 179 (Supersize Summer Olympics Edition)

It’s the Olympics and there is a lot to cover: So excited for her: Simone Manuel’s Gold-Medal-Winning Reaction Was the Best Moment of the Games. So good: Accidental Censorship of Olympic Divers Makes Them All Look Like Porn Stars. She is a national treasure: Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Winking Before a Routine Is the Best GIF from… More Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 179 (Supersize Summer Olympics Edition)

New York: Splendor at the Woolworth Building

If you’ve ever walked by the Woolworth Building, you might have seen it: a sign announcing, quite clearly, that tourists are not allowed. Not allowed, that is, unless they are on a guided tour of the building. Special access to the famed lobby? Count me in. During my morning with Woolworth Tours, I learned all about the building’s storied… More New York: Splendor at the Woolworth Building

Experiencing the Kinder, Gentler Side of Versailles at the Grand Trianon

While the palace at Versailles is, objectively, the most impressive part of the show, I’ve always had a soft spot for the “smaller” (but still quite large) buildings on the estate, the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon. They are less crowded but still packed full of gorgeous treasures, a sort of Versailles-lite that’s less… More Experiencing the Kinder, Gentler Side of Versailles at the Grand Trianon

Paris: Fighting My Way to the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

I wrote previously about my visit to Versailles’s gardens last autumn, but the truth is I took hundreds (yes, really) of pictures that day, and not just of the gardens. Though Versailles’s grounds are vast and possibly my favorite part of any visit, my day in fact started at main palace. For anyone planning to visit the palace at Versailles, my… More Paris: Fighting My Way to the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles