Philly: Van Gogh Immersive Experience

My family and I went to the Tower Theater in Upper Darby for the Van Gogh Immersive Experience. When visiting, make sure that you have your proof of COVID vaccination which will be checked before entering the theater. The digital show ran a little over an hour which was long enough for us to appreciate the life and talent of the artist. The composition of music, light, and two-story visual projections told Van Gogh’s story in a simultaneously beautiful and haunting way. For art aficionados, it’s a novel way to experience Van Gogh’s work. For novices, it can serve… View Post

Philly: An Autumn Day at Terrain and Longwood Gardens

My husband and I were married on a beautiful autumn day. This year, we celebrated with brunch at Terrain (at Styers), browsed around the store, then headed to Longwood Gardens. Before this, I wanted to drive up north to Vermont and Massachusetts to see the fall foliage it is known for but with family obligations, could not. It was amazing to see Longwood Gardens still cloaked in the magnificent colors of fall and the Conservatory splendid with the display of chrysanthemums. We didn’t have to travel far after all. View Post

Philly: Discovering Graffiti Pier – A Hidden Gem

Not too far from the heart of Center City Philadelphia is a place called Graffiti Pier (also known as Pier 124). For decades, this collection of urban art has been organically growing in relative obscurity. Gritty and off the beaten path, it used to be a landing pier owned by Conrail for ships transporting coal for distribution along the Eastern Seaboard and on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Abandoned in 1991, the concrete walls and passageways have become the perfect canvases for graffiti artists. You get a sense of how beautiful and special (if illicit) a spot… View Post

Philly: Sunday Brunch at Sabrina’s Cafe

Philadelphia is having its coldest weekend in twenty years but we decided to brave the chilly and blustery weather, walk several blocks with the wind blowing tiny icicles on our faces, for a hearty and delicious brunch at one of our favorite spots, Sabrina’s Cafe, in the Italian Market on 9th and Christian. We went early enough to beat the usual Sunday morning crowd but were still surprised to see the place already almost full with people who were apparently more determined and perhaps hungrier than us! My husband had the Huevos Rancheros while I had the Bella Vista… View Post