20211008

Friday Photography




Another Door Open - A beautiful brown hand carved wood door found in the streets Morocco. To read more about our trip to Morocco click here

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20211004

How Many Museums?

We are planning a little New York City staycation in November. And I was pondering over which museums to visit when H asked 'how many museums have we been too?' I didn't know. A decent amount I would think. I know there are a couple we have done more than once. So that got me going back as far as 2008. M and I had been married one year and that's when not only did we start travelling but that's also how far back I have pictures from.. I barely have any pictures from before then. I digress but I do hope to be able to visit my parents home (back in Pakistan) in the not too distant future and I want to go through all our childhood pictures and scan them.

Any.. we were talking museums. I am not adding botanical garden, zoo's and aquariums to this list. 

1. De Cordova Sculpture Park, Massachusetts


We went on a fall leaf peeping trip all the way up to Maine.. pre blogging unfortunately so don't remember all the details but M was very skeptical about a sculpture park and set aside only an hour for it. We spent way more than an hour. 

2. Lourve, Paris


Before we started planning to have D we thought we'd go on a great European adventure. 8 cities in I think it was 16-17 days. Looking back it sounds insane. I wish I had kept a better record of the trip.. it was an adventure for sure. The Lourve was an obvious choice on our list of to do's.

3. Rodin Museum, Paris


We also visited the Rodin Museum while in Paris. I don't know if Les Invalids or the Palace of Versailles would count as museums per se, so I am not including them in this list. We had run all across Paris checking off boxes. Next time we go to Paris I just want to stroll the streets ala Midnight in Paris and run around less. 

4. The Vatican Museums, Vatican City


Can we even remember a time before selfies existed? M had a blackberry and we had navigated all of Rome via a map! Angles and Demon's was the IT book of the year and M had read it on the plane and insisted we visit all the sights mentioned in the book. 

5. Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown, NY


We didn't travel anywhere all of 2010.. D was born that summer. Here D is a couple months shy of turning one and we had attempted our first very low key trip upstate. There we visited a very quaint and charming Farmer's Museum.

6. Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia



We have been to the Please Touch Museum twice. Once when D was little and then again when H was little. I love this museum. It is absolutely adorable. 

7. Smithsonian Natural History Museum, DC



I love the museums in DC. We have been to the Natural History one twice. Once when D was two I think and again just a couple of months before we went into lockdown.

8.  Air Space Museum, DC




We've been to the Air Space Museum three times! It never gets old does it? And the fact that all the museums are free is awesome. 

9. Natural History Museum, NYC


This was a solo trip I had made with D to the city. It's crazy that we have been to the DC museum that many times but the New York museum's just an hour away we ignore. Hence the little staycation in November. This reminds we that M and I have also been to MOMA pre kids but I don't have any pictures.. and we all know, if you don't have any pictures then did it really happen? 

10. Liberty Science Center, New Jersey



We have been to the Liberty Science Center twice as well.. There are so many things we have done before H was born or when he was too young to remember that we have to do them again. But LSC is a great museum.. so many hands on activities for the kids.

11. ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark


It was a cool museum.. especially the Rainbow Panorama Window. You can see a time lapse video I made of it here. But both the museum and Aarhus itself were not worth the drive all the way from Copenhagen. May be if he had spent a night there we would have felt less hurried. 

12. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark


We had planned a visit to Frederiksborg Castle and Gardens and then had stopped at this museum on the way back to Copenhagen. The museum was very close to the water.. its garden was right on the edge of the water in fact. It was a lovely place. 

13. Hamilton Sculpture Garden, New Jersey


This is another favorite of mine. But we have only been here once. I keep planning and intending to go but things never work out and with it being so close to home it gets pushed to the back burner. 

14. The British Museum, London


This was our last great big adventure, the summer of 2019 before Covid hit and we haven't had a big adventure like this since. So we look back at this trip with a great fondness. The museum was nice too.

15. Tate Modern, London


I am not a huge modern art fan. Neither is M. But that doesn't stop us from visiting modern art museums. We're weird that way. Sometimes art surprises us. Even though it was not too long ago.. I don't not remember my feelings towards Tate. I remember a few interesting pieces.. but mostly because I have a picture of them. It was a huge museum, that I do remember. 

16. Karel Zeman Museum, Prague


We had a couple of extra hours to kill while we were in Prague. This museum happened to be just around the corner from our hotel so we popped in. Karel Zeman was one of the most significant Czech directors, screenwriters and fine artists, renowned for his special effects. It was a cool little museum.   

17. Children's Museum Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna


The Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna had it's very own children's museum. It was a delightful space. How awesome it this picture! 

18. National Railway Museum, York
 

This was a great big museum.. had so many many types of trains to explore. Its a train lovers dream come true. H had bought a little train souvenir from the gift shop which he then accidentally left in our Isle of Skye BnB. He was devastated. 

19. Sciencenter, Ithica, NY


We were visiting Watkins Glen on 4th of July weekend and decided to check out the Sciencenter before we headed back home. I am always in awe of interactive children's museums. We never experienced such things growing up. 

20. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY


This I guess was the last museum we visited. On our way back from Lake Canandaigua we were going to be passing through Corning. The glass museum had raving reviews. We were skeptical but so thankful we went. We spent way more time there than we had expected. 

What have been your favorite museums? 
Any New York museum you are especially fond of? 
I want to go to the Van Gogh immersive experience but I just just checked and they are sold out for the days we are going :(  I have heard about ARTECHOUSE as well as Arcadia Earth which are both immersive experiences, I should probably check their availability as well. And then do a second regular museum. Museum of Natural History is the obvious choice. There are just too many cool museums to choose from. 

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20211001

Friday Photography



Monument to the Women -The Monument to the Women of World War II, a British national war memorial situated on Whitehall in London. It was sculpted by John W. Mills To read more about our trip to London click here

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20210927

Perfect Indoor Houseplants for a Brown Thumb

I have been killing plants pretty easily for a good ten years now. Our first house plant was a peace lily. The lady at Home Depot told us it was unkillable. And boom.. we went on a two week vacation.. I had placed the plant pot in a shallow dish of water as the internet had suggest and it was dead when we arrived. We sorta revived parts of it but it never flowered again. And we do or did travel a lot so I can't have plants that require a strict watering schedule. 

I killed our mint plant which again I read was unkillable.. in fact its weed like ability makes it spread if planted in a garden. Dead. We also tried growing cilantro and strawberries without much success. 

So I was very hesitant about buying another house plant.. but I wanted them because they give warmth to your home and clean the air as well.


So when we bought a plant a couple of years ago I made sure it did not need much water or sun. After some googling we decided to purchase a snake plant. It was small when we bought it.. now three containers later.. it has grown so wonderfully tall. 


After it survived a year without incident we invested in another plant. We selected a croton for the hints of  orange and red in its leaves. But this baby struggled a lot in the beginning. It kept dropping leaves. It got bugs in it. It was not good. The turning point was when we got a self watering planter like this. We have had this plant for almost two years now and it is finally looking healthy. 


During early Covid I decided to get another plant. This time we bought a pothos. Since there was not a lot of leaving the house happening I ordered the plant from Walmart and just hoped it would arrive alive. It did. In fact it was such a nice size we were able to immediately split it..  a year later we have five pothos' living in our home. Above is the original. Below are the offshoots. There is Aslan in the powder room, the boys each have one in their rooms and the small tea cup on the bookshelves in M's office





Seeing them sprout new leaves gives me such contentment.. 


Last year we were gifted an orchid. Ooh now this is a plant I fear. I have heard how high maintenance these beauties can be. I was not ready for the commitment.. yet I gave it two ice cube a week and watched the pretty fuchsia flowers with a smile. Well the flowers are gone now and in accordance to the high and mighty internet I sniped off the stem and pruned the dead leaves. I continue to give it two ice cubes a week and to my joy I see a new leaf sprouting. 


And our final plant is just a few weeks old.. my MIL's friend gifted it to us. It is a pink polka dot plant! How pretty is that? Now I am on the search for a planter. I am not seeing a lot of them in stores.. they are more of a spring/summer product aren't they. Or I may buy a cheap one and paint it in some bright cheery colors myself.  

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20210924

Friday Photography




Black on White -White door on white wall with a stunning black floral painting found in London. To read more about our trip to London click here

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20210913

lately

The last few weeks of summer have slipped away.. and school has started.. we were hoping to cram in a bunch of fun in August but things don't always go according to plan. We had a trip to Florida planned (it seemed like a good idea in May and we were all newly vaccinated) and Florida refused to get with the program.. so bye bye trip to the Keys. :(

We heard of this new Airbnb-esque website where you can rent peoples pools by the hour. We don't have a pool so we thought why not. This time the weather decided to be uncooperative. We rescheduled twice but we had days of rain and clouds.. plus lets not forget about Hurricane Ida. Thankfully we were unaffected but our thoughts go out to all those who were.


M got the boys a jungle gym obstacle course.. this was the highlight really. It was a pain to put up but the boys are really loving it.


We also managed to make a trip to the zoo. We usually go to the Bronx Zoo but it ends up being a whole day event.. so we decided to try another zoo. Did you know New Jersey is home to 12 zoos? We used to lives close to Turtle Back Zoo many years ago.. this time we decided to check out Cape May Zoo. It is a free zoo. It was decent sized.. a couple of hours were enough. Unfortunately most of the animals were in nap mode. The giraffes were playful and sweet but it was the monkey's that stole the show. No pictures.. I had posted a video on my insta stories. 


We also managed one last beach day.. it was right after Ida and there were branches scattered all across the beach.. there were also a number of dead fish in some areas. The seagulls were having a field day with the tides so low and the fish so close to the shore. Sometimes the seagull would drop a fish on the sand mid flight.. H took is upon himself to rescue a few.. I posted a video on my insta stories.. he was not at all afraid of grabbing the fish and tossing them back into the water.

And then just like that summer vacation was over. D started 6th grade!


We went to go visit his new middle school a week before school opened.. practiced opening his locker, ran through his schedule etc. 


and H went off to 2nd grade!

A week or two after school starts our town has a large event at one of the towns parks. Local businesses, food trucks, tons of promotional freebees and some rides for the kids. We had just moved to this town the first time they had it and D was a wee one.



and here we are at Marlboro Day some eight years later. And that wraps up our summer. 

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20210910

Friday Photography



Neist Point - One of the most famous lighthouses in Scotland located in the picturesque Isle of Skye. Want to read more about our trip to Isle of Skye click here

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