The first time I set foot in Florence, I too felt the weight of giants. As a self-professed history lover, borderline nerd, I love going to cities that have extensive pasts. Whether they be good or bad. I think that history is our best teacher - you can learn so much from the scholars and artists that came centuries before you or I were even a dream in our parents' minds.
Have you ever smelled sap oozing from a balsam fir or white pine in the crisp air of early winter or late fall? It's chilling, revitalizing, enthralling and it makes you feel like you're using your lungs to the fullest capacity with every breath. I can't even begin to describe just how much this exact smell has made me want to ditch city life and move up to a pine grove in Northern Minnesota.
As we focus so frequently on moving forward and keeping up with the times, I find that it’s most important to remember where we came from. Our histories, our roots and learning to appreciate our past. Boutique hotels are beginning to pop up worldwide, embracing this exact principle. How can we stand out? How can we modernize without losing sight…
Minneapolis’ food scene is one of my favourites – and that goes for all the cities I’ve ever been to. I would say that it’s easily in the top three, primarily because of the large diversity of cuisines that are offered and the number of small restaurants that seem to keep popping up every single day.
Here's the thing - New York City is MASSIVE. No secret about it. It can be hard to see everything you'd like to in your first visit - especially if you're only in the city for a short time. Not long ago, I spent a long weekend in New York City. Staying in the middle of Times Square provided an amazing atmosphere for my first time in this city (and not to mention, a beautiful view).