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VANDERBILT MANSION ✨⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Perhaps you've heard of The Breakers, the Vanderbilt family's famous mansion in Newport, Rhode Island–but, did you know they also had a mansion on the Hudson River in Upstate, New York?⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ It's right by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY, and as president, FDR convinced his estate neighbors to donate part of the historic estates to the National Parks Service.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Today, you can wander the grounds, walk along designated trails through the now public estate, and take in the view of the river. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Have you visited one of the Vanderbilt mansions?⁠

Your Tips for How to be a Good Tour Guide

Since I’m a tour guide in New York City, I’ve arrived at stops with my groups that were overtaken with a film set for New York City tv shows and movies countless times. Especially if you’re giving something like a tour of historic streets in New York City, the information can become repetitive. Even if it’s not explicitly part of your tour if you’re passionate about what you’re sharing and the way And while, of course, we all want guests to go home and be able to repeat with precision the facts we’ve shared with them; moreover, they’re going to remember the way you made them feel on your tour.

A PRESIDENTIAL WEEK 🇺🇸⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Speaking of presidents, since it's been *that kind of a week* in the United States 😆⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ This beautiful home is where the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was born and raised just outside of Poughkeepsie in Hyde Park, New York. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Did you know...⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ✨ He was the only U.S. president to serve more than two terms⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ✨ He became paralyzed from the waist down after contracting polio⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ✨ You can find FDR's Presidental Library and final resting place on the grounds just a little ways away from his childhood home⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Read more about his childhood home, his Presidential Library, and what else there is to do around Poughkeepsie, New York with the link in my bio 🌟⁠

The Most Famous Landmarks in Europe

This stunning palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded on an ancient Roman fortress’s remains in the mid-13th century. French engineer Gustave Eiffel built the tower to be the tallest man-made structure in the world, and it held that title until 1930 when the Chrysler Building was built in New York City. The Notre-Dame Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous landmarks in Europe, was designed as Paris’s centerpiece and is regarded as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. The very first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world, Wawel Castle in Kraków, Poland, is among the most famous landmarks in Europe.

Happy National Drink Wine Day! Not to be confused with its cousin, National Wine Day in May. It seems as though we'll never run out of excuses to crack open a beautiful bottle 😆 I don’t know about you, but curling up with a nice glass of red wine on this snowy day seems like the perfect choice. What's the best wine you've tried on your travels? Up until very recently, I would've said a glass of Chianti in Tuscany, but this bottle of Plavac Mali from Croatia was pretty perfect too! CIN CIN 🍷

20 Remarkable Ancient Places in Europe

From the Greek ruins of Acropolis and Knossos to the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Ostia Antica, these ancient places in Europe are a great way to broaden your cultural horizons and learn more about history and architecture. Located in what was ancient Rome’s city center, the Roman Forum is an archeological site that had been the marketplace of the capital city of the Roman Empire. This is one of the less known historic sites, located in Plovdiv, known as the most ancient continually living city in Europe, the second-largest city in Bulgaria. This area is where the Old Town of Plovdiv is situated, and the Ancient Roman Theater perfectly fits the whole place, so you can just include it as a part of your Old Town walk.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY ☘️⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Did you know St. Patrick's Cathedral, right across the street from Rockefeller Center in New York City, is the biggest Gothic Catholic Church in the United States?!⁠⠀ This 11th largest cathedral in the world is dedicated to St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. ⁠⠀ It's built to hold up to 3,000 parishioners at the same time. That's right–it has more than 2,800 stained glass windows, 21 altars, holds over 15 masses every day, and hosts more than 150 weddings per year.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ But this isn't even the original St. Patrick's on Manhattan. The original, now known as Old St. Patrick's in Little Italy, purchased this land for use as a cemetery but discovered the ground too rocky for burials. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ After fundraising the money for a cathedral, construction began in 1858, halted during the Civil War, and resumed in 1865. The cathedral was completed in 1878 and dedicated on May 25, 1879.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ What's the largest place of worship you've ever visited?⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ P.S. Thank you to one of my favorite New Yorkers @flood.of.flavor.sweets for sending me her pictures of St. Patrick’s when I couldn’t find any of my own! True friendship 💚

Famous Monuments: Religious Places in Europe

Notre-Dame Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of France’s most-visited monuments, was built to be the centerpiece of Paris and is considered one of the best examples of the French Gothic architecture style. St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest church in the world and the center of the Roman Catholic Church. The Medieval Siena Cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy and is one of the best religious places in Europe, located in Siena, Italy. You can take a guided walking tour of Siena that includes a stop at Basilica of San Domenico before skip-the-line entrance into the Cathedral or purchase an Opa Si Pass, which includes a tour and entrance into all the buildings on the complex.

THE GETTY CENTER OR THE GETTY VILLA ✨⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The Getty Center is an incredible museum with a permanent collection of ⁠19th and 20th century American and European photographs, and pre-20th century European paintings, manuscripts, and other artworks.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The Getty Villa is designed like an ancient villa, and the museum and research center focuses on the art and culture of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. Here you'll find art from the Stone Age through the fall of the Roman Empire.⁠ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ If you love wandering through museums looking at classic artworks, head to the Getty Center.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ If you love transporting yourself into history, head to the Getty Villa.⁠ (Swipe to see 👉👉👉)⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ If you have the time, make sure you stop at both!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ What’s your favorite museum to visit?

So the day we climbed up the hill at Griffith Park to see the Hollywood sign...⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I didn't know that we were climbing up a hill to see the Hollywood sign 😂 ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Otherwise, I would NOT have worn heels!⁠ Even so, it was worth the trek to catch a glimpse of this view. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Did you know that the Hollywood sign was originally supposed to be temporary? It was built in 1923 as an ad for the Hollywoodland real estate development and was only supposed to last about a year and a half.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The first time we visited LA (circa 2010) the Hollywood Sign was actually covered in a protest to save it. Swipe to see it, pulled out of the family archives 👉👉👉⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Have you ever realized too late that you *totally* wore the wrong shoes?!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ P.S. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY FRIENDS! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠ #liketkit

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