Monday, April 7, 2025

In Which I Tell You How to Find Things on This Website

I thought it might help my readers to have clear, easy to read links showing them all the places I have written about and my favorite things to do in each place.

After careful consideration, I have decided that the perfect tourist day for me would be the following:

(Ideally somewhere local because trying out different breakfast traditions is the best.)
Major Attraction(It's best to see the large attractions while you are alert and can devote time to them.ght and alert!)
Lunch(Something along the sandwich/salad/soup spectrum so there's room for dinner)
Exploring(This can be a walking tour or on your own. You can also see smaller museums and buildings here.)
Sitting (At a cafĂ© or bar with friends or somewhere charming to read on your own. At this point in the day you will need to relax.)
Dinner(Preferably a proper three course meal, but in some places something more casual might be more to your needs.)
Entertainment(For me this would be theater, movies, concerts, pretty much anything but mimes because they scare me.)

Therefore I have classified each place I've reviewed according to the above seven categories. You may wonder why I have chosen to put some places in one category and not another. I wonder that myself! A woman's heart is an ocean of secrets. Similarly I categorize restaurants according to Lunch or Dinner based on whether or not I think it would be better to have a large meal or a small meal there. Of course, you are free to do whatever you wish! And now, without further ado, are:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

In Which I Salute Mediocrities Everywhere

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SG's Guide to Budget Hotels: Part One

I usually get really bummed out reading hotel or restaurant reviews on Internet review sites because the glimpses I get of the reviewer's personality are enough to make one weep for the future of humanity. Here is an actual Yelp review of my favorite bagel place in NYC, Russ and Daughters:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In Which I Find A Miracle on Shinjuku-dori

SG's Guide to Navigating Tokyo

If you have the opportunity to choose where to obtain your first glimpse of Tokyo, I highly recommend it being the view from the exit of Shinjuku Station. When people think of Tokyo, this is the kind of vision that their brains inevitably conjure up. As I left the train station, my jet-lagged and droopy eyes were overwhelmed with the sensation of a thousand neon lights blinking in my face. Young men were standing in the streets, violently hawking all manner of electronic devices. It was like walking into a trailer for Lost in Translation.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In Which I Find the Mixed Up Files of Mrs.Basil E. Frankweiler

SG's Guide to Spending All Day at the Met

As I may have mentioned a flobbityjillion times on this blog, I am a Native New Yorker. When I was trying to think of new special features to add for this blog, one of the first that came to mind was a series on a New Yorker's perspective on famous tourist attractions, a sort of See My City, if you will.

When it came time for me to pick my first tourist attraction, the choice was easy. There is only one tourist attraction that is a) my favorite and 2. the subject of a beloved Newbery Medal winning children's book. Naturally I am speaking of the one and only Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Actually, metropolitan just means city, so maybe there are others? Surely there are lots of city museums in the world. But I digress.)

Since this is not my first time at the rodeo, and by the rodeo I mean the Met, I wanted to do something special when visiting it. Then it struck me like a knife striking Van Gogh's ear. On Fridays and Saturdays, the Met is open from 10 to 9. I should take the Met Challenge (not a real thing) and spend all day at the Met! This is not for the faint of heart, but it can be done. Observe!

Monday, June 22, 2015

In Which I Teach An Advanced Course on Nuclear Physics

SG's Guide to the Tokyo Subway System

Despite what you might think, it was pretty easy to get from New York to Tokyo.

1. Go to JFK
2. Get on the plane
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake up in the Tokyo Airport

It was getting from Tokyo to my hotel room that was going to be the hard part.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In Which I Am Famous

Gentle readers, I recently had an opportunity to do an interview with a website called TravelEater in which I shared my thoughts about food. Here it is! I hope you'll check it out.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

In Which I Let My Geek Flag Fly

SG's Guide for Traveling to Japan

Now that I had tested my traveling skills on a multi-leg domestic trip, it was time for the next great step: the international trip. When it came time to decide which country I was going to visit, I knew right away where I wanted to go. I wanted to head to a continent I had never visited, which left out Europe. I wanted to go someplace safe and comfortable. Lastly, I wanted to go to a dream destination, someplace I knew I would always regret not seeing if I never managed to pay it a visit. With all these things in mind, there was only one possible place I could head for—Japan! That’s right, in addition to my other charms, I am totally one of those American girls who is obsessed with Japanese culture. You know the type, collects Hello Kitty stuff, listens to Utada Hikaru and sometimes sprinkles her conversation with words like, “kawaii”? Totally me.