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Been There, Do This: Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London

Been There, Do This: Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London

The Mirror Room at Rosewood London has achieved what lovers of interior decor may consider perfect harmony — mirrors reflect and refract, climbing up the entry wall into the high ceiling; from the light fixtures, embers of burnt chartreuse mingle with silver sparks; and velveteen couches, prim and yet cushy, hug darker wooden tables. This is the first phase of afternoon tea, and taking those initial steps to your table may quickly turn into more of a glide.

Been There, Do This: Russian Tea Time in Chicago

Been There, Do This: Russian Tea Time in Chicago

When it comes to culinary delights, Chicago has no shortage for hungry foodies. Perhaps most famously, the Windy City spawned America’s love for gooey deep-dish pizza and piled-high “Chicago Way” hot dogs that drip with electric-green relish and tangy yellow mustard (best enjoyed during a Cubs game at Wrigley Field).

Been There, Do This: Blue Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Been There, Do This: Blue Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

As a deeply spiritual nation, Thailand has no shortage of Buddhist temples. During my weeklong trip in the country, each temple proved more extravagant in design than the next. But the eye-catching beauty of these temples doesn’t come at the cost of humility.

Been There, Do This: Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris

Been There, Do This: Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris

I can actually pinpoint the start of my love affair with surrealist art. Like any great meet-cute, it began at a museum — Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou, the largest modern art museum in Europe. I was in the self-discovery years of college, flightily trying on interests and hobbies that often didn’t stick.

Been There, Do This: Negombo Fish Market in Sri Lanka

Been There, Do This: Negombo Fish Market in Sri Lanka

I had only been in Sri Lanka for an hour, but I was already experiencing sensory overload. Although the pungent smell of just-caught fish mixed with the taste of a salty-sea breeze had me resisting the urge to pinch my nose, my eyes widened, hungrily taking in the scene unfolding around me.