30Dec

Where You Can Find Me

Happy holidays to everyone reading (anyone left?). I'm hanging out in Brooklyn with my teenager, playing hipsters, this weekend, still traumatized by the disastrous, sad news of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. The world will never be the same again. Both women left such a strong imprint on American culture, and I so hope that their spirits are joining up in heaven. I was a huge fan of Carrie Fisher when I was a teenager/young adult. I read all her books, hung onto her every word. She was so much more than Princess Leia. Don't get me wrong, I was a fan Read More

26Dec

NYC Hotel Review: Hotel Giraffe

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My daughter and I just came back from a weekend getaway in NYC. We love our NYC getaways. For a few days, we roamed the city fancy-free, popping into movie theaters, cafes for lunch, Broadway shows, shops and holiday markets. There is nothing like the city during this time of year and we felt so lucky to experience it like natives for a few days. To rest our head at night, we chose Hotel Giraffe, located in the Flat Iron District. We weren't familiar with the hotel before we went, so I can honestly report that we were very satisfied and very impressed Read More

25Dec

Review: Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen

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I just saw Dear Evan Hansen, one of the most profound Broadway shows I have seen in a very, very long time, and I'm so glad that I saw it with my 13 year-old daughter. I literally can't stop thinking about this production for so many reasons. For one thing it is masterful in its ability to combine music and storytelling in such a powerful, thought-provoking way. The actors are also skillful and just about perfection - each one takes their role to the ultimate place in terms of the story. The direction and set (by Hamilton's David Korins) help guide the Read More

18Dec

TheCultureMom Hotel Review: Munich’s Hotel Laimer Hof

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    On a recent visit to the city of Munich, I had the opportunity to stay at Hotel Laimer Hof. Having never visited the city before, combined with coming during the last leg of an European adventure, the hotel was a breath of fresh air. Set slightly outside the central part of the city in a charming neighborhood, the hotel is housed in a neo-Renaissance villa that was constructed in 1886. Not only is it a proud homage to its heritage, but it's family-run and the hotel's owners are fully invested in their guests. They want to make sure that not only are Read More

16Dec

Guest Post: Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at the Theater at the 14th Street Y

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. Last weekend, I took my twin seven year-olds to see Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at Theater at the 14th Street Y. When the play ended, I asked them both what they thought. My son initially thought it was too "babyish". I didn't understand why since he had listened so attentively, participating by raising his hand throughout the show (the show has an interactive element) when he knew the Read More

15Dec

Dining at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Prague’s Spices Restaurant

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On my recent visit to Prague, I had the opportunity to dine at Spices Restaurant & Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Prague. My mom and I strolled out of our hotel, through Old Town Square and across the Charles Bridge, past Prague Castle, to the beautiful hotel in the historic Malá Strana district. It was clear upon arrival we were in for a treat. The hotel is a gorgeous, modern and chic Renaissance and Baroque property that was once a monastery and dates to the fourteenth century. I'm sure that the rooms are beautiful, and if you have a weekend in Read More

07Dec

TheCultureMom Hotel Review: Prague’s Paris Hotel

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On my recent visit to Prague, I stayed at the Paris Hotel. Uniquely decked out in Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau decor, the hotel has a certain charm that took me back to a time long gone by, which I fully appreciated. It was right out of the 2011 film Midnight in Paris and i expected authors like Ernest Hemingway to walk in. From its high ceilings in the lobby to gold statues and sweeping staircases and chandeliers in the lobby, the hotel offers a very Parisian vibe.  The exterior is especially welcoming and beautiful, filling us with wonder upon Read More

30Nov

Guest Post: An Interactive and Engaging Pip’s Island at NYC’s Skylight Modern

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This a guest post written by writer Lisa Gerstel-Zach, a diverse and seasoned executive who has spent her career in Children’s and Family Entertainment via Publishing, Live Events and Broadcast before stepping back to take a much earned reprieve from the Corporate world in order to reinvent herself and remember why she moved to New York. She lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Pip’s Island is a wonderful introduction as to what immersive theater can be.  My four year old and her best friend, each daughters of avid Read More

27Nov

TheCultureMom Hotel Review: Sheraton Krakow

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On my recent visit to Krakow, I was fortunate to stay at Sheraton Krakow. Not only is the hotel centrally located, but it's extremely comfortable and just exactly where we were meant to end up. I'll never forget the view of Krakow from our room, our ability to walk to Wawel Castle and my morning run around the Wisla River. At night, we would walk to town for pierogis and champagne. It was a very special visit - let me tell you more about it. Why Visit Krakow I was quietly impressed with the city of Krakow. While it has a rich yet painful history, Read More

25Nov

A Visit to the Haunted Warsaw Ghetto

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Several weeks ago while visiting Warsaw, my tour of the Jewish Ghetto started early in the morning. I was eager to get to know a city where my ancestors once lived before coming to the United States in the early part of the 20th century. My mother didn't know much about where they lived, but we wanted to see what life had been like and what had caused them to leave. Seeing the Ghetto was part of the soul-searching process we needed, even though the sad events had occurred after they'd left. What I was able to gather was that before World War 2, Jews Read More