Lincoln Gettysburg

Visiting Gettysburg: A Lesson in American History

A statue of Abraham Lincoln sits outside the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Centre. The site of the Battle of Gettysburg, on the edge of the Pennsylvanian town of the same name, is one of America’s most-visited destinations, attracting 1.2 million visitors every year, and home to summer scenes of bumper-to-bumper traffic. How can you avoid…

Great Wall

Climbing the Great Wall of China

Mao Zedong claimed that a man is not a real man until he has conquered the Great Wall of China.  Disney must have heard the news, as “I’ll Make A Man Out of You” was one of the main sing-a-long songs in their 1998 movie Mulan. One of the modern wonders of the world, the Great Wall has…

Brunch at Jack's Wife Freda

An Introduction to Brunch in NYC

Brunch is something of an institution in New York City.  It’s to New York what the Sunday roast is to Britain: an excuse to be lazy with loved ones while feasting on good food. On a Saturday or Sunday morning (and well into the afternoon), New Yorkers, adopted and native, will almost certainly find themselves…

Street art in Soho

Six Things I Find Strange as a New Expat in America

  Seeking out street art in NYC’s Soho. As many of you know, I’ve recently relocated from Scotland to the States, leaving the sandy shores of the Hebrides for the skyscraper-lined banks of the Hudson River.  While there are many things I love about my newly adopted country – the positivity of the people, the…

Travel Plans and Dreams for 2015

Travel Plans and Dreams for 2015

Happy New Year from Stories My Suitcase Could Tell!  After an adventure-filled 2014, I’m now looking ahead and plotting potential suitcase stories for 2015.  They’re goals rather than resolutions: activities I’d love to experience and places I’m intrigued to explore. The Take 12 Trips Challenge has been making the rounds on social media and travel…