Mary Kate Alfieri

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4th December 2008

Hi! I'm Mary Kate and I lived in London from September through December 2008. I'm back stateside now finishing up my degree in Journalism and English at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. I really like to travel, write, eat chocolate and play with animals! Some of the places I've been are to Dublin & Galway Ireland, Bordeaux & Paris France, Stockholm Sweden, Seville & Barcelona Spain, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Orlando & Clearwater, Florida.
I also am an avid Red Sox fan and hope to travel to all 30 major league stadiums in the next couple of years.

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  1. June 2013
  2. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Ex Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany

    The wall that once separated East and West Germany in a fit of civil unrest came down in 1989. For years after that, the ecstatic residents and curious visitors of Berlin chipped away their very own piece of the wall as a way to remember the 28 years tha…"

  3. April 2010
  4. Mary Kate Alfieri commented on Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman

    "A relatively new mosque, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was constructed in 1993 at the request of Sultan Qaboos who thought that his country deserved a grand mosque. (It was then creatively named, eh?) The sanctuary was built out of 300,000 tonnes of Ind…"

  5. August 2009
  6. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Dubai Mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    The Dubai Mall is the world's biggest mall – boasting a whopping 1,200 shops from around 600 different retailers. How much stuff do you need? 'Cause if there's something you want and you can't find it here you're in serious trouble. It wasn't ju…"

  7. July 2009
  8. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Sognefjord in Vestlandet, Norway

    As the world's second longest fjord, Sognefjord runs picturesque for 200 km inland into the heart of Norway.  It has several smaller fjord arms that wind their way below steep cliffs and snowcapped mountains to end up in small, local villages.  …"

  9. Mary Kate Alfieri commented on Château de Beynac in South West, France

    "As one of the best known and best preserved castles in the region, the Beynac Castle looks stunning as it sits on the peak of a limestone cliff, dominating the town of Beynac-et-Cazenac and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The castle was built in th…"

  10. March 2009
  11. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Paphos Town in Cyprus

    Paphos dates back to the 4th century B.C, and was the capital of Cyprus during the Hellenistic and Roman times. It is also the legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Remains in the archaeological sites are of villas, palaces, theatres, mosa…"

  12. December 2008
  13. Mary Kate Alfieri wrote a holiday idea Mary Kate's Perfect London Long Weekend

    Mary Kate Alfieri recently spent a few months in the World Reviewer offices and got the opportunity to be a London local, so when she left to go back to the US we asked her what her perfect London long weekend would be."

  14. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Jameson Distillery in Dublin, Ireland

    At the Jameson Distillery, you can take a guided tour through the factory and find out how Ireland's favorite whiskey is made. The tour starts with a movie and the guide gives you lots of opportunities to volunteer so if you're a big fan of whiskey, you…"

  15. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland

    Dublin Castle no longer houses royalty - it hasn't for centuries, today it's the site for presidential inaugurations and modern Ireland's government houses. It has served many purposes over the years and been a part of many historical events- people hav…"

  16. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Gaol at Kilmainham in Dublin, Ireland

    "A guided tour through this former prison gives you a real life history lesson through Ireland's past and about the notorious names that once occupied the cells during the Irish Revolution. The jail was in use from the 1780s to the 1920s and is now one o…"

  17. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Guinness Factory in Dublin, Ireland

    For someone who doesn't love heavy beers like Guinness, I was a little weary of going to the Guinness Storehouse. It actually turned out to be really great - you definitely don't have to love beer to enjoy this. Your entrance fee pays for a self-guided…"

  18. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Le Musee du Parfum in Paris, France

    Fun, free, and open every day of the week! When you enter the Le Musee de Parfum, you walk up a gorgeous, winding staircase and you're greeted by endless display cases of perfume that trace back through the 5,000 years of perfume history. This is a coll…"

  19. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Kampa Museum in Prague, Czech Republic

    The Kampa Museum is a collection that was founded pretty much entirely by Meda and Jan Miladek. Meda Miladek acquired unique works during her travels through Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Yugoslavia in the 1960s. With so many pieces of art in h…"

  20. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed National Museum of Natural History in Dublin, Ireland

    Enter the National Museum of Natural History to explore one of the world's finest collections of flora, fauna and geological artifacts . The museum has two million species here (half of which are fascinating little insects) displayed in gorgeous Victori…"

  21. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Red Bull Hangar-7 in Siegen, Germany

    Here's something you can do when your plane gets delayed at the Salzburg Airport- go visit Red Bull Hangar 7. Essentially this attraction, which is a rather popular thing for tourists to see, is a massive glass dome that houses Dietrich Mateschitz, own…"

  22. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Ca D'Oro in Venice, Italy

    As you're traveling down the Grand Canal in Venice via gondola, perhaps you will notice a shinning building known as Ca D'Oro. It is almost impossible to miss with all the gilt and polychrome decorations which adorn the “gold house.” Built between 1428…"

  23. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Galleries Lafayette in Paris, France

    You're probably wondering why, if you're vacationing on a budget, you'd ever want to go to Galeries Lafayette, a giant department store filled with so much merchandise that even Bill Gates could go broke. Well the bad news is yes, you might be tempted t…"

  24. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Murano Collection in Venice, Italy

    Glass blowing isn't something that just anybody can do, so that makes the pieces in the Murano Collection extra special. These extraordinary pieces are done in rich colors like smoke, olive Amethyst and chestnut, or can be made to suit your specific col…"

  25. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Czech Republic

    This little museum has a huge collection - it first opened in 1885 and has since been collecting objects from both the national and international scene as well as crafts from time periods long ago right up until today. The artifacts are displayed in i…"

  26. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland

    Churches are usually thought of as historical and St. Patrick's Cathedral is no exception- worship has taken place here for over 800 years! With a majestic presence over the area surrounding it and as the national church for Ireland, over 300,000 people …"

  27. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Ca D'Oro

  28. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Murano Collection

  29. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Marché aux Puces

  30. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Galleries Lafayette

  31. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Le Musee du Parfum

  32. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Red Bull Hangar-7

  33. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Moser Glass Factory

  34. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Kampa Museum

  35. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Museum of Decorative Arts

  36. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Vysehrad

  37. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Marché aux Puces in Paris, France

    With upwards of 3,000 stalls, Marché aux Puces is both Paris's busiest and most popular flea market. Like most European markets, you can find almost anything in the world- you just have to be prepared to look for it and stay patient. Most vendo…"

  38. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Museum Sachsenhausen

  39. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Decorative Arts Museum

  40. Mary Kate Alfieri rated National Museum of Natural History

  41. Mary Kate Alfieri rated St Patrick's Cathedral

  42. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Moser Glass Factory in Prague, Czech Republic

    Glass making has been a Czech tradition for hundreds of years, so while in Prague why not take a short trip outside the city to experience this complex process for yourself at the Moser Glass Factory. Moser is known across the world as the “King of Glas…"

  43. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Museum Sachsenhausen in Berlin, Germany

    This concentration camp memorial isn't located in Berlin, it's slightly out of the city but is very accessible if you have a rail pass. Sachsenhausen, was known as one of the most notorious death camps of the Nazi Empire and it's enough to make you forg…"

  44. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Vysehrad in Prague, Czech Republic

    If you're looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of Prague's city center, Vysehrad can be your escape. Once a historical castle, little remains of the structure today but that is not to say it's not worth a visit to this picturesque place. There a…"

  45. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Decorative Arts Museum in Dublin, Ireland

    Weapons and ceramics and silver, oh my! These are just a few of the things you will find on exhibit in the Decorative Arts Museum. Several unique and rare pieces are on display here like the Fonthill Vase, a Chinese porcelain vase from about 1300 AD wor…"

  46. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Wiener Prater in Vienna, Austria

    "I think that sometimes when people are visiting a city they often spend all of their time focused on seeing all the historic buildings and attractions that they forget about the green spaces that were there before any structures were. Prater is one of t…"

  47. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Times Square in New York City, United States

    Although the song by the Plain White T's claims that Times Square can't shine as bright as his lover Deliyah, if you've ever been to this area of New York City at night (or even during the day) you'd have a hell of a reason to differ. It is at one of th…"

  48. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Prague National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic

    (Národní galerie v Praze) Since its opening in 1796, the main objective of the Prague National Gallery has always been to represent Czech's history through art and to elevate the nation's spirit through works of art. The collections are housed in seve…"

  49. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Stockmanns in Helsinki, Finland

    An enormous retail store, with a presence in Helsinki equal to that of Harrods in London, you can buy everything here from a new pair of underwear to a new car. It is the oldest and biggest department store in Finland and is comprised of seven floors th…"

  50. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Trashy Diva in New Orleans, United States

    "The word “trashy” in the title may mislead you into thinking that you are about to enter a shabby lingerie or rave clothing store. However, there is actually nothing trashy about this place. It is filled with rather beautiful dresses inspired by styles …"

  51. Mary Kate Alfieri rated Anne Frank House & Museum

  52. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Anne Frank House & Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    "As you stroll down the narrow streets of this charming city, admist the many canals and colorful, unmistakable canalhouses, its easy to think you may have just walked down the same street twice. However, as you turn onto Prinsengracht, your eyes will be …"

  53. November 2008
  54. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed The Grand Museum (Giza) in Cairo, Egypt

    When you have 7000 years worth of stories to tell, there better be a darn good place to tell it with lots of people who want to hear. Essentially, that is what Egypt's Grand Museum is like. It displays the history and images of all the crucial parts of…"

  55. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Kom ash-Shuqqafa Catacombs in Cairo, Egypt

    "When a donkey accidentally fell through the ground with his cart, no one expected the discovery that was about to be made. These ancient catacombs date back to 2AD and are underground burial crypts of upper class Romans. The details of this subterranea…"

  56. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed The Graeco-Roman Museum (Alexandria) in Alexandria, Egypt

    What a collection! Twenty seven halls make up this museum that is a collection of Greek and Roman artifacts, as well as a beautiful garden which gives you a great idea of these two cultures' art of Egypt. The Graeco-Roman Museum is a composite of succes…"

  57. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Hanging Church in Cairo, Egypt

    Also known as Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church, the Hanging Church is one of the most popular churches in Cairo, and because it dates back to the 3rd century A.D, it is also one of the oldest. The reason it got its nickname is because of its lo…"

  58. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, Egypt

    " The Colossi of Memnon was originally built as Amenhotep III's memorial temple, but the reason it is so popular is because of the two gigantic statues that guard the outside. Probably due to an earthquake, they are now all that remain- but they are ce…"

  59. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed The Islamic Ceramic Museum in Cairo, Egypt

    Ceramic art has had, and continues to have, an important role in the history of Egyptian civilization. Because of this, it only makes sense that a museum was opened to display the intricate and storied pieces of Islamic ceramics from throughout the centu…"

  60. Mary Kate Alfieri rated The Islamic Ceramic Museum

  61. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Pompey's Pillar in Luxor, Egypt

    "Standing tall at 25 meters high with a circumference of 9m, Pompey's pillar is a magnificent structure and an important part of Egypt's history. The pillar was constructed at the end of the 4th century in honor of Diocletain, the man who captured Alexan…"

  62. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed The Ramesseum in Luxor, Egypt

    Archaeologists are unsure whether this is a memorial or a funerary temple, but either way, it is in the name of Ramses II. The Ramesseum is famous for its giant statues of a seated Ramses II- one of which is still on display there today and the other wh…"

  63. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt

    While in Egypt, everyone wants to see tombs, temples and Cleopatra. The temple of Queen Hatshepsut is one of those characteristic sites that would fit right in on a program on the Discovery Channel. The temple commemorates the queen's achievements as r…"

  64. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Elephantine Island in Aswan, Egypt

    An island in the middle of the River Nile, Elephantine is filled with ancient relics and ruins from its storied past. At one time, Elephantine was a very busy trading spot for ivory, which could be how the island got its name. Today, you can still com…"

  65. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Khan-el-Khalili Market in Cairo, Egypt

    "For unusual and bizarre gifts,you just may want to try your luck at the famous El Khalili Market. Briming with souvenirs and handmade crafts, the shops are set up on a labyrinth of streets, which gives visitors an idea of how medieval markets once felt. …"

  66. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Puymartin Castle in Midi-Pyrenees, France

    The Puymartin Castle was built in the 13th century and has a storied history. Its ownership has changed several times in its 800 year existence, beginning with the English in 1357. During the 19th century, the Marquis de Carbonnier de Marzac restored t…"

  67. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Jalali Fort and Mirani Fort in Muscat, Oman

    Fewer attractions offer more insight into Oman's rich heritage and culture than the twin forts- Jalali and Mirani Fort. Their location alone is grand, as they sits atop a rocky cliff, giving panoramic views of the harbor and the old city. The forts ar…"

  68. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Dachstein Glacier in Vienna, Austria

    Called by some the most impressive glacier in the world, the Dachstein Glacier in Austria is certainly breathtaking. It has become one of Austria's biggest tourist attractions, drawing thousands of visitors, mountaineers, and nature-lovers each year fro…"

  69. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Cumberland Island in Providence, United States

    Cumberland Island is one of Georgia's most beautiful water locations. It is the largest and southernmost barrier island and showcases pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and large marshes. For a relaxing nature adventure, you can spend hours…"

  70. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed National Museum of Prehistory at Les Eyzies de Tayac in Paris, France

    A great place for lovers of archeology - the National Museum of Prehistory is filled with all sorts of bones, carvings and engravings. It features one of the most important stone and bone collections in France, as well as the premier collection of paleo…"

  71. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Cayman Islands Jazz Festival in Cayman Islands

    Started in 2004, the Cayman Islands Jazz Festival is one of the newest Caribbean Festivals but has been highly successful. This concert series typically happens in the end of November at Westin Casuarina Grand Cayman Resort & Spa, gathering jazz artists…"

  72. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Chateau Castelnaud in South West, France

    This one-time fortress holds a significant presence as it stands high over the Dordogne Valley, offering stunning views of the châteaux of Beynac and Marqueyssac and the medieval village of La Roque-Gageac. It is now entirely dedicated to displaying the…"

  73. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Marqueyssac Gardens in Auvergne, France

    The Marqueyssac Gardens were restored in 1997 and have since become the most visited gardens in Périgord. Here, under the influence of blue skies and fresh air, you'll be able to relax- whether by yourself or with good company, while walking along the …"

  74. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Budapest Bubble in Budapest, Hungary

    Location, location, location! – if you're looking for location, the Budapest Bubble is definitely worth looking into. It's easily accessible from the airport and the bus & train stations, as well as just a little walk to the closest bus and tram stops. …"

  75. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain

    "As you begin to walk around the heart of Sevilla, you are immediately met with this grand object- the largest Gothic cathedral and the fourth largest Christian cathedral in the world. From almost anywhere in the downtown area, the top of Catedral de San…"

  76. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey

    Don't think they're kidding when they say the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest in the world. It is comprised of more than 58 streets and 6,000 shops and has between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors each day! Here, you will find many things- f…"

  77. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed GUM in Moscow, Russia

    International designer stores like Burberry, Luis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Dior are the perfect place to find the latest fashions in women's clothing, accessories, and footwear and you can find them all in this complex. There are also stores specializing …"

  78. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Colaba Causeway in Mumbai, India

    For a taste of what Mumbai culture really is, it is easily discoverable at the Colaba Causeway. The look and mood are reflective of its cosmopolitan feel; a classic example of the clichéd `East meets West' — or rather Mumbai-meets-Bombay. The skyline i…"

  79. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Pyatnitskaya Street in Moscow, Russia

    Although the sidewalks can sometimes seem narrow and crowded, Pyatnitskaya Street is still one of Moscow's most popular destinations for shopping and fine dining, among locals and visitors alike. There are more than 100 different retail shops so they'll…"

  80. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Nişantaşı in Istanbul, Turkey

    Whatever you want to buy, they've got it in the Nisantasi area of Istanbul. The opportunities to shop are almost endless and the stores range from international favorites like Top Shop and Zara to top designers like Burberry, Armani and Gucci. The six …"

  81. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Mahatma Jyotiba Phule in Mumbai, India

    Housed in a grand old building with a large clock tower and steeple, the splendid scents and colors of this market attract you as soon as you walk through the door. The Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, more often known as the Crawford Market, is primarily …"

  82. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Avenida Visconde de Piraja in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    One of the most chic places to shop in Rio, Avenida Visconde de Piraja features all the necessities for a fabulous shopping experience. There are two expert jewellery shops here in H. Stern and Amsterdam, as well as high quality leather and bikini shops…"

  83. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Babilonia Feira Hype Market in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    If you like to sport those one-of-a-kind, funky and chic clothing and jewellery pieces, the Babilonia Feira Hype Market may be the best place for you to shop in Rio. Every other weekend, this fashionable arts and crafts market sets up shop, featuring ma…"

  84. October 2008
  85. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia

    " For a both successful and aesthetically pleasing shopping experience, the Queen Victoria Building tickles everyone's fancy. It was built in Romanesque architecture, both inside and out, and on the site of Sydney's 19th century market place. The QVB h…"

  86. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Shopping the Rocks in Sydney, Australia

    "Both The Rocks and Circular Quay offer exciting, fashionable, and non-mainstream shopping opportunities. Hours of duty-free shopping can be had on George Street, Nurses Walk, the Argyle Center, and Playfair Street, which are the streets that make up The…"

  87. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Stanley Market in Hong Kong, China

    "A great place for tourists, Stanley Market is populated by tiny vendors and delicious restaurants. If you're looking for souvenirs and mementos to bring home for your aunt or neighbor, there is an endless selection here for your browsing and buying plea…"

  88. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan

    "Harajuku has become an extreme fashion style and culture hotspot for teens in Japan. The area, centered around the Harajuku train station and Takeshita-dori street, offers revolutionary fashion in many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, and secondhand sto…"

  89. September 2008
  90. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin in Berlin, Germany

    "The Glienicke Bridge was completed in 1907 and connects the cities of Potsdam and Berlin. The United States and the Soviet Union used the bridge three times during the Cold War to exchange captured spies starting in 1962 and ending in 1986."

  91. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin in Berlin, Germany

    "This palace was built by Friedrich Wilhelm IV while he was on the throne from 1851-1864. It is built in Italian Renaissance style and consists of a main middle building and a twin tower on each side."

  92. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Morne Trois Pitons National Park in Dominica

    "Hot springs, three freshwater lakes, a “boiling lake” and five volcanoes can be found heating up Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The fascinating boiling lake is filled with bubbling greyish-blue water that is enveloped in a cloud of vapor. It is beli…"

  93. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Göreme National Park in Central Antolia, Turkey

    "Centuries of erosion from rain and wind and lava from active volcanoes formed the Göreme National Park’s fantastic terrain out of bare rock. The memorizing landscape is littered with countless fairy chimneys, caves and beautiful rock formations. The pa…"

  94. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve in Mexico

    "Rich with marine diversity, the biosphere reserve is a 1.3 million acre spread of tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, home to a huge range of birds and mammals. Its boarders also preserve coral reefs, Mayan ruins, and savanna. You can visit the si…"

  95. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Philae in Aswan, Egypt

    "This temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, was built on the island of Philae during the time of the Roman Empire. Philae’s many shrines and sanctuaries include the vestibule of Nectanebos I, the Temple of the Emperor Hadrian, a Temple of Hathor, the Pha…"

  96. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Tassili n'Ajjer in Algeria

    "Tassili N' Ajjer’s stunning cliffs and deep abysses captivate you on first sight. The area is most famous for its rock paintings which date back 8,000 years until the first century. Found in the center of the city, the high quality art depicts scenes fr…"

  97. Mary Kate Alfieri reviewed Old Paphos in Cyprus

    "Paphos dates back to the 4th century B.C, and was the capital of Cyprus during the Hellenistic and Roman times. It is also the legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Remains in the archaeological sites are of villas, palaces, theatres, mo…"