Urban Adventures.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Brilliant idea of the week: a new website called Vayable makes it possible for travelers - or just curious urbanites - to search for unique guided tours and other location-specific adventures by city or activity. ("Why follow the crowds, visit tourist traps, and see the same sights as everyone else?" the website asks. "A Vayable guide can show you the hidden secrets that only locals know.")

Vayable's NYC adventures include everything from a midnight street food crawl...


...to a sunset sail of the Hudson. (Other adventures of note? Urban spelunking, a tour of Flushing's Chinatown, and a fishing excursion in Montauk.)


When Vayable asked if I'd like to test out a New York adventure, I of course said yes. (Life's about embracing adventure, right?) Having never been to the Met, I decided on a two-hour guided tour of some of the museum's most notable pieces, led by artist and very knowledgable tour guide Taso. (There he is below, in the red cap.)


Thanks to Taso's expertise, our little group learned so much about the museum and its innumerable highlights. A couple of personal favorites? This 19th century piano, with mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell keys,


and John Vanderlyn's wrap-around painting of the gardens of Versailles (I could have spent hours in that room).  


A big thank you to Vayable and to Taso for introducing me to such an incredible New York institution. Very excited to visit again to see more. 

Book travel adventures of your own - and learn more about Vayable, here. Have a wonderful Monday!

16 comments:

April said...

Oh my goodness, I hope this has some info for Dallas. I've made a mission to explore my new city!

Rose said...

A smart cookie came up with this idea. So great.

And WOW - that piano rocks.

Otto said...

What a great idea! I checked out Honolulu -- cool foodie tour and more.

angela said...

Very cool, I will have to remember this the next time I visit NY.

Melissa said...

Such a cool idea. It's perfect that you went to the Met too. I love it there but always get so overwhelmed. It's great to have a guide taking you through and giving you an in depth perspective.

max said...

this is a fantastic idea and resource. can't wait to take advantage of it on all of our travels!

Shoko said...

Rose, I want one for my apartment. Extravagant much?

sherry said...

Thank you for sharing this site! Very reasonable rates, I think. Definitely check it on my next vacation. Great find, Shoko.

lydia {ever ours} said...

neato! maybe i should do this next time i'm back!

Kathy said...

Wow. I could spend hours in that room too! I'm heading to Paris for Spring Break, and am definitely going to check out their guided tours! Thanks for sharing, Shoko!

Bea said...

Such a cool idea, I love it! Now all I can think about is planning my next holiday...oh dear.
Bea x
http://www.thegoogleyear.blogspot.com.au/

tara said...

oh wow!! how cool! i hate tourist traps. and it's so much more fun to see a city through different eyes-especially your own!

magical said...

so cool. let's plan an adventure with them in june!

Rose said...

Shoko, DO IT! :)You could be the talk of your apartment building!

Trish said...

What a cool idea and site! Thanks for posting about it - will have to check it out on our trip to Europe this year!

inspirationlush.com said...

Love this site! Very cool!

xo,
Jamie

http://inspirationlush.com/

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