Category Archives: Travel

The Night I Met A Famous Jazz Artist

There I was, standing in the lobby of the Hotel Belleclaire in New York City, late on a Saturday night. My friend was checking us into our room while I stood with our luggage making new friends everywhere I could. Something about travel makes me giddy, like too much champagne. I’m not afraid to chat…

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Italy Highlights 2016

For two weeks, my family traveled across Italy experiencing to-die-for wine and food, breathtaking views, impressive architecture and art, and a people so friendly we wanted to convert. ROME We started in Rome/Pompei. Hired guides educated us on the Vatican and Roman sights. Our heads were stuffed with historical facts, enough to last a lifetime….

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I Wanna Be A Millennial

Millennials are cool. I want to be one, based on the two I met. I can also say I had a parenting epiphany at the same time. We can learn a lot from these hipsters.   I connected with two very bright ladies through my high school friend, an exchange student from Sweden from way…

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Finding Jackie Chan 2

In two days, I gave my brother and his wife the San Francisco 101 tour. We rode the cable car, visited the fortune cookie factory and Alcatraz. We ate our way through the Ferry building grabbing Vietnamese noodle bowls and fancy cheeses and bread.   We got the coveted picture in front of the Golden…

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Ironic Tour Guide: Sightseeing in San Francisco

Over the summer, we hosted a Taiwanese swimmer. He is eighteen and never traveled to America. We introduced him to the American melting pot of cuisine:  hamburgers, spaghetti and burritos. He hated hamburgers until he had American beef. That changed everything for him. We trained him to sit in the front seat if he was the…

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Fashion Museums of NYC 2015

With two hours to kill before our flight back home from NYC, my family and I visited the fashion museums of 5th Avenue. Literally hundreds to choose from, we settled on two: Musee d’Bergdorf Goodman and Galerie d’Gucci. And, just like The Met or MOMA, the “docents” didn’t talk to us; merely watched us from…

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10 Heartfelt New York City Experiences

Our family vacation of the summer: New York City. The play, “Act of God” with Jim Parsons drove the trip, a funny must-see. Being it was our second trip in the last few a few years, our tourist to-do list was much shorter. We stayed on the Upper West Side, while most of our eating…

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10 Discoveries On Amelia Island, Florida

Hubby found Amelia Island while searching for an airport with Southwest Airlines service and good fishing in the southeastern United States: Jacksonville. From there, availability and ratings led him to the Omni Resort on Amelia Island.   It was beyond our expectations providing us the beautiful, casual, warm respite we needed to unplug.     Not…

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LA: It’s About the Doughnuts

Doughnuts and LA go together about as well as candy bars and diet pills, at least that’s what I used to think. To me, LA conjures up images of beaches, bikinis, movie stars and Malibu Barbie. A recent trip to LA was anything but a suntanned and slender experience. We stayed inland, about an hour…

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Eating Oregon

A family reunion on the Oregon coast drove an eating frenzy across the state a couple of weeks ago. My family of four is all about the food so we planned our trip by the menu. Road-tripping was the way to go so we could combine it with a college tour at the University of…

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