Category: Travel

Maui, Hawaii – the Mega List

You can’t go wrong on Maui.  The beaches are safe, the restaurants are terrific, and there’s lots of outdoor stuff to do.  Best for families, Maui wins for diversity and safety of ocean activities.  The Big Island involves too much driving, and Kauai beaches are not what I would call safe.  I would also pick Maui or Oahu for: first-timers...

Fortunately

…It was a beautiful morning on Sunday. What I didn’t mention was that we were hosted by some dear friends who really went out of their way to take care of us.  They provided the stove to cook the hot dogs, a table on which to play DD’s favorite card game, a space heater that was gloriously warm, and a...

Cold, verging on miserable, Saturday night

(I wrote this Saturday night when I was feeling particularly sorry for myself that we weren’t at the Hyatt Regency) It’s freezing. We’re in a tent. It might rain. I’m wearing a knit hat and I don’t wear hats because I look like a potato. I hope no one I know sees me. We had hot dogs for dinner that...

Yosemite Falls, full and glorious

Two years ago, in August, the falls were completely dry. But after this year’s big winter, the falls were really full as they used to be before the drought. The sound of falling water was deafening and the mist made you put on your rain jacket. It must have been 10 degrees colder on the bridge due to the humidity....

Yosemite Falls

Who knew a weekend in April would be so busy? At 4pm on a Saturday, we entered the park and were waiting in a line of cars that started just past Bridalveil Falls. The Ranger on his bike said he thought parking spots might be opening up soon in the public lots. DH kept asking why we couldn’t just park...

Headed to Yosemite

Leaving San Diego on a Friday night to points northward is always a challenge as one either has to punch thru LA or Temecula. My buddy who used to live in Temecula said he sure didn’t miss this drive. Ha ha yeah thanks. This weekends challenge is a storm blowing thru Yosemite. Does not seem like a big one in...

Segovia (near Madrid, Spain)

The city of Segovia is UNESCO World Heritage Site. An unbelievably picturesque old medieval walled city with narrow, winding streets,  a magnificent central church,  and the Alcazar castle which might be one of the inspirations for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. The following is from the video in the ticket room. And if that wasn’t enough, it has a 5 story...

Thames River Cruise (London, England)

A river cruise is a great way to see the city and calm fractured teenage nerves. 12 pounds for an hour circle trip from Westminster, going under London Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, and the Tower Bridge, taking in the Old Globe, Big Ben, the Shard, the Walkie Talkie, the Cheese Grater, and the Gherkin.  If you so choose, end at The...

Portobello Road (London, England)

Don’t visit Portobello road unless you want to develop a yearning for high quality antiques such as silver plate, old tools, jewelry, timepieces, chinoiserie, magnifying glasses, box cameras, tin soldiers, and the list goes on. I came away with a beautiful silver serving fork that I can’t wait to use. Pro tips:Arrive before the crush begins at 10am.Eat breakfast there.Bring...