We took a day trip from Paris to visit the Loire Valley via the TGV. We were stunned by the knot gardens at The Chateau de Villandry. It is amazing!
During our visit to Prague in 2005, we took this photo of The Vladislav Hall in Prague Castle. We were dwarfed by the incredibly high ceilings and massive chandeliers. We could almost envision the many feasts held here, centuries ago.
We’d decided to take a day trip from Rome. We’d just left the port in Naples and were heading to the “Blue Grotto” at Capri, Italy. Look at that water! My daughter said the color reminded her of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and I have to agree.
Flashback to our first trip to The Vatican City in March 2003. It was so intimidating to walk these hallowed halls that we had only heard about on the news. I will never forget how resplendent our surroundings were and how fortunate we were to witness it.
During the first day of our recent trip to Las Vegas, we embarked on one of our favorite pastimes, a city bus tour. Despite the annoyingly repetitive warnings from the tour narrator to hop off at one of the popular stops, we remained in our seats fixated by the glimpse of life “off-strip”.
As the timeworn vessel careened around the tightest of corners, causing the wind to whip through the bone-straight hair of the woman who sat in front of me, we waited patiently for something of note on this excursion through downtown. Somewhere between The Mob Museum and the World Market Center, we found it in the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry and operated by the Cleveland Clinic, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health focuses on the research, treatment, early detection and prevention of Alzheimer’s, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. It’s clear from the rolling walls of 199 divergent windows, Gehry’s intention was to create a structure that is as unforgettable as its cause.
I’ve developed a fond appreciation for brief vacations. If nothing else, it proves that you can still enjoy and experience a great deal that a city has to offer without spending an extended period of time there. I’ve spent 24 hours in Amsterdam and 36 hours in Savannah and didn’t feel like I sacrificed anything in the process. When I managed to find an exceptional fare from Atlanta to Salt Lake City for $139.00 RT via Google Flights, I knew that I had to book it.
While I enjoy touring cities with the best of them, nothing makes me feel closest to the Creator than experiencing the Great Outdoors. I have a poster of the Petroglyphs in Monument Valley in Utah hanging in my office. After looking at it for five years, I decided that there was no time like the present. In fact, I booked the trip for early November which happened to be during the off season, but thankfully the parks were still open.
My first order of business was to order an annual park pass for $85.00 (including shipping; it arrived in less than a week) from the nearly century old National Park Service. The passes are free for park volunteers, members of the military and the disabled. Citizens 62 years or older can get a lifetime pass for $10.00.
I heard about it while doing some quick research on a city that I had longed to visit and quite frankly, my stomach did a somersault at the mere thought of it. The gum began appearing right outside the entrance of a little hole in the wall, the Market Theater, thanks to the creativity of patrons lining up for the next show. It’s located right beneath the main entrance of the Pike Place Market, one of the must sees of any first time visitor to Seattle.
As with all bad habits, the idea caught on. Over the course of twenty years, it began to mimic some version of abstract art. This colorful, gaping wound of three dimensional graffiti soon took on a life of its own.
People watching. It’s one of my favorite things to do when I travel. It’s an up close and personal way to studying anyone but it’s particularly interesting when it’s someone in another country.
You quickly come to learn that more often than not, we have more in common than we’d realized. There may be different methods to attaining similar goals and observing those methods can be teachable moments for us. But the fact remains that we are not that dissimilar.
I saw these girls on their way to parochial school early one morning in Santiago, Chile. You could hear them a mile away chattering on about things young girls love to talk about like this guy. This could have been a scene from any-town U.S.A. It’s a slice of life of humankind and its simplicity makes me happy to have witnessed it.
We were leaving the casino and happened upon this party bus, replete with disco ball and dancing patrons and boy was the music LOUD! But that’s to be expected on a Saturday night in New Orleans. I think it’s a great way to let your hair down, have a few cocktails and party down with your best friends. It’s a pretty safe way to entertain yourself but I would still recommend having a designated driver regardless. Woot!!