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Life is too short to be standing still! Follow me as I visit as many places as I can... food, shopping, destinations!! If that destination includes an Anaheim Ducks hockey game? Well, heck, that's even better.

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Anaheim: Ballast Point, Downtown Disney

Ballast Point is a brewing company based in San Diego, California. They have 4 locations in San Diego, one in Temecula, Long Beach, Chicago (IL), Daleville (VA) and one in downtown Disney, Anaheim. The location used to belong to Build a Bear, but Disney wanted more eateries, and […]

Classic Afternoon Tea at Disneyland hotel

I was trying to find something special for Valentine’s Day and came across the “Classic Disney Afternoon Tea” inside Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel. The hotel was also integrating the “Mickey’s 90th Celebration” as a tea theme, so their “normal” afternoon tea included specially decorated treats for […]

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is our second Cuba stop of the cruise.  Unlike the hustle and bustle of Havana, Santiago de Cuba is a sleepy colonial town.  Unfortunately for us, we arrived on January 2nd, when most of the town was still closed from celebrating too much of the […]

New Year’s Eve at Oranjestad, Aruba

The “A” of the ABC Islands is Aruba. Boutiques, upscale chain stores and street vendors, as wells as casinos and a wide range of restaurants, dance clubs and bars, make the capital Oranjestad a popular destination in Aruba. Our ship arrived on New Year’s Eve, so many shops […]

ABC Islands: Kralendijk, Bonaire

Stop 2 of the ABC Islands: Bonaire Kralendijk is the chief town, known for the beaches, and diving sports like snorkeling and skin diving.  It’s the sleepiest of the ABC Islands, and the main area is tiny with a few shops and restaurants.  If you’re not into water […]

ABC Islands: Willemstad,Curaçao

Following Cartagena, our next 3 stops were the “ABC” Islands… Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, but in the opposite order, starting with “C”, Curaçao, pronounced cure-a-sao.  The Islands are in the Dutch Caribbean, part of the Netherlands, but are not part of the European Union. When we docked at […]

Cartagena, Colombia

After a day at sea, our port following Havana was Cartagena, Colombia. I knew very little about Cartagena, except from the 1980’s movie “Romancing the Stone” where Kathleen Turner played a novelist who had to rescue her sister from a drug cartel.  Apparently, things have gotten better in […]

Merry Christmas at sea

Merry Christmas from somewhere between Havana and Cartagena, Colombia. We spent our day just relaxing, reading, napping, and of course eating and drinking.  For dinner, my sister made reservations at one of the specialty restaurants, which cost an additional $30 more per person.  Tomorrow, we visit Cartagena.

Havana, Cuba, day 2

Day 2 in Havana.  We met up with Jimmy in front of the Museum of Rum to kick off our 2nd part of our tour.  No classic cars for us to ride in today, but a taxi mini van.  Fortunately this car also had air conditioning.  The goal […]

Havana, Cuba: Day 1 (continued)

Following the Hotel Nacional, Jimmy took us around the city, and then stopped at the Old Havana for lunch.  We went to a touristy spot, and had lunch at the rooftop of the restaurant, before continuing a walking tour of the old part of the city. The walking […]

Havana, Cuba, day 1

We made it to Havana, Cuba!! The cruise line took care of our Visa (cost $75, which was billed to our room).  The “catch” in visiting Cuba was it had to be a cultural or educational visit, and there had to be a person to person interaction.  My […]

Key West, Florida

Our first port was Key West, Florida.  Stephen and I wandered with my parents along the Main Street, while my sister and brother in law went snorkeling or some water activity. There were two goals we had: 1) visit the Southmost point of the United States, and 2) […]

December 2018: Hello, Miami!

When I was younger, we usually went on a family vacation during Christmas.  As I got older, it got harder to take the time off but this year we all went on cruise to Cuba, Colombia and the ABC islands in the Caribbean.  We arrived Miami at 7:00 […]