Category: Travel

Healdsburg, Ca: The Wurst Restaurant

Most visitors who go to Napa rarely travel to the Sonoma side.  One of the days, we ventured toward Sonoma, and made our way to Healdsburg.  The town is quaint, and picturesque, and also where we had lunch at the Wurst Restaurant. The restaurant is known for their […]

Napa, Ca: The Model Bakery

For the past 90 years, Model Bakery has been part of the Napa Valley culinary scene. In 2016, Oprah Winfrey made it part of her Favorite Things list, and it has become a pin on the Napa Valley map. Model has 3 locations, one in downtown Napa by […]

Wine tasting In Napa and Sonoma

We only had 3 days in Napa, so we spent one day in the Napa Valley, and one day in the Sonoma side. Stephen really enjoys the sweeter wines, particularly port.  Here’s a peek at the places that we stopped at which had dessert wines. NAPA VALLEY V. […]

Napa, Ca: the Inn On First

Six years ago, I took Stephen here for his birthday.  Innkeeper Jim welcomed us back like we were long time friends coming over for dinner. Here’s somethings we love about this Bed & Breakfast: TOP 25: This Registry Bed and Breakfast was ranked top 25 by BedandBreakfast.com. KEY […]

Las Vegas: Shaq’s Big Chicken

We heard Shaquille O’Neil opened a chicken place in Las Vegas. The Big Chicken restaurant is located across from the famous Hofbrauhaus in a strip mall. We went mid week at around 5:30 pm, so we knew it wasn’t going to be busy. It wasn’t. There was a […]

Pioneertown, CA: Pappy & Harriett’s

Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is located near Joshua Tree National Park and is the only bar / restaurant and music venue in Pioneertown, California.  We had dinner reservations at 7:00 on the Sunday before Memorial Day… and good thing we did! Without a reservations, the wait time […]

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 […]