Category: Travel

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 […]

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 […]