Arc De Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile or Triumphal Arch of the Star in Paris, France. It is a monument to the fallen solders of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. You can walk under the circle intersection of twelve roads and pop out in the center – and walk around checking out the twelve roadsContinue reading “Arc De Triomphe”

Louvre

The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and is in Paris, France. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as the Louvre Castle in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II. The building was added onto many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV moved toContinue reading “Louvre”

Hop on Hop Off Bus – Paris

Hop on Hop off bus You see them all over the place in the major tourist towns – Hop On, Hop Off Buses.  We love them.  This is probably our sixth time using a Hop on Hop off, but we have no favorite. Tip:  Use the HopOn HopOff Bus service at the time and placeContinue reading “Hop on Hop Off Bus – Paris”

Notre Dame – still standing just like us!

Notre Dame is still standing – battered and in renovation, but she is still standing despite what we all thought was the end of her and the fire that was so devastating only just 2 months ago. This month David and I will be married 3 years and together 5 years. We are winning againstContinue reading “Notre Dame – still standing just like us!”

Paris Date Night

We like to date, even when traveling, we think it is part of what keeps us together – grown up time to re-connect. My daughter recently asked David, what was he looking for in a date when he was first dating me – he said companionship – he wanted a companion to do things with,Continue reading “Paris Date Night”

Arrive in Paris

We arrived in Paris, France after a long and tight (economy) flight – we drove to Toronto, Canada from Detroit, Michigan only 3 hours in good traffic from our home – this will save us about $1000 per ticket using this method.  I recommend this as an option for considering any travel. Tip:  Check airportsContinue reading “Arrive in Paris”

Epic Adventure Before it begins

Epic Adventure – Before it Begins Our family trip to Paris, France – Tokyo, Japan – Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Airbnb’s are booked.  In Paris we will stay at: In Tokyo we will stay at: Let us compare afterward – what we booked and what we got.  So this is the before, same post after theContinue reading “Epic Adventure Before it begins”

Chinese Lantern Festival – Philadelphia, PA

At the end of our visit with our Son in Phily, PA, Brett had to head back to his job at Dover Air Force Base for a 6am Shift on Sunday. While we only had Friday and Saturday to be with Brett, the visit was wonderful and this left a date nite for us parents.Continue reading “Chinese Lantern Festival – Philadelphia, PA”

Reading Terminal Market – Philly, PA

It is pronounced “Redding” Market, and it is wonderful! We have nothing like this in Metro Detroit (closest would be Eastern Market and it does not even compare). Reading Terminal Market is filled with everything you could imagine eating in a giant food court style. I checked it out online prior to arriving in Philly,Continue reading “Reading Terminal Market – Philly, PA”

Weekend in Philly

Took a quick weekend trip to Philadelphia, PA to meet up with our Son Brett who is stationed at DOVER AFB. Brett recommended Philly as our meet up location when we last saw him and boy did we have a great time. We arrived at 4:30pm in Philly – Brett drove in early in theContinue reading “Weekend in Philly”

Henderson Castle – Kalamazoo, MI

Had a date weekend with my husband. We visited Henderson Castle for a dinner date, while you can stay at Henderson Castle, we did not. What a great date night. This is a little history of the castle: The Castle was built in 1888, by Frank Henderson. He was the owner and president of theContinue reading “Henderson Castle – Kalamazoo, MI”

Black Sand Beach – Iceland

It is cold (32-40 degree F) and rainy and icy and snowy in Iceland, mostly overcast, EVERY DAY. BUT it is incredible and If you have a good coat and weather proof gear, your in for a treat. Dress in layers, because inside buildings are kept really warm. Day trip to the Famous Black SandContinue reading “Black Sand Beach – Iceland”

Bazaar – Shop of Oddities Baltimore, Maryland

Our 36 hours in Baltimore, Maryland to visit our son Brett – had me looking for thing to do that were different. After a visit to the Baltimore Inner Harbor Tourist Building I saw a brochure with a reference to the Bazaar shop of Oddities, sounded like the perfect stop for us – something different.Continue reading “Bazaar – Shop of Oddities Baltimore, Maryland”

Cheech and Chong Concert Mount Pleasant, MI

We saw that Cheech and Chong were coming to Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, MI  on a billboard along Michigans I-75 on the way to our Bay City, MI Date weekend (earlier posting).  David LOVES Cheech and Chong, he plays their YouTube videos to me all the time, and quotes them in – soContinue reading “Cheech and Chong Concert Mount Pleasant, MI”

Sushi, Saki, and the Chicago Field Museum

What an enjoyable evening with my husband at the Hitachi Buffet at the Chicago Field museum. We walked 3 blocks over from our Fair Field Inn Ontario street hotel to the AAPM, American Association of Physicists in Medicine cocktail party at the Chicago Hilton. Then to the Hitachi Party. All the Japanese Sushi and SakiContinue reading “Sushi, Saki, and the Chicago Field Museum”

Fall in our Home

I love decorating my Home for every holiday, but during the darker months, I Love (originally wrote live – which is also true) it even more.

Past Free – Updated

Since this post I have sold two of the four rental properties on Land Contract. It is …. one of the smartest things I have done in a long time. I do not have to pay insurance, not pay to fix things, not pay taxes, but I collect money, and more than I made withContinue reading “Past Free – Updated”

Armada Fair

We visit the Armada Fair annually, we look forward to the atmosphere the animals, the food, the exhibits.  So much fun.  Check out these fun pictures! Bunnies! PIGGIES!! Sheep!!! FAMILY!!!!! Chickens!     So many more fun things at the Fair!  It runs thru today, so if you want to go, plan on it forContinue reading “Armada Fair”

Y-12

As I am driving thru Oakridge, Tn – I see atomic symbols everywhere – so my interest is peaked.  Following signs to the Y-12 museum – I have to investigate what this unusual atomic symbol is with the name of Y-12.  I learn Y-12 is a national security complex tucked away and rarely heard andContinue reading “Y-12”

5 things I wish I knew before I went to Cuba

  I knew you cannot use credit cards in Cuba, and they have cigars and rum, but I did not know….   We were told we had to have a cultural tour booked or we would not even be allowed to step off the Cruise ship (or if we flew in – not step offContinue reading “5 things I wish I knew before I went to Cuba”

Holland America – Veendam on our way to Cuba

The Veendam – with Holland America is a small older ship.  But we got a real deal of two people for 7days, airfare to Fort Lauderdale, the hotel the nite before and the entire cruise for under $2,000.     We dont travel to see the best of the best, we travel for the experience. The average age of theContinue reading “Holland America – Veendam on our way to Cuba”

Tropicana Club, Cuba

I figured out how to add videos! Better later than never! so this is older post updated. We only had two days in Havana, Cuba – so we made the most of it – a day of everything, then an evening trip to the Tropicana Club.  I would describe it as an outdoor larger versionContinue reading “Tropicana Club, Cuba”

Cars of Cuba

Cigars, Castro, Rum, Heat, Colorful Buildings and Cars from the 1940s and 1950s are the things we think about when we think – Cuba.  This post is about the cars of Cuba! While I know practically nothing about classic cars.  I do know these are beautiful and I love the vibrant colors.   I could look at theseContinue reading “Cars of Cuba”

First day on Vacation

Short post.  We flew into Fort Lauderdale, Fla the night before our cruise, and we spent the night at the Link hotel, about 12 minutes from the airport, $100.00/nite with breakfast, small rooms, but clean and free transportation to the airport, but it only runs until 8 pm and we missed the ride to theContinue reading “First day on Vacation”

Bon Voyage

We are headed out to our 7 day Cuban Explorer with Holland America Cruise, on the Veendam.  We started in Fort Lauderdale, Florida then to Georgetown, Grand Cayman, to Cozumel, Quntana Roo Mexico, then Havana Cuba, back to Ft Lauderdale.   We choose this cruise specifically for the Cuba Experience and we are really are veryContinue reading “Bon Voyage”

Cruise to Cuba

After weeks of looking for a trip that we could take together (no kids) during the time our youngest would be on spring break (and could go to his mothers) we finally found a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico – Grand Cayman  – and two days in Havana, Cuba.  It is a Holland America Cruise, smallerContinue reading “Cruise to Cuba”

Hoover Dam

On the way to Hoover Dam, a quick stop at Lake Mead. Going back a few weeks, we visited Hoover Dam.   We were already in Vegas, and David has never been and he wanted to see.   The downside, the elevators to the inside powerhouse were down, so we only were able to see the outsideContinue reading “Hoover Dam”

Retirement seminar

So David and I went to a Retirement pitch dinner, where they try and upsell you on a product.  Honestly we know so little about the variety of retirement programs out there.  What we do know:  A Traditional IRA is a tax-deferred retirement account. You save your $ today and are taxed later when you withdraw the money.  AContinue reading “Retirement seminar”

Next Trip?

The cover picture, is David is holding a baby turtle at a turtle farm we visited in Grand Cayman, our first family trip together in 2015.  So we are now together almost 4 years.  I was divorce Feb 13, 2014 and joined Match.com the end of Feb 2014 and met David after about 30 coffeeContinue reading “Next Trip?”

Disney for Two

David and I just returned from Disney today, What a fun time.  Two and a half days alone with my husband, what a treat! Yes, we were just in Disney in July, but that was with four kids, which had its drama and I was exhausted at the end of the trip. Florida this OctoberContinue reading “Disney for Two”

Date night Back to the Future

We had a great date night at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Back to the Future Movie play along nite.  We first ate dinner at Hop Cat a cute restaurant about four blocks from the DSO, which was a fine walk during the day, but at night… I was glad David was there with me.  IContinue reading “Date night Back to the Future”

What Does a Nuclear Physicist Do?

Most people when they find out what I do for a living, they stop talking to me, sometime they walk away.  For awhile there I stopped telling people what I did for a living, but after being shunned (but also made some of my best friends) at a pre-school meeting, I decided… I am whoContinue reading “What Does a Nuclear Physicist Do?”

Sandos Eco Resort, Cancun Mexico

We decided to start rating the locations we visit on our travels.  Scale of 1 to 10, with 10 as the best experience we could ever imagine.  The Sandos Eco Resort, in Cancun Mexico is a great family all inclusive.   We spent 7 days at this resort, and never ran out of things to do. Continue reading “Sandos Eco Resort, Cancun Mexico”