Were off from Seattle to Alaska on the Ruby Princess Cruise ship. This cruise is for David, I am not a cold weather type of person, but on a cruise ship, at least I sleep in comfort every night, so it is a great compromise, luxury and ruggedness. We heard from all our friends thatContinue reading “Off to an Alaskan Ruby Princess Cruise!”
I first heard of Chihuly, when visiting Kalamazoo, MI and they had a show of his art at the local Glass art shop. One of the reasons I starting working in Radiology was the cool way you could look thru the film – it was translucent and how every image was different. I have nowContinue reading “Chihuly Glass Art Garden, Seattle Washington”
Second on our list while in Seattle, Wa for one day on our way to Alaska is the Space Needle. We honestly do not know much about the space needle, except it is tall and cool and we want to check it out. I did just learn today that the space needle was built inContinue reading “Space Needle – Seattle, Wa”
This trip is just David and myself, our kids are back at home safe and sound. We flew to Seattle to travel to Alaska, but first stopped in Seattle for the beginning of our travels. David and I have never been to Seattle, so we researched as we always do a TripAdvisor search, a WordPressContinue reading “From Tokyo to Seattle, Washington”
Back to Michigan for us, I have a few more photos I will post, but were off to Alaska next, so from one trip to another. Will share my favorites on Tokyo then Paris and one last post, but expect Alaska posts soon.
Late Night snacking – we come across this pokemon Magic Karp snack made of a warm cake filled with pudding (choices are chocolate or vanilla) we buy one of each and they are incredible. Just perfect for a Tokyo Late night snack.
We have been back from Tokyo for a little while now and wrapping up these posts. So just a few left. Then on to our next adventure. David and I always try and sneak away from the kids for an evening – we try to do it once a week, but it does not alwaysContinue reading “Date Night – Tokyo, Japan – Grilled meats and giblet hotpot”
We tried to visit the Imperial Garden on Wednesday, but it was closed, so back again on Thursday. I wanted to see the Imperial Palace, but it was not there, it was just the Gardens. The Imperial East Gardens are the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defense. None of the main buildings remain today,Continue reading “Tokyo’s Imperial Garden East”
We noticed the Kimonos, but put it together pretty quickly, that these are only worn at special locations. If we were at Disney or a Temple or an event we saw Kimonos. Here are a few pictures we saw. The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment. The word kimono literally means ki (着 “wearing”, specifically on the upper body) + mono (物 “thing”).
In Japan, my husbands beard is a show stopper, I love how he grows it out, shaves it, changes it up. I feel like I have a different man at every change, lol! In Japan, his beard is a show stopper, we were stopped about eight times for a photo of locals wanting his pictureContinue reading “The Beard of Japan”
https://www.musubi-japan.co.jp/ We stopped for a tasty treat after the temple and had a bite to eat and a drink. We were lured in by the hostess, who spoke English and was originally from the US. We enjoyed the entire meal and gave them a fine rating on TripAdvisor. You can check them out yourself atContinue reading “Musubi – Saki & Japanese Dining”
After Katrina gets THE VERY BEST Fortune (in the last post), she has a new swagger – feeling good all day. Check her out!
Our family left the Confucious Temple and walked toward our goal of Nakamise Shopping street and Sensoji Temple. We heard this was a great tourist location, and we are tourists and want to shop. Lets go In! Sometimes I stand in awe – thinking how lucky I am. During this trip it is probably myContinue reading “Nakamise Shopping Street, Sensoji Temple – Asakusa, Tokyo Japan”
Sometimes you just need a Giant Sized Cotton Candy! We made a quick stop for Cotton Candy snack while in Harajuki.
We visited the Pokémon Café and Shopping Center in Tokyo Japan – excited tasty food with a store filled with fun gifts to buy.
Tip: The Tower of Terror and Toy Story rides are busy all day, so go get the fast pass you want first and then the other second. If you wait past noon you will ride neither. View from the food Court. Disney Tokyo Mermaid Lagoon and Arabian nights at Dusk
There is SO much to post on this visit to Disney Seas Tokyo. First I wish I could have more time, especially a second day to go to the second park Tokyo Disneyland. But you get what you get and we got a lot. Some more pictures of the park. Were here in Tokyo DisneyContinue reading “Tokyo Disney 2”
This is what I have been waiting for the Entire Trip, the one thing I REALLY wanted to do in Tokyo – Go to Tokyo Disney. I actually want to go to every Disney Park in the world, so all that is left is the waterparks in Florida and Shanghai and China Disney parks. IContinue reading “Disney Tokyo”
We wanted to go to Tokyo Disney the first day, but it was Raining pretty hard, and by the time we got our luggage we realized we only had a half day, so we decided to check out the area after the mall visit and here are a few pictures from the first afternoon. WeContinue reading “Around Tokyo – 1st Day”
Tip: You really have to use the subway and train in the Tokyo, so figure it out prior to getting there and the rest you can solve when your there as it is easier than you might fear. Tip: The PASMO Card and whatever you put on it can be refunded, just ask when youContinue reading “Train to Toyko from the Airport”
Were here in Tokyo, now to figure out how to get places!
We walked on over the to Eiffel Tower, and waited in a short security line and there we were. Back in 2008 we visited the tower and walked up two levels – this is not recommended. TIP: Walking up the Eiffel tower even if your in great shape is hard, it is a small staircaseContinue reading “Under and on top of the Eiffel Tower”
So we saw the Eiffel Tower from a far and walked down to it! Stopped and took a bunch of pictures, had an ice cream, and bought Katrina an Eiffel Tower sucker. Next Post – Under the Eiffel tower and then….. Off to Toyko, Japan!
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”
Most of you have probably heard they took down the Love Locks at the Lock Bridge in Paris (across from the Lourve Museum). Typically the lovers initials, are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. I was there in 2008, but did not put one on the bridgeContinue reading “Paris Lock Bridge – No more”
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 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 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!”
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”
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 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”
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”
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”
My husband and his daughter went to Iceland and returned the day before WOW airlines went out of business, they missed being stranded by just a few hours. So good Karma with that trip – I already looked it up, ICELAND airfare prices are significantly more from $699 for 5 days with tours, to $859Continue reading “Iceland 2019”
David and his High School Senior daughter are in Iceland on Spring Break! I cannot wait to see the photos when they return, I will work on updating our Iceland trip as well and maybe post some pictures when they get back of their Father Daughter Trip. I reminded him that his time is preciousContinue reading “Spring Break in Iceland!”
So I am searching for hours on AirBNB and VRBO. Rental home sites – that I have had a lot of success with. I have heard of scams with these sites, people who up load locations that do not exist, you book it, pay for it and get nothing when you show up. I haveContinue reading “What NOT to Rent on Home Rental sites”
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”
We are in Baltimore, Maryland visiting our son who is in the US Air Force, and could not come home for Christmas. We only had 36 hours and wanted to make the most of it. We flew on Spirit Airlines into Baltimore Airport, BWI, from Detroit – it was a 1 hr 40 minute flight.Continue reading “Baltimore, Maryland – 5 star fun”
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”
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”
A few days in Chicago with my husband at the annual education courses for Radiological Society of North America. Drinks with friends at a Tiki Bar. GE lecture series on the new Revolution CT Scanners at our facility – protocols standards was the best subject. Dessert at Lawry’s Steak house in Chicago, this wasContinue reading “RSNA Chicago”
An evening out in Bay City, Michigan with my incredible husband. Just walking around downtown and enjoying each other.
Two honey bees
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”
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”
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”
A few hours in Gatlinburg, TN
A quick overnight to Lexington, Mi with my husband. Then a dinner and Brunch at the newly renovated Cadillac House.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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?”
Vegas trip for the two of us! It was wonderful, just a weekend alone. Every single time I finally get alone time with David, I realize I forgot how much I enjoy him. I feel really strongly about dating your spouse. I did not date in my first marriage, I tried to, but he hadContinue reading “Vegas Date! Food Network Style.”
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”
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”
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?”
Disney is Awesome, some people only get to go once in a lifetime and for many that is enough. I would live in the castle if I could. This trip Disney was exactly what I wanted and expected. I enjoyed us getting along as a family, only one minor blowup in the middle of mainContinue reading “Disney was Awesome!”
Sharing a few pictures of our Cancun Trip.
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”