Throwing caution to the wind we decided to try to escape to the coast of Maine during the busiest week of the summer season. Summer doesn’t officially begin in New England until July 4th, and this year a heat wave only heightened everyone’s desire to getaway. Finding a last minute room anywhere in Maine during the July 4th weekend was unlikely, but after scanning a few bed and breakfast sites, we were lucky to grab a room at the Dockside Guest Quarters in York Maine. This is truly one of the most picturesque and quiet settings in the York Harbor/ Ogunquit area. The inn is located on Harris Island and affords their quests beautiful waterfront views.
We were looking for peace and quiet and busy hotels and 4th of July crowds were not for us during this weekend getaway. We arrived while the inn was setting up for afternoon tea which offered quite a delicious spread, and the view was breathtaking.
We recently visited Sesame Place for my son’s 2nd birthday, and what a wonderful experience it was.
Sesame Place is the only theme park that is based entirely on the Sesame Street television program. It is located 90 minutes south of New York City in Langhome, Philadelphia. We decided to go a little early in the season to avoid summertime crowds and spent two action packed days at the park.
The lovely island of Guernsey, a unique blend of French and British culture is located in the English Channel, 30 miles off the northwestern coast of France and only a 50-minute flight from London Gatwick. Guernsey is a self-governing British Crown dependency, that has been influenced by nearby France through the centuries. Why am I telling you this? Personally I feel it is this fusion of French and British cultures that makes Guernsey so unique and attractive. The language spoken is English, but there is still a Guernsey patois French spoken by some of the population. You’ll also find the majority of the roads are named in French. Every aspect of island life is a charming Anglo-Franco fusion.
Whilst on a journey through Hong Kong, I encountered some of the most exquisite and beautiful places. You can’t quite imagine it without seeing it for yourself, but I’ll do my best to tempt you with my portrayal of this striking city.
My adventure began at the Temple Street Night Market, not far from the ancient temple of Tin Hau. The Night Market is alive with locals of an evening, selling all sorts of wares. There are cute little tea sets, watches, and charming antiques made out of Jade and other precious materials. For me personally the finest of these wares was the traditional food sold at some of the market stalls, such as the Five-layer Roast Pork and the Roast Pigeon.
Located approximately 30 miles south of Jacksonville is the coastal city of St. Augustine, Florida, a city rich in Spanish colonial architecture and North American history.
St. Augustine the oldest city in America, is home to 450 years’ of history from its founding by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century, to the elegance of Flagler College founded in 1968. A great deal of North American history can be discovered in St. Augustine as well as sun and fun sea coast activities that attract families from across the country. Of the many delights of St. Augustine, here are my favorites:
I’ve fallen in love with an island destination, and it might surprise you to know that it’s not in the Caribbean. In fact, you can drive there! But be forewarned, after visiting you may want to sell everything and move to St. Simons Island, Georgia! St. Simons Island lies 12 miles off the coast […]
Ushuaia, on the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego, calls itself “the southernmost city in the world”. There’s some quibbling about the title based on the definition of a city, but Ushuaia is the most often cited. I arrived in November, early summer. The wind was strong. I leaned against it like Michael Jackson in […]
Located in the central parts of Anatolia in Turkey, Cappadocia seems taken out of a dream. Before we arrived in Turkey we had only read about the local caves and seen them in documentaries. The industrious spirit of the local population should be praised as some of these caves have been converted into dwellings and […]
A Family Friendly Winter Getaway to the East End of Long Island – Trip Report Winter cabin fever had settled in and our 19 month old yearned for adventure. My husband and I decided to pack up and head to the East End of Long Island for a change of scenery. Long Island Winter Fest […]
In Pamplona, Spain, one of the most unique events in the world takes place each July. The Running of the Bulls which has made Pamplona famous worldwide, is known as encierro in Spanish and means to lock up or to pen. There have been many videos and many documentaries done on this tradition, usually showing […]
When I graduated school, like many of my generation, I had no idea where I wanted to go. No aspirations on what I wanted to be. A friend suggested that volunteering abroad teaching English as a foreign language could help me get away from my problems and get a fresh perspective on things. I had […]
Discovering The Gentle Giants of Oslob, Cebu There’s no doubt that Cebu is one of the most visited places here in the Philippines for locals and travellers alike. So, when opportunity knocked, we grabbed it and headed off to see what Cebu has to offer. Since it’s our first time we went to the usual […]
Visiting Scottsdale, Arizona for a Vacation with a bit of Everything For The Entire Family Scottsdale is a beautiful Little city outside of Phoenix, surrounded by the rolling desert hills of Maricopa county, washed in sunlight 350 days of the year, and is as peaceful as a country town despite being so close to the big […]
When my husband and I first moved to Germany we searched for that typical German town with ‘gingerbread houses’ and an old mystical feel to it. After realizing most of that was in Bavaria, hours away from our house in Rheinland Pfalz, we stumbled upon the Mosel River. A 30-minute ride from our house through […]
I’m just back from spending three totally magical days in the Maine North Woods in the Moosehead Lake region, and the leaves are already starting to change! This is my first time visiting the Maine North Woods Moosehead Lake region, and I’m happy to report it won’t be the last. A northerly drive from Portland […]
Papua New Guinea, Land of a Thousand Tongues Papua New Guinea is a pristine land in the most literal sense of the word. It has almost no infrastructure in place to facilitate tourism, and that is one of its most attractive attributes. The unmarred landscape is host to a multitude of unique species of animals […]
Taking On The Milford Trek- Finest Walk In the World Dubbed “The Finest Walk in the World,” the Milford Trek is filled with natural attractions that support New Zealand’s reputation as an other-worldly clime, a place of fantastical sights and breathtaking vistas. Hiking the Milford Trek, or Milford Track as it is sometimes called, was […]
Does A New Government Mean It’s Time To Return To Myanmar (Burma)? My wife and I were in Asia recently, and when we found out that Burma (also known as Myanmar) had openly held democratic elections, we decided to visit the country that has for so long held the West in both marvel and […]
Beginning this summer, Carnival Cruise Line began their newest itinerary – a cruise to Canada out of Boston, MA. Here’s my just-back review of The Carnival Glory which departs from Boston for a five day New England coastal cruise to St. John and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Carnival Glory’s short summer and fall cruising season […]
The Spanish word for jewel is “la jolla”. Add to that the image of palm trees, well-kept green lawns, bougainvilleas in a myriad of colors, a white board-walk populated with inline-skaters, skate-boarders, cyclists, joggers, and walkers, ice-cream eating children and their smiley and happy parents. There. You have just imagined the fanciest quarter of San […]