A trip to the famous Hearst Castle Day Two

Two seals playing in the water

We started off early for our second day of adventure at Hearst Castle. After learning yesterday not to sit in the front of the bus, I found a spot in the middle of the bus and had a chance to really enjoy the fifteen minute drive up to the top. Today was a gorgeous California day, the sun was shining bright and the sky was an amazing blue. Our first tour of the day was the Grand Rooms Tour and we were all gathered in the front courtyard of the big house where there was so much to look … [Read more...]

A trip to the famous Hearst Castle Day One

Hearst Castle

If you are looking to do something different, than a nice trip up the California coast to the famous Hearst Castle is just the thing. A beautiful three and half hour drive from Los Angeles along the Pacific Coast Highway, located in the small town of San Simeon, is where Hearst's "La Cuesta Encantada" (the enchanted hill) is found. Hearst Castle is a designated California Historical landmark as well as being on the US National Register of Historic Places and is a US National Historical … [Read more...]

Pompeii the Exhibition

Statue of a Satyr
Bronze, 1st century AD
House of the Centenary, Pompeii

Pompeii: The Exhibition is currently at the California Science Center till January 11, 2015. The exhibition features over 150 precious artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. You are given the chance to glimpse into the daily life and tragic end of this Ancient Roman society. Featured objects include frescoes, sculptures, gladiator armor, jewelry, ancient coins, and the highlight is full body casts of the volcano's victims. The majority of Pompeii … [Read more...]

The Nethercutt Collection

The Nethercutt

The Nethercutt Museum is a Southern California hidden gem. The collection features rare mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture to the true heart of the collection: over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997. Unlike other museums, everything in the collection has been lovingly restored, maintained, and are all in working order. All the vehicles are all registered and driven on a yearly basis and can even be seen in the Tournament of Rose's Parade carrying … [Read more...]

The Bramble Incident

Contributed by guest blogger Southern Troll.   It was a fine establishment that fronted the Hudson River. A river town that dated back to the beginning of the country and the Hudson River was the lead into the interior of this country. The establishment had been there from 1854 and was renewed in 2003. It was situated directly on the river and had gained prominence as a boarding house for travelers to the interior of New York. The primary village was above us several miles away, … [Read more...]

Rides of Critter Country

Make sure to get a fastpass!

Travel deep into the backwoods of Disneyland and you will come across Critter Country. "Where the folks are closer to the critters and the critters are closer to the folks." Join the critters of the Briar Patch for a splash through the mountain, take a trip through the dreams of Winnie the Pooh, and get a really good arm workout as you explore the Rivers of America in one of Davy Crockett's canoes. From 1956-1971, this area was originally home to Disneyland's Indian Village which featured … [Read more...]

The Lemon Incident

Reservations required

Contributed by guest blogger Southern Troll.   It was date night. A fine village in Vermont, a fine historical Inn noted in historical paintings to stay in, a fine night, a fine choice of chef inspired meal private eatery located off the near mews that was limited to eleven tables, it was reservation only. We dressed accordingly, it was close to high society in a village in Vermont. I sported dress slacks of off-white, blue shirt, cordovan belt, matching loafers, blue sport coat … [Read more...]

Historical Visitations

Historical Inn
Conveniently located across the street from the ghost

Contributed by guest blogger Southern Troll.   We planned a Tour of the oldest part of the United States. A Tour to discover our origins, to take in the origins of our country. We planned on starting at the beginning, and take in the sights/sounds/smells/scenery/vista's of this country we belong to. We started at the landing point of the Pilgrims; Plymouth, Massachusetts. A historical tour is nothing if you can not stay in the sites. I did my research, and landed a room at a … [Read more...]

Rides of Frontierland

Sailing Ship Columbia

Frontierland is where you get to relive your childhood memories of being a cowboy or cowgirl in the wild west. Where coon skin hats are still in fashion and you can board a riverboat for a trip around the Rivers of America. Frontierland was one of the original lands on opening day and was described by Walt as a place where we can "...... experience the story of our country's past. The color, romance and drama of frontier America as it developed from wilderness trails to roads, riverboats, … [Read more...]

A Fourth of July spent in Julian, Ca

Julian Stage Line

Nestled in the Volcan Mountains there is the small old mining town of Julian. They are well known for their apples and the greatest little town Fourth of July parade in America. The parade and their apples are why we got up at the crack of dawn and made the three hour drive to this quaint town. Unbeknownst to us was that there was a fire raging close by and even though they had it pretty much under control by the time we got there,  the town needed to cancel the parade in order to keep the main … [Read more...]