Crystal Gold Mine

Mining Car

If you are looking for a couple hours of fun and history, then make your way up to the Idaho panhandle. Located right outside of the picturesque town of Kellogg, Id, is the Crystal Gold Mine. I highly recommend a quick drive through or if the weather is nice, a nice stroll through the town of Kellogg before making your way over to the mine. The Crystal Gold Mine offers a tour of the mine, great history, and an opportunity to pan for some gold. This was the first hard rock … [Read more...]

Rides of Fantasyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Fantasyland is where the imagination of every child comes true. You get to sail over London in a pirate ship, fly over Fantasyland with an elephant, and bobsled through the Swiss Alps, all in one day. The beauty of Fantasyland is, its for everyone, no matter how old you are. I will never tire of flying with Peter Pan or screaming when the abominable snowman growls at me. Fantasyland has thirteen rides and you can spend all day going on every single one. Trust me, I know this as a fact because … [Read more...]

Spy Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library

Spy Exhibit

Seeing as it was President's weekend, we thought it would be a good time to go over to the Ronald Reagan's Library and check out their current exhibit: SPY: The Secret World of Espionage. This is a great exhibit of never before seen objects and documents from the CIA, KGB, FBI, National Reconnaissance Office and the clandestine world of spies. The exhibit starts with the history of where our current CIA got its start. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt … [Read more...]

Summer trip to Italy 2013 Day 9

Good morning Venice!

I can't believe this was not only going to be our last day in Venice, but our last day in Italy. How can anyone ever want to leave this magical country? Trust me it was not easy, but we still had one wonderful day left and we definitely made the most of it. First off was breakfast. I was really going to miss all those wonderful breakfasts. On our way out, I had this great idea to take some pictures from our hotel balcony. Apparently, we weren't the only ones to have had … [Read more...]

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

If you are interested in vintage Hollywood and love watching the old movies, this tour will be right up your alley. I have visited several cemeteries in other countries, but have never thought of visiting one so close to me. Some people might find touring a cemetery strange, but this is Hollywood and I'm sure the stars still love to have fans come visit them, even decades after they've passed. The Hollywood Sign is a perfect back drop for the cemetery of the stars and film makers that … [Read more...]

Summer trip to Italy 2013 Day 8

Our gondolier. Worth the wait

I awoke to a beautiful summer morning in Venice. Today we were going inside St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and few other places we just had to see, plus we went on our very first gondola ride! Of course, we had to start off with a hearty breakfast at our hotel. Once we finished with the difficult task of trying everything, we walked the short distance to St. Mark's Basilica. We had about an hour before the basilica opened, so I put Mom in line and walked around to try … [Read more...]

Summer trip to Italy 2013 Day 7

The Grand Canal

Today is the day we were going to Venice! We were so excited to finally get to visit Venice and see a real gondolier in person. First, we had to actually get there from Florence. We had time to grab a little breakfast first, in our hotels beautiful breakfast room, before we needed to head to the train station. While we were waiting for the breakfast room to open, we started up a conversation with another lady that was waiting, as well. Once breakfast was ready to be served, we … [Read more...]

Summer trip to Italy 2013 Day 6

Good morning Firenze!

Today was our last day in Florence and as soon as I woke up, I ran out onto the balcony to say good morning to beautiful Florence.  Our room, at the Hotel degli Orafi, was really nice and the room was a lot bigger than most hotel rooms in the states. My main reason for choosing the Hotel degli Orafi was because I feel in love with the pictures of the breakfast room. I was so excited to get ready and go down to breakfast. The room and the food did not disappoint. After our … [Read more...]

Christmas time at Disneyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle decked out in her winter attire

I just got back from a wonderful birthday weekend at the happiest place on earth! This is a beautiful time of year to visit the parks, everything is decorated for the Christmas season, from the Castle to the shop windows. If you stick around late enough, you may even encounter a real snowfall. I thought, since we are so close to Christmas, I would dedicate this blog to the Christmas decorations found throughout the Disney Resort. There are three attractions that get special treatment just … [Read more...]

California Christmas Trees at the Ronald Reagan Library

Ronald Reagan Library

This time of year you can find holiday festivities everywhere and it's hard to choose which ones to go to. If you are looking to fit something small in during the busy holiday season, a perfect place to go to is the Ronald Reagan Library. Right now they are showcasing the great state of California with twenty three trees decorated representing cities, attractions, and historical landmarks of California. The Ronald Reagan Library is located in Simi Valley and is a lovely place. I went here … [Read more...]

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