Our Big Spain Trip 2017 Part 5

Today I woke up to another glorious day in Valencia. Sadly, it was also our last day in this amazing city. We were heading out to Barcelona later in the evening but we still had most of the day to spend site seeing here. I made it down to the breakfast room right as the kids were finishing up and this time I ordered from their menu and got a freshly made pumpkin fritter. I took my time enjoying breakfast and then ventured out. I was meeting the kids at Museu de Belles Arts de València … [Read more...]

Our Big Spain Trip 2017 Part 4

Today was our first day in Valencia and I really didn't know what to expect of this city. I had spent more time researching Madrid and Barcelona, so I didn't really have any expectations for Valencia. All I knew when I woke up was how thrilled I was to be waking up in the amazing Caro Hotel. I had slept in a tiny bit but when I awoke I jumped out of bed looking forward to checking out the Caro Hotel's breakfast room. I knew that the breakfast room had been part of the old Arabian City Walls. … [Read more...]

Our Big Spain Trip 2017 Part 3

Today we were getting up early so we could catch the train to one of Spain's picturesque historic towns, Segovia. I wasn't going to miss out on breakfast so I got ready as fast as I could and ran into the kids again who had already been over to Starbucks and back. Madrid has two train stations and the one that we needed was the one that was further out, so we had the hotel arrange a taxi for us. We were only going to Segovia for the day and would be returning to Madrid before we had to … [Read more...]

Our Big Spain Trip 2017 Part 2

Day 2 began very well. I woke up refreshed and ready to start my second day in Madrid. First things first, breakfast. I loved, loved, the freshly squeezed veggie and fruit juices. I found that fresh veggie and fruit juices were very popular in Spain. The breakfast here would end up being my second favorite out of the three hotels we stayed at. And guess who I ran into in the breakfast room? I decided to crash their party and sit with them and enjoy eating my breakfast and … [Read more...]

Our Big Spain Trip 2017 Part 1

This year we embarked on a big family vacation to Spain. Unfortunately, we were missing one special part of the family, BILB (brother in law britches). He was unable to join us this year and we all missed his presence. I had been planning this trip for over a year and half and I could barely sleep the night before I was to leave. Mom and Marion had left one day earlier and were already on their way. All I had to do was get myself to LAX at the crack of dawn and catch the flight that would … [Read more...]

Domestic Travel

Contributed by guest blogger Southern Troll. The airport can be trying at times.  Full, crowded, alterations going on live while masses travel.  The best one can do is to just hang on.  Try to go with the flow as everyone else is doing.  Adapt to the lines, adapt to the trials, it’s all a matter of waiting when you travel in this day and age. To a certain extent the excitement and hassle has been taken out of it rendering it an exercise in patience and calmness.  Though you may want to … [Read more...]

Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art

We were very lucky that the second and last stop for the Vatican Spendors exhibit is the Ronald Reagan Library. The first stop in the exhibits North American tour was Philadelphia's Franklin Institute and then it made it's way to our little Southern California town of Simi Valley (Very Cool). The exhibit can't be away from the Vatican for longer than a year, so after it's stop here it will be making it's trek back home. Our visit was barely two weeks after Nancy Reagan had been laid to rest … [Read more...]

Croaking Karaoke Ghosts

Contributed by guest blogger Southern Troll. New Orleans has some long history.  Founded in 1718, it offers a nice well maintained view of life from Spanish control thru colonial ages, the rise and fall of the cotton era and the modern age.  A lot of living has happened in the oldest part of that city, the French Quarter.  And by default a lot of dying.   On top of basic humanity, we have periodic epidemics that show no fear in taking the life from all walks and ages of life.  Some of that … [Read more...]

Rides of Tomorrowland

Travel into the fantasy world of the future in Tomorrowland where you can zoom through space, fight the Evil Emperor Zurg, take a drive in a sports car, submerge into depths unknown, and visit a galaxy far, far, away. Tomorrowland has been part of Disneyland since opening day on July 17, 1955. It was the last land to be finished and due to budget cuts only a few of its intended attractions were actually opened. Walt Disney was fascinated with the future and wanted to show the public how the … [Read more...]

Christmas Around the World Trees-Ronald Reagan Library Room Two

We continue our trip around the world with President Reagan in room two of the Christmas Around the World Trees exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library. Our first stop is in Portugal where President Reagan spoke at the National Assembly in Lisbon on May 9, 1985. The Portugal tree is surrounded with bright blue bulbs representing Portugal's stunning beaches and is sprinkled with snow and Angels. Portugal is one of the oldest countries in the world and Lisbon is one of the oldest cities … [Read more...]