Exploring Santa Cruz California

Santa Cruz boardwalk merry go round

Santa Cruz Santa Cruz is a town located at the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about an hour south of San Jose. It is known primarily for its beach, its surfing, and its university. It has plenty of places to stroll, relax and people watch. The Beach Boardwalk is home to an amusement area with [Read more …]

Seattle Washington Hotels

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This post is a compilation of the hotels we have stayed at in Seattle Washington over the years. W Seattle 2021: We used our points to stay at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle for our 5-night stay (when you use points, you get the 5th night free). The hotel is very conveniently located 1 [Read more …]

Port Townsend Washington

Jefferson County Courthouse

The Olympic Peninsula is a scenic peninsula just 2 hours east of Seattle Washington. It is filled with steep, glacier-clad mountains, a conifer rain forest, rushing streams, and waterfalls. Most of its area is wilderness and is devoted to Olympic National Park. We began our trip to the area with a stop to one of [Read more …]

Sitka Alaska

Sitka Saint Michael

This is our third trip to Alaska. We first visited Alaska in 1980. As budget-minded tourists, we used the Alaskan ferry system to travel around to the various areas we wanted to visit. Our second visit was in 2011 where we revisited some favorite spots as well as some new ones. Travel Itinerary: The Alaskan [Read more …]

Vail Colorado

Slackline demonsration

Vail Colorado is in Eagle County in Colorado. At over 8,000 feet it is home to the highest ski mountain in Colorado. It is not one of our favorite towns. We are not skiers and we tend to not like these types of tourist cities. But the Swiss-themed city is conveniently located for when we [Read more …]

Aspen Colorado

Hotel Jerome

Aspen Colorado is a place we continually return to. We love the small town and, especially the hiking in the area. We were last there in 2014 and decided that it was time to return. Aspen was originally a mining town. The Federal government repealed a law in 1893 that had required the government to [Read more …]

Denver Colorado 2021

Capital Hill Mansion B&B

Denver Colorado is the main place to fly into from San Francisco if you are heading to the Colorado mountains. In June 2021, we managed to hit the city during one of its hot spells, with temperatures around 100. Having only a single afternoon in the central city area didn’t give us a lot of [Read more …]

Lizard Island Australia

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Another wonderful memory. Until we can travel again. We came to Australia’s Barrier Reef primarily to revisit one of the most memorial places and magical places we have ever visited: Lizard Island. To get there, we had to take a small plane from Cairns. Flying to Lizard Island What a hardship…to spend one hour trapped [Read more …]

Bruges—From Fishing Village to Tourist Mecca

Bruges - Swans

The Rise of Bruges Belgium Bruges Belgium began as a small fishing village in the 2nd century AD. As citizens began raising sheep. the village evolved into a trading port around wool exports, and increasingly around the cloth that it wove. While it initially traded with a growing number of communities, it was vulnerable to [Read more …]

Beaune France

Beaune Town Hall or Hotel de Ville

What’s not to love about visiting France’s Burgundy Region? We love its foods, its wines and its atmosphere. We were last there 7 years ago and it was time to get back. Beaune France is the largest city that is specifically in the Burgundy Wine Region. It is also one of our favorite small French [Read more …]