So sad to see our home away from home suffering.

Impermanence  Part One   I lost my father in 2002. Fort Monmouth, my Dad’s workplace, was the military base near my hometown. In 2005 it was slated for closure by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Many of the buildings are being torn down including this one. The Hexagon, as it was known, was a place shrouded in mystery for me. My Dad’s work was classified and thus I was never allowed… Read More

This image was made from the Governor’s Island Oyster bar. As a child I always imagined about the lives of the people taking the Staten Island Ferry. They must all work in Manhattan, but who are they? Are they going home? Another job? Headed to dinner with loved ones? Facing a lonely microwaved dinner in front of the television? These thoughts still pass through my mind when I see these ships. Enjoy… Read More

Umbrellas in New York…   Have you ever tried to walk through New York City while wielding an umbrella? This may seem like a fairly easy task, but I have never managed to accomplish the art in any graceful manner. I’m always bumping into other umbrellas, splashing water on myself, or getting stuck in doorways as I try to close the thing! I’ve also come close to losing an eyeball from other… Read More

This is one of our favorite memories from San Francisco.  We took a tour on a Volkswagen bus with the company Vantigo.  The bus takes you all over the city and you get to see stellar views like this one.  We highly recommend this tour when visiting San Francisco, but we can’t promise that you won’t want to go in search of buying your own bus and living the van life afterwards…. Read More

It’s Christmas time in the city, and Paul and I made sure to kick off the holiday season with a Seastreak cruise into downtown New York.  We’re committed to getting our SPG stays in before January 1, and the city gives us plenty of opportunity to move between hotels and rack up our stays.  We enjoyed a stellar upgrade at the W Downtown on Friday night.  They gave us a luxurious corner… Read More

This is my Paris.   Several years ago, Paul and I rented an apartment in the 1st Arrondissement of the beautiful city of Paris.  We stayed for the entire month of July.  If you travel back in time on our blog, you can find many posts about our experience and learn about how it significantly changed our lives for the better.   This weekend angry protesters lit the Champs Elysees ablaze in… Read More

This week’s photos are just a glimpse of our recent getaway.  Early this morning, frigid Philadelphia welcomed us home for winter.  For the last few days, we soaked up the sun in 84 degrees of Miami heat and returned to the shivering 48 degree reality of waiting for The Parking Spot shuttle to find us in Zone 3, Terminal A.  They found us, shivering with just a touch of glow left over… Read More

Last August, Paul and I took a trip to California.  It was one of those trips that I so badly wanted and needed, but I was so torn about taking.  My mom was ill, and I wasn’t completely sold on jetting off to the other side of the country for a week.  Paul convinced me that everything would be okay and that if I needed to, I could hop on a plane… Read More

Paul took this photo of Lady Liberty on the ferry ride back to Manhattan after an afternoon on Governor’s Island. Governor’s Island has become our go-to place for fun in the city.  The short ferry ride costs $3 a person, which guarantees incredible views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.  Once there, we recommend renting a bicycle and cruising around the island.  Afterwards, grab a seat at Island Oyster to bask… Read More