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

Michelle here… Paul and I prefer downtown New York.  It’s quiet and narrow and our weekends often include walks from the East River to the Hudson.  There’s a little Four Points hotel on Platt Street that isn’t fancy, but simple, clean, and comfortable.  It’s our respite from my workdays, and we’ve come to call it ours.  Sometimes we also stay at the W, like we did this Friday, but I was relieved… Read More

The story behind this image is quite simple; I hijacked a photo shoot.  Michelle and I took a journey to California last summer. While in San Francisco, we signed up for a food tour of Chinatown.  We met our guide at the gates of this famous region and proceeded to eat in various restaurants throughout the neighborhood.  There are many beautifully crafted murals throughout the area.  I was lining up a picture… Read More

When I see clam strips on a menu, my memory takes me back to this building.  I also like to sneak an order in when Michelle isn’t looking. Most people recognize this place as the Robinson Ale House, but for me, it’s the Howard Johnson.  Its orange exterior has since been painted to take on its more modernized existence.  I remember it as the place my father and I went to eat… Read More

Asbury Park has gone through quite a renaissance over the past ten years.  There are not many places left that give you the feel of the old days in Asbury.  The Wonder Bar is one of the few places left untouched by the restoration projects. This image struck me as the tale of the little guy being engulfed by modernization.  A beacon of the past in the face of the giant new… Read More