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We honeymooned in Sorrento, Italy. It was the perfect honeymoon of sit by the pool, walk down to town to eat, take the bus back up to the hotel to sit by the pool again, walk down to town to eat, take the bus back up to the hotel. Notice, I didn’t say walk up? I don’t think it was Sorrento official or anything, but our hotel was the farthest hotel from… Read More

I spent the night in this dress, sandwiched in an economy class seat in a pressurized capsule that transported me across the Atlantic. In France, in the early morning hours, Paul lugged my suitcase up the narrow wooden steps to our third floor apartment, and I pulled up a chair to my favorite window in all of Paris. Here I’ve watched a man stop daily to feed the pigeons. I’ve watched young… Read More

Have you ever picked up the New York Times, read about a place, and told yourself that one day you’ll go there? Do you really mean it? Do you cut it out and save it and show it to anybody who will listen? “Read this. Doesn’t this sound great?” That’s Healdsburg. It didn’t happen right away. We read the article and two years or so later, we made it happen. We planned… Read More

One of the best ways to see San Francisco is with the tour company Vantigo. On the San Francisco City Tour, a Volkswagen bus picks you up right from your hotel to take you on a ride around Fog City. You’ll stop several times along the way to capture great photos while checking out Twin Peaks and the Golden Gate Bridge. Your driver will give you the full rundown of the history… Read More

They say the third time is a charm, and I think Paul and I agree, this trip to California wine country was the best one yet.  We did it all wrong the first time, improved upon it significantly the second time, and nailed it the third time.  While I don’t regret any of our travel adventures, we often learn from our experiences.  So, let’s recap: Trip #1-On our month-long cross country trip,… Read More

Impermanence  Part Two This was Shea Stadium. My wife and I took a  subway ride out to see it as it was being torn down. My father and I took that  same subway line to see the Mets play when  I was a child. As an adult, I got to return the favor and travelled the 7 line with  Dad to see many ball games. The stadium was another place holder of… Read More

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

On Tour! This gentleman was on a tour of an unknown variety in downtown Manhattan.  He looked bored with the tour guide’s information and was perhaps plotting his escape. A friend of mine and I did just that on a tour of Antwerp Belgium. The bus (God help me a bus tour) pulled up in front of a lace factory so we could all buy some souvenir lace to take home. Now… 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