Archive for March, 2017

I think we packed a lot in on our San Francisco trip.  It was much colder than I anticipated so we bought sweatshirts than we were fine.  We saw a lot of other tourists who must of experienced the same.  I bet sweatshirts sell well in SF!!!  🙂

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We stayed at a hostel and although it was decent and a super nice staff, I would not stay there again.  Outside the hostel, were too many aggressive homeless.  I have never seen that before and it was rather shocking.  One being very aggressive even made it into the lobby !  I’ve seen homeless everywhere but not really going after people.

https://www.hiusa.org/hostels/california/san-francisco/downtown

Besides that, we had a wonderful stay.   Here is a lineup of our activities.  We loved Dylan’s Tours and that’s how we got to a lot of these things.

https://www.dylanstours.com/

The streetcar ride  ( a must )

Fisherman’s Wharf & the Seals

Alcatraz

Pacific Heights

Day trip to Monterey/CarmelPebble Beach  (very nice and beautiful scenery)

Golden Gate Bridge

Suausalito /Muir Woods  (BEAUTIFUL)

Haight Ashbury

SF Fog (hey it’s an attraction too!  🙂

For your viewing pleasure photos of our first trip to SF.  Last year, I went to a lot of places for the first time.  Gosh I love that !  Exploration 🙂  San Francisco has many things to offer.  Go ahead a treat yourself !

I think pictures speak louder than words so here are some more !

It’s vital to have comfy shoes here.  Next time, I will bring more warm things!

(watch there be a massive heatwave)

After a great trip in the hot summer, I returned again in November.  This time with my mother who had herself a glorious time.   A cold front had hit Nashville and it was extremely cold not what I remotely expected.   We stayed at the hostel that I used in August.  Mom liked it a lot.  I was very surprised !

https://www.nashvilledowntownhostel.com/

This time I mainly went into bar after bar.  I had Mom listening at the door and if she liked what she heard, we went in to possibly find a seat.  It does get very crowded.  Sometimes we were lucky.   There was a Marine’s ball in Nashville so we met lots and lots of them and they all looked so nice and the ladies gowns were beautiful.  I took lots of pics of Mom well because she is Mom.  🙂   Her knee gave her problems and we had to put on her brace but that didn’t stop her for a minute !   The trip was too short.  I did not get to take her to any of the museums or Grand Ole Opry.

We do plan on coming back !!!

 

Exploring Nashville On your Own

Posted: March 28, 2017 in Travel

 

FUN FUN TRIP !!!

This is a brief report on my first trip to Nashville.  I went solo because I had the time & there was a hostel in Nashville.   Hostels are a great way to meet other travelers.  I returned in November with my Mom and I will post that trip report next.   I had a WONDERFUL time!!!  Nashville has something for everyone.

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Highlights of my trip:

*Ryman Auditorium tour (Original Grand Ole Opry*)  A must do !!!

*Johnny Cash Museum*  I had a crush on him when I was a little girl. (had tears in my eyes at the end of the tour)

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Just go for it !!!

I’m behind in my trip reports and am trying to catch up with them now.  I decided Niagara Falls was going to be my destination on a solo trip.  Honeymoon capital or not, this girl is going to explore and see something amazing.  Always budget conscious I decided on a hostel.  Don’t be shy.  Don’t miss out on anything when you have the opportunity.

“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.  (Anonymous)

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My hostel Gorge View:  http://www.gorgeview.net/   (Wonderful stay)

Highlights:

*Seeing the Niagara falls of course
*Crossing the bridge and exploring the Canadian side
*Visiting the Old Fort Niagara & met a ghost
(googled in trolley while shaking to see if I was crazy) I wasn’t !!!
*The Maid of the Mist boat tour is amazing
*The Fireworks
*Lots of walking

More photographs:

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I’ll be honest, that’s what sealed the deal for me to head to New Orleans for Memorial Day.  I MISS THAT SHOW!   It catches a spirit that I admire in people & places.  I wanted to see if it was real, this New Orleans spirit especially after what happened with Katrina.

My accommodations: Auberge NOLA

Affordable price & location.  I was in a six-person female dorm room.  The place is great and clean as a whistle.  The staff was super friendly and the guests just made it all the more better! The courtyard was a great place to socialize.  I would definitely return.

http://www.aubergenola.com/room-pictures.html

 

Places I explored:

The Garden District   (beautiful)

The French Quarter  (only the first few blocks are a smelly affair)

Lafayette Cemetery  (gorgeous)

Frenchmen street & miles and miles of walking.

Algiers Ferry

Tours I used:

Free Tours by Foot  (French Quarter & Garden District)

Free Tours by Foot

Save Our Cemeteries  (dedicated to the preservation)  Very important!!!

Save Our Cemeteries

I fell madly in love while in New Orleans.  Matter of fact, I still keep thinking about it and often daydream about jumping on a plane going back for more.

Grilled Oysters….why is the whole world not grilling oysters right in the fire?

Heaven……

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Who had the best?  THE BEST?

Hands down Drago’s !!!  If there is a line it’s still worth the wait.  They gave us a voucher to an upstairs bar and a free drink till our table was called.

http://www.dragosrestaurant.com/

Food scenes

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Random NOLA and the cool things you see along the way….

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