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.

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.

The streetcar ride  ( a must )

Fisherman’s Wharf & the Seals


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 !

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



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)


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:   (Wonderful stay)


*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:


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.


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!!!

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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?



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.

Food scenes

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