Fairytale castles, historic vineyards, charming villages, rich history, spectacular panoramas, majestic mountain landscapes...
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Rhine River Wine Cruise - Fall 2022
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Discover the USA... Christopher's RIDE IN COMFORT Suggestions
Suggested Itinerary: COASTAL MAINE
Monday, March 8, 2021
Go Active Itinerary Suggestion: CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY
ITINERARY SUGGESTION: CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY: Napa & Sonoma Vineyards, Redwoods & Pacific Coast
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Local Alaskan Food is Fabulous!
Every meal on this trip has been delicious and locally sourced yummies. Last night's dinner was just beyond delicious!
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Possible Event Space for 2020 Presentations
I'm looking at doing multiple events in 2020 and fell in love with this location near Geist. Daniel's Vineyard is a great space and offers a terrific tastings menu, let alone their Cellar Club. If you're local to the Indianapolis area and need a venue for a cool corporate outing or event, you should check them out and their fun menu of event options. Or just grab some friends and go relish an evening of enjoyment together. #danielsvineyard #wine #winery
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Suggested Itinerary: Western Australia's THE KIMBERLEY Region
The Kimberley awaits!
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
This & That from the Outback
Living in the land down under... it's just another condiment option at every hotel's breakfast bar! Spread it THINLY on toast. Never overdo it!
It's another warm one here in the NT, and at 4pm we're still not to the day's top temperature. But it's a dry heat so it's tolerable. Add the humidity that comes in the summer and it would just be miserable. For now, we're all staying hydrated and are as clear and copious as possible, moving into the shade whenever possible, keeping our sunnies on, and regularly applying the suncream. This Scouter has been helping ensure that we've all been just fine.
And below is a compilation of signs from our hike yesterday in Maguk... ALWAYS pay attention to your surroundings! Crocs can be anywhere. And most important...whatever you do...
♫ never smile at a crocodile, no you can't get friendly with a crocodile... ♫
In the afternoon we arrived at Nitmiluk National Park and our Lodge for the night. We went over to the boat launch to enjoy a cruise and hike between two of the 13 gorges that make up Katherine Gorge (two cruise experiences with a hike between each gorge to get from boat to boat). It was a nice and relaxing time after much go, go, go the past few days. Not much wildlife but we did see our first freshwater crocodile.
After our two-gorge cruise and hike, we hiked back to the first gorge and were picked up by the dinner boat and then enjoyed a nice, three-course candlelight dinner cruise back through the first gorge. What an amazing adventure that was! Our own real-life "jungle cruise" has happened multiple times and in multiple ways this week. I love it. Plus, while I couldn't get great photos of them, last night was our first time to be in total darkness, and enjoy a beautifully decorated starry sky! It was simply stunning. So many wonderful experiences that you too could enjoy here in the top end of Australia's outback. And at the end of the evening, though my camera didn't capture them very well, the starfield was incredible as there was absolutely zero light pollution in the gorge. Stunning to enjoy looking at, for certain!
Friday, October 4, 2019
Happy 49th to Me as I Spend the Day at the Happiest Place on Earth!
My 49th at Disneyland
As a kid, I always began my day in the park in this space, and then worked my way around. Today I'm headed to a whole new world to start my grand circle tour of this amazing place. Going to get my Han Solo fix and see the Millennium Falcon first.
Single Rider plus right at opening means on the second flight of the morning! That was an awesome experience. I will be doing this one again later!
I've popped across the esplanade to Disney California Adventure and am now just hanging out with my favorite visionary dreamer and the Mouse. I love how this statue is accessible and makes for a great photo spot, unlike the more famous Partners statue in the hub over at Disneyland which is in the center of a large planter and completely inaccessible to guests. I got a similar photo to this one though when we got to visit the Walt Disney Studios for an awesome tour a couple of years ago, as the Partners statue found there is completely accessible in the Courtyard, just as this Dreamers statue is at DCA.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Ice Cream...it's What's for Lunch!
When on vacation, it's what's for lunch. The Earthquake...Not for the faint of heart, it just a couple people. Serves up to 8. Your choice of 8 flavors and 8 toppings. (Not as sickening as the Kitchen Sink at Beaches & Cream, either.)
Friday, March 17, 2017
Sandals' St Patrick's Day Sale!
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Ireland Here I Come!! A Compilation of Thoughts About The Trip - Day One...Travel & Arrival - Before the FAM Begins
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Say Hola to Cuba in 2017
Saturday, August 13, 2016
I LOVE Fresh Alaskan Salmon!!
Fresh Alaskan salmon bake onboard was a fantastic final lunch for this voyage! Yummmmm-my! Served buffet style with a nice assortment of salads, sides, and a delicious apple pie.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Dining at the Carthay Circle Restaurant
Recently I dined for the very first time at the Carthay Circle Restaurant inside Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland® Resort. I was there for an Earmarked Agent Education Program, and they treated us to a wonderful meal before heading over to the Paradise Pier area for our viewing of World of Color. Our menu was pre-selected for us with appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert, though we could choose between three different entrees.
Here's what I enjoyed:
- Signature Fried Biscuits stuffed with white cheddar, bacon, jalapeno, and apricot honey.
- Carthay Circle Salad with heirloom apples, roasted walnuts, winter greens, bacon, dates, and creamy citrus vinaigrette.
- Choice of entree: I went with the Angus beef Delmonico, with chipotle sweet potatoes, bacon, and onion ketchup.
- Chocolate Cookies n Cream Cake with winter orange chantilly (but I was too full to partake of that - a couple of bites only. Good but heavy).
Dinner at the Carthay Circle was so very good and so very filling. It was a nice touch for our hosts to enjoy a delicious meal. It's definitely not what most people think of when they think of eating inside theme parks!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Konk Kooler - You Can Make Them At Home!
This refreshing concoction of light and dark rum is the signature drink on Castaway Cay, a stop on every Disney Cruise Line Caribbean itinerary.
- 1/2 ounce dark rum
- 3/4 ounce light rum
- 1-ounce passion fruit juice
- 1 ounce pina colada mix
- 1-ounce orange juice
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Serve in a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a wedge of tropical fruit.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Featured Foto Friday - New Castles in the Magic Kingdom
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Tuesday Trivia - Game Time
Friday, March 15, 2013
Featured Foto Friday - Splitsville - New Fun at Downtown Disney
Splitsville is the exciting new activity at Walt Disney World. Located in the Downtown Disney West Side, just steps away from DisneyQuest and Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba, it's a modern twist on an American classic - the bowling alley. It features 50,000 square feet of retro-decor, covering 2 levels, and includes 30 lanes, food (including 2 different sushi bars), live music, billiards, dancing and outdoor patio dining. Splitsville certainly is NOT your father's bowling alley!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Saturday Savers - Saving While Onboard Ship
- iPads…you can use your iPad on a cruise ship, but keep in mind you do not want to stay logged onto your account while typing up an email. iPads are generally designed to be used only while connected to the Internet, using your webmail instead of an email program, for example. The same is true of workstations in a cruise ship's Internet center.
- Laptops… these will give you the ability to sign on only long enough to pick up new email messages. You can then compose your replies offline and then sign on again long enough to send them. Laptops also give you a place to offload your digital camera pictures in memory so you can shoot more pictures.
- Cell phones… if you take a cell phone onboard never use it to access the Internet. You will have to pay a data roaming charge that will generally cost about $5 per megabyte. Your cell phone should have an option to disable "data roaming" which you must use. The best thing to do with your cell phone, is to turn it off once you set sail and don’t turn it back on again until you return to your home port. Once you leave port, even before getting to international waters, you will be roaming, and international roaming is very expensive with the various cell providers. If you must have cell phone access while onboard – it would be cheaper to invest in an international cell phone, and simply keep it for all trips that take you to international destinations than to use your regular cell phone.
- Texting… here is another warning regarding text messages. Even with data roaming turned off be very careful of incoming text messages. If someone sends you a picture by text message and you open it, you will be charged the data roaming rate even if you have data roaming turned off; the cost of data roaming on a cruise ship is $25 per megabyte or higher.