Summer has arrived! Time for vacays and to get out there and explore this beautiful earth! Lately I’ve been reminiscing about one of the best travel themes I’ve done to date; my “Botanical Bonanza” of a year, visiting gorgeous floral and foliage destinations in the U.S (and Japan)! The gloriousness of the earth candy that awaited me was nothing short of spectacular. What a gorgeous year… Continue reading “My Botanical Bonanza Travel Year”
Now this park is something else! I actually have mixed feelings about this park. On the one hand, there are so many cool and unique things to see and do. There is a mile-long attraction list + even more food places and shows. However, it’s almost too much. It lacks the the classic elegance of Disneyland because they jammed so much theme into a small space. It is sensory overload. Often times I thought to myself… “I see what you’re trying to do here, and it mostly works, but something is still off.” I think they could have toned it down a bit, but at the same time… it was SO MUCH FUN to explore. Continue reading “Disney Bucket List – Tokyo DisneySea”
This was an absolute dream come true. I made it to Tokyo Disneyland! As if seeing the peak cherry blossom bloom wasn’t enough, now I’m continuing to check off a MAJOR lifelong bucket list item which is to visit all the Disney parks around the world. It is a phenomenal place but it is the most crowded Disney park in the world. Luckily, I researched the heck out of it and went with a plan. There are tons of great, really in-depth blog posts about Tokyo Disney. I recommend reading a lot of them so you can prepare yourself. From my visit, here are some insights and recommendations on what to see, what to do, what to eat and how to go about it all. Continue reading “Disney Bucket List – Tokyo Disneyland”
What can I say about Osaka, Himeji and Hiroshima? Delicious, historic, beautiful and significant. I was greeted with more amazing blossoms, but as I headed West the trip became shorter and more focused on squeezing in a few of the historical highlights before I headed home. The most significant being Hiroshima, the target site of the first nuclear bomb ever used in war. Continue reading “Japanese Cherry Blossom Season! Part 3: Osaka, Himeji & Hiroshima”
Kyoto is the ultimate location to be when cherry blossoms are in season. The pale pink blossoms style the ancient temples, parks and canals like piped pink frosting. The contrast of red and pink against a blend of old woods, stone, ancient streets and manicured parks is absolutely striking. I was again treated to a peak bloom visit and saw the best places to soak in these fleeting beauties. Continue reading “Japanese Cherry Blossom Season! Part 2: Kyoto”
This was the trip that launched a thousand trips. July 14th 2015 – five days after finishing chemo, against my Dr’s wishes, we hit the road! The real point of this trip was to see Vancouver, but why not take a 21 hour drive to get there. And why not squeeze in Yellowstone while I’m at it.
I have done a large part of this trip before when I was in high school. It was calling to me again. There is nothing like the Pacific Northwest! This time I wanted to do all I had seen and more, with a glass of wine in hand this time around. Continue reading “The Trip That Launched 1000 Trips”