Chicago Charm

My brother Shawn, nephew Branden and I took a trip to Chicago over a weekend. For all my travels, I actually had never been to Chicago city proper (just the outskirts). We saw all the sites, like Grant Park, Downtown, Hyde Park, and the beaches of North Shore. I found the city to be a

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Post-Election Gloom in Manhattan

I took a quick jaunt back to my favorite city NYC for Veteran’s Day weekend. This was another solo trip. I took my usual 8am flight on American direct into JFK except that we got delayed on the tarmac by an hour. So by the time I got to the airport, and through the subway

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Review: Hotel Monterey (Spa)

Kyoto, Japan  30th May 2017 Having just come from Tokyo where I had a room that was only about $175/night or less and basically was a suite it was so huge, I was just mentally not prepared for the size of the rooms at this hotel. At first, it was so small I literally was […]

Review: Hotel M’s Est Shijo Karasuma

Kyoto, Japan  30th May 2017 Having just come from Tokyo where I had a room that was only about $175/night or less and basically was a suite it was so huge, I was just mentally not prepared for the size of the rooms at this hotel. At first, it was so small I literally was

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Review: Shinjuku Granbell Hotel

Tokyo, Japan (Shinjuku ward) 25th May 2017 I can’t say enough good things about the Shinjuku Granbell hotel. You have to look hard to find things wrong with this hotel. I spent 4 nights in this hotel over Memorial day weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to preface this review by stating that I’ve

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San Francisco & Wine Country Trip

San Francisco was the first city that my husband and I visited together as a couple. So on our 10th anniversary we thought it’d make for a quick trip back to revisit that first experience. In addition to that very first trip with him, I’ve actually been to San Francisco and the bay area many

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