Day Trip to Giverny, and Monet’s Inspiring Gardens

Day 4 for the Casual Tourists started with a 6 a.m. alarm. Our train to Giverny departed at 7:30 a.m. and we were meeting up with a friend we had made on our last visit to Paris. Florent was at the train station awaiting our arrival. Bonjour and two cheek kisses later we were strolling…

Eiffel Tower Still Spectacular on a Cloudy Day

    When the alarm goes off on day three in Paris, Ron and I roll over and look at each other and give permission to hit snooze. Maybe we hit it more than once. We meandered down the street and hit up a boulangerie. Croissants and baguette are pretty much a daily staple for…

Versailles Gardens Worth the Second Trip

Our first trip to Versailles was a lesson in so many things – the opulence and concept of ridiculous lavishness in the 17th century; how influenced a king was by Greek mythology; how many miles I could actually walk in one day; the lack of public bathrooms in a giant palace that sees hundreds of thousands…

Destination: Paris!

After our last visit to Paris in 2015, Ron and I knew that we needed to return. We just had no idea it would be so soon. When my supervisor let me know that roundtrip tickets to Europe hit an incredible low back in November, I quickly opted to take a break and book tickets. (She…

Empire States Building’s City View Doesn’t Disappoint

If you have read my “Things that ROCK in New York City”  post, you know that I am a fan of art deco architecture. Well the Empire State Building did not fail to disappoint in architecture, or views. It’s art deco detailing was magnificent. Like this dedication plaque inlayed in the marble walls: If you aren’t…

UnBELIEVEable Macy’s in NYC

I was born a Macy’s shopper. I really don’t remember my first Macy’s experience, but I don’t remember ever NOT shopping at Macy’s. My very first credit card was a red Macy’s card when I was 16. I even worked at Macy’s part-time in college. And who doesn’t remember watching Miracle on 34th Street during…

Things That ROCK in New York City

This post is going to Rock your world! Well, maybe not, but if you love New York City or just want a glimpse at a day exploring in one small area, I will give you a small peek at Radio City Music Hall, some trivia about the Rockettes and some of their amazing costumes, a quick…

New York City Stimulates Learning with Museum of Sex

Roaming around New York as a solo traveler has its advantages. When you are roaming around and see something that piques your curiosity, well you pony up the $17.50 and check it out and you don’t have to worry about someone else not liking your choice of destination. That is how I spent a couple…

Putting This MoM in MoMA, a New York Dream Come True!

There are so many things to do in New York City it is mind boggling. I was there for more than a week on my visit, and there were too many things left undone. Just another reason to go back! One stop that I had to make during this visit — the Museum of Modern…

Chicago’s Field Museum to Host Jurassic World Exhibit

My recent posts have been about my trip to Chicago. This morning I saw an article about a new exhibit coming to the Field Museum and had to share! If you are Chicago bound, or a Jurassic Park enthusiast, you are in for a treat with the upcoming exhibit JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION. Read all…