Back in New York State

The beauty of feeling like I need a change of scenery in my life right now is that I can make it happen without too much difficulty. Sure I disliked departing the warm North Carolina sunshine, but I knew it was time to change venues and come spend time with my family and friends in…

Stopovers in Iceland with Icelandair

Did you know many airlines offer what’s called a stopover at no additional cost when you fly with them? Say you have a connection in a foreign city, which is a major hub for that airline, before reaching your final destination. Well, you can delay your connecting flight for several days to explore the layover…

this part sucks

I started writing this post one evening recently when I was feeling particularly miserable and sad for myself. Since then, I’ve felt a little bit silly of it because things could be so much worse. Everyone has their struggles and this current situation of mine isn’t really something many people are going to sympathize with….

Memorial Weekend & Family

I spent the recent Memorial Weekend here in the US doing exactly what I wanted. Laying on a beach, listening to the waves crashing and seagulls shrilling, being beckoned into the ocean water by my nephews. Sometimes I forget how much of a pisces I am, and just need a weekend near the water. Not…

Mary in Paris: The Sights

Now that you’ve seen/read about my visit to the Eiffel Tower and What I Ate, how about taking a tour around Paris with me to see some of the other sites? Paris is just as spectacular as you would imagine. Maybe even more so. Sometimes you get so hyped up about a place, which is…

Mary in Paris: The Eiffel Tower

Ahhh, Paris. What is the one thing that comes to mind when you think of Paris? Must be the Eiffel Tower. That stunning iron lattice structure which is undoubtedly the symbol of romance and architectural artistry. It is the one spot that cannot be missed on a girl’s first time in Paris. Am I right?…

Pubs of Southeast England

Samuel Pepys once said pubs are the heart of England. One of the absolutely quintessential experiences in the UK is to walk to your local pub and order a pint, maybe with a plate of fish and chips or bangers and mash; to meet your friends after work for a few; or to join your…

Chocolate Wasted at Cadbury World

Growing up on Pleasant Street in wee little West Winfield NY, many of my childhood weekends were spent watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the neighbors, the Danovitz’s, along with my sister and a large bowl of homemade popcorn. I have watched that movie as a child and adult no less than one…

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

Can you recall the fanciest moments of your life? My fanciest moment to date only just happened. And it obviously involved food. But it is an experience I will remember for a long time to come. ^^ R for Rosie! And for the Ritz I suppose To celebrate her impending nuptials, my new sister-in-law Rosie…

Churchill Downs

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” When you visit Louisville, you must go to Churchill Downs. Plain and simple. It does not matter what day of the week or time of year it happens to be. Although the timing of my visit was ideal because Derby weekend was only three weeks away, and serious…

Old Friends Become New Friends in Louisville

Visiting places that turn out to be nothing short of wonderful after mostly negative comments attached to them seems to be a theme with this adventure. That theme continued with Louisville, Kentucky, where I spent three days with my mom. For her, the road trip was two-fold, first she wanted a little ‘mom and me’…

The Reluctant Segway Tour

So Segways, huh? Is there a more comical mode of transporation? How much do you chuckle when you see a mall security guard cruising down corridors on one. Or a group of people taking a city tour on Segways, with their helmets and fanny packs securely fastened to their bodies. What is wrong with walking?…