Welcome to my blog about my recent adventure abroad. I traveled through Amsterdam and got to experience the amazing Amadeus Imperial. My first stop in my vacation was to Amsterdam. Read below to follow along on my journey.
Flights in Premium Economy on Delta worked like clockwork. I flew from Ontario, CA, to Seattle, where I met up with my friend Elizabeth and flew from Seattle to Amsterdam. No masks were required, and few folks were wearing them. Both flights were packed with no extra seats so they had offers of mileage credits and money to change your flights.
We arrived in Amsterdam to find very upbeat and energetic people. We took a cab to the W Hotel. The hotel has an excellent location and is split across the street into two components. On the exterior, it is a lovely traditional building. It has been updated inside; they painted every hallway wall grey. Rooms are spacious, beds are comfortable, and the vibe is ultra-modern with electrically controlled shades and very stark contemporary artwork. Little phrases are on walls, shower doors, windows, etc., throughout. Check-in is on the 6th Floor, along with the bar and their rooftop pool called Wet.
The W has a Michelin Star restaurant called the Dutchess which we had secured a reservation through OpenTable before departing the States for the evening. The staff is great, and the food is offered in a “share with your table guests” style. The wine list is very inclusive. The presentation of the food was exquisite, and the dessert was a tabletop show. Homemade Lemon Ice-cream hand churned right at your table with liquid nitrogen to freeze it. I would highly recommend it.
Brandy here! This holiday break I decided to take a trip into some nature and enjoy the outdoors. I stayed in Bishop, CA and explored the area. Some of the magical places I travelled to were Convict Lake, June Lake, the Mammoth Hot Springs and Mammoth Mountain. If you were not up for essential work or were an essential worker getting a hotel room was near impossible.
First up, Convict Lake. The water was icy and snow surrounded the banks. The mountain line was beautiful and breathing in the fresh air was needed. Next up was June Lake. A quaint little town nestled up a mountain road was the epitome of a small town Christmas experience. The lake was frozen over which left room for me to explore the show and marsh area with nobody else around.
Next were the Hot Springs. I went twice and got to sit in the baths in peace and enjoy nature and the snow melting from the rocks into the pools. The second night I was lucky enough to experience the "Christmas Star" through the hot spring tubs over the mountain range, along with some comets shooting through the skies. It was a memorable experience that was needed after these long months of being at home. Tip for anyone going - don't forget your water!
Finally, I explored the snowboard and ski resort on the mountain which was bustling with people. Mammoth did a great job requiring masks at all times, and would even revoke mountain passes for anyone seen without their mask on when not directly eating or drinking something. I got to enjoy some crisp apple cider in the snow and had the time to explore Mammoth Village and shop small to support the area. All in all, this trip was something very special and much needed.
One of our very own got to explore China, Japan and Korea last year and had the time of her life. She explored numerous beautiful temples and got to see visit numerous cities including Seoul Korea and Tianjin China. In one of the pictures you can see a place that rents out authentic Asian clothing for tourists to wear and in another see some of the authentic food carts on the streets and beautiful displays of flowers throughout the cities. Some key landmarks she experienced in her travels include the Great Wall of China, the Seoul Palace, and Shimizu Port. Check out these pictures below!
Hi, It's Lynn. Not being able to travel has been difficult but we’ve found safe and effective ways to get out, help local economies, and see the state. We wear our masks and practice social distancing. We make sure where we are going isn’t crowded and others, if anybody is around, are being safe as well. Family or personal road trips are the best way to get around right now and see local areas in your state!
Below are pictures of myself and my family at Justin Cellars in Pasa Robles. Justin Cellars is world renown and the wine options are stellar. They offer a lovely tour of the vicinity and gives you the chance to explore the vineyards. They planted the vineyards in 1981 and have been making wines for over 30 years. Scott Shirley, the current wine maker, has been making wine their for over 13 years. At the restaurant they offer farm-to-table food options as well as a beautiful crafted and wonderfully tasting charcuterie board to pair with your Bordeaux-style wine blends. If you're an avid fan of theirs, they have a wine society for you to join.
If you look at my personal pictures below you can see that I was staying safe as no others were even close to us! We had pretty much the patio to ourselves and the view was beautiful.
Next on our wine tour was Daou Vineyards which was also incredible! The wine tasting was amazing and social distancing was again in full effect. We had the opportunity to try their home-made olive oil as well which was unbelievable. Daou wines does a fabulous job of mixing their two cultures together with both French and Lebanese style food and wines. The brothers, who own the winery, offer wines dedicated to their Lebanese roots and French home. On top of wine, they make a wonderful olive oil based off of their own personal love for their grandfathers olive grove they used to visit as a child. Daou puts a strong emphasis on the entire wine tasting experience such as entertainment, comfort and hospitality. Each summer they throw a gala that lasts an entire weekend with cirque-style entertainment and amazing wine and food options to share. Daou also offers a membership option for anyone wanting to join the Daou club.
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Welcome back to my Australia series. Today’s adventure is all about Sean climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge while Mike and I watched from on the ground. This bridge has numerous different climb options one can choose from depending on the thrill level someone wants to experience. Sean of course chose the highest point to climb nd got a stunning view of the Sydney Harbour, including the Opera House.
Up next we went to the WA Surf Gallery at the Aravina Estate Winery In Margaret River. Not only were there surfboards and pictures of the area but there were classic cars as well. Each artifact has its own unique story and place in history. From surfboards rode and crafted by famous surfers, to classic cars that once carried surfers and their boards to the ocean, this museum has something for everyone.
According to their own website, "The WA Surf Gallery will be the first and only official collection of surfing memorabilia in Western Australia, ideally located in one of the nation’s most iconic surfing spots."
Newly added to the gallery are never before seen photos of surfers and the surf culture by photographers Greg Woodward and Ric Chan. Each photograph is a look back at history.
My Australia adventure continues. This time we went to Busselton Jetty in the Margaret River Area. Busselton reminds us of our very own Huntington Beach! They hold surf competitions just like the US Open. The clear waters were a sight to see as we stood out watching the waves crash along the beach while the surfers rode in. We read the local plaques on historical events and got to take a stroll down the pier. Besides an above ground tour of the island, there was also an underwater observatory to explore the natural sea life in their homes. Before our journey back to Perth, we stopped by the Goose Cafe for coffee and food.