Look at it as an Adventure

This morning, I came across this video: Ten Roads You Would Never Want to Drive On. It reminded me of many of the roads I’ve been on in my travels.

–the narrow and winding mountain roads with no guardrails in Mexico and several European countries that seem especially treacherous on a large tour bus

–roads that wash out in minutes during the rainy season in India

–the street that has a seventy-five degree incline and a stop sign at the peak of the hill, in Quincy, Florida

Let the adventures continue!

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Lake Lure

Fall is a wonderful time to visit the mountains: the air is crisp but not too cold, the water is still and peaceful, and the foliage is brilliant.

November is at the end of the fall season, so many might think this would not be the optimum time for a trip to the mountains. It could be too late to see the turning of the leaves and too early for a saturation of snow.

This year I decided to go to Lake Lure, North Carolina for Thanksgiving. I am glad I did. We stayed at the historic and beautiful Lake Lure Inn and Spa, built in 1927.

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As you can tell from the photograph, the weather was bright. Early mornings were between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit, while days were in the mid to high 60’s.

Each year the Inn hosts a very generous Thanksgiving buffet. In addition to the four meats at the carving station (beef roast, ham, pork tenderloin, and turkey), this year’s buffet included baked haddock, bacon wrapped scallops, twenty four feet of warm side dishes, salads and other cold sides, and an array of desserts.

Parts of the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed on the property and F. Scot Fitzgerald often stayed in room 316. It is a lovely walk around the lake and the area is quaint. You are only a few minutes from Chimney Rock and about an hour from Asheville, where you can visit Biltmore and the trendy  downtown shops.

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Luray and the Caverns

Last week, I visited Luray, Virginia with my mother, oldest daughter, and two beautiful granddaughters.  The small town is located in Shenandoah Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Luray is a quaint town that has held tightly to it’s country charm.

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When I was in South Africa, I saw this goat house…

But I have never seen goats in trees…

Tree goats in Morocco.  Filmed by Michael Chinnici

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Car Museum – Tallahassee

I visit Florida at least once a year and often drive past the Car Museum.  With each passing, I pronounce, “I’m going in there one day!”  Well, this was the day.  There is a lot more in this museum than cars, although they do have quite a collection of cars including the Batman cars used in film.  Here are a few of the things you can see…

There is also a knife collection, grand piano collection, gun/rifle collection, early engines, old cards, and toy cars.  I’m sure I’ve left something out.

It was fun looking for the automobiles that were popular during specific periods in my life and the life of my parents.  The first typewriter my family owned was there.  Wow.  Am I so old parts of my life are museum worthy?  I must admit, it was fun to reminisce.


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Le Méridien, Phuket Beach Resort

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Although this is a hotel chain, it was pure luxury, relaxation, and personal service.  I only spent four days here, but they were fabulous.  I had a different spa treatment each day.  The wonderful people working here went out of … Continue reading

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Move over Stone Cold Creamery

In Thailand they actually make the ice cream right in front of you.  If you can’t get to Thailand right away, the Ice Pan, in Las Vegas, uses this Thai process.

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