Category Airbnb/VRBO

West Coast Spring 2019, Part Five

April 4 – 15 Our plan for the morning of our return to Oakland was to check out of the Airbnb around 11am and head over to the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park to tour that facility, but fate intervened in the way of a migraine headache Joanna developed soon after awakening. Normally one […]

West Coast Spring 2019, Part Three

April 4 – 15 After breakfast we drove the short distance into downtown Sacramento for our anticipated visit to the State Capital.  Imagine our surprise when we found a number of the streets surrounding the grounds closed to traffic and all of the nearby street parking spots shut down as well.  Dozens of canopies surrounding […]

West Coast Spring 2019, Part Two

April 4 – 15 With an afternoon to kill that Saturday we made our way to the 4th Street shopping district in Berkeley so that Kris could pick up glasses he’d ordered at Warby Parker and while the girls went off to take care of some shopping, Kris and I repaired to the Sierra Nevada […]

Florida in February – Miami, Part Three

February 6 – 20 With just the trip out to the Everglades planned for that last day we had a little time to kill in the morning and just before leaving town, stopped in at Cream Parlor for coffee and a snack.  It’s a cute place, decorated in a kitschy fashion and offering a varied […]

Florida in February – Miami, Part Two

February 6 – 20 I awoke the next morning with my back having returned to spasm mode, which meant we weren’t going to do a lot of walking.  We decided to take a combined bus and boat tour with the Miami Double Decker tour outfit.  Deciding to forgo navigating and parking the Highlander, we took […]

Florida in February – Tampa, Part Two

February 6 – 20 Our last day in the Tampa area would be a full one starting with the 60-minute drive to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.  Located on the downtown waterfront near 5th Avenue Southeast, Bayshore Drive, and Dan Wheldon Way, it houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe. The […]

Florida in February – Tampa, Part One

February 6 – 20 We’ve made a number of trips to Florida in the past, but all have been primarily to the northern part of the state (Tallahassee and Fernandina Beach).  Deciding to follow the path of snowbirds, we thought it might be fun to spend a month traveling throughout the state and enjoy its […]

The Holidays 2019, Part Two

December 20 – January 7 The next morning, we met Heather for breakfast at another longstanding favorite, Maxwell’s near the Marina del Rey.  Here is a review I wrote about it back in 2014: I’ve been going to Maxwell’s Cafe since the 1980’s and have always enjoyed the food.  Not the cheapest or the most […]

The Holidays 2019, Part One

December 20 – January 7 The lead up to our trip to the west coast for the holidays would be convoluted; we’d end up changing our flights twice, incurring painful re-booking costs, all ultimately worthwhile as it gave us extra days with folks we like.  The last change bumped up our departure to the Thursday […]

New Orleans 2019 – Part Three

October 19 – 24 With nothing formal on the agenda for Sunday we had a lazy morning as those who’d hit Igor’s the night before took a bit longer to greet the day that the others.  We decided to head back over to the French Quarter to walk around and find somewhere to eat, using […]