Category Airbnb/VRBO

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 […]

New Orleans 2019 – Part Two

October 19 – 24 Properly hydrated, we met up with the girls and walked to Jackson Square for the start of our private tour with Dave from NOLA Tour Guy.  Having enjoyed a walking tour of the French Quarter during our last visit in 2016:(https://wordpress.com/post/3jmann.com/3389) and I hoped that our group would enjoy one as […]

New Orleans 2019 – Part One

October 19 – 24 As mentioned in the last post, we hit heavy traffic coming into Baton Rouge, caused by construction and a reduction in the number of available lanes combined with merging traffic from other highways, the perfect storm.  We moved along while entering New Orleans but observing the traffic going the other way, […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Summary

May 14 – August 19 We’ve had a good run since our first long trip in 2014, completing 3 trips of 3-months or longer in a 4-year span.  I’ve pontificated a number of times to any poor soul who will suffer my rambles about the appeal of lengthy travel.  For those who’ve escaped my rants […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Vancouver, Part Three

July 26 – 29 As planned, we set out the next morning on the bikes ready to explore as much of this bike friendly city as we could.  Heading north on the bike path two blocks away from the house to just shy of Burrard Bridge, then left along the shoreline all the way out […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Vancouver, Part Two

July 26 – 29 Sleeping that first night we discovered a couple of downsides to our Chic Airbnb, one correctible and one not so much.  The non-changeable was that in many homes on the west coast don’t have air conditioning (ours in L.A. doesn’t) and we were visiting during a very warm period of the […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Vancouver, Part One

July 26 – 29 The ferry for Anacortes was due to leave around 11am, which gave us time to break camp and get to the terminal a little early to make sure we were in line to board, thinking there’d be a place nearby where we could grab some coffee and food while killing time […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Seattle, Part One

July 10 – 13 Our drive to Seattle went smoothly until we got to the metropolitan area, right around Tacoma, where traffic backed up.  This would be the underpinning of our stay, congested freeways (often due to construction) and heavy use of the arteries that feed them.  We were scheduled to meet with our friend […]