Traveling in San Francisco This Week

Hello friends! This week I had the chance to visit the beautiful city of San Francisco. San Francisco is a city where the culture thrives throughout its people and its history. The coast is surrounded by multiple islands and thrives with wildlife. The Golden Gate Bridge is a breathtaking structure as it towers above the Pacific waves. We traveled throughout the city over the past five days. San Francisco is known for its amazing Ghiradelli chocolate. As soon as you walk into the Ghiradelli store, you can smell the sweet aroma of the ingredients inside.

The Wharf

Visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, downtown San Francisco, was quite an experience! Seagulls soar through the sky as you smell the salty breeze billowing across the shoreline. Hundreds of sailboats are docked along the piers and stores line the sidewalks. There are a plethora of restaurants. They all looked so inviting that it was hard to choose a specific place to eat. We ended up eating at Aliaoto’s Restaurant, where I ate a perfect dish of chicken parmesan. After our delicious lunch at Aliaoto’s, we decided to take a cable car ride up through the streets of San Francisco. The hills were so steep, and it almost felt as if we were on a miniature rollercoaster!  This was even more fun than the limousine service I used in Las Vegas! The cable car took us from the twisting Lombard Street to China town. We ended our cable car ride at Coit tower, where we caught a three hundred and sixty degree glimpse of San Fran.

The next day, we decided to rent bikes from “Blazing Saddles” and we were able to experience the true beauty of the area. Our biking adventure began at Fisherman’s Wharf and we continued to ride along the pathways near the shoreline. People were walking their dogs and playing catch with their families along the beaches. As we rode closer to the Golden Gate Bridge, we came across Crissy Field, which was a former U.S. Army airfield. Windsocks rustled in the air as we pedaled throughout the field. As we approached the Golden Gate Bridge, we witnessed a few surfers with wet suits near the rocks. The swell was perfect to catch a few amazing waves. We managed to ride up the hill leading to the bridge’s entrance. The bridge was full of locals and tourists who crowded the biking and walking lanes. It was important to capture a photo of the bridge and its surroundings…after all it is what San Francisco is known for.

Our journey continued on the other side of the bridge, where we had to control our bikes by constantly breaking as we sped down the steep hillsides. We continued to bike into Sausalito, where wetlands and hillsides met sailboats and seaplanes. Boutiques and restaurants in this town offered a one of a kind shopping and dining experience. We continued to ride through Muir Woods, which is known for their red wood trees. Muir Woods is known for providing a background for famous movies such as Star Wars and E.T.! We managed to catch a ferry back and sailed underneath the bridge, as well as two miles from Alcatraz. Our trip ended at Pier 39, where sea lions dozed off on man-made floating platforms. San Francisco truly offered a unique and exciting traveling experience. –Until next time!

A Trip To Las Vegas

When I first embarked on my journey to Vegas, I wasn’t quite sure what was in store for me. Everyone hears about how crazy the nightlife is, exciting casino trips, and gorgeous resorts. Las Vegas ended up exceeding my expectations. After arriving at McCarran (sp?), I had already booked my Vegas limo service from airport to hotel, which was amazing.  Sipped a Margarita to the hotel and didn’t have to worry about a thing…awesome.  My trip first began as I checked into Paris Las Vegas. I immediately knew that I was about to have an amazing trip when the room was full of marble and had its own Jacuzzi…I mean have you ever had a Jacuzzi in the middle of your hotel room? Because the sun was shining and it was about ninety degrees outside, I immediately hit the pool. Paris Las Vegas’ pool was full of young and exciting faces and poolside drinks were served every minute of the day. Volleyball competitions were often held in the shallow pool, while others sipped on their margaritas and floated on rafts.

Pool at Las Vegas Paris

As the day quickly rolled by, it was time to transition to the Las Vegas strip. Casinos and resorts line this area of Vegas and it is often where the most action happens. As I entered the casino, money was flying everywhere as peopled gambled with the hopes that they would win the jackpot. Fortunately, I won $500.00 in the slot machines!

The next day I discovered a fantastic Italian restaurant, which was called Carbone Italian Restaurant. I had the perfect dish of chicken alfredo and their merlot was exquisite. It was that night when I decided to explore Caesar’s Palace. I managed to see Celine Dion in concert and it was epic! The next night I went back to Caesar’s Palace and enjoyed Cirque Du Solei’s Mystere show from the second row. Half way through the performance, I was called up on stage by an acrobat and had to hold a candle for a skit…it was quite the experience!

I was able to visit the Luxor hotel the day after my Caesar’s Palace experience and it was amazing. I saw Blue Man Group live in concert and had tender steak dinner. The inside of the Luxor is full of Egyptian-styled décor and it is simply impressive. I heard that all of the high rollers stay at the Luxor! Besides the Luxor, I also stopped by the New-York New-York Hotel and Casino. This place had its own rollercoaster, which raced inside and outside of the structure itself! One of the best parts about Vegas was the shopping. The streets are filled with high-end designers from Chanel to Fendi. Another exciting show that is famous in Vegas is the pirate show, which is put on by the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. Women sing and dance as actors and actresses are thrown overboard into the water below. Las Vegas is definitely a city that gives you the perfect recipe to have some of the craziest nights in your life. After all…What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

A Trip To Los Angeles

Hello again! I am writing from Los Angeles, California. The second that I stepped off of the airplane at LAX, I knew that I was in a completely different atmosphere. Palm trees were swaying and the sun was shining as people scurried throughout the city. Los Angeles is the place where a lot of people travel to in order to pursue their dreams and being in this type of environment is refreshing. Inspiration is everywhere you turn!

My first destination was the Getty Center where gardens meet paintings in order to create amazing art exhibits. I must say the Van Gogh and Monet exhibit was my favorite! I traveled to the Griffith Observatory where my breath was taken away as I overlooked the entire city of Los Angeles. It is quite a sight to see…especially at sunset! From there I managed to stumble upon the California Science Center where I laid eyes upon the Space Shuttle Endeavor and experienced the IMAX sensation of “Journey to Space.” I also found the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit fascinating. The other museum I visited was the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art. My favorite part of this museum was seeing the exhibit, “Urban Light,” created by Chris Burden.

Multiple rows of varied light posts allow the mind to have a unique visual experience. It is gorgeous at night!

Although LA has multiple museums filled with information and art, I wanted to continue my journey with an outdoor adventure. That mindset brought me to Runyon Canyon Park. I decided to hike one of the park trails and thank god I brought a water bottle. The sun was beaming down on me the entire time, but after I reached the top I realized that the view was worth the hike! After the hike I jumped in my Jeep rental and cruised down the highway. It was almost surreal to lay eyes upon the famous Hollywood sign and stare at the mountainous hills. The California vibe is definitely laid back but LA offers the full package.

On the third day I decided to visit Universal Studios! Universal Studios was such a fun attraction park to visit, but unfortunately, I visited during the busiest time of the year, summer. I was able to ride rollercoasters and witness the “behind the scenes” creation of movies such as “The Grinch” and “Hell Boy.” Seeing the stages where television shows like “The Voice” are filmed was awesome! After a full day at Universal, I was wiped out. I decided to head to Santa Monica Bay to relax. The water washed upon the shore and the seagulls flew into the sunset. I heard smooth jazz coming from the pier and although the night seemed to come to an end I knew that it was just beginning for those who were ready to spend a night on the town. After the beach, I transitioned to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Looking down upon the names of thousands of celebrities who truly “made it” on the West coast was quite an experience. LA is full of life, adventure, and excitement. I can’t wait to come back!

Leaving L.A. tomorrow and headed out to Vegas.  SO EXCITED.  I can’t wait to tell you all about it, but I will give you a little preview snippet…  I have already booked a limo company in Las Vegas for a tour of the Strip!  So EXCITED!

My Experience in Denver

Hello again! I’m writing from the one…the only…Denver, Colorado! Flying into the Denver airport was a blast. The top of the airport is shaped like a circus tent! My first stop was the Denver Zoo. Lions, tigers, and bears…Oh my! It was a beautiful sunny day and monkeys were climbing the trees as birds soared throughout the sky. I quickly transitioned to the Denver Art Museum where I saw multiple paintings displaying impressionism, realism, and pointillism. Soon after I left the museum, I went to Mount Evans. Mount Evans is the tallest road in America and the view is gorgeous. The Rocky Mountains were snow capped and the tall cumulus clouds towered above. It looked as if it was a painting.

Then I decided to go to the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. I managed to catch a few glimpses of the B-18A Bolo and multiple spacecraft-What a rush! I traveled downtown to the Denver Aquarium where I saw dozens of jellyfish, sharks, seahorses, crabs, octopuses, eels, and more! It’s always fun to lock eyes with sea creatures and interact on the other side of the tank. Children were running around the aquarium, excited to discover different types of sea life. After walking through museums all day, I wanted to have a more active experience. I decided to embrace my inner Lance Armstrong and bike up the Cherry Creek bike path. The bike path consists of 85 miles of paved pathways that overlook beautiful gardens and red rock formations. Although biking was exciting, Denver offers an opportunity to experience super high speeds with the Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience. I was able to zip around the open road with a Porsche 911 Turbo for twenty miles. Driving in a supercar was exhilarating and there’s no other word to describe it than shear freedom!

I was also able to attend a performance at the Colorado Ballet. Elegant dancers floated across the stage and music radiated throughout the theatre. They shared a magnificent interpretation of Swan Lake. It was truly tear jerking. One of the best parts of the ballet is getting dressed up to attend the event. After that night, I wanted to attend a less formal event so I decided to head over to the United States mint. The U.S. mint is a busy place, indeed! It’s fun to tour the facilities and gaze as thousands of coins are made that will distributed all around the world. I ended my adventure with the Denver Brews Cruise. The Denver Brews Cruise exposes you to hundreds of different types of beer within the heart of downtown Denver. There are about 100 craft breweries to choose from and it was definitely a great way to spend a night with friends!

Denver has so much to choose from. This city is unlike any other that I’ve visited. The mysterious flat landscape with mountains in the distance sparks a sense of adventure and exploration. It’s a city full of history and character.

The Mile High City is one of a kind. Until next time, Denver!

Kicking it Off…

Hey there friends.  Like I told you all in the email that I sent out, this is going to be a blog of my travels thru different cities in the American West.  I look forward to my experiences, and I hope that you look forward to reading about what I experience!  I have already had a tremendous time in Denver.  I meant to get this started before I left, but, oh well!  I will fill you in on my time in Denver here in a moment, but let it suffice to say that I am excited that I will be coming back here in a few weeks to take in more sights and cities!

Looking forward to connecting with you after my journeys.  Blessings!