Holiday Gingerbread house..Grand Floridian Disney World USA

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Disneyworld is my “no doubt about it” favorite vacation destination.  Living within 5 hours of Orlando makes it easy to visit at least twice a year.

This is one of my holiday tips for those that have not seen the Grand Floridian decorated for Christmas and the huge Gingerbread house, so make sure to jot this down.  Its just another beyond imagination creation of the talented Disney staff.

If you stay at any of the Disney resorts and take their transportation you can figure out a way to get on the bus that stops at this resort.  It’s close to the Magic Kingdom and you can also take the monorail from the park to this resort.  Fun for all ages and a great lunch stop.

Happy travels 🙂    For more info: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/11/fantastical-gingerbread-displays-decorate-the-walt-disney-world-resort/

 

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My un-sightseeing visit to the Seattle waterfront for lunch

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I had the opportunity to live in Seattle in the late 1970’s, which sends me back to the pacific northwest to visit friends and family.

August is my favorite time of year to visit because you’re likely to see the sunshine and the temperature stays around the  70º mark.

Seattle just has it all. The mountains, oceanside, fishing, hunting, booming economy, great transportation system with ferry rides, great hotels, a big airport, freeways, shopping, Starbucks, fish markets, and restaurants. There is artwork displayed just about anywhere that shows off the personality of this city.  All of this is enjoyed by a growing population of easy going folks….

I put this close the top of my list of favorite USA cities….

To check my lunch menu  : https://www.anthonys.com/restaurants/detail/anthonys-pier-66/   

I like to order Alaskan salmon or Halibut

Plan to spend a week because the surrounding areas of Everett, Port Orchard, and Bremerton are also worth a visit….or you can take drive up to Vancouver Canada

For more information: https://www.visitseattle.org

Happy travels….So much to see in the USA

Christmas in Savannah at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

I’m not skipping Thanksgiving by any means but I want to give you all a chance to plan a visit to the Cathedral if you happen to be in the Savannah Georgia area over the holiday season.  The poinsettia tree and the angels overlooking the life size manger lift your spirit toward the true meaning of Christmas.

The church is open for a self guided tour Monday-Saturday from 9am-11:45am reopening at 12:45pm-5:00pm.  The address is 222 East Harris Street, Savannah to set your GPS. For more information visit: https://savannahcathedral.org/about/

Lancaster Pennsylvania-Bring your appetite

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No speeding
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Baked fresh
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Home cooking and great prices

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I never pass up the opportunity to get off the Pennsylvania turnpike and take any of the rolling highways through Lancaster, Berks and York county on the east side of the state.

I have stopped my vehicle at the look out points to take  a moment of silence to reflect on  the beauty I was surrounded by.

We often identify the state of Pennsylvania by the large cities of Pittsburg and Philadelphia that also have some of the best baked breads and “cheesesteak” sandwiches in the world but in between there is a mountain of beauty.

The  life of the Amish community is amazing to watch, and encouraged me to pass on  my own family traditions to my children and grandchildren.  We certainly can use some simplicity in our complicated fast paced world.

The locally owned restaurants feature home cooking with fresh ingredients and the farmers markets are more than a treat and they sell lots of treats!!!

Try the “shoofly pie”  yep….it’s yummy

For more information visit: http://www.discoverlancaster.com/index.asp

 

 

The Waving girl..Savannah Georgia USA

Florence Margaret Martus known as the “Waving girl” would be startled by the size of the ships that frequent the Savannah River today going in and out of the Georgia Port.  Visitors to River Street are greeted by the welcoming wave near the east end of the river walk by a statue dedicated to Florence by the city of Savannah in 1972.

The statue  of represents the light hearted story of a local girl that greeted ships for a period of 44 years, from 1887-1931.  More than one tale may be told but they all represent a period of time when a simpler life certainly had its rewards.

To read more about Florence Margaret Martus: http://georgiahistory.com/education-outreach/historical-markers/hidden-histories/the-waving-girl/