21
February
2012

My Favorite Travel Survey

My Favorite Travel Survey:

My favorite relaxation travel Destination: An all-inclusive beach resort; Away from stress, Lay in the sun, Eat exotic food, Everything is included, Romantic evenings, Sexy, activities

My Favorite Activity is: Cooking Demonstrations, Aerobics on the beach, Snorkeling, Photography, and Bedroom activities

My Favorite Food is: Soup and Meat.

My Favorite Drink is: Shirley Temple – with lots of maraschino cherries

My Favorite Souvenir is: A papyrus painting from Egypt of the Judgment

My Favorite Tour was: A safari in South Africa & the Beer Can House in Houston, TX

My Favorite Resort: Grand Sirenis, Rivera Maya, Mexico

My Favorite “Stay Vacation”: Cabin on the lake

My Favorite Essential Pieces of Travel Gear: My camera, my tablet and my spinning wheeled luggage

My Favorite Couple Activity: Dancing

Favorite Shopping Trip: San Francisco

Favorite Countries to Travel to: Italy, Netherlands, & Egypt

Favorite Place in My Country to Vacation: Las Vegas, Nevada, US

My favorite length of a trip: 13 days

Where Would Your Dream Vacation Be To: Dubai

Any other favorites to do with travel: Doing or seeing something new & unusual with my husband

Your age: 53

Your Gender: Female

09
February
2012

Is Your Luggage Slowing You Down?

My first clue that I had antiquated luggage was on a trip to Holland. We took my mother-in-with us. We bought her new luggage because hers didn’t have wheels.

The luggage salesperson showed us the wheeled luggage we asked about. We like them because they were like ours and they had done well for us over the years. I told the salesperson we were upgrading my mother-in-law’s luggage. I told him that she was in her 80’s whereupon he said, “she should have spinning wheel luggage.” After walking a spinning wheeled suitcase around the aisles we bought those for her.

As we drug our two wheeled suitcases and she merrily rolled her suitcases around on and off trains, down streets and around hotels for 10 days we understood why dragging a suitcase is nothing compared to rolling along with no drag or weight on your arm. That introduction to spinning wheeled suitcases changed our traveling with luggage experience forever.

If you are still dragging around the two wheeled version or lugging around the no wheeled version of suitcase I encourage you to update to the spinning wheel suitcases. Then you can go merrily rolling along your luggage on your next trip. Here is one example of the many that are available.

Are you a lugging suitcase traveler, a drag along behind suitcase traveler or a rolling merrily along suitcase traveler? Until they make an air levitated suitcase, I am firmly a roll along on spinning wheel luggage traveler. Which one are you? Do you need a change? American Tourister Spring Ranch 3-Piece Spinner Set (21″/25″/29″) (Navy)

10
January
2012

Enjoy the traditional waterfront town of Volendam

Foto Zwarthoed

Volendam Holland Netherlands is one of the places that we wanted to visit because my husband remembered going there about 30 years ago. He still remembered the very shop where he and some friends dressed up and had their photos taken in native costume with the harbor as the background.

Volendam Band traditional dress

Volendam is famous for a place that you can see people in native traditional dress and for its harbor bursting with boats. We found people dress in costume mostly only in the shopping area until on our way back to our parked car we were surrounded by locals getting ready for some type of celebration. Many were in native dress. There was a band, singers and drummers. We later found out that they were there for a funeral procession. It was a fascinating thing to be able to see. I will never forget the troupe of drummers.

Volendam Statue of Bronze Fisherman

The local traditional dress for the women is a high pointed lace bonnet, a black skirt, a stripped apron and of course wooden shoes. The men’s were kind of baggie shorter pants with big gold buttons at the waist. Usually they wear a double breasted jacket with gold buttons or shirt with a neck tie, sometimes competed with a pair of suspenders and of course….wooden shoes.  You will see this on most post cards that depict the Netherlands. Each province in Holland had its own unique traditional dress. You can even take a picture with bronze statue of a fisherman or fisherwoman.

Statue of a fisherman in bronze

Fishing Village Boats

The boats dance on the water as they are crowded together in the harbor overlooked by the distinctive architecture of the surrounding buildings. This is truly one of the beautiful places in Holland and in the world.

Raw Herring in a bucket

On the board walk you can find what I would deem the “weird to see in Holland.” It is very traditional for them. Something we were told you should try. I took one look and it was just too much for me. They eat a raw fish called “herring or Hollandse Nieuwe.” They hold the herring by the tail, slather the herring in onions and pickles, tip their head back and then swallow the fish. It must be an acquired taste!

Volendam Holland Herring

waffles or poffertjes in Volendam

A food that I loved in Volendam was the waffles you could buy at the street stands. They call them poffertjes. They are served as a dessert with every kind of topping that you can imagine. They are not like our pancakes. They are a delightful treat. You must try.

Freetz or "Frites" and an Ice Cream Cone

At every town we stopped in I think we sought out the Freetz or “Frites” and an Ice cream cone. These French fries are served in a paper cone with a mayonnaise dipping sauce that has a unique and distinct flavor.  It will ruin eating fries back in the USA as nothing quite equals that taste.

Volendam Boardwalk Dyke

As you walk along the boardwalk at the top of the dyke it is a tourist’s jackpot. Restaurants are situated to overlook the view of the harbor that fishing families waiting for their loved ones to return have stared out over the water from this vantage point for centuries. You get a real feel for this fishing village as you relax and contemplate the view from a street restaurant.

You can’t miss the many souvenir shops interspersed between the restaurants and the bars. We found a lot of the souvenirs in Volendam that we brought home. They were priced right and had a wide selection. We even found the very photo shop that my husband had had his photos taken in.

Fun, unique and weird things to see and do in Volendam Holland:

  • Take your picture with a bronze statue of a fisherman or fisherwoman.
  • Visit the Volendams Museum to see traditional costumes, learn of fishing and cigar making, art, etc.
  • Walk on a dyke.
  • Eat herring or “Hollandse Nieuwe”
  • Eat waffles or “poffertjes”
  • Savoring a paper cone of Frites or “Freetz”
  • Dress in traditional costumes and have you picture taken
  • Take a boat tour of the region
  • Have dinner or drink overlooking the harbor
  • Shop for souvenirs
03
January
2012

Zaanse Schans A Little Of Everything Holland Netherlands

If you only take one day trip from Amsterdam make it Zaanse Schans. This small village is a sampling of all things Holland, Netherlands.

Most of the industrial windmills on the river Zaan are now gone. Six of the thirteen still there are in Zaanse Schans.  It is fun to go and see these working. There are 8 windmills in total here.

Do something unique and fun visit the working windmills:

“‘De Huisman'” (Mustard Mill)
“De Gekroonde Poelenburg'” (Sawmill)
“De Kat'” (Paint Mill)
“De Zoeker” (Oil Mill)
“De Bonte Hen” (Oil Mill)
“het Jonge Schaap'” (Saw Mill)
“De Windhond” (Sand Stone)
“De Hadel” (Pasture Water Moving Mill)

You can see the Paint Mill in the Scatter Travel Video “Couple Vacations; Zaanse Schans Holland, Netherlands; Boomer & Senior Travel TV #8; by Debbie Gerber” along with fun and unique things to see and do at Zaanse Schans.

28
December
2011

Park City, Utah – Blow Your Socks Off Activities

Nestled in the middle on the mountains is a modern though frontier style city called “Park City, Utah.”

When you think Couple Ski Vacation get away Park City should be at the top of the list. In close proximity there are three world class resorts along with many other great hotels, restaurants and divine shops.

The three resorts are “The Canyons, Park City Mountain Resort and the Deer Valley Resort. This area has been coined as the “Greatest Snow on Earth.”

One of my favorite hotels is Treasure Mountain Inn Hotel & Conference Center. Maybe this is because it is only one of 3 that I have stayed in. I have experienced its ambiance first hand. The other two were condominium hotels that I traded a timeshare to.  Check out the video on www.boomerandseniortravel.tv called “Couple Vacations; Park City, Utah; Boomer & Senior Travel TV #7; by Debbie Gerber” to see the Treasure Mountain Inn Hotel as well as Park City Main Street. I liked the feel and luxury of the Treasure Mountain Inn Hotel as well as the covered parking, cozy restaurant bar and close proximity to everything on Main Street.