Showing posts from July, 2019

Do Not Listen to Media Hype - Dominican Republic in June

Friends - The media is a blessing but can also be a curse. If you listen to the media, you will never travel.  We are in the DR right now. Currently, there is all kinds of press about the DR being dangerous and not to come here. We have been perfectly safe and have had an amazingly relaxing time.  The most disturbing thing has been the seaweed on the beach which has actually not been too bad. We should have stayed on the Caribbean Sea side of the island and will when we come back. We are at the Secrets Royal Beach, having a blast. The resort is nice. The service is good. The food is good. As platinum Unlimited Vacation Club members, we are guaranteed preferred rooms, access to all preferred club areas, and free hydrotherapy treatments at the spa. We are having a great time! Do not believe the hype! Be smart but travel and live your life. We are doing just that and we thank God for keeping us!! Live, Love, and Travel!!

Atlanta in May

Atlanta has been described as the NYC of the South. It is a great city. We traveled to Atlanta for my nephew's graduation from Morehouse College and had a great time.  There are plenty of restaurants. Our favorite is Houston's.We eat there every trip it seems. On prior trips, we have visited the MLK museum and his home. On this trip, we had a wonderful time celebrating my nephew and his accomplishments. It is amazing to visit these powerful HBCUs.   There is so much history in Atlanta. Our daughter lives in Atlanta and loves it! There seems to be a lot to see and do in this cosmopolitan southern city. We look forward to traveling there more and staying longer. 

Seeing My Own City

Washington D.C. is the seat of power for the U.S. and one of the most intriguing cities in the world. I have lived in the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) area most of my life and must admit I take much of what the city has to offer for granted.  The city has amazing museums, theaters, concert venues, and restaurants, not to mention the seat of government, and the monuments.  I highly recommend you visit Washington DC. If you do, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is my favorite. You must visit the U.S. Capitol and the White House. Also, walk the mall and look st the Washington Monument. In April, we decided to have a bit of a "staycation". We stayed in DC one night and went to my favorite restaurant,  Ocean Prime. We also visited the National Archives and the National Portrait Gallery.  I have also been taking walks on the National Mall and visiting more of the museums this year. It is awesome to be in the presence of that much history on a reg

Around The World and Back Again

February 2019 was a dream travel month. We literally were on 3 different continents and were in 4 countries including the U.S. (going to the West Coast of the U.S.). We traveled around the world and back again. We went from home to Egypt via Frankfurt. Then, we went to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, to India, and home via London. Our trip was full of highlights and dreams come true.  We traveled for about 3 weeks consecutively. In Egypt, we met the most amazing people and saw the most amazing places. We saw the Egyptian Museum which is full of history that you can read about on-line. The ancient culture that the artifacts represent struck me the most. We saw the Great Pyramids and went inside 2 of them. The awesomeness of the structures and the strength and pride of this African nation struck me the most. We saw the rebuilt library at Alexandria which is part of the University. We also took a dinner cruise on the Nile River. We ate amazing food and were accompanied by extraordinary people.

Jamaica in January

Hello Friends - Can I just say Jamaica is back at the top of my list as my favorite island. With the seaweed explosion in the Caribbean, you need to stay on the Caribbean sea side of most islands or go to the southern Caribbean or go to Jamaica. Jamaica never disappoints unlike some of my other favorites. Cancun, and the DR, on the Atlantic Ocean side, are definitely struggling to deal with the seaweed issues. The resorts will lie and say it is not a problem but it is. It is a problem that does not seem to be going away.  Unfortunately as a beach lover and someone who loves to swim, the seaweed has knocked some of my "places to be" off of the list for now. Jamaica, however, never disappoints.  We were at the Secrets Wild Orchid in January and we are going back in August.  The resort is amazing and the water was pristine. I first stayed at this resort in 2012 when one of my best friends (sister from another mister) was married to the love of her life there. I loved the re