Did you know I’m on YouTube? Watch my latest short video as my friends and I walk around New Orleans French Quarter. Come with us as we visit Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Fun free ways to see the sights and sounds of New Orleans. Don’t forget to subscribe for the latest travel videos!

 

Although I live in the heart of a big city, I like to live quietly, but I’m not used to country quiet. The kind of quiet where your neighbor is at least two acres away. The kind of quiet where you take out your earphones to listen to the sounds of trees rustling and water flowing over rocks. It’s mesmerizing. Life is slower out here and I quite like it.

Martindale is on the outskirts of Austin, TX. It’s also not too far from San Antonio so it’s a nice middle ground for visiting both big cities.

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Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever visit Japan. It just wasn’t on my bucket list, but one day as I was helping my mother go through her credit card statements I came across a strange charge. I asked her “What’s this?” To which she joyfully exclaimed “Oh yes! I bought a trip to Japan and I need you to come with me.” I said “What?!?!” Not once did she even mention the thought. It turns out that the insurance company she works with invites their employees and their families on international trips every six months so my mother thought it would be a great idea to visit.

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If you find yourself in Houston with nothing to do why not head out to visit Battleship Texas? I’ve been there twice and still haven’t explored the whole ship. The story of the ship is fascinating. It’s the only surviving battleship that’s been in both world wars and now rests on the waters of Buffalo Bayou, about 30 minutes east of downtown Houston. Grab a bite at the nearby Monument Inn Restaurant where one can enjoy a meal and watch boats, cargo ships, and ferries go by.

Tips:

  • Ladies, don’t wear skirts. You’ll have to climb a lot of steep steps.
  • Although open every season, I suggest going during cooler months since there is no a/c in most of the ship. It gets incredibly hot and humid during the summer.
  • Carry a bottle of water. You’ll thank me.

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Ever heard of a snow grown? It’s Sweet Ride’s snow cones for adults. For a little extra you’ll get a mini bottle of rum or vodka. Yaaaaas! What better way to enjoy Houston’s unforgiving heat than with some delicious cold desserts?

Follow Sweet Ride’s updates on where they’ll be parked around Houston so you can swing by and grab a treat! One of the perks of taking pictures of food is you get to try some of it. I have a couple favorites, their strawberry Italian ice and the coconut sorbet in the coconut shell.

 

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Just got back from visiting friends in Slidell, LA, a quiet city around 30 miles northeast of New Orleans. We went to NOLA a few times, walked through the French Quarter as the Essence festival was underway, went to The Ritz for the restroom, saw an actress chase after Patti LaBelle who zoomed past us into the elevator (all I saw was her yellow outfit and her hair, ha!), ate some macarons at Sucré, and enjoyed people watching. I had to take a picture of a lady with her cute little hat.

The crowd favorite at Sucré is the salted caramel macarons. As a chocolate lover, I bought couple of each and I was won over by the salted caramel. If you’re ever in the French Quarter, this dessert spot is a must try.

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Below are leftover photos from my trip to Mexico. I was only there a little over a week and to be honest, I wanted to come home within a couple days. I’d been to other parts of Mexico, but Mexico City was too much at once for me. The sheer number of people, the uncertainty of a new city, the PDA, good grief the PDA! It was everywhere…ev.e.r.y.where. People are very affectionate and besides the couples making out on every corner, it’s typical to see mothers holding hands with their daughters of any age, I’m talking teenage rebel years to forty and fifty year old daughters. It’s sweet. Then, towards the end of my stay, I began to enjoy the city for all it is.
The cost of living there is very low. I never saw a laundromat, but they have small businesses that consist of around four washing machines and an older mother figure wearing an apron washing your clothes for you for a fee. I’ll miss the people setting up a folding table outside of their apartment building on the sidewalk selling chicken wings and delicious fried plantains stuffed with cream cheese, drizzled with chocolate syrup and condensed milk. Where am I gonna find that here?
There’s a lot of charm to this city when you pay attention. It was easy to miss the comforts of home, but after even just a few days it was easy to get comfortable in this new setting. I would recommend a well-prepared trip to this magnificent city.
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Last week, I visited a friend in Mexico City. It’s an old city filled with history and monumental buildings. The streets are overflowing with people. It reminded me of New York with its smorgasbord of vendors.
In the subways alone you’ll find underground book stores, food stands, people selling homemade food from baskets, toys for children, and even ointment for your aching feet. It’s an incredible thing to hear the constant hollering of vendors as you make your way through the crowd to your next destination.
There are a few comforts I had to get used to being without such as the lack of toilet seats, which is very common around any part of Mexico. Bizarre, I know. Another thing is that apartment hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, showers, and stairwells lack space. Things are very narrow or small. It’s all worth it to explore the city. The plants below are from the National Palace and Chapultepec Castle. Learn more about these buildings and be sure to visit if you’re ever in Mexico City.
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Misha
“Esta un poco malito” / “He’s a little sick.”
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China
CHINA
Janis
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Nina, Jay, and Chibi
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Oliver
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Tito
“Es sordo y no ve.” / “He’s deaf and can’t see.”
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Joao – Cane Corso
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Preston – Bulldog
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 Yesterday, I went to a safari park which is around 45 minutes south of Houston. Bayou Wildlife Zoo hosts a range of wildlife not native to Texas. It is so exciting being able to feed and touch these impressive animals one would otherwise never have the chance to see in their natural habitat. A bucket of food is less than $3 and is totally worth it. You’re not allowed to feed them by hand and frankly it’s for your safety since the ostriches peck violently at the food and I think one caught the finger of a little girl that was on our tram ride. Bring cash and listen to the guides. Getting tidbits of information on these creatures makes them even more awe inspiring.
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