When in Rome, I’ve always found hotel rooms to be generally overpriced and under serviced.  My general feeling is that if I book a room for over $150 per night, I should have wi-fi that works really well in my room.  My floor should not be popping up.  I should fit n the shower (I mean, come on I’m really small compared to normal people), and the water should stay in the shower with me.  I find this to not

Posted on 22 March , 2013
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If your directions start something like this, you are probably in trouble. “When you come into town, pass the fountain on your right, then go through 4 traffic lights, and make a left after the abandoned gas station.” Puerto Rico, the land of no clocks or street signs, makes it rather difficult to get anywhere you are trying to go successfully, and in a timely fashion.  So, when in this US Territory, you’ll need to understand that driving directions do

While going through the photos from our autumn 2012 vacation, it occurred to me that the pictures were different than the ones taken on most of my past trips.  Damany and I travel for 3 weeks every September, and we’re usually visiting new places and seeing new sights – taking ridiculous amounts of photos of our surroundings the whole time.  This time was different altogether…on this crazy trip almost all of the photos were of people.  This September-October, Damany and

Posted on 13 March , 2013
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Yes, this is how to make homemade pumpkin pie – from a REAL PUMPKIN, not a can! Making a pumpkin pie from scratch is easier than most people think, and soooo much better than pie from a can.  Give it a whirl, you’ll taste the difference. Equipment Sharp, large serrated knife Spoon for scooping (I use a heavy duty regular tablespoon) Large pot with steaming basket 1 large (10 inch) deep-dish pie plate and homemade piecrust or two small pie plates

Posted on 21 November , 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey I’m always intrigued by the beauty of architectural degradation, and I know I am not the only person who feels this way.  It’s the reason we (tourists) flock to ancient architectural ruins – despite the fact that they are, well, ruined.  In their degraded, fallen state, man made structures are still beautiful.  And they speak of a history, without saying a word.  This is true of more modern structures as well.  Each exposed portion of brick, or crack

Posted on 14 November , 2012
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Centrally located in Sultanahmet Meydanı (Sultanahmet Square), the Obelisk of Thutmose III attracts a number of spectators every day. As stated on the plaque below the structure, the Obelisk was first erected by the Pharaoh (Thutmose III) in Upper Egypt.  It was Emperor Thedosius who brought it to Istanbul from Alexandria in the late 4th century and erected it in it’s present location. Made of  red granite from Aswan, the obelisk was originally 30m tall.  The lower part was damaged,

Posted on 8 November , 2012
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