Paris: Jour 1

Our first full day in Paris.  We started off by taking the metro into the downtown area where we caught a bus tour to give ourselves an “overview of the city.  Within the subway tunnel walkways, there was a Russian band playing music which echoed through the concrete halls.  I wish I could have listened…

Paris: Jour 0

I take my first look at Paris, the City of Lights.  Please excuse the shaky cam and poor French– I tackle the challenge of daily travel vlogs. One event that was not captured on film was a celebrity siting of Eric Close, of “Without a Trace” (and many other shows, though I know him from…

Kauai, Thursday: Trading Palm Trees for Pear Trees

Vacation, like words written in the sand or flowers in a lei, end. With them we have moments of sublime beauty and peace. However much we want them to continue on in their perfection, they wash away with the waves, wither, or end with a plane ride home. But even though those moments are gone,…

Kauai, Wednesday: A Day in Paradise

We got breakfast at the hotel Starbucks again before dad went off for a run and mom and I went for a walk. When both parties were finished, we changed into our pool attire and headed out to the salt water lagoon. There we bathed in the tropical sun and enjoyed what the nearby restaurant…

Kauai, Tuesday: Out in the Jungle

We followed the same morning routine was yesterday. This time however, instead of going to see turtles we went to Outriggers Kauai, a shop near Prince Kuhio park and Koloa Town. From there we were told to drive to Nawiliwili Harbor as there wasn’t enough room in their van. At the harbor we were given…

Kauai, Monday: Turtle Times

We woke up early today because at 8 we had an appointment with some turtles. We drove to Prince Kuhio Park where we met Ryan, our snorkel guide. There he gave us our briefing on what we’d do and what we would see. Then we got dressed in our wet suits gathered our goggles and…

Kauai, Saturday: Outdoorsy Day

We woke up at 6 to follow the same routine as the day before to leave around 8 for the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Unfortunately hen we arrived, the front gate was locked so we took a slight detour and visited the blow hole Spouting Horn before just driving through the exit to the gardens….

Kauai, Sunday: North Kauai

Woke up late today, dad was out running and mom was all dressed. I got ready, as when dad got back from his run we got breakfast at the Starbucks in the hotel. After breakfast we went to the original, Hilo Hatties. There dad and I bought Hawaiian shirts. When we entered we were greeted…

Kauai, Friday: Low Key

The first full day of our adventure in Kauai began at 7 and a trip to the hotel Starbucks. There my dad and I bought a chocolate croissant, a latte, and a Kauai coffee. That along with some fruit and pastries we bought at an Old Koloa Town marketplace made up our breakfast. After breakfast,…

Kauai, Thursday: A Shrouded Island

My day started off with the beeping of my watch, the buzzing of my cell phone, and the blasting music of my radio all at the lovely hour of 5 am. Watching my packed bags, I completed my final rounds of my room making sure I didn’t forget anything. The driver arrived at 6, and…