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The Netherlands Experience

There's nothing quite as awesome as living or visiting the Netherlands.  One of the very first countries I ever visited was the Netherlands. I was enchanted by the bicycle trails, the bulbs fields, the canals, cheese markets, windmills, wooden shoes, and friendly people. So much to do and see in a relatively small country that's famous for so much.


AMSTERDAM: No city compares to Amsterdam. It's in a class of its own. The most bicycle friendly city in the world (847,000 bicycles). 

Rent a bicycle and experience the authentic way to travel around the city.

Anne Frank House; take a tour
Canal Cruises; see Amsterdam by water
De Hallen; don't miss the Food Hallen for a variety of amazing foods
Heineken Experience; take a tour and learn about this classic beer
Jordaan; narrow lanes with art galleries, bars, and restaurants
Markets; for artisan foods, books, clothes, and more
Museumplein; famous museums: Rijkmuseum, Stedelijk, and Van Gough 

Boyne City in Six Hours (A Pure Michigan Resort Town)

Situated on the sparkling blue waters of Lake Charlevoix, Boyne City is a walkable city with lots of charm. Boyne City beckons summer tourists with its idyllic setting and warm hospitality. It's proximity to Boyne Mountain Resort and Young State Park brings in the crowds who enjoy the dining and shopping options and some of the best scenery in Northern Michigan.

9:00 am Arrive in Boyne City and park wherever you wish for free. Boyne City doesn't have parking meters like other cities. How nice is that?

9:05 am  Time for Breakfast! Breakfast options? My favorite is Boyne City Bakery owned by chef Gildas Berrou who was born and raised in France. Outstanding breads, crepes, pastries, and sandwiches to choose from and a friendly staff. What a magnificent way to start your day.

10:00 am  Boyne City might be small but there's no shortage of unique shopping options. Here's a partial listing:

Alpine Chocolat Haus; boxed chocolates, fudge, caramel corn, ice cream, & other sw…

Copenhagen, Denmark; A city where life is enjoyed!

Copenhagen, with it's cobblestone streets and 17th century buildings is a bike friendly, cultural, sophisticated city that feels like the pages of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Denmark is the happiest country in the world and vibrant Copenhagen is a marvelous place to start your visit. Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, today Copenhagen has a population of roughly 775,033. Copenhagen is situated on the eastern coast of the island of Zealand. Although the public transportation system in Copenhagen is top notch, biking and walking around the city keeps you in shape and more connected to the sights. You can take a tour with Copenhagen Bike Adentures or Copenhagen Free Walking Tours.

1.4 million kilometers are cycled on an average weekday in COPENHAGEN.

First stop, TIVOLI GARDENS, the second oldest amusement park in the world which opened its gates on August 15, 1843. Situated on 20 acres TIVOLI GARDENS h…

All the world's a stage in Stratford, Ontario, Canada

I absolutely adore the theatre so it's only fitting that I spent my birthday in lovely Stratford, Ontario.

                                                   At the Stratford Festival, loving theater!

All the world's a stage in this beautiful town with an idyllic setting that beckons to all, including William Shakespeare if he were still alive. It's especially alluring from April to October when the Stratford Festival presents play after play and audiences sit back and marvel at the actors and actresses performances. Stratford has an Avon River, it also has the Shakepearean Gardens, and sidewalks meant for walking. It's one of Canada's best places to live and it's one of Canada's best places to visit.

Lodging abounds in Stratford and an authentic way to feel at home is to stay at a bed and breakfast. You can easily walk to the theaters and most of the shops and restaurants are centered around the downtown which makes exploring this lovely city very easy. See a…

Vacationing in Maine in Joyful June!

Rogers and Hammersteins song 
from Carousel is a joyful song about JUNE. 
Ironically the 1950's musical "CAROUSEL" starring
Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae was filled on location
in Boothbay Harbor and Camden, Maine.

The 1950's musical "CAROUSEL" was filled in Boothbay Harbor and Camden, MAINE

There's something special about the month of June in New England. Nature is in full bloom;the trees are verdant, flowers are colorful, the skies are blue, the days are warm and long, and the children are off from school. Soon it's vacation time and those seeking an idyllic getaway couldn't pick a more beautiful place to be than MAINE. Quaint fishing towns, peaceful harbors, rocky beaches,winding country roads, clapboard houses, lobster shacks, historic lighthouses, and farms with belted galloway cows are just some of the things that await you in the "Pine Tree State." Maine is located in the easternmost part of the United Sta…

Impromptu Toronto (Enjoying Toronto in the moment)


It can be impromptu visit to Toronto with no planning and that's what makes it so adventurous and spontaneous. Twice in less than a year my boyfriend and I have arrived in Toronto with no lodging reservations and limited data on our phones. We almost ran out of gasoline too. Fortunately a kind woman delivering mail in Cabbagetown directed us to a station. My boyfriend and I love Toronto because it's such an exciting international city with diverse neighborhoods, outstanding public transportation, amazing restaurants, unlimited shopping, and culture galore.You too can enjoy all the wondrous things that Toronto has to offer at your own pace. Impromptu Toronto is a unique way to enjoy Toronto by the moment. Trust your instincts, grab a Toronto map, and don't hesitate to ask the locals for directions and recommendations.

                                                                    Enjoying Toronto's Harbour

Parking in Toronto is an …

Mushroom Houses, Shopping, and Relaxing in Charlevoix (Episode 4)

Episode 4

It's been a week since my last visit to Charlevoix
and this is my recommendation for having a fun filled
and memorable time in Charlevoix.

Make a reservation at the Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites located at 111 Pine River Lane. It's right in town close to the beach and all the shopping and restaurants. Once you arrive in Charlevoix check into the Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites. Walk over to Bridge Street and have a bite to eat than do some shopping.

Head over to the mushroom houses and check out the unique one of a kind architecture of these houses, then enjoy a relaxing time at the beach before returning back to the Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites. Take advantage of the outdoor pool and when evening arrives have dinner at one of the restaurants.

                                           Let the scents of the fragrant flowers lead you to Bloom Flower Design

Where to Shop:

American Spoon Foods
315 Bridge Street
This cozy shop is famous for its artisanal …

Charlevoix; Elegance on Belvedere Avenue (Episode 3)

Episode 3

Sometimes a detour makes all the difference. How grateful am I that on that hot July day the drawbridge in Charlevoix was up, traffic was at a standstill and I made a right turn onto Belvedere Avenue and discovered an elegant summer place. 

It was my day off and I was on my way to Petoskey to visit a friend when I got stuck in traffic in Charlevoix. Drivers were all waiting for the drawbridge to come back down. It was taking longer than usual, typical for  the middle of July in northern Michigan. It was hot outside and my air conditioning wasn't working but fate had things worked out in my favor. I was able to make a right turn from Bridge Street onto a street I wasn't even familiar with. That street was actually known as Belvedere Avenue. My first impression was "What beautiful homes, who wouldn't dream of living in one of them?" I wanted to park my vehicle and take a walk. I found a parking spot right in front of the Inn at Grey Gables. The inn was so…

Charlevoix, A Beautiful Beach Town, Episode 2 (On a Budget)

Episode 2:
I'm an adventurous gal whose always looking
for new found treasures. Fisherman's Island State
Park just outside Charlevoix is a jewel of a park for
camping and it's only $17.00 a night for a campsite.

Not all those that come to vacation in Charlevoix are affluent and wealthy. There are ways to enjoy this beautiful beach town without spending a fortune. My go to place is Fisherman's Island. For only $17.00 a night you can camp at this breath-taking state park. It's very primitive; no flush toilets, no sinks, no showers....just an outhouse but there are those of us that are okay with roughing it. I discovered Fisherman's Island State Park last year. I was subletting my apartment in Traverse City for a couple of nights and needed someplace to stay and that place was Fisherman's Island.  

Marvelous beach shoreline at Fisherman's Island

Fisherman's Island State Park sits on 2,678 acres. With six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline you couldn't ask f…

Charlevoix, A Beautiful Beach Town, Episode 1

A Beautiful Beach Town:
Episode 1
I'm just a regular gal with an adventurous
spirit who likes to day trip to Charlevoix.

My first visit to Charlevoix was on the 12th of June, 2014. It was my birthday and the innkeeper I worked for in Traverse City highly recommended visiting Charlevoix for the mushroom houses, shopping, and water activities. That birthday spent in Charlevoix was magical and since than I've made a handful of day trips back to Charlevoix and each visit gives me a new perspective of what I call "A Beautiful Beach Town"

When the snow finally melts and the fragrant scent of flowers sprinkles through the air, it's common knowledge that spring has sprung. The verdant trees brighten the landscape and birds sing from the branches above. The days grow longer as May turns into June. Summer is here and it's time to vacation in beautiful C H A R L E V O I X. Nestled between two lakes quaint Charlevoix is especially lovely during the summer months. This is the …