Christopher D. Wright

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Christopher D. Wright

My husband and I are passionate about traveling and food. When we travel, our goal is to get a real feel for the place we are visiting. We do not just seek out the main attractions but get off the beaten path, try to experience what the locals experience. We have a great respect for other cultures, history and food. We try to work all of this into our travels. I started this Blog to share our adventures in hopes that others might have a better experience when they travel.



North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit September 10th 2021

I did not plan much for the last day and I should have. Our flight was not until 4:15, but I didn’t’ really know what else to do. We slept in a bit, then checked out and stored our luggage. The only real thing on the schedule was breakfast at Hudson Café, a Detroit breakfast institution. It was close so we walked. The weather has been just fantastic, cool in the mornings, low humidity, and a nice breeze most of the day. The only rain was the thunderstorm our first night here. We had the foresight to make a reservation, without one the wait was over an hour long. The place is small, but they pack them in. No Covid distancing here. We got a table in the back by the kitchen, which was fun because ... read more
Voodoo Benedicts

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit September 9th 2021

Another early start to the day, up at 6:30 to do some work and have a staff meeting via Teams. No breakfast this morning as we were still pretty full from the beef from last night. Coffee and a strong one was in order. The coffee bar downstairs, while they use Starbucks, still make a good strong latte. The baristas are also very friendly. Today’s itinerary consists of 2 museums’, the Ford Piquette Plant and the Detroit Historical Museum. If the Qline would have been running it would take us to both places, but the number 4 bus does as well. The bus system here is horrible, no social distancing (but they require masks) and they just do not keep to any kind of real schedule. We have waited up to 20 to 30 minutes for ... read more
Restored Model T
Fired Artichokes
Detroiter

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit September 8th 2021

Up at 6:30 to do some work before we are off for the day. The coffee in the room is pretty decent for hotel coffee, but of course you only get enough to make a cup a piece unless you want decaf, and what is the point of that. Ordered breakfast from the restaurant downstairs, no room service, so just went to pick it up. Decent menu, but very hung up on American cheese. Jerry had yogurt parfait and a stale croissant and I had a Cuban Bagel (ham, pork carnitas, fried egg and gruyere cheese on a bagel). The sandwich was good, but the bagel was not really a bagel, more like a bagel shaped hamburger bun. I spent a couple of hours getting some work done, then we headed out for the day. In ... read more
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
Van Gough
Art Nouveau - Mirror

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit September 7th 2021

This is our first real trip since Covid, yes, we had our Fall Foliage trip, but I couldn’t really see and was in pain most of the time; and then there was the trip to Block Island that wasn’t but ended up being 5 days in Portland, Maine (never really a bad thing. But this, this is our first trip on a plane since Covid. You would think that nothing ever happened, the plane was booked, O’Hare was crowded as ever. The only real difference was that everyone had a mask on. This was also our first flight out of T.F. Green Airport in Providence (actually its in Warwick). It is literally the easiest airport to fly out of. No line to check out bag, TSA precheck, again no line. The normal security check didn’t even ... read more
La Dolce Vita
Gamberi LDV
A good wind for a good meal

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Providence September 4th 2021

I generally do not post a travel blog when we are at home, however, this is the exception that makes the rule. Providence has a long art history and one of the unique events that is held every year is called Waterfire. Because of Covid they were unable to have the annual lighting last year. This year they were able to bring it back. Waterfire is best described as a moving art exhibit. The main lighting happens in the water plaza where there is a small stadium built into the landscape. From there it is a series of cauldrons filled with cedar and lit on fire. This is all done along a stretch of the river that runs through Providence. Music is also piped along the way. We watched the main lighting then walked along the ... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Portland April 22nd 2021

The Harpswells Another day of sleeping in a bit. Tarragon enjoyed the extra attention as we lounged in bed. He has gotten in the habit that once we get up, he hides under the bed, afraid he is about to be put in the travel case. We purposely did not have anything else but coffee for breakfast as we know lunch was going to be quite filling. Our first stop of the day was Portland Architectural Salvage. A four-story building full of eclectic items ranging from antique furniture to hard-to-find hardware pieces. We were primarily here to see if we could find an entry way piece for our apartment. We did not have any luck so it was on to lunch. While we were looking for parking for the salvage store, we happened upon the relocated ... read more
Pies
Best Pizza on the East Coast
Lobster Cove

North America » United States » Maine » Bath April 21st 2021

The best part of a last minute get out of town getaway, is the itinerary is very loose. This allowed us to choose to sleep in this morning, instead of get up and set out for our normally jammed packed day. All three of us enjoyed an extra 90 minutes of sleep all the way until 8:30 am. No breakfast today, just some weak coffee from the pantry down the hall, only one cup as the machine stop working as it needed to be cleaned. We got on the road to Bath around 10:45 a quick 45-minute drive on Interstate 295 then on to U.S. 1. Bath is most known for its ship building industry, Bath Iron Works makes most of the U.S. Navy destroyers. It is also home to the Maine Maritime Museum, which preserves ... read more
Lobster Roll Number 2
The Wyoming

North America » United States » Maine » Portland April 20th 2021

After a good night’s sleep, we started the day with our Covid $5 continental breakfast. Bagel, cream cheese, yogurt and coffee. The coffee is self-serve in the pantry down the hall and unfortunately Starbucks, and not the strong stuff at that. To get the breakfast you needed to go to the lobby and pick it up from the restaurant. The bagel was just a bagel, not even sliced, but it was $5 and convenient. Tarragon got his breakfast and some love and we took our time getting ready. No big plans for the day just lunch, some spa time for me, and dinner. A pretty laid-back day. First on the agenda was lunch at High Roller’s Lobster Co. The best way to describe this is that it is a combination a 50’s style drug store counter ... read more
Mask up or else!!!
Lobster Roll & Lobster Grilled Cheese
Wharf Street

North America » United States » Maine » Portland April 19th 2021

The plan was to leave Sunday the 18th for Judith Point, to catch the 4 pm Ferry to Block Island. We had booked a nice Bed & Breakfast on the island, Ferry reservations paid for, plans made, then work happened. Due various mishaps, not the least of which was FedEx was not exactly express, the trip had to be cancelled at the last minute. We did manage to be very lucky and come up with a quick last-minute backup, a trip to Portland Maine. Having been there twice before we new all the places to eat and stay, especially the hotel that allowed cats. Were able to make all the dinner reservations on Sunday and the hotel reservation actually were made Monday afternoon, minutes before we picked up the care and headed out of town. Portland ... read more
Potato Crusted Cod
Lobster Scampi
Nightcap at the Firepit

North America » United States » Maine November 2nd 2020

April 20, 2021. This blog entry is being written months after our Fall 2020 New England Trip. It was our first vacation amid Covid and quite the experience, some good some bad. I was also in recovery from retina detachment surgery so was pretty uncomfortable most of the trip. Of course, it is not the vacation we had planned. We had previously rescheduled our Ireland/Scotland Trip to be taken at this time. However, Covid was still in full swing and travel restrictions fully in place. We rescheduled again for May 2021 (needless to say that isn’t happening either and it is now scheduled for May 2022) In this blog I will just be going over some of the highlights. It will mostly be a pictorial blog. Let me start with the good, the bad, and the ... read more
Adair Country Inn
Enjoying the View
Our Room at the Adair




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