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North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens July 17th 2017

If you are a true blue New Yorker like me, you know that summers can be devastating if you don't have some kind of escape from the concrete jungle. I didn't have money for a big expensive European vacation this year so I decided to rent a summer house in Far Rockaway for some beach time. There are plenty of people renting their home out via Airbnb so there was a lot of places to choose from. My 2 bedroom house was on 96th street a block away from the beach and liveliness of the 97th concession stand. The devastation of super storm Sandy left this place less than undesirable but thanks to plenty of federal funding, Far Rockaway was one of the first places that the money went and repairs were bountiful. There is now ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens May 31st 2017

We got a late start today, getting packed up for our flight latter in the day. We took the train into Manhattan and went to the Chelsea Market for lunch. This is one of those places that has a ton of little restaurants that just have counters or bars and they generally specialize in a few things. At first everyone was sort of put out by all of the confusion and a lack of places for all of us to sit down (this city is just not setup for families of 5) but we managed to find a stand-up table where we could park. We all had different stuff. I had a Thai noodle bowl and Di had a Banh Mi sandwich. Both were awesome. We didn't get a ton done today, just a short visit ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens May 30th 2017

We headed back to the city today. With a short stop for breakfast at the Bagel shop. Even in the Hamptons the New York Bagels are great! After getting back we took the train into Manhattan to Times Square where we went to look for show tickets; more on that later. While Bob and I were waiting in line, everyone else went to the Hershey's store and the M&M's store. Way to expensive to buy anything. I was insisting on having some great New York Pizza for lunch, unfortunately we picked a real dud. It was way over priced and wasn't warmed up enough. After that we walked down to china town and burned a few hours milling around. We stopped again for some dim sum and beers and before we knew it, it was time ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens March 1st 2017

Traveled from Chicago to JFK. Our flight went well. Navigated from Terminal 4 to Terminal 7 at JFK and now we are just people watching and relaxing. Our next flight will be to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We are looking forward to the warmer weather and our next adventure! ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens September 19th 2016

Bonjour, All was off to to great start. The plane was not full, I had a row to myself and we departed on time. LIfe is good. About an hour into the flight when I was stretched out on my own narrow bed the captain announced that. THE COMPUTERS HAD FAILED AND WE WERE HEADING BACK TO JFK. There went my dream of a good nights sleep. Since we were still heavy with fuel, the entire emergency brigade met us on the ground. I had visions of jumping on a slide and crashing to the ground. Thankfully, none of that happened. We taxied to a gate and waited, deplaned and waited for new equipment to arrive. To keep us happy American provided chips, popcorn, cookies, water, soda and tangerines. The tangerine was good. Eventually they announced ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens September 1st 2016

Thursday, our second day at the US Open. Check off this bucket list item. We made our first ever trip to the Open last evening. It was fun. So was our second day. Although we did have a three hour rain delay! After our UBER problems on Wednesday, we decided to once again ride the Long Island RR. It was only $10 each way so why not. Once we got in the line I convinced Jackie that the security line "with bags" seemed to be moving while the other was not. So, we switched. Bad idea. Listen to your wife and stay in the line she picks. Inside, we were free to attend any match, except those in the Ashe Stadium. So, we chose the Nishikori vs Khachanov match in the Grandstand. We remembered that Nishi ... read more
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US Open Tennis
US Open Tennis

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens June 3rd 2015

Bonjour à tous Ce matin debout tôt, pour me rendre Long Island et partir avant la grosse circulation. Pas de petit déjeuner à l'hôtel, juste une cafetière dans la chambre, donc un café. Je vais allé au Starbuks du coin. Quelle surprise désagréable en sortant de l'hôtel, il tombe des cordes. Long Island fait 190km de long pour environ 30 de large, Montauk est ma destination. Bonne idée de partir tôt, par la voie rapide il me faut, une quarantaine de minutes, pour arriver à Brooklyn, 20km environ. Je vais prendre l'autoroute pour sortir de la ville, mais là ca se gâte. Il dessert les aéroports de JFK et La Guardia. Brooklyn à Forest Hill (tennis) 1h pour 7km. Sans oublié la pluie toujours forte. Les 70 km suivants vont me prendre 2h½. Je vais trouver ... read more
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Montauk point lighhouse

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens November 4th 2014

When my parents dropped me off at the airport to leave for Ecuador we all choked back tears and then failed as we separated at the security gate: me on an adventure of independence and them to go back to life as usual, but without their baby. This trip has had such a gradual departure it's lost the surreal air a big adventure can have. Somewhere between the bus ride from Philly and arriving at JFK 6 hours early for our triple delayed flight, the excitement became something more natural. What hasn't changed though is that this is still a journey towards claiming independence and embracing my freedom. With only a backpack and a friend in tow, I'm sooo ready for this this. It may be an escape, a break, a taste... I'm not trying to ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens September 14th 2014

Over two years ago me and my husband Scotty moved from San Francisco, CA to his native New York. In these last two years he keeps telling me: Soon, we will move back to California. It's not that I don't like New York, the seasons are so romantic and I've made some wonderful friends. But to be honest, I do miss my native California. About two months ago we decided to move in October! We got the blessing from his mom to drive the family's Kia Sedona from Queens to Los Angeles. We could do a straight shot- but wouldn't it be more fun to stop in different places along the way? I think our trip will take about a month. We love yoga so the plan is to visit one or two yoga studios in ... read more
Traveling Temple

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens August 3rd 2014

We debated for a while whether or not to stay in Hilo or Kona for our Hawai'i Island portion of the trip. Kona is apparently the resort area; the place people think of when they think of vacationing in Hawaii. Hilo appears notorious for rain and clouds, but it is close to the parks we are so interested in and the hotels are so much cheaper. I think economical decisions are wise at this point; I'm leaving my job early to prepare for my move (which means a month of rent without income), the move itself will be a bit of an expense, and we would like to start saving to purchase a house. And so we decided on Hilo; we will tough out whatever weather comes along, and the second portion of our trip on ... read more




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