Saturday, July 28, 2012

Visiting Prince Eric in Sacramento

Going to Eric Kunze's shows around the country affords me the opportunity to get to know cities I might not otherwise visit.  It also gives me the chance to plan travel opportunities with friends and family members.  Since they are usually long weekend trips I can do them more often than extended vacations and, thanks to my obsession with collecting frequent flyer miles, it usually is more affordable that way and doesn't cut too much into my work schedule. 

This trip was one of the first times I have been able to travel with my sister Caroline.  Her business and family keep her busy most of the time.  But she had never been to California and this was the perfect chance for us to experience it together.  Hopefully, it is not the last time we will be able to have so much fun traveling together! 

We saw "The Little Mermaid" three times at Sacramento's Music Circus, a theater in the round which seats 2200 people and there is not a bad seat in the house.  The set is minimal, some of which is dropped from the ceiling, some is brought onto the stage by crew and some of the action takes place in the aisles.  After the shows, we waited for Eric as he patiently signed autographs and posed for pictures with the throngs of dressed up little girls eager to catch a glimpse of "Prince Eric" and "Ariel".  We organized and attended an Eric Kunze fanclub meeting at Cafeteria restaurant with other fans who had traveled into Sacramento for the occasion. 

Caroline and I also took two day trips, one to the Napa Valley area and one to San Francisco.  In Napa we had a scrumptious meal at Morimoto (of "Iron Chef" fame) and visited a winery designed after a Tuscan castle.  In San Francisco we had a great meal at Scoma's, an institution that has been around since 1965, visited the Japanese garden at Golden Gate Park, drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and ended our day overlooking the water in Sausalito.   The five days went by so quickly, but we are hoping to do it again really soon. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Nevis: An Overview

I always gain perspective on trips when I am back home in my normal routine. It is only then I can appreciate all the people we met and the beauty we were able to see. They are memories that stay with me for a lifetime. No luxury I can buy, no house, no car, no jewelry, could ever enrich me more than the money we spend on travel. I will do it as long as I can draw breath. Thank you to everyone on Nevis who made our trip so special: from those adorable kids at St. Thomas Primary, to Isaac, to Marlon, Paterson, Armena, Ethan, Doreen and especially Jane of the Lazy Turtle.