Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What are you doing New Year's Eve?

Well, if you're in San Francisco for New Year's Eve, then there are at least 925 things for you to do according to San Francisco Travel. And, if you're concerned about transportation, all MUNI lines and routes are free on New Year's Eve from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (for more information check out MUNI's website.)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Mummies Know the Way to San Jose

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is located in San Jose and contains the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in the Western US. The museum is located in Rosicrucian Park, which includes a planetarium (closed), temple, research library and peace garden. The Rosicrucian Order is not a religious order, but a "non-sectarian body of men and women who study the elusive mysteries of life and the universe." 



The buildings are very exotic looking being designed in either an Egyptian or Moorish style. The design pf  Rosicrucian Museum was inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak. The Rosicrucian Park features lots of roses among other trees, plants and flowers. The parking lot for the museum is across the street; parking is free.


The museum features a well-rounded collection from tiny artifacts to actual mummies. There are also artifacts from other neighboring cultures of the ancient Egyptians. There are a number of large artifacts in the museum which are replicas of actual artifacts, including a replica Rosetta Stone. The museum even features a replica Egyptian tomb, which takes you from one side of the museum to the other.


The museum also features a small gift shop and is currently showing the art exhibit Vibrations by Maria Butina. You can also take pictures in the museum as long as you don't use a tripod or flash.

     

  
  



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Better Late Than Never

So, it's been a while since I came back from my last trip to California and I'm just getting around to writing my posts. I did try to post while I was on vacation, but for some reason the BlogPress app on my iPhone/iPad wouldn't post what I wrote. Now that the weather at home has gotten cold and is only going to get colder, I'm definitely California dreaming. So, I will be reliving my last vacation through my upcoming posts over the next few weeks. Enjoy, especially if this winter's day is making you dream of California, too.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Another Day, Another Groupon: Red and White Fleet, San Francisco

View of San Francisco from the Bay.
So, I opened up the Groupon page today and what did I see? Another discount deal on a San Francisco attraction. Today, the Groupon is for 50% off a 60-minute bay cruise for two on  the Red and White Fleet, departing from Fisherman's Wharf. Whenever I go someplace near the water, I love to go for a boat tour and have done this several times in San Francisco. You typically get close up views of the Golden Gate Bridge and fantastic views of San Francisco. Getting out on the water gives you a unique perspective of the city and it's geography. I highly recommend taking advantage of this Groupon if you plan to be in San Francisco anytime in the next year. The deal doesn't expire until September 24, 2012!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Get Your Groupon...I Did: Ripley's Believe It of Not!

One of the new things I'll be seeing on this trip to California will be the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum and Mirror Maze at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, courtesy of my Groupon purchase. I've walked by this museum numerous times while in San Francisco, but have never gone in. Now, with this great deal available from Groupon,, how could I resist? I couldn't. I love bargains, and half price tickets for something to do on vacation is even better. For $11 you can get one combo ticket to the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum and  Mirror Maze, combo purchase for two is $20, and a combo pack for four is only $38. These are all over 50% off savings...and even if you don't want to go to the Mirror Maze, the $11 purchase price for a ticket to the museum is still a deal as regular adult admission is $19.99. The Groupon is only good through December 22, so you'll need to go in the next several months...not a problem for me. I was never really sure if I wanted to go to this cheesy tourist attraction, but at the reduced rates, I couldn't resist checking it out. I'll report on my visit, so check back in two weeks for details.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Less Than Two Weeks to Go

Vacation is on in less than two weeks and I couldn't be more excited. It's been a little under two years since I've been to California, so it's definitely time. I'm looking forward to visiting some familiar places (Monterey, for one) and hoping to explore some unfamiliar locations, as well. I'm in the process of finalizing some plans and researching a few locations, so we'll see where we end up. Some of the time will be spent with the BF's family and some time will be spent on our own. Nine more days to go...guess I better get packing!

Spa Week

Spa Week's Fall 2011 Event, presented by CAREFREE® is a nationwide event taking place from October 10 - 16, but there are a lot of participating spas in California. I always think it's nice if you can combine a spa treatment with vacation, but even if you aren't on vacation, it's a great deal to take advantage of the $50 spa treatments during Spa Week. You can purchase Spa Week gift cards in advance online. Spa Week launched this past Monday, so book your appointments now...especially if you're going to be on vacation the week of Spa Week. You wouldn't want to miss out on a little pampering and relaxation!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hotel Deals for San Francisco

Act now for some great deals on hotels in San Francisco. The first deal is a Living Social Escape and only has one day left to purchase. For $139 for a weeknight stay or $169 for a weekend, you can stay at the new boutique hotel da Vinci Villa located in the Marina District near Russian Hill. The deal includes a stay for two in a deluxe room, a 25% discount to the hotel's CaffĂ© Como and a bottle of wine.

The second deal is from Historic Hotels of America® which is featuring special fall packages on historic hotels in San Francisco. Book your stay at their website through September 30 and receive a one-year family membership to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Historic Hotels of America® is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hotels that participate in this program must "have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance." Participating hotels are the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, InterContinental Mark Hopkins, Omni San Francisco, and the Palace Hotel.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's A Belated Blogiversary

Petite L'Amour
Photo courtesy of  El.lE Photography. Petite L'Amour by El.lE Photography.

Well, I've been writing this blog for over three years now. At times I've been way better at posting than others. I say I'll change my ways and post more, but then I drop off. I'm hoping that this post will continue my recent streak of posting. I now work out of my home, so having the freedom and flexibility that comes with that should allow me to post more. There's a lot of work that goes into some of the posts, as I have to research information and check websites to make sure links work and so on. Then, there's finding the right pictures to accompany my posts, not to mention the inspiration to write. Hopefully, you will be seeing more from me as I enter my fourth year writing this blog. If you are a regular reader, or even if this is your first time, let me know what posts you like or what things you might like to see more of. So, to everyone reading this and my blog, thank you. Have a cupcake, on me. Happy Blogiversary!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tickets Purchased and Planning in Progress

Finally, an opportunity has come up to return to California. I haven't been since January 2010 and this trip can't come soon enough. Hopefully, by going in late September the weather will be great. My last trip to California was marred by rain, rain, and more rain. The only benefit to all of the rain was all of the rainbows it produced.
Rainbow over San Francisco Bay

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New Pacific Coast Highway iPhone App and Contest


Pacific-Coast-Highway-Travel.com and GuideGecko put out a new iPhone app this week. To celebrate, they  have a contest running until August 31. Simply download the app and answer three questions via this link.

One lucky person will win a free night along the Pacific Coast Highway in Carmel at Vagabond's House Inn, a favorite of the writer's of Pacific-Coast-Highway.com. Additionally, if you travel between January and March 2012, the Inn will throw in a second night as part of the prize.

The app features over 200 hand-picked accommodation suggestions and reviews along the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to San Diego. All reviews are written by award-winning travel writers Mike Gerrard and Donna Dailey.

The app is available immediately in the iTunes App Store for the introductory price of $0.99, and can be downloaded from www.guidegecko.com/pchh-app.html.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Famous Homes or Homes of the Famous in San Francisco

The NBC affiliate in the Bay Area has put together a gallery of famous homes in San Francisco. The gallery covers homes made famous by TV or movies or by the people who live or lived in them. Check out the gallery and see if you recognize any of them.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Act Fast for a Chance to Win San Francisco Freebies

Follow Only in SF, the official San Francisco Travel account, on Twitter (@onlyinsf) for a chance to win
tickets to various San Francisco attractions promoting "49 Hours in San Francisco." The official contest hash-tag is #49Hoursof SF and you will need to answer one of their trivia question tweets for a chance to win. You can visit their website for more information. The contest runs through July 22, 2011.

The Streets (or Sidewalks) of San Francisco

Help the City of San Francisco win the title of "Most Walkable" city by visiting the Walk Score website and clicking "like" on the rankings page. San Francisco is currently running a close second to New York. However, there should be no comparison as San Francisco boasts gorgeous scenery, temperate weather, and distinctly diverse neighborhoods in a small area of only 46.9 square miles. The website touts Chinatown, the Financial District, and Tenderloin as the most walkable neighborhoods.

Friday, May 27, 2011

WooHoo! I'm Rich!

Well, not really; however, I did receive a payment today from Amazon for digital downloads/subscriptions of this blog. So, to those of you who have downloaded my blog posts via Amazon, THANK YOU! For others, please know this service is available for my blog and many others, so that you can read them on your Kindle. No one is ever going to rich from offering their blog on Amazon (if you do, let me know how you did it), but it is nice to offer it as an option--the point is to get more readers. And, like I said, I'm not going to get rich off of it, but I can at least buy a couple glasses of my favorite iced tea at Starbuck's. So, enjoy! ;-)


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, April 28, 2011

"The Whole Enchihuahua"

Trust me, this isn't really off-topic. I recently adopted a Chihuahua/terrier mix from a local dog rescue group. Ever since then, I've been interested in finding out more about Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes. I'm also interested in animal rescue organizations, especially those who try to get animals into homes instead of euthanizing them. Euthanization shouldn't be the first choice and my preference is for it to not ever be a choice. So, when I saw a blog post about the work of former San Francisco SPCA president Richard Avanzino to institute no-kill policies during his tenure with the SF SPCA, I went to check out their website. And the first thing I saw on their website was an event this weekend: "The Whole Enchihuahua."

The Whole Enchihuahua dog contest will be this Sunday, May 1, in Dolores Park. Dolores Park is located in the Mission District of San Francisco. The contest is open to all dogs, not just Chihuahuas and costumes are highly encouraged. The Whole Enchihuahua kicks off the SF SPCA's month-long celebration of Chihuahuas. During the month of May, the SF SPCA will be offering free spay/neuter procedures to chihuahuas and chihuahua mixes. They will also be offering reduced adoption fees for all dogs under 20 pounds, part of their "Small Dog. Big Heart." campaign. The event itself features the dog contest, ask a vet, a prize wheel,face painting, food, mariachi music, and more. The Whole Enchihuahua will be from 1:00 - 4:00


Mr. Bojangles, my Chihuahua/terrier rescue dog.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Visit California Contest

The California Travel and Tourism Commission is currently running a sweepstakes on their website to "Live Like a Californian." Each week there is a new quiz that you can take only once. You earn chances to win by correctly answering questions. The contest runs through June 19, 2011. To enter the contest, go to the Visit California website.

So, I've Been Busy...

which is no excuse for neglecting the blog. I promise to do better, starting now. I will be posting again and just as often a I can. So, for those of you who've missed me, I apologize for the hiatus and am letting you know that I'm back!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year, New Post

Happy New Year! I'm hoping that 2011 brings many opportunities for travel for myself and my readers. I'm especially hopeful that I'll be able to take a trip or two to California. I was only able to visit California once in 2010. Unfortunately, that trip was marred by much rain, therefore cutting down on opportunities for exploring new areas (there was a lot of rain.)

Hopefully 2011 treats you well. Happy Travels!