Posts Tagged With: Sightseeing
13 months after my first visit to Dublin, Ireland I went back for one glorious day. Yes that’s right one day. While wandering the city, here are some of the sights and foods I had that I just had to go back and do again.
As part of my trip to Dublin, I had the opportunity to fly British airways from London to Dublin and back. This was my first short haul experience on British Airways. In fact I’ve been racking my brain as to when I’ve flown them before, and I can only recall one flight about three years ago from Singapore to Sydney. If I flew them as a youngster when making infrequent trips to India, I’m going to have to guess it was 1980 or earlier if at all.
British Airways a320
Yes this is all from the same little island. I just love how The Big Island of Hawaii is so diverse in it’s landscape flora and fauna.
I had a great time in Chicago, it was a really great city to walk around and enjoy. The city is just enormous and has some of the tallest building in North America. It also well was/is home to some storied companies such as Sears, Montgomery Ward, F.W. Woolworth’s, Prudential, Wrigley and the local Tribune newspaper.
During our visit I had a chance to take the amazing Architectural river boat cruise and see many of these amazing buildings for a really great vantage point. The tour was really really great. It truly brought the city to life and allowed me to see the city on a way that I had not expected to see it in. The tour guide did a great job of describing the buildings and explaining why they were designed the way they were and talked a ton about the history of the city and its growth. Besides that he added a good bit of humor to keep the tour light and interesting too. I know that if I had not been on this three hour tour (really just 1 ½), I would not have come away from Chicago with as much knowledge as I did about the history of it.
Wrigley Field, what a gem. I was so excited to finally make it to this mecca, where they have been playing baseball for the past 100 years. Last week my friend and I went to Chicago to specifically visit Wrigley and root on the San Francisco Giants during their three game visit here. This trip had been planned since early January and I was so excited to finally visit Chicago as a tourist and get the chance to see the Cubs home park. Wrigley Field is famous for several things, it’s the oldest ballpark still being used for Major League Baseball, it has an ivy covered outfield wall and there are bleachers on many of the buildings outside the park that have views of the field. This kind of charm just can’t be manufactured, and although there are some amazing newer ballparks, this one harkens back to a different time. They still have a manual outfield scoreboard (it’s supposed to be retired after this year), they have very limited advertising and very few electronic signs. You’re reminded of a much simpler time when you actually went to a game to watch it.
The family and I recently spent a cup of coffee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu. Unfortunately I didn’t get a single picture of our 1 Bedroom Suite in the Diamond Head tower. I usually try to do this but with five of us staying here and with so much excitement to get to the beach as soon as we walked into the room our bags exploded and the room was a mess. That being said I can at least provide you with some insight into the property and my thoughts about staying here.
First off let me tell you that this property is HUGE. It’s the largest Hilton property with almost 4000 rooms on 22 acres of beachfront property. I’m not sure how many high-rise buildings are on the property, but I’d say it’s close to 10. Additionally there are over 22 restaurants on site, tons of stores to shop in, two ABC Stores, Three Starbucks and a pear tree. Continue reading
Dave Niehaus, the voice of the Seattle Mariners from the beginning starting with their first game on April 6, 1977. He called 5,284 over 34 years for the Mariners until his passing in 2010. He had the very classic quote on all Mariners Home Runs “Break out the rye bread grandma it’s a Grand Salami !”
Two ballparks 100% completely opposite in almost every way, including being on opposite sides of the country to boot. My Tampa Bay Rays road trip continued one week later at their hometown park in St. Petersburg Florida. I was in Seattle one week earlier and got a chance to see the Mariners put a walloping on the Rays to the tune of 12 – 5. The following week I was in Tampa for work and this time I got to see them loose to my hometown Oakland Athletics 3 – 0. Hey what luck not only did I get to see two games one week apart but I got to see them at parks not in my hometown state of California. Plus I got to visit what many people call “the worst ballpark in America”.