I’m from Michigan. I live in California. I love to travel.

Thanksgiving on Maui Hawaii, Travel

by Mary on November 19, 2013 with 1 comment

One week from tomorrow, we fly to Maui where we will spend five days basking in the Maui sun.

Here are a few things that we’re planning on doing while we’re there:

* Watching the sunrise at the Haleakala Crater
* Hiking at Iao Valley State Park
* Driving the road to Hana
* Snorkeling at Molokini

I. Can’t. Wait.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Beijing to Hong Kong China, Oh, the places you'll go

by Mary on May 21, 2013 with 0 comment

I’m trying to figure out the best itinerary for a two week trip to China traveling from Beijing to Hong Kong.

This may be a bit too ambitious for a two week trip, but for now this is what I have in mind:

Beijing -> Ping Yao -> Shanghai -> Tongli -> Hong Kong & Macau

Three days in Beijing, two in Ping Yao, two in Shanghai, two in Tongli and five in Hong Kong and Macau.

My 30th Birthday: Portugal Oh, the places you'll go, Portugal

by Mary on May 8, 2013 with 0 comment

For my 30th birthday (in 2015), I want to travel around Portugal.

I want to visit Lisbon, Aveiro, Porto and the Azores.

I’m working on the itinerary now. Stay tuned!

Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Mexico City & Guanajuato, Mexico Mexico, Oh, the places you'll go

by Mary on January 30, 2013 with 0 comment


One day I will visit Mexico City & Guanajuato and this is what I’ll do while I’m there:



The Red Tree House
The Red Tree House – TripAdvisor


National Palace
Templo Mayor
Metropolitan Cathedral
Views from Latin American Tower
Monument to Benito Juarez
Monument to the Revolution
El Angel (The Angel of Independence)
Views from Torre Mayor
Central University City Campus


El Califa and El Farolito are across the street from each other. Try their tacos el pastor and compare.
Mexico City for Tamales, Tortas and Tacos


La Belga – craft beer bar
El Deposito – Mexican craft beer bar
La Guadalupana – cantina where Frida, Diego and Trotsky used to hang



Casa Zuniga B&B
Casa Zuniga B&B – TripAdvisor


The Monumento a El Pipila
Teatro Juarez
Jardin de la Union
The Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato
Callejon del Besos
Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel
Museo de las Momias
Mina La Valenciana
Templo La Valenciana


Las Mercedes
Casa Ofelia Rest-Bar


Café Tal – Coffee
La Diabla – A small dark bar with cheap drinks

This itinerary is a work in progress (as are all of the itineraries that I post in Oh, The Places You’ll Go). Please let me know if you have any recommendations!

Pioneertown: Pappy & Harriet’s California

by Mary on January 22, 2013 with 0 comment


Pioneertown is an old west town that was built in 1946 as a movie set. There isn’t much to do there, but to admire the scenery and stop in the few shops that are open for business.

The main attraction in Pioneertown is Pappy & Harriet’s, a divey restaurant and bar that serves above average BBQ and has live music. We had dinner there on Saturday and saw The Mowgli’s. If you haven’t heard of them, look them up and listen!

Pioneertown is a nice getaway. It’s only two hours from Los Angeles so you could go for the day or you could stay for the weekend and spend some time in Joshua Tree National Park.


My Bucket List My Bucket List

by Mary on January 18, 2013 with 0 comment

My bucket list is currently very short. I want to:

#1 Visit every continent

#2 Travel out of the country with each member of my immediate family

My plan for accomplishing #1:

I have already visited North America, Europe and Asia. This year I am traveling Cusco, Peru so I’ll be done with South America. That leaves Africa, Australia and Antarctica. I’m hoping to make my way to Africa and Australia over the next couple years. And I’m saving Antarctica for a special occasion, but I will go there. I’m hoping to accomplish all of this by the time I’m 35. I’m 27 now. We shall see!

My plan for accomplishing #2:

I have already traveled out of the country with my Mom. We went around France for three weeks when I was in high school, but I would like to take another trip with her now that I’m older and a better traveler. I’d like to start a tradition of doing destination holidays with my Mom, Terry and Nate. We could spend Christmas and New Years in different places while we all have time off from work, school, etc. I can’t imagine a better way to spend the holidays. As for my Dad, it took some work (he doesn’t like flying), but he recently agreed to traveling out of the country with me. We still have to pick a place and obviously a time, but at least I got the OK. My Dad took my Grandpa to Japan when he was younger and it was a great experience for them. That’s what made me want to add this item to my bucket list.

Paris: L’As Du Fallafel France

by Mary on January 16, 2013 with 0 comment

L’As Du Fallafel is a Middle Eastern restaurant in the Marais that serves the best falafel I’ve ever had. Perfectly soft yet stable pita bread filled with amazing falafel and fresh vegetables like cabbage, eggplant and cucumbers and topped with a lovely tahini sauce and optional spicy sauce which I went for. You can be seated inside, but I prefer ordering at the window and eating it on the street.

TIP: stuff your pockets with napkins if choose to eat it on the street. It’s messy. And don’t be discouraged if there’s a long line, it moves along pretty quickly. You should decide what you want before you get in line. A guy will come around to take your order and have you pay in advance, don’t be nervous about this, even though he’s wearing everyday clothes and doesn’t look associated with the restaurant, he is and it’s legit. He will give you an order form after you pay so you’ll just have to hand it to the guy at the window and you will have your falafel in approximately five seconds. Oh, and it’s cheap too.

L’As Du Fallafel is located at 32 rue des Rosiers. I believe they’re open Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 12am, Friday from 12pm to 3pm and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.