Saint Michael’s, Maryland

The Inn at Perry Cabin a beautiful hotel located about 80 miles from Washington DC. It’s a perfect weekend retreat especially since we can bring our dog with us. 

A very dog friendly hotel

The main. hotel

The dog menu

A happy customer

A terrific view

Beautiful Prague

Prague in April was beautiful. It was my third visit so it was much easier getting around. The weather was fantastic about 65 degrees or (18 Celsius).  It was perfect walking weather and Prague is definitely a walking city.  

One of the great things about Prague is that’s it’s still cheap compared to the rest of Europe. A delicious three course lunch with a glass of wine at the Four Seasons was only $18.  And beer is cheaper than water.  

Some photos from my walks

                               

March Visit to Cologne, Germany

In March we had the opportunity to drive to Cologne from Dusseldorf.  It’s about 45 minutes south and a very nice drive on the autobahn.   The Cathedral can be seen from nearly every point in the city center and from many places elsewhere: The magnificent Cologne Cathedral hovers above the roofs and chimneys of the city. Once we reached Cologne it is very easy to find parking by the Cathedral (Kölner Dom). 

Construction started in 1248 but was not finished until 1880.  In 1996 it became a UNESCO Heritage Site.  The stained glass windows have more than 11,500 panes of glass.

The Cologne CathedralThe Cologne Cathedral

The interior is stunning

The interior is stunning

4711 is a traditional German Eau de Cologne that has been produced since 1799.  The flagship store is next to the Cathedral.

The Original Cologne from 4711

The Original Cologne from 4711

No visit to a city in Germany is complete without a coffee and Baumkuchen.  Cafe Reichard is one of the cities oldest and is located right next to the Cathedral.

A wonderful Coffee

A wonderful Coffee

Cafe Reichard

Cafe Reichard

Keukenhof in Holland the Flower Basket of Europe

In early May with the luck of the Irish on our side we found ourselves in Amsterdam for a few days.  As we arrived in Holland we quickly learned that the prime season to visit Keukenhof ends in late May.  So we took a 45 min taxi ride to the gardens.  There are many ways to get there but we found that taking a taxi was by the simplest method.   We were also able to purchase entrance tickets directly through our hotel concierge.

Keukenhof means the “kitchen garden” in Dutch and was started in the 15th Century.  Countess Jacqueline of Bavaria gathered fruit and vegtables from the woods and dunes for her kitchen of Teylingen Castle. Subsequently, Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641, and the estate grew to an area of over 200 hectares.

Keukenhof is used as a showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, with 7 million spring-flowering bulbs displayed. It only lasts about 8 weeks in April/May of each year.

It is just a lovely place to walk, breathe, admire beauty and forget the headaches of life.  Here are a small number of the pictures I took.

Entrance to KeukenhofThe Gardens The Gardens The Gardens   The Gardens The Gardens The Gardens The Gardens

My Review of the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam

“Wonderful Luxury One of a Kind Property!!!!”

We absolutely loved the Waldorf!!! We stayed there for 3 nights in May 2015.   It is a wonderfully renovated property that is very well located right on the canals. You can walk anywhere within in 15 minutes.

Our room was so beautiful—the property has only been open for a year and its so elegantly done. It has nothing to do with the older conservative original Waldorf in New York. Its more of a boutique hotel with about 60 rooms. The bathrooms are huge with marble floors and separate shower and tub.

The service was through and through very very warm and friendly.

And the restaurant was simply delicious!!!

Our only mistake was staying only 3 nights—we should have stayed 7 at least.

I would absolutely love to go back.

Here is the entrance of the property.  You can see the original features

Here is the entrance of the property. You can see the original features

The Beautiful Lobby

The Beautiful Lobby

Located on the ground floor you can have drinks or an afternoon tea

Located on the ground floor you can have drinks or an afternoon tea

How to Choose Your Airline Seat Using SeatGuru

Do you want to know if you have a good seat before flying.  Remember not all seats are the same.  Some allow for more leg room or incline.  Some are close to bathrooms.  And who wants to get the dreaded middle seat.  So what can you do?  I have found a website that I use before EVERY FLIGHT.  It is called Seat Guru.  It is a free service.  Here is what a sample looks like

So lets say that you are flying on United Airlines.  One the Home Page on the Left Side there is a listing of Airlines.  So you would choose U-V-W.  Click on United. Then you will see

Now just enter your flight number and airline.  It will let you know what type of plane you are on.  It is important to realize that just because United flies for example from New York to Los Angeles each day they may not use the same plane type for each flight.   For those of us hoping for an upgrade you may want to select a flight with more Premium Economy or First Class seats.

Seat guru will show you the seat that you are in on a seat map.  it will also tell you if you have a Good Seat or a Bad One.