We didn’t do very much on the morning of December 31st. We slept in and wandered around some more around Bourbon St. We decided to get tickets to the Sugar Bowl that would take place the day after. We found a nice pub to eat dinner while we watched Clemson beat Oklahoma. Continue reading →
We checked into our hotel, the Blake Hotel, and quick made our way into the city center and the French Quarter. The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood of New Orleans, with a number of historic buildings dating back to 18th century when the Spaniards rules the city. Continue reading →
Sarah and I decided on a whim to spend New Year’s Eve in New Orleans, at the Gulf of Mexico. Milestones along the way would be to visit the biggest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, admire the “lucky” USS Alabama in Mobile, and watch fireworks and College Football in New Orleans. Writing this blog post I really can’t believe how much we did in only a few days!
It’s right after midnight when the landscape becomes hillier and the road starts to slope up and down. Half an hour earlier, we drove across the George Washington Bridge. On both sides of the road I see woods that seem dense in the dark, although I can’t determine the type of trees. Continue reading →
In the past I have had great fun making a number of road trips. In Europe, a three-week trip took me through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. In the U.S. I took two one-week road trips in the U.S., one by myself and one with Sarah. The best part of it was that these trips weren’t even all that expensive!
I’d like to share some of the ways in which I managed to save costs on 4 areas: driving, eating, sleeping, and getting discounts. Continue reading →
It was another very hot day. After our whitewater adventures we would do a lot of driving today. We however started on foot, exploring Colorado’s capital, Denver. Our first stop was Tattered Cover Book Store, a book shop unique in several ways. The store, first of all, offers both new and used books right next to each other on its shelves. As we found many bargains, we quickly realised that we should be careful not to buy too many, as our budget airline would not allow us to bring them home. Furthermore, a selection of books are accompanied by handwritten notes of the shop’s staff describing how they experienced reading the specific books, giving the whole scene a very personal touch. Knowing that later today we would follow into Stephen King’s footsteps, I bought a beautiful hardback copy of The Stand. Continue reading →
The past days Sarah and I have been on a vacation in Colorado. It was our first road trip together in the U.S. Among many other things, we were to visit the Rocky Mountains, experience extreme heat and cold, visit a rodeo show and relax in natural hot water springs.