Showing posts from January, 2017

Vietnam Traveling Wall in Vero Beach

The Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial stopped in Vero Beach, Florida - not far from our house so we took the family to check it out. It's called the Wall That Heals. I think it's wonderful that people who want to visit the Wall don't have to go to DC to do it. It's free, open to the public and that makes it more accessible for everyone!  
From their official website: "Our Wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, it stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end. This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their home town who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington."

Going to see the wall was free; the entire rest of the event cost money, of course. At the event was some military themed things such as displays, tabl…

Lucky find - Dining in Québec

Continuing on our daily adventures, yesterday we headed north to Canada. It was my first time going there and based on my experiences, I will certainly try to go there again!

So, north of Vermont is Québec and so, that's where we ended up. We went with literally no destination in mind. Our only plan was to find a place to eat and turn around. And, we completely lucked out by finding an amazing place to have brunch.

I usually check out recommendations on Google maps and Travel Advisor on the web. Sometimes I wonder what the heck people are thinking when things like The Olive Garden gets a high rating. Nonetheless, I am often hopeful to find someone who truly loves food and food experiences through the reviews. One place really stood out -- a restaurant in the country (literally surrounded by a few homes and many, many farms) called L'Oeuf. 

By far one of the most wonderful places I've dined. The owner takes such pride in his recipes and food. The restaurant is like dining at…

New Hampshire & The King Arthur Flour Bakery

Vermont is such a skinny state that we thought we'd hop east to New Hampshire. The skies have been clear without any snow in the forecast so we are taking full advantage of the clear road conditions even though it's actually 1 degree here at certain parts of the day. Seriously, one degree. Uno degreeo. LOL

The trip to NH was fast. Just hopped on 89 south and in no time at all we were in Lebanon. There was no reason at all for selecting this town outside of the reason that it's a straight shot. We did pass the LL Bean Store (good reviews on Trip Advisor) but we didn't stop in.

I got a photo of the city hall and because no restaurants looked appealing that populated on Google Maps, we headed off to Dartmouth where it looked like there were more selections. In fact, when I looked up restaurants, I saw a farm-to-table restaurant and was like, "Oh lets go here!!" Then I saw it was back in Vermont and I realized even my phone wanted me to go back to Vermont. hahah…

Is your local airport kid friendly?

Last summer when we went to Cyprus, we traveled from Miami to Zurich, Switzerland and then on to Larnaca, Cyprus. There were a few options for stopping and we picked a nice, long layover to give the girls a break from being on the airplane. On the way to Cyprus, we ended up selecting a flight that gave us a full day to explore Zurich. On the way back, we had a few hours (not enough to leave the airport) but we discovered that the airport contained a kid zone that made the wait absolutely wonderful for us.

Miami (often our "home" airport) isn't my favorite. It's a hike to get to from home, there is always traffic, the airport is terribly busy and our luggage hasn't had the best of luck upon arriving back in Miami (damaged, usually). I don't know how "kid friendly" Miami is because we arrive just in time to fly ... but I can tell you, if you are traveling with kids, select Zurich, Switzerland for your layover.

In Zurich, we found kid areas that were…

Touring a Vermont Maple Syrup Farm

Each day we head off on an adventure while we are house sitting in Vermont. Yesterday we went to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks. My mom raised me right ... taught me to love French Toast and * real * maple syrup. So, this place was like a little Disneyland for me.

The first thing we noticed when we pulled in was that there was a cross country ski trail that goes through the property and some skiers were passing through who had pretty bright jackets. There is also parking for skiers, a ski shop and something about season passes (I know zero about cross country skiing so if you have questions, you'll have to ask them about it. Who checks the passes anyway? What are they for? I have no idea ...) There was also a path for people wearing snow shoes. Cool, huh?!

There are two goats outside so my daughter immediately loved the place. The goats are curious, cute and it wasn't stinky. (but perhaps it wasn't stinky because it was cold out).

We accidentally entered the building through …

A Happy New Year For A little Kitty

We fostered a little kitty named Roxanne for a couple of months through the Humane Society in Fort Pierce, Florida. The foster mom had to stop because she was pregnant and needed to get medical care (hope it worked out for her! I know pregnancy scares suck). Anyway, I was contacted by the foster coordinator to see if we were available for a kitty. Of course we were!!!

Roxanne was a crazy combination of spunky playful kitty and utter snuggler. If you weren't near her she cried for company. If you left the house, she was sad. This little cookie loved company. And, Sofia (my nearly 4 year old) had a blast with her. She picked her up and put her on her lap, carried her around the house and so on. The cat was child-proof and my daughter was a Roxanne fan.

My beautiful 3 year old hugging our foster kitty, Roxanne. Looking to adopt? Roxanne is available through the humane society in Fort pierce. Or, check out the fostering program so you can help foster an animal in need. #christmastim…

We all scream for (Ben & Jerry's) ice cream

Today we headed off to Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory in Waterbury, Vermont. The ice cream factory offers an extensive ice cream shop, fun factory tour and cool gift shop. It's one of those local touristy things you simply have to do. And it was worth it! Free for kids, cheap for adults, playground on site, ample parking and cute decorations everywhere. Totally worth the trip!

Visited Ben & Jerry's for a tour. Awesome! #vermont #stowe #benandjerrys #thingstodo #icecream #yum #usa #famous #waterbury A photo posted by liesl (@liesl.bee) on Jan 2, 2017 at 12:16pm PST
I visited the factory when I was a kid. I can't remember much about it except getting to sample a flavor that wasn't available in the stores yet and that the fields around it were like a cow heaven. But, upon visiting 20  years later as an adult, I wonder if their property was reduced over the course of time. There were a few hotels we passed that looked like new construction and a row of condo…

A Vermont House Sitting Adventure

We are on an adventure in the mountainous region of northern Vermont. The snow was falling when we were driving here (nearly didn't make it up a hill in upstate New York). But, we pushed through very slowly and made it here.

We are once again house sitting. This charming home sits on the side of a hill with the rear of the home filled with windows that look out onto an unobstructed view of beautiful mountains. There are two dogs at this house as well, and I cannot believe what I learned upon meeting the pups.

The owner told us they are purebred English Labs. One of them looks just like my dog I adopted from a shelter in Illinois. I mean, these guys look so similar. I always wondered why my dog was smaller - and I called him a "Labtini" because he was just so small compared to other labs but it turns out, he may have been English Lab. In fact, as with most shelter dogs, you have no idea what the breed is and just assume. My dog was an owner-reject. Someone had him and de…