Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I'll tell you what really get's my goat and had TravelApe very frusted this past weekend on his own. Oddly enough it was the same situation but at different places and areas. First to me. I was visiting a friend outside of Philadelphia the other day and being pressed for time I got into a drive through line at a Burger King. Yeah, let's not even get into quality or anything like that, I'm talking about the mere fact that I wanted something that tasted somewhat good and could get it fast. I proceeded to sit in line for 10 minutes !!! Yes ten minutes. Now let us get the facts straight. I was in line, there was one car in front of me and there was one other car in the parking lot. I could see that there was no activity in the store. Oh, by the way did I mention two lovelorn teen agers were in the throws of ectasy as I sat in line. Point is, when one drives into a fast food line, the expectation is in less than five minutes you can make an order, pay, get your food and be on your way with a half decent meal. Point is for me, I left.
Unbeknownst to me our friend TravelApe was in the Miami area this weekend doing some sightseeing and decided to stop in at an area KFC. Once again, he sat in line for over 15 minutes. TravelApe, unlike me, however, is a little more patient. That, however, still doesn't offer a happy end to the story. First, he sat in line while he watched a group of teenager or young workers throwing stuff at each other through the store windows. Second, a special meal he saw on a commercial wasn't available yet?? Third the food was terrible.
Well the moral of this story is there has to be a better way. TravelApe and I conversed on the phone and decided there are a few decent options. First, and probably people poo-poo on this concept, the local brand name convenience stores are sometimes the best of the options. The have food that is probably of higher quality, offer better selection, and sure let's get past the "fast" element here, actually can get you out the door in less the five minutes. The selections are boundless depending on where you are in the country. You have your 7-11 Convenient Stores across the country. You have Your WaWa's in the North East area of the United States. You've got your Circle K's out West. And a whole smorgish borg of selections across this great country. Do yourself a favor, before you take that turn and head into a Burger King, McDonald's, KFC or Taco Bell, think...And think well. The in and out convenient stores are your best bet.
Over the next few posts I'm going to feature some great destinations and offer some recommendations as to other alternatives outside the convenient stores too. The options are out there and TravelApe is sure to find them for you.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
There are certain times when just getting something to eat is not primitive. Not just getting the sustinence that is required to live. The fact is, going out to eat can sometimes be like going to an art museum. Well feast your eyes, your ears and the rest of what ever senses you have on the Oak Room New York City. This is a place of elegant style that offers entertainment in the old world style. You and the guests that accompany you can enjoy the elegance and warmth of carbaret style entertainment along with a great dinner. The Oak Room in New York City is located in the Algonquin Hotel New York City and is a perfect match for this legendary hotel. Quite simply this is really a fun place to visit, eat and just enjoy some great quality entertainment.
Visitors to the Oak Room Supper Club have been treated to the best in jazz, piano and much more. You're sure to enjoy some great laughs too on occaision as these performers really play it up to the crowd. Some great entertainment is coming to the venue soon as they include Barbara Carroll. Actually this performance is being offered every sunday as the show is called Barbara Carrol's Sunday Brunch Performance. A treat for your sunday afternoon. Beginning on October 20th, Glimpses of the Moon, a Jazz Age interpretation of a book authored by Edith Wharton will be gracing the Oak Room New York City.
There are many more performances that are worthy of a night out or afternoon if you're in the New York City area. Enjoy the best that these places have to offer.
Friday, October 10, 2008
The Ape is a fan of big colorful things. No doubt, and it would be hard to contend, that some of the biggest, brightest and most colorful scenes in the world is the changing of the colors in New England. In fact during the fall, many New York City residents make an annual pilgrimage to places such as Connecticut to enjoy the peace and serenity that come along with the country.
Our highlight or spotlight today is the beautiful and serene state of Maine. Specifically on our journey, the Ape took a great liking to the Cozy Moose Cabins of Maine. This is one wonderful place to literally get away from it all. Whether you are just a single person looking to get away and be at peace with yourself, or for the lovebirds out there that are looking for the best scenic and romantic getway you could possibly have, the Cozy Moose Cabins of Maine are right on target. To start the cabins are located right on Moosehead Lake of Maine. The area is out of a Norman Rockwell painting to some degree. The cabin resorts are located in Greenville Maine. The resort is home to vacation fun all year long, but the Ape, if pressed would have to say that if he had to make a choice, the fall is the best time of year to visit this place. The cabins are well appointed and being the class act they are, are decorated for the fall season. Bright earth tone colors and lot's off blankets to keep you and your love warm. One thing to remember is that it's not all about the cabins. If you're up in that area get out and enjoy the outdoors. The resort has lot's of planned activities to choose from such as canoes, organized hiking trips, mountain climbing and off road vehicles to rent.
The point is, these are crazy times and it is important to really step out and smell the roses. The Cozy Moose Cabins of Greenville Maine is one heck of a place to do this.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
of you untethered to family or children better stated, that options and getaways to some of the worlds greatest sun soaked destinations are out of reach.
This post is dedicated to Miami Florida and general area
of southern Florida. A great place to vacation and continue to soak in
the rays of the oh so wonderful sun. The spotlight attraction is the
Ancient Spanish Monestary located specifically in North Miami Beach
16711 West Dixie Highway. The Ancient Spanish Monestary official site is here for further review. The Monastery is open Mondays thru Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Sundays 12 Noon to 4:30 PM. The facility does close on occasions during regular business hours as the schedule here shows. The official site says it makes sense to call ahead just in case to see what the schedule for the upcoming days. The phone number is 305-945-1461. Admission is $5.00 regular, $2.50 Seniors over 62, $2.50 Students with valid ID, Children under 12 $2.00. The history of the Ancient Spanish Monestary starts actually in Spain, between the years
1133 to 1141 AD. At that time the St. Bernard de Clairvaux was built in the city of Sacramenia in the Province of Segovia Spain. The original purpose of the construction of the Monestary was to honor the Blessed Mother Mary, however, a local monk was canonized for sainthood, St.
Bernard of Clairvaux, as such the Monestary was named in honor of him. During civil war in Spain the monestary was cloistered and the entire facility was taken down brick by brick. Around 1925 a gentleman by the name of William Randolph Hearst purchased these cloisters and all buildings associated with the monestary. Packed away in over 11,000 protective crates the entire structure was shipped to the US. About that time, hoof and mouth disease had broken out in Segovia, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, fearing possible contagion, quarantined the shipment upon its arrival, broke open the crates and burned the hay, a possible carrier of the disease. Unfortunately, the workmen failed to replace the stones in the same
numbered boxes before moving them to a warehouse. Soon after the shipment arrived, Hearst's financial problems forced most of his collection to be sold at auction. The stones remained in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, for 26 years. One year after Hearts' death in 1952, they were purchased by Messrs. W. Edgemon and R. Moss for use as a tourist attraction. It took 19 months and almost $1.5 million dollars to put the Monastery back together. Some of the unmatched stones still remain in the back lot; others were used in the construction of the
present Church's Parish Hall.
There is a lot more you can learn by visiting the Ancient Spanish Monestary Miami if you do plan on heading to theMiami Beach area. Places like these are just awesome to take in while
you look for that occaisional diversion from the sunny beaches.