July 24th, 2016
Need a ride to Funland? Remember me? I am Miss Sophia and I am a little bit new at posting on a blog. So give me a chance. I will improve. There is nothing better than living at the beach! It is my playground. On such a hot week-end a day at the beach was a must.
Rehoboth Beach has parks and plenty of places to have a picnic. One of my favorites past times. I am a foodie at heart so a little to eat outdoors is always priceless!
Kids coming to Rehoboth Beach will soon find out that the Boardwalk is the life of the town. Lots of fun for young ones like me. But there is one place where the whole family will enjoy. That is Funland located at 6 Delaware Avenue and the Boardwalk. There are a lot of young kids attractions but the thrill rides that the older ones like, are also there. It opens daily at 10 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. The website is http://www.funlandrehoboth.com.
We had just been at Nicola Pizza, having dinner and a delicious Nic-o-Boli. Website? http://www.nicolapizza.com.
It was in June and the weather was still a bit cooler. So off we went to Funland. First thing my Grandmas and my Mom wanted to do was Whack-a-mole. This game was invented so long ago, in 1976. We had just gone from Nic-o-Boli to Whack-a-mole!! I was not sure about why all the screaming, but they thought it was fun. So here I am with my Mom. A Nikon Moment.
The beautiful carousel was more my speed at this stage of my life. I forgot to tell you but I have been busy mastering the art of walking. I am a bit stiff but it is definitely getting much better.
I know I am very serious on my photos but I can assure you that I was having fun. haha
I think the boat rides are the same price of so many years ago. On the first photo you can see my Dad on a green boat when he was little. He is not smiling either. On the other photo is where I am. A green boat, as well. 1 ticket per ride still!! A bargain.
Early evening is a good time for Funland. It is quieter than later at night.
I am going on the cutest little engine ride.
And then on the Police Car.
Oh no, I did not know about this next ride….but here they were taking me too!!
It was getting late and more people were starting to come in. It is right off the Boardwalk so it such an easy walk from all points in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. I will get the hang of all these rides as I get older but my first experience was a “blast”. Talk to you later!!
July 18th, 2016
A week-end is not enough, but that is all we had. You certainly need a few more days when visiting Montreal, Canada. Even though I live at the beach and this is a destination for many, for some of us getting out of town is definitely the thing to do when the beaches get too crowded. Summer travel is great. Everyone does it. I was reading an article the other day that you should try to visit a new place every month. I am trying to, and it does not have to be far away, but if you can do it please do because traveling inspires you to explore, to see the world for what it really is, regarding of the news of the day.
The Hotel Gault is located at 449, Rue Sainte-Helene, Montreal, QC, H2Y 2K9 Tel. 514-904-1616 or 1-866-904-1616 Website? http://www.hotelgault.com
As you can see from the photo taken outside of Hotel Gault, its architecture is classic. They mentioned that it is “Houssman architecture influenced by contemporary Paris”. Napoleon III brought Baron George-Eugene Haussman to bring order and structure to the chaotic, cramped Paris.
Very modern inside. The hotel showcases contemporary art from local Quebec and Canadian artists.
The hotel only has about 30 or 35 rooms. Ours was the apartment. Room 410. Huge. It really was like an apartment. Very comfortable with good lighting.
I am giving a shout to the staff and to the hotel guests. Looking for my key in my pocketbook I left my wallet in a cubby by the hall. A few hours later I got a call saying a hotel guest had returned it to the Front Desk. I had no idea I had left it so you can imagine how appreciative I was.
Hotel Gault is open to the public for dining…breakfast, brunch and lunch. The guests have 24 hour service.
Needless to say we had great service and the location was perfect. We could walk to all the cafes, restaurants, and shops. Loved Old Montreal!!
July 12th, 2016
Everyone was driving south as I took for Philly driving north from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The DE beaches are so crowded. It is the height of the season. Hot summer days get everyone out of town. I love a Saturday and Sunday in a city. You can walk around with ease.
Such was last Saturday. I arrived at Rittenhouse Square. This is one of the prettiest squares in Philadelphia. Quickly we took a walk to South St. looking for a cafe that is very popular and very understated. Called Ants Pants Cafe, located at 2212 South St. Tel. 215-875-8002. The Cafe has a small terrace in the back if you want to eat al fresco. They offer breakfast, brunch, and lunch. They take cash only but there is also an ATM machine inside. Website? http://www.antspantscafe.com
The Ants Pants Cafe has offerings that could be found in any cafe in Australia. The coffee is from Australia’s Tobbys Estate. Ants Pants mean outstandingly good person.
Not knowing what the other table was asking I found out that they had ordered sweet potato fries. They looked amazing so I had to have them. They were brought in with sour cream and sweet chili sauces.
A Spinach Salad with baby spinach, goat cheese, green apples, walnuts, red onions with a balsamaic vinaigrette, dressing, topped with crispy bacon. An order of yogurt with fruit was also enjoyed. All good and fresh with very friendly service. Ants Pants Cafe offer smoothies, milkshakes and juice. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Walking back to Rittenhouse Square I could not believe how quiet the streets were. People usually do not see Philly this way. The beautiful streets with its grand row houses and flowers. The city is getting ready for the Democratic Convention and the Equality Forum.
Rittenhouse Square has so many shops, restaurants and cafes. This particular children’s shop caught my attention. I am putting it in the post because I have so many friends becoming grandparents. Check it out ladies.
From tailoring, reconstruction, and custom design, Irina Sigal is on Locust Street. Dressmaker Irina Sigal…www.irinasigal.com.
These people were having fun discovering the city. Exploring Philly like never before. It is a 15 guest bike. An open air tour bus. You are among other riders who might want to pedal around Philly during the day and during evenings stop at favorite bars. They offer history tours, food tours, fitness rides, kids’ parties, and a new history tour with Ben Franklin. Please visit http://www.bigredpedaltours.com
Time for coffee. The daily addiction. I remember not that long ago in Puerto Rico, they thought that Americans did not know how to drink coffee. Not strong enough, they would say. Well that has certainly changed with amazing coffee shops found all throughout the nation. One coffee shop being mentioned as one of the bests nationwide is La Colombe. I arrived at this coffee shop located at 130 South 19th street in Philadelphia. Tel. 215-563-0860. It was packed with customers drinking the most incredible coffee. This is not the only spot in Pennsylvania. They have opened coffee shops in Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York. Check their website at http://www.lacolombe/blogs/cafes.
La Colombe takes an iced coffee to a different level. First ever Draft Latte, a take on the draft beers, except it is coffee. It even has the foam. Now you can even find it in a can!! It certainly was delicious sipped among others in this coffee shop which reminds me of a coffee shop in Europe.
Things cannot be that bad in the world as long as there is coffee…lol.
We could not get into this tiny bar called the Graffitti Bar. Through the alley way we went only to find it completely full. Oh well, another time.
There was a bit of thunder and a few sprinkles. Time to head back home but not before I saw this couple. Yes, romance is still in the air.