Mexico City Off the Beaten Path on Bicycle

This morning I left my Airbnb at 8:30 a.m. and walked a mile for an Airbnb experience called Mexico City off the beaten path on bicycle. There were 7 of us including the guide. After a short introduction we cycled 2 minutes for some cappuccino and pastry.

After cycling a bit. We stopped and had a fried taco and a soft taco with lamb 😋

More cycling followed by a cup of fresh fruit with the best chili powder/sauce. You wouldn’t think it would go together, but it was delicious.

Mario, our guide, was the sweetest!

We stopped by a large unusual library followed with more cycling and sampling six flavors of some type of drink that has probiotics.

A little salsa in the park, more cycling, and we finished with the best taco I’ve ever had, pork with cactus, beans and other ingredients. Our drink was quite unusual and also delicious, a cup rimmed with caramel/sesame seeds, with a little lime juice in it and Corona beer poured into the cup.

I highly recommend this Airbnb experience and Mario! Going to take a nap now 😊

Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe

Picking up where I left off from my last post, the rest of my day was spent taking an Uber, which took 50 minutes because of traffic, to the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe.  It’s an amazing Basilica! There’s an old building and a new one.

I had another Uber pick me up for a 35 minute ride to a restaurant called Primos, located a few minutes from my Airbnb.  I had a glass of Chardonnay, a Caesar salad, and a filet (smothered in gravy.. didn’t know it came with that) with potatoes.  I couldn’t eat it all so I had them box up the leftovers.  It was good, not great. I’ll eat regular Mexican food eventually ☺️

Tomorrow I’m joining an Airbnb experience group to go bike riding around the city for 5 hours.

Saturday Bazaar at the Plaza San Jacinto

Today was a long day! I had an Uber pick me up at 9:30 a.m. this morning and arrived at the Saturday bazaar at the Plaza San Jacinto 30 minutes later, just as it opened. I purchased quite a few gifts and a few things for myself. There were lots of beautiful paintings that I wished I could have brought home, but I didn’t feel like mailing them.  I stayed for a couple of hours and it became quite crowded. 

I walked half a mile to the Parque de la Bombilla. There were lots of people rollerblading and practicing some type of karate. I’m not sure what the youth were erecting.

I’ll do a separate post covering the rest of my day.

Museum Day at Bosque de Chapultepec

Bosque de Chapultepec is a 1700 acre park that contains nine museums, a castle, amusement parks, winding paths, commemorative sculptures, lakes and fountains. It’s considered the first and most important of Mexico City’s “lungs”, with trees that replenish oxygen to the Valley of Mexico.

The weather turned cooler and cloudy today so I thought it would be a great day to go to three of the museums in the park. I walked almost 2 miles to Museo de Arte Moderno. I really enjoyed exploring this museum.

Next I walked 5 minutes to the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo. Luckily it was free for seniors, since there wasn’t that much to see and it was just okay.

My sentiments about the museum… taken inside 🙂

The Museo Nacional de Antropologia was another 5-minute walk. This place is amazing, it’s on par with the museums in Washington D.C. and it’s only $5.

After walking my legs off, I stopped at a restaurant for a late lunch/ early dinner. All together I walked over 7 mi. There’s still more for me to see at the Bosque de Chapultepec.

Beautiful walk thru La Condesa and Roma, Mexico City, Mexico

I went on a 3-mile walk in my neighborhood (La Condesa) and surrounding areas (Roma) for my first day in Mexico City. I’ll be here through the month of February. My main destinations were Parque Mexico and Parque España.

Lots of sidewalk cafes

Had a late lunch / early dinner at La Vineria.

I just have to remember to keep my mouth shut when I shower 😅

Solo trip to Mexico City for a month

I’ll be visiting this amazing place called Tolantongo

I’m sitting in the JFK airport waiting for my flight to Mexico City. My original flight was to connect in Dallas and I would have arrived at 4:00 p.m. to Mexico City but it was canceled right before leaving for the airport because of ice storms in Dallas. I booked this flight that has a 5-hour layover and arrives at 12:15 a.m. My Airbnb is located in one of the nicest areas of the city, Condesa.

I’ll have 27 days to explore the largest city in the western hemisphere. I prepared an itinerary with places I will visit, listed below.

Bosque de Chapultepec

Museo Soumaya…America’s Park…Polanco… Parque Lincoln

Basílica de Guadalupe

Parque de la Bombilla…Plaza del Carmen…Casa del Obispo Galeria de Arte Popular…Parroquia San Jacinto…Atrio de la Parroquia San Jacinto…Bazaar Saturday

Alameda Central Park…The House of Tiles…Mirador Torre Latino…Museo de Arte…Palacio de Bellas Artes

Murales de la Secretaria de Educacion Publica…Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Mexico…Zocalo

Parque Mexico…Plaza Luis Cabrera…Parque Espana

Fuente de Cibeles…Plaza Rio de Janeiro…Museum of the Object… Juarez neighborhood

I’m signed up to do a couple of Airbnb experiences: Waters of Tolantongo, and a 5-hour bike riding tour. There’s also a hiking experience and a canal boat experience that I most likely will purchase. I’m also hoping to spend a couple of nights in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allente.

I joined a couple of meetup.com groups, so I plan on meeting some locals. It should be an amazing trip!

2022 in Review

2022 was definitely a year of travel! My first trip was in late Jan/Feb for almost a month in Honolulu, Oahu. Although I went by myself, I had lined up a few dates through online dating and also went to a couple of Meetup.com happy hours. It was a nice escape from the winter here in Northern Kentucky.

I left in early April for almost three months in Europe, 5 countries, 21 accommodations, with 18 day trips. It was a trip of a lifetime! When you travel solo, you tend to meet people more easily. I met a man at the beach in Mykonos, Greece and had dinner with him, a man and his family from a Facebook Europe travel group in Colmar, France, another lady from the same group in Colmar, France, and was invited to a friend’s country home in Chania, Greece.

I started in Rome for six nights with day trips to Tivoli and Orvieto. (Photo at Villa d’Este, Tivoli, Italy)

I traveled by train most of the time. Next I spent seven nights in Spoleto with day trips to Perugia, Assisi, and Spello. (Photo in the town of Spello)

My next destination was Florence where I spent eight nights with day trips to Siena (photo below), Lucca, and San Gimignano.

With nine nights in Paris, I was able to take day trips to Rouen, Versailles, Chartres, and Troyes (photo below).

Rouen shown below

During my five nights in Tours, France I took a shuttle bus to see some amazing Chateaus: Villandry (the gardens)…

Azay-Le-Rideau…

Cheverny…

Amboise, Chambord, Clos Luce, and Chenonceau.

I also had my hair colored/cut and had a spectacular 90 minute massage!

The seven nights I spent in Colmar, France were some of my favorite. It’s a magical place.

I took day trips to five quaint towns surrounding Colmar: Riquewihr, Kayserberg-Vignoble, Ribeauville, Equesheim, and Turckheim.

I also took a day trip from Colmar to Strasbourg, which I loved!

I began my time in Germany with five nights in Freiburg Im Breisgau (Black Forest) with day trips to a couple of area lakes. My Airbnb host let me borrow her bicycle which I rode often. I also went to a day spa with indoor/outdoor mineral pools.

Next, I made the journey through towns along the Romantic Road and spent one night each in Wurzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbuhl (photo below), Noerdlingen and Augsburg.

The last stop was in Fuessen for two nights. The Neuschwanstein Castle is located here. The first photo was taken while on the uphill walk to the castle…

I flew from Munich to Mykonos where I spent four nights.

Then took a ferry to Santorini for three nights.

To finish my Greek Islands experience, I flew to Chania, Crete, and spent three glorious days.

Next up was Switzerland…I flew to Zurich, took the train to Lucerne and spent two nights.

I backtracked and spent three nights at Lake Como, visiting Varenna, Menaggio and Belaggio (photo below).

I spent eight additional nights in Switzerland and discovered it’s my favorite European country! The hiking is amazing!

Took the Bernina Express Scenic train to St. Moritz for two nights. (Photo taken from a hike)

Took the Glacier Express Scenic train to Zermatt for two nights. (Photo taken from a hike)

Spent four nights in Lauterbrunnen (Photo taken from a hike)

In September I took a 10 day road trip through Michigan, Traverse City, Taquamenon Falls State Park, Marquette, Munising in the Upper Peninsula, and Mackinac Island. My dear friend Sherry joined me for the UP and Mackinac. (Photo: Pictured Rocks Boat Tour)

In October, a friend and I drove to the Smoky Mountains and hiked for a couple of days.

Finally, in December I found an inexpensive ($160 including luggage) flight to St. Petersburg, Florida and rented a beautiful Airbnb for 10 days. A new girlfriend joined me for part of the trip.

The holidays are rough for me since my husband and only child passed away a few years ago. I don’t contemplate suicide like I used to. I’m getting used to living alone. On Christmas Day I had brunch with my brother and his wife and then went to a get-together at a girlfriend’s home.

A few other things to note: I had my bathrooms and kitchen remodeled and after a six month break from online dating, joined five sites and have gone on too many first dates to remember 🙂 I also joined a health club and have been working out pretty regularly.

I’m writing this on my deceased son’s birthday. We named his Justin, because he was born Just-in time for the new year. I miss him so much. I’ve been invited to go out this evening, but I’ve decided to stay home.

I’m looking forward to a trip I planned to Mexico City for the month of February. I’ve always gone to beaches when I’ve visited Mexico, so this will be a nice change.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Bike riding in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida

A friend joined me for five nights of my 10 night stay in St. Petersburg, Florida. We rented bicycles for 2 days and took the complimentary bus from our Airbnb to downtown St. Petersburg. There are some slots for bicycles to be stored while riding on the bus.

These are some of the sites we saw while cycling.

My friend Beth.

I love areas like this where you can cycle along the water front.

The Salvador Dali Museum

I took the complimentary shuttle from my Airbnb near St. Petersburg Beach, Florida to downtown St. Petersburg and then walked about a half a mile to the Salvador Dali museum.

Love the architecture of The Dali
I did a Facebook post and included this photo along with a few others from my visit to the museum and of course a few of the men liked this particular painting.
There is an interactive activity where you can type in a dream and have it depicted as a painting. My dream was that my deceased son kissed me. Not sure this depiction represented my dream.

Salvador Dali was from Figueres, Spain. Major themes in his work include dreams, the subconscious, sexuality, religion, science and his closest personal relationships. 

The admission price is normally $30, but on Thursday evenings from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. it’s half price.

St. Petersburg and Treasure Island Beach

I’ve been to the beach a few times since I arrived here in St. Petersburg, Florida. My favorite things to do at the beach are to walk and people watch.

There was a sandcastle competition at Treasure Island Beach.
The sunset was amazing!

Cool Airbnb in St. Petersburg, Florida

I left home on December 5th for 10 days in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since my family has died, there’s not much for me to do around the holidays so I decided to get away for some fun in the sun.

The Airbnb I picked out is less than 2 mi from the beach and there’s a complimentary shuttle that stops a few blocks away that transports you to the beach and also to downtown St. Petersburg.

The trees in the yard are gorgeous!
The salt water pool is beautiful, although it is quite cold.
The owner of the Airbnb pictured here with her two birds.

A girlfriend joined me for 5 days which was nice. I go home on Thursday.

Taking advantage of freebies on Veterans Day

My day started at 6:00 a.m. when I went to the gym to work out. Then I headed to Bob Evans for a complimentary breakfast since I’m a Veteran.

Later I stopped at Applebee’s…

And finally I went to BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse for dinner and met a potential date there. He’s also a Veteran. We split our entrees. I don’t usually eat at these places but it’s nice to have complimentary meals.

Happy Veterans Day!