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How I Roll – The ABCs of Travel

I’ve been happily tagged by Leah of Leah Travels to take part in the ABC’s of travel series. Without further ado from A-Z:

Age you went on your first international trip:
I’ll say 11. A family road trip through Ontario and Quebec, with lengthy stays in Toronto and Montreal. The start of many trips to Canada in the years that followed.

Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where:
I’m not a huge beer drinker, but I would say Monteith’s in New Zealand. Really took a liking to all of their varieties of beer when in Christchurch. Does the Crushed Pear Cider count too? Tasty. 🙂

Monteith’s Beer - New Zealand Monteith’s - New Zealand - Crushed Pear Cider

Cuisine (favorite):
Asian and Filipino. Always on the lookout for Asian and Filipino dining opportunities, a favorite being Japanese Hibachi. My favorite so far is Tokyo Steakhouse in Findlay, Ohio.

Japanese Hibachi - Tokyo Steakhouse, Findlay, Ohio

Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why:
No doubt New Zealand. You’ll see that throughout this post and in my writings in general. The fact that you can go from the rainforest to desert and from the prairie to the mountains in the blink of an eye is amazing. You want to constantly get out of your vehicle or off the bus and take pictures. Everyone is so nice too.

View of ... from Mt. Eden in Auckland, New Zealand

Sure there have been places I’ve liked more than others, but I can’t think of one that I would call my least favorite.

Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”:
Went to an outdoor wedding in Cancún, Mexico right along the Mar Caribe. Was in awe of the setting.

Favorite mode of transportation:
That’s a toss-up. The plane because that means long distance traveling. You also have the good old vehicle too for that random (day) road trip.

Greatest feeling while traveling:
Traveling means always seeing new places, new terrain, new weather, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures and food. The best feeling when in a new place is knowing that every time you turn the corner you’ll going to see something you’ve never seen before.

Hottest place you’ve traveled to:
The middle of the desert in California. No humidity, but boy that dry heat.

Incredible service you’ve experienced and where:
I’d say when I flew V (Virgin) Australia from Los Angeles to Sydney and Melbourne and back. The atmosphere and friendliness throughout was exceptional. When checking in at LAX, there was music playing, everyone was so nice and it felt more like hanging out versus the standard boring, undescriptive long lines and waiting around for your flight.

Journey that took the longest:
The aforementioned trip above. Twenty-four plus hour journey from the eastern United States, through Los Angeles, Sydney/Melbourne and on to Christchurch. 🙂

Royal Botanical Gardens - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Keepsake from your travels:
The photos you get from those touristy places where you stand in front of a green background and they Photoshop in the background. You can then view and purchase your photos at the end of your time there. Some of the best pictures I have are from these because it’s usually with my family and loved ones.

Let-down sight, why and where:
Nothing comes to mind. Would have loved that I saw something new, even though it might not have lived up to its billing.

Moment where you fell in love with travel:
When I was a kid, we were always going on vacation with long road trips and lot’s of flights. I always remember being the navigator watching the travel signs everywhere and with all my maps in hand.

Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in:
The Hyatt Cancún Caribe Resort. It’s right along the beach and the crystal blue waters of the Mar Caribe. There were pools everywhere including a romantic one with beds on the water and the bar set-up with-in.

Hyatt Cancun Caribe Resort pool

Obsession—what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?:
Water and skylines. Be it the ocean, a river, lake, bay, or even a creek or puddles after it rains, a photo must be taken. I’m always looking to get skyline shots from as many places and angles as possible when in a big city. Just combine the two and wow.

Auckland, New Zealand skyline, harbour

Passport stamps, how many and from where?
A lot of stamps, but a lot are from the same places. I definitely need to increase the variety with more international travel in the future. 🙂

Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where:
I’d have to say Odette Sculpture Park along the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Some interesting contemporary sculptures by some world-renowed artists. Down below is Morning Flight by Gerald Gladstone and Eve’s Apple by Edwina Sandy.

Morning Flight - Odette Sculpture Park - Windsor, Ontario, Canada Eve's Apple - Odette Sculpture Park - Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Recommended sight, event or experience:
Everyone needs to experience San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, China Town, the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, Golden Gate Park, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf and so much more. The city as an international feel, great scenery, amazing food and you’ll always find something great to do.

San Francisco, California skyline

Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling:
Great food and coffee. Not at one coffee shop or restaurant/food stand, but I just try to experience as many local dishes and caffeinated beverages as possible when traveling. Finding great pizza seems to be the latest thing.

Touristy thing you’ve done:
Every trip will include some touristy stuff. The tourist in me grabs every brochure and map from rest areas, stores and tourist centers and attractions.

Unforgettable travel memory:
A family road trip when I was younger to New England via Canada. My dad and I tried New England clam chowder from every place we could find on Cape Cod. Also lots of time in Boston, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont. It was also the last trip in which my grandmother came which made it even more memorable.

Visas, how many and for where:
Not to many, definitely need to increase that in the future as well!

Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where?
Several choices I could give from the various wineries in the North Georgia wine country. Will go with a glass of 2009 Montaluce Dolce at Montaluce Vineyards.

Montaluce Vineyards - North Georgia wine country Montaluce Vineyards - North Georgia wine country

eXcellent view and from where?:
The view of the skyline, stadiums, hills, leaf colors and the three rivers of Pittsburgh from up-top the Duquesne Incline and the Mt. Washington neighborhood. You can drive, but the best way to get to the top and the views is by going up in the historical cable cars.

Pittsburgh - Duquesne Incline, Mt. Washington

Years spent traveling?:
From as far back as I can remember. Lot’s of family trips growing up. Traveling solo for the most part since the college years.

Zealous sports fans and where?:
That’s a tough one. I’ve had the chance to attend MLB and NFL games in many stadiums over the years. I’d say the dog pound in the original Cleveland Stadium back in the 1980’s and early 90’s. They were especially zealous against the Steelers and the John Elway lead Broncos. Lots of passion for their team there. 🙂

What a great travel exercise. Just as I was tagged, I get to tag others. So…

Karla at travellersoul76
Deej at The World of Deej
Tiffany at The Good Travel Life

TAG! Your it!

The hidden gem across the river. Windsor.

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Spending a lot of time in Detroit and along the Detroit River over the years of course I’ve taken a glance at what’s on the other side, usually with curiosity. What’s so special about that you ask? When I’m looking over there I’m not looking at an extension of the city or suburbs or the same state or even the same country. I’m looking at Canada, specifically Windsor, Ontario. It’s pretty amazing to think that another country sits roughly a mile or so away from where you spend a lot of your time.

I’ve crossed the Ambassador Bridge going into Windsor a lot in the past, but it was just a means to get to other destinations: Toronto, Niagara Falls and New York mainly. It was time to explore the city, specifically the riverfront, that sits right on the other side.

With taking lots of photos in mind I had a goal once there, to get a look at Detroit and the area from different vantage points along the riverfront, highlighting all the great parks and gardens Windsor has to offer, while exploring some of the city itself.
Eve's Apple - Odette Sculpture Park - Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Odette Sculpture Park and Dieppe Gardens cover the goal and then some. At Odette Sculpture Park you get the museum feel, you’re in a park, your along the water, the weather is great, what could be better? The park contains sculptures from well known artists from all over the world. My favorite sculptures were the brontosaurus dinosaur, the family of elephants, Morning Flight (birds) and Eve’s Apple.
Dieppe Gardens - Detroit shot from Windsor, Ontario, Canada

I found the best, most unique and absolutely beautiful shots of the Detroit skyline at Dieppe Gardens. Besides the annuals, perennials and other flowers and plants, this garden contains memorials honoring those lost at war. It’s just another part of the Windsor riverfront where you will see people walking, taking photos, biking or just relaxing on the grass.

Of course when I was there, I grabbed some shots of Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino which dominates the skyline and took some photos of the old Boblo Island dock. The memories. I found a great place to grab a bite to eat as well, Papa Cheney’s Whiskey Well. The chili fries are unreal and the front of the bar is open to the outside so you can see the river and Detroit skyline almost in full no matter where you sit. Amazing.

Checkout all of my Detroit skyline photos and other Windsor shots from the riverfront. It might not be another country, but you never know what hidden gems lie right by where you always spend your time. Will definitely be checking out more of downtown Windsor next time.