Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hawaii, The Big Island

We got back from our trip to the Big Island, it was lots of fun!  I'm going to do this post mainly to share the pictures and locations we visited.  Enjoy!
A turtle at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Inspiration for the blog: Milan, Part 2

In all I took 5 trips to Italy last year.  I wasn't able to get into Milan during all of them, but I was able to do enough  to get a pretty good feel for the city.  On one of my trips I spent over a week in Italy due to how much work I had to get done.  This meant I had an entire Sunday free to head into the city (the Italians at my place don't work Sundays).  I decided to spend the entire day seeing things around Milan.  Since it wasn't 11 PM this time I was actually able to go inside and enjoy places, which was pretty exciting!

You are able to go up to the roof of Milan's massive Duomo during the day.  If I remember correctly it was 3 euros to go walk up and 5 or 6 euros to take the elevator.  I needed the exercise and didn't mind the stairs so I walked up.  The views and architecture were beautiful and seeing everything up high is totally different from peering up from the main square.
Roof and buttresses of the Duomo

Detail of the buttresses

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Inspiration for the blog: Milan

Thanks to my job I've been to Italy 3 times now, with a fourth coming up.  I haven't had a whole lot of time to sight-see, but the great thing about Italy is that the food is almost always delicious.  The job site I work at is a little outside of Milan, so that is where I have done a majority of my sightseeing during my time in Italy.

Sesto Calende is the name of the little town where we stay.  On very clear days you can see the Monte Rosa.  On my first trip there was also a small skating rink set up.  I wasn't able to skate along the river last year, but I hope I can on one of my future trips.
Monte Rosa from Sesto Calende
Unzoomed Monte Rosa from Sesto Calende

Thursday, October 11, 2012

More Upcoming Travel

Hey everyone, I know I haven't posted a lot lately, I'm sorry.  Work has been really busy lately and as a result I haven't gotten a chance to write at all! :(

Fortunately we will be taking a trip soon to Starved Rock State Park so I'll be able to report on that along with lots of pictures of pretty fall colors! Then in November Mrs. Snuggliestbear and I are heading out west to Utah for a "bizcation".  I think we will avoid snow for the most part and I haven't decided whether we should go to the Moab area (with Arches National Park, Canyonlands NP) or the Bryce Canyon area (and Zion NP, maybe the Grand Canyon's north rim if we are really crazy!).

Any suggestions?  Any opinions on which area we should stay in?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hometown Tourist Series: Allerton Park and Gardens

A few years ago the state of Illinois decided to pick out the “7 Wonders of Illinois” and Allerton was featured as one of those places.  The entire area is kept up by and belongs to the University of Illinois, which is located about a half hour east.  Allerton is a mansion, lanscaped gardens, and forest preserve all rolled into one, which makes it a great place to go see beauty, both natural and manmade.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Useful Travel Tools: Utilizing Custom Google Maps

Last time I covered how to use Google Maps’ Offline Maps feature to get maps whenever you needed them, especially when you are somewhere that you don’t have a reliable mobile data connection.  In this segment I’ll cover how to use another feature of Google Maps to put placeholders on your downloaded maps so that you know where you want to end up.
The first thing you’ll need is a Google account so that there is somewhere to save your personal map.  Once you have that, head to on a regular computer and type the place you want to add into the search bar.  This process may also work from a smart phone, but if you are adding a lot of places I would highly suggest using a regular computer.  If the desired place came up you can move on to the next step.  In my example I searched for Kinkaku-ji, which is also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion and is located in Kyoto. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blasting Off from Orlando

Back in high school my family and I took a trip to the Orlando, Florida area and visited Universal Studios, Disney World, and the Kennedy Space Center.  At that point I had chosen my major in college to be Aeronautical Engineering, so naturally Kennedy Space Center was a very exciting place for me to visit.

The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) visitor accesible parts are split up into a couple distinct areas from what I remember.  The first point of entry is the main visitor center itself, which houses exhibits on all sorts of space stuff and interactive things for kids to play with.  Outside of the visitor center is a rocket garden which houses many different types of rockets that have been used by NASA since their inception.  You are even able to sit in a couple of them which was neat.