Figs Travel Adventures...Or Not!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Leaving for Capetown in the morning

Sounds like the title of a folk song doesn't it? I am in Germany tonight. Since the early morning is now upon me, I have decided not to sleep. The flight is 11.6 hours from here so I will sleep in the air. I am really looking forward to it because I have never been there but the pictures are stunning. The hotel where I am staying sits at the base of Table Mountain on the Sea. Friday I will visit Krueger Park, I will let you all know how it goes. I am too cheap to pay the extra to post pictures... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Okay...I am over it!

So many people are envious that I travel as much as I do and I truly do my best not to take it for granted. I am pretty fortunate to have seen as much of the world as I have and to have this great paying, high profile job. Hey! I worked my tail off to be here but still. I am operating on a GED and the gift of bullshit. As one of my friends put it recently, "Girl, you could sell chicken shit to a chicken farmer". Don't misunderstand, I am a performer! A visionary, a damn good people manager with... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Visiting Nuremberg, Leave the High Heels at the Hotel

Leave the high heels in the hotel when visiting this wonderful city. The cobblestone streets will chew them to pieces and your feet will burn after an hour of trying to manage them. I know, I tried it and now I see women in their lovely Loubotins and I have to shake my head. I can understand suffering for fashion but not risking damage to the heels of my city best. If you have never visitied the city, you must take a tour through the walls of the city. The original city of Nuremberg is... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

112 degrees at midnight

The air conditioning switch is buried in what I would typically consider the arctic zone of the thermostadt. It has run constantly since I arrived and will sing me to sleep with white noise one more night before I leave for the East and more bearable temperatures. Sure it is a dry heat which does make it more tolerable than the blanket of thick, humid, hot I experience for the duration of about six weeks each summer. Did you catch that? Six weeks, not six, seven, eight months as people in... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Paris Again - Are you tired of hearing about it?

Yes...yes...I am going to Paris again BUT this time I plan to have fun. If any of you read my long, drawn out blog about my husbands indiscreations, agree with me or not, you will understand what I mean. I know that city like I was raised there and this time I plan to hang out in the Ritz. Most who have followed my blogs know that I prefer the artist dives and cheap food. Look, if I am going to find another man, I have spent nearly half my adult life with my current man madly in love and it has... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 7, 2005

Where to Lay Your Head In Paris

The Hotel Victoires Opera in Paris. This newly renovated 25 room hotel provides the romance of a quaint hotel with the service of a large hotel. It is my favorite hotel in the city for its tasteful decor and its location in the center of the fashion district. It is within walking distance to the Louvre, Rue du Rivoli (the greatest shopping street in Paris ), Les Halles Metro Station and gigantic underground shopping mall. These are only a few desired amenities to consider when looking for a... Sign in to see full entry.

Paris in November

Oh STOP IT! Some of you will read this little post and oooh and ahh at the thought of spending even one day in Paris, France. You are entitled and you are in exactly the same state of mind I was in the first time I traversed the big pond from the USA to Europe. I walked the streets in wonder while maintaining a constant state of realization that my home was on the other side of the world...literally. That was eighteen trips and three years ago. If your are planning a trip for the first time, I... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 7, 2005

Bad Luck Comes in 3s

It is 9:50 am, my flight leaves at 2:00 pm today. I put off knowing the flight time until the last minute because I desperately do not want to go. The timing is not good for me as I just moved into our new home and this week is planning week for my husband's graduation party. He received his bachelors degree in business. I wanted to be here to support him and to help with the planning; I throw one hell of a great party. Duty calls so I am off. I am a little nervous because the day before... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 3, 2005

Buried Treasure in Lyon Colorado

Spend an hour in Nicholas Angelo's store and you are guaranteed to unearth the exact treasure you are looking for. Nicky's place is filled with art, books, sculptures, jewelry...anything you can think of under the sun. Nicky has it. Stop in and visit his store. It is a great place and Nicky is all personality. Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

A Little Diddy about Air Travel

Yes I know this should be in the Poetry section but I wrote it on a plane on one of my many freaking boring trips across the country and it is fitting for my travel journal section.. Air Travel Hands swollen, Face puffy Top pant button free Baby crying Offensive perfume My back is killing me Shake and rattle Bell tone sounds Someone passes gas I long to stand Bend and stretch Can’t wait to get off my ass Sign in to see full entry.

My New Thing

Travelers, perhaps I am behind the eight ball on this one but like a child, we all shriek with excitement at learning something new. My new find is VRBO.com and Cyberrentals.com If yiou are going to be holed up somewhere for a week or even a long weekend, consider renting an apartment instead of staying in a hotel. When planning a recent trip to NYC, even the mid range hotels were 180+ per night. I was traveling with friends and the thought of being crammed in a hotel room together was anquish.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 3, 2004

Another Suitcase in Another Holiday Inn

Tomorrow is the end of a long three weeks away from home. When I awoke this morning, I noticed how badly the hotel room was in disarray with the impact of living in a confined space for more time than anyone should have to endure. A quick scan of the room confirmed that packing would take enormous skill in order to sucessfully recover everything I had brought with me and everything I had acquired since my arrival. My work laptop, still beamed the MSN home page and the green “Harbrace, College... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 4, 2004

A Dog's Life and Wish for Death

I looked for the old Chow dog that typically lays on the sidewalk between the Victories Opera Hotel and the restaurant next to it, but he was not there. On my trips to Paris, I bring a couple of dog treats for him as he is the consummate doorman for a city in love with their dogs. I assumed that he had either passed away or was safe at home. As I exited my favorite little open air food stand (they serve American coffee to go!) located just across the street from the hotel, I spotted the Chow a... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 3, 2004

Fig's Life

Fig's Life Is full of change and adventure. She is complex, kind, loving, creative, fun and frustrated with it all. What will become of her? All that she has endured has built an armor which even she finds hard to carry. Sign in to see full entry.

My Favorite Greasy Spoon in Paris - C'est Bon!

Writers! Le Tambour is the place for young inspiring writers to hang out in Paris. If you want to mix with a young artistic crowd and experience French cuisine on a budget this is THE place for you. However, if you do not like an unhealthy dose of second hand smoke with your meal, grab a table on the street. Your lungs will thank you but unfortunately you will not get the full experience of Le Tambour. Regardless of where you plan to sit, go early and pick your spot because the place starts to... Sign in to see full entry.

Some of my best work is written on a cocktail napkin

As someone who travels for work to pay the bills, but would rather be writing to pay them, I never travel without a journal or a digital camera. The many hours of layovers have resulted in some of the most unique, bizarre journal entries and photographs imaginable. People who travel extensively have many things in common, they are alone most always and always lonely. None of us want the personal troubles of our fellow passengers imposed upon us, however, if we are asked, we will spill our guts... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Surrounded by Degos and Magpies

It is easy to forget that the Old Hickory Steakhouse sits in the middle of the of the everglades atrium of the Gaylord Palms resort. Open beamed cathedral ceilings support the corrugated tin roof. Old suitcases stacked behind the rusting bar setting take the patron to just about any tropical locale they can dream of. For this traveler, the setting is a romantic tropical jungle. Below the decking of the restaurant, misty pathways hide and reappear in patches between the lush palms and running... Sign in to see full entry.

The Curse of the Insomniac

I had another one of those sleepless nights, a constant state of half sleep, dreading the possibility of getting a glimpse of the time but checking the clock every hour on the hour; the curse of the insomniac. For the benefit of my marriage, I will force myself to try and sleep which is worse than just getting out of bed. My husband threatens that he is getting a complex because I cannot seem to sleep an entire night with him. Trying to sleep, when I know I cannot, only results in total... Sign in to see full entry.

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