Orchid Show 2017

I love orchids.  They are one of my favorite flowers.  So of course, every year, we try to go to the orchid show at the Botanical Gardens in New York.   This year the orchid show was held from March until mid-April.   The theme of the orchid show was Thailand.

When you enter the conservatory, you enter a magical world.  There were huge elephants made from bushes covered in orchids.  It was beautiful.   As we continued through the conservatory, we saw many different types of orchids.  There were many different colors and sizes.

I was amazed by the beauty of these flowers and it of course inspired me to get my own orchid for my house.   When we got to another part of the conservatory, there were more orchids and beautiful in color.   They also had these cute little pineapples that grow in Thailand and were ripe and ready to eat.   I have never seen such cute pineapples.

I would recommend visiting the Botanical Gardens to see these orchids when they have them.  Every spring it is a nice way to start the beautiful season of rebirth.  Below are some photos from our trip to the Botanical Gardens. DSC_0732.jpg

 

Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden is located in San Francisco in the Golden Gate State Park.   We went and it was packed. It had a lot of people.  There was a charge for the garden. It was $8 for adults. My son was free so I don’t know how much it was for children.

The Japanese Tea Garden was a small garden with a lot of flowers and Japanese designs.  I wish there was a map because we just walked around.  I felt lost and noticed that we kept walking around in a circle.  Overall, I really enjoyed the Japanese Tea Garden.  It was peaceful.   Below is a poem I wrote about the garden.

Garden 

Simple

Peaceful

Simple rivers.

Simple flowers.

Simple bushes.

Pier 39

Pier 39 is the place to be when in San Francisco.  Pier 39 has many stores  and restaurants.  Some stores are: souvenir, Pandora, Hard Rock Cafe store and so many others.  Some restaurants are: Bubba Gump, Hard Rock Cafe, Wipe out and many others.   You can also just pick up dessert.  They have a place where you can get a small bucket of mini donuts.  They are made fresh and delicious.   They also have a place where you can get crepes: sweet and savory crepes.  There is also a carousel for the children to ride.  The carousel is also a double carousel.  It was very cool to see.

Another place at Pier 39 is the Aquarium at the Bay.  They have many ocean animals to view. There were sharks, jellyfish, otters, different kinds of fish and many other ocean animals. It is a nice place to visit with children.  We went to the Aquarium and we used a city pass which included the aquarium.

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Another popular place is at Pier 39 is to see the sea lions.  There are lots of sea lions that come and visit the pier. They lay, play and talk to one another.  Many people come  to Pier 39 just to see the sea lions.  My son was very excited to see them and we went a few times to visit them.  At times, we saw them swimming in the bay.

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At Pier 39, you can catch a cruise around the bay.  We took the Blue and Gold Cruise.  It was an hour long cruise. We learned a lot about San Francisco from the cruise.  We went all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge.  We sailed under it and of course took a lot of photos.   We also went around to Alcatraz Island.  We were able to see both sides of the island.  It was a nice and wonderful cruise.

When visiting San Francisco make sure to wear  layers because it does get cold when there.  We went in April and it was cold.  We were wearing long sleeve and hoodies.

Muir Woods

Muir Woods in California is a site to see.  It is a national park with lots of amazing Redwoods.  As I was researching places to visit in California, I found the Muir Woods.  I knew about the Redwood trees but this was just one of the places in California that have Redwoods.

There is a fee to pay when you get in. It’s $10 for an adult. We went with my 1 year old son who is free.  We started our hike at the front of the Muir Woods sign. We came across so many Redwoods.  It was so amazing to see these giant trees that date to prehistoric times. My husband at first didn’t want to go but then was amazed and was taking lots of photos.  I was in awe of these beautiful trees.  These trees were both really tall and thick.  We took lots of photos.

I highly recommend Muir Woods in California. It is 30 minute drive from San Francisco.  It’s a great hike because it is on flat land.  There are some bumps but it is so worth it. I would love to go back to see them again when my son get older.  Below are some photos that I took.

Christmas Bucket List

After watching a Hallmark movie called “Christmas List”, I decided to create a Christmas bucket list as well. The character in the story created a bucket list of Christmas activities when she was a young girl.   When she was cleaning things, she found this list and realized that she did not complete her bucket list.  She decided to complete these things on her bucket list as an adult.   I know that when I was a young girl,  I never had a list of things that I wanted to do.  I did go to visit the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and walk around looking at Christmas lights. I created this bucket list of things that you can do with your children to help make the season more special.  I want to teach my son that Christmas is not about presents but about doing things as a family and the joy that you get from doing these things.   I hope this list inspires you to create your own or please use my list.  This list is centered around New York City and Long Island, so if you are in the area, please follow this list if you would like.    I know that I created this post so late in the season but there is always next year to start something new and something to look forward to.

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Holiday Train Show

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We took our son to the Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens.  We had a great time.  My husband and I went to the Holiday Train show 5 years before. We really enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to take our son.  Last year, I wanted to take him but he was only a month old and he would not really pay attention to it.  This year was better.

The Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens in New York City is very popular.  Many people make it a tradition to take their children to see it.  There are many trains that run through many tracks.  It’s amazing to see all the buildings that are build using natural things like bark, pinecones and so many other things found in nature.  When we got to the Botanical Gardens, the lot was full, so I was afraid that it was going to be very busy.  It was busy but we were able to walk through and see everything.  The train show is located at the Conservatory at the Botanical Gardens. There are timed tickets but that makes it easier to view it.

The change between the past 5 years was that there is a short video about the person who created the train show as well as how they put the whole thing together.   It’s amazing how many people it takes, how many trains there are, how many tracks there are and how they come up with the whole idea.

The buildings that are designed are all Manhattan buildings.  You have Rockfeller Center, Yankees Stadium, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and so many others.  It’s amazing just taking your time to view these buildings created.  I could not stop taking photographs of everything.  I really recommend everyone to visit the train show at least once in their life. I am lucky that I live in New York and I am able to visit it every year.  I can not wait to make it a family tradition and visit the Train show every year with our son.

One World Observatory

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It’s finally finished and we finally found time to go and visit one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere.  One World Observatory is an amazing place to visit.  The view from the top is just breathe taking.

One World Observatory was built to symbolize our freedom in New York City after tragedy struck on 9/11.  Growing up in Queens and taking the 7 train to get to high school, I remember seeing the World Trade towers.   On that tradgeic day,  it hit me how important it is to love your loved ones and just live in the moment.

My husband, son and best friend went to One World Observatory on a Saturday afternoon.  It was a bucket list for us to visit this amazing building.  We ordered tickets before we got there and we didn’t have to wait to long on line.  You do go through metal detectors like at the airport. I did not have a problem with that because I knew that it was for my safety.  Once we finished with the metal detectors we continued on our way to a room to get the elevators.

Once in the elevators,  the workers tell you to face the panels.  I was now interested.  As the elevator goes up, on the panels you see the history of the city and what it looked like.  It was amazing and I have never seen something like that.  Once we got to the 102nd floor,  we exited the elevators and continued to another room.  In this room, there were panels and there was a short video.  Once the video stops the panels rise and you get the first view of the Manhattan skyline from the 102nd floor.  We exited the room to now go to the I observation deck.

As we entered the observation deck, your breathe is taken away. The view is breathe taking and you don’t know where you want to look.  We walked around and saw the whole city plus New Jersey.  Even my son said some ohs and ahhs.

Once we finished at One World Observatory, we went and saw the water pools. My husband and I have seen them after the tradegic event and even today it still brings chills to me.  I stood in a moment of silence while there and traced my hand over the names on the panels.  I may have never known these innocent people that lost their lives but I felt their families pain.  I look forward to going back and visiting when my son is older and understands becaus I will tell him the history of that tradegic day and what One World Observatory means to me as well as my husband.