tracylovestravel.com

all things travel

Category: Experience

the white house is still the white house

Red Room

w.h. north side

The White house is open to the public again on March 7th, it had been closed since the change in administration. Since  we have a new president the west wing is still the same ,  a great place to go for history. This time is  ideal  since there will be more  Obama family  artifacts . There is probably  little change  made to what visitors have to see , since its all about historic artifacts and culture.

 

The different rooms in the white house (red, green,blue, dining room, oval office ,etc.) have historic artifacts that should not be removed no matter what president is in there. Any incoming president can make changes on their living quarters , which is not open to the public.  I loved the great experience.

Check out a post on  making this happen: 1600 Pennyslvania Ave

1600 Pennsylvania Ave- a few months left

The White House

The White House

There is less than 6 left months to Obama’s presidency, regrettably its time for one of the most historic presidents in modern history  to step down .  Considering visiting the White House to be a part of history that you can tell your grandchildren about ? The White House is a private residence of the president of the United States, open to the public, and  is free of charge. It is still possible to register and schedule a visit 1600 Pennsylvania Ave before Barack Obama leaves office.  If interested ,one just  has to make a request with their local congressman of residence, most have a quick request form on their website .    It takes about 3 months to get approved, and I can confirm that it is a smooth process.  I submitted my request through  Charlie Rangel’s  (Harlem) website in April, then heard directly from the White House administration in May saying I was approved for dates I requested.  At that point they asked  detailed information (social security#, date of birth) of all the people in my party that will attend .  I guess that is where the real background  check begins.  We are all set for our dates in August to be at the white house! see : the white house visit

St John- A virgin

Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay

St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas which is known as U.S. virgin islands is a great destination since they belong to the  United States. You don’t have to worry about passports, and the U.S. dollar is accepted there.  These are three very distinct islands, all with different history. Recently, CBS news had a story of  a St johns national park and now I know why it’s so expensive to stay there.   St Johns is the most expensive of the three  islands since there is limited real estate because 2/3rds of it is a national park.  The Rockefeller family saw the development that was  happening  in St.Thomas and did not want St. John’s  landscape to change.    Laurence  Rockefeller (son of John D. Rockefeller) donated  5000 acres of land  where he had a resort called Caneel Bay in 1952.   Caneel Bay is still a luxurious resort but you are stilled surrounded by park land.   Since I was in St.Thomas , I took the ferry  to St. John’s where we went to Trunk Bay beach .  I vividly remember going through a park to get one of the most gorgeous beaches . Thanks to the Rockefeller’s , St. Johns stays green.

See video:   St John a National-park

Plan:  Visit U.S. Virgin Islands

A friend was in Paris

So, I have people that just went to Paris recently,they traveled right before the Nice, France attack . I also had folks  who just went to Nice , France just  2 weeks the terrorist attack happened. They where all fortunate not to be in theses popular French cities when these acts of terror occurred, I don’t think they could have planned it better.  These things are so random, no one can predict such horrible acts of others.  There is a lot of  talk about fear about traveling to Europe but the truth is , there is  a very slim chance of being a victim of a terrorist. You are several times more likely to a victim of a traffic accident , then be in a traffic accident.  France remains the world’s number one tourist destination, and  it remains one of the safer places in the world to visit.  Check out : about France

Read more: Is it safe in France?

 

Arc De Triomphe

Arc De Triomphe

 

philly

Philadelphia Museum Of Art 4th of July celebration

Philadelphia Museum Of Art 4th of July celebration

Philadelphia  otherwise know as “Philly”, is always a great getaway  with many options.  With the Democratic National Convention happening next week,  festivals and historic sites to visit, you can’t go wrong by choosing  a quick trip to the birthplace of this nation. Historic sites such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, The Betsy Ross house is an incentive for going to the historic district , besides going to the famous squares in the area.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the 3rd largest in the US and is known for its great art but also has the famous “Rocky steps” as seen in the famous movie.

cheese steak at Shanks

cheese steak at Shanks

We all know this the town to get a good cheese steak  , but you will learn its not just about “Pat and Geno’s war”, so many other steak spots in Philly! This  great city is recognized for  that but the Reading Terminal Market ( the oldest farmers market in the country ) does not disappoint. Love the many types of food offered here where you can get fresh meat , poultry and fish to take home. You may also like the fruit & preserves like honey or  jams and fresh bread from the Amish . Yes, of course they have  the best sandwiches ever at this market! Another plus,Philadelphia has a long history with breweries since the 1800’s . Most are not open  now, but it’s a hot place for beer gardens! See: best beer gardens

Check out and plan your trip:   visit philly

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén