Saturday, March 14, 2015

Renaissance Faire at Brown County Fair Grounds


The local fairgrounds is usually quite dead though out the year. But they do have occasional special events like a Renaissance Faire. This was our first visit to one. But we were very disappointed.

We did show up at the last minute on the last day of the event. But there were not very many people in attendance. However, the music was OK, even though the performers were a Pirate theme. I guess that was as close as they could come to medieval.

My daughter did suggest that I try the mead. She warned me that it was kind of a wine beer mix with an unusual taste. She was right!

I'm glad I tried it. Now I know I can try something better next time!

When we entered, the admissions people were trying to keep up appearances by talking in olde English. This pretense followed with the other personnel. However, it was quite easy to breach this facade with a snarky off centered snort!

My granddaughter loved the parrot, but was otherwise not amused!



Starting Fresh

Today is a new day for me. I have gone past previous personal tribulations and am embarking on a new course. My course! I am now secure financially, and healthy. So now I will do what I want and say what I want!

What I want now, is to get some advertising BS out of the way!

Deals and Steals
Whether you travel near or far from home, you want to relax and have a great time. When it comes to finding deals and savings on the big parts of travel like airfare, hotels, cruises, car rentals and vacation packages there are certainly many place to look. So we narrow our choices down to a few that we think will give you the best overall deals all the time.

For air we prefer discount sites like Hotwire where you can locate bargains across many airlines.  For the biggest pool of choices for lodging, we choose Booking.com for its great online selections as well as their special search options according to type of need. With cruises we like Last Minute for some huge potential savings. For package prices we have always loved Apple Vacations because of its large reach for travel from the US to the Caribbean, Europe and Hawaii.

For the very competitive car rental market, the best deal can sometimes be found just by going to the individual rental companies like Dollar, Payless and Thrifty. Plus, you can surely take a shot and do more searching from travel companies like Cheapo Air, Easy Click Travel, Extended Stay America, Fare Buzz, Hostel Bookers, Hotel Club, La Quinta, Lan Airlines, Last Minute Travel, One Travel, Rush My Passport, Smart Fares, New York Attractions, City Tours, Box Office Ticket Sales, Vegas Tickets plus google maps & translation.

Our Travels

But my favorite thing to do is always TRAVEL. And with travel goes pictures, so here you go to Buenos Aires Argentina along with me and my wife to visit our daughter who was going to college there for a semester. Other times we have gone to Cancun Mexico and did a lot of touristy things. So if you are interested, these are some of the attractions information. I always like to travel 'virtually' before I actually travel. If you also like to know about the places you visit before you get there, these City Discovery attractions and activities lists from around the world will be quite useful!
My daughter has also travel extensively, actually more than I have. During her high school years, she visited Italy and was quite generous in sharing her pictures with me. But I have not stayed home all the time either. My trips to Spain & Portugal, Puerto Rico and Thailand are still as vivid as if they were yesterday.

Other Types of Travel

If you like to travel to the past, then these few pictures and videos from World War II may interest you. More a more unique type of travel, people love to visit haunted houses and places. These real life 'first person' ghost stories have been contributed to us by our readers.

My Hotel Lists

A long time ago I took a list of US hotels and generated web pages so that you could browse through the lists and pick out something that interests you. When you browse the lists you stay on my site when you click on a hotel name, but then you can go and get more information and/or book the property when you click again. In fact, I have two sets of US hotel lists in different formats (I don't remember why. Maybe because it was new to me. Anyway, you decide which one you like best -  US Hotels 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 and US Hotels 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14. I also made those lists in a few foreign languages too in Spanish 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 German 1 2 3 4 5 French 1 2 3 4 5 Italian 1 2 3 4 5 and Portuguese 1 2 3 4 5 6. Once again, why various list sizes?